Olive and Pearl's

Roasted Carrot, Avocado and Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

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

Between working all day on set, eating catered craft services, eating out at restaurants in new cities, and generally having a grand ol’ exploratory summer, I’ve been feeling as of late that it’s time to get back to some healthy routines. What makes summer so great is that relaxed state of mind; I say yes to more, lighten up on the weekday scheduling, and worry less about going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. It’s freeing to listen to that child inside of you and…read more

Cocoa Monkey Granola Bars

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

This recipe reminds me of my silly riotous stupid adorable puppy. My parents have claimed that since they “raised” him while I was off at school and traveling and figuring out my life, that he is now theirs. I say the paperwork states otherwise. His name is Monkey, he’s a puggle and he’ll turn 5 years old on November 20th. He was a cyclone of teeth and tail and anxiety for the first 8 months that we had him but since he hit one years old, he’s been the sweetest,…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

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

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…read more

Cauliflower Pancakes with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegetarian

I feel like I’ve been keeping something from you all, and for that, I am truly sorry. One of my favorite bi-weekly meals is a plate of cauliflower pancakes. I should have shared them long ago! I pack them with whatever herbs I have on hand and top it with a big side of avocado. It isn’t anything all that fancy but all of the fresh, simple ingredients definitely make me feel like I’ve taken a trip to a farm somewhere… perhaps one up in Northern California where they pluck…read more

The Best Ever Kale Salad – With Pea Mash, Avocado, Grapes, and Pistachios

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

I’m not one to use words like, “best” and “ever” lightly. For that matter, nor am I one to utilize kale in a manner that does not best serve it’s magical abilities. I think I’ve done it here. I just spent this past weekend with Pearlie and our parents in San Francisco for our fair mother’s birthday. We held hands and frolicked through Fort Mason’s Art Market, oogling over whimsical paintings and guffawing at a few of Andy Warhol’s polaroids. We shared a fresh pea and fava bean mash salad…read more

Turmeric Coconut Rice and Cauliflower Tarkari Curry

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

It feels as though, as of late, I am living 4 different lives. Scheduling has become nonexistent, sitting down to eat a meal has become a luxury, and, to allow for quick-changes between class, meetings, and auditions, my car is now filled with half of my closet. I am a crazy bag lady. There have been moments though, through the chaos of the last few weeks, where everything seems to align into this strange constellation-like map in my mind. All of what I’m doing has a purpose. I’ve chosen this…read more

California Donburi

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Make Ahead

There is something very meditative about eating a meal out of one big bowl. All of the colors and flavors mix together and create different bites each time you dig in. In this particular Japanese dish, “don” which literally translates to “bowl”, there are countless variations. From barbecued eel to breaded and deep-fried pork cutlets, donburi mainly consist of some type of meat over white rice. Being the veggie-chopaholics that we are, this recipe is a light, California spin on a traditional dish.  In keeping with the Asian flavor-notes, we’ve used brown rice…read more

Quick Lentil Herb Salad

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

We love ingredients that are good for you. Ingredients that fuel, sustain, satisfy, and heal your body. While mostly anything from the earth (save for poisonous mushrooms and a few other breeds of foliage) should be the bulk of what we feed ourselves with, there are a few foods that simply better than others. Sent to us from Edesia, the Roman Goddess of Feasting herself, superfoods are nutrient – dense, glorious, and meant to be consumed in abundance. All posturing, soap-boxing and mythological jokes aside, a superfood is one that is…read more

Slow Cooking Minestrone

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

I am reading “The Brothers K” and haven’t enjoyed a book more in quite a while. After I made this soup on a Sunday evening, I sat down to read and opened to my dog-eared page, where one of the main characters had just made lasagna after a long period of mourning a break up. He tasted his lasagna and thought to himself, “There’s something missing.  But there is always something missing. Having things missing, even indispensable things, is a fact of life, don’t you think? And life goes on…read more

Strawberry Banana Corn Muffins

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

Life has been hectic and stressful lately. The usual modern complaints – too much to do, not enough time. I will spare you all the details. But I have noticed that the busier I get, the more I want to bake. It is not just wanting to bake, the line of thinking goes something like this: I should quit my job, move to Northern California (well, more Northern than I already am) and buy a small cottage where I will bake muffins, scones, and cobblers with fruit from my trees…read more