Olive and Pearl's

Poppy and Sesame Seed Flourless Cake

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

So much of what my sister and I love about baking is it’s requirement of attention. The scanning of an ingredient list, the leveling of a tablespoon, the slow folding of egg whites and almond flour; each ritualistic step has it’s own moment and significance. It is a type of meditation that yields so much more than the meal itself. Time spent following a recipe is one of the rare times in your day when step-by-step instructions are provided for you. If implemented with the deserved amount of consideration, your…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

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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