Olive and Pearl's

Beluga Lentil, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegan

When I was a wee lad, (girls are lads too, right?) I loved brussel sprouts. I saw nothing wrong with their miniature, cabbage-like way. Then on one fateful day my older sister announced her great and profound dislike of this cruciferous veggie. Right then and there it was over between us. The trash compactor screeched open in victory as my brussels careened and bobbed off of my plate. Luckily for me, my sister, and the sprouts, I grew a mind of my own and she changed hers. Since then brussel…read more

Almond Orange Passover Cake

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free

My mother in law is an incredible cook. She raised three boys (oy!), was an actress, now a psychologist. And incredible cook. And I have yet to see her cook from a recipe. Over the holidays, I left one day to run a few errands, came home and saw this gorgeous cake waiting on the kitchen counter, all a glisten with the scent of warm, syrupy oranges unraveling in every room. When we sliced it up after dinner, the room softened into a silence, as everyone’s facial expression moved towards…read more

Oatmeal-and-Then-Some Breakfast Pie

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers

When we were kids, our parents used to put dollar bills under our breakfast bowls on the mornings when Dad was serving oatmeal. Our dear folks had to resort to bribery to make us eat the stuff. Those singles must have completely clouded my memory as to what it was about oats that had us so opposed as they are now an integral part of our pantry. Since then, we have properly learned to appreciate and revere our oats. Oatmeal is one of the single best foods that you can…read more