Olive and Pearl's

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes – and a Celebration

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

“I closed the deal,” she said. “I negotiated the terms on my own”, she said. And I wouldn’t expect anything less of her. My best friend is one of the most inspiring creatures that could ever grace you with her presence. She has a huge, unwavering capacity for acceptance and understanding. She recognizes the subtle undertones in the emotions and mannerisms of those dear to her and never shies away from offering her heart, ears, and full attention. She is also wickedly bright and sharp and understands how to utilize…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

Chocolate and Banana Almond Butter Cups

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Nuts and chocolate do something to me. And, as evidenced by how long these vegan and gluten-free almond butter cups stick around, they do something to my roommates too. I just spent the last week in Nicaragua’s Maderas Village amongst some of the most wonderful food, people, and weather I’ve ever encountered. We stayed up late every night, exchanging stories and admiration for one another.  We swam in the ocean with phosphorescent water creatures, rode horses on the beach at sunset, and spent an entire day on a catamaran that…read more

Banana Bread Cake

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan

My cousin was “on her way to bronchitis” last week – according to the fair physician. Which, of course means, I am on my way to bronchitis this week. Marathons of Newsroom and huge pots of green tea are all I have on the agenda. Being a shaky whiney mess can be pleasant sometimes. I hope someone out there knows what I mean… I’ve been forced to slow down and listen to my body and it’s needs. I’ve gotten quite a bit better at doing this lately, but it definitely…read more

Homemade Nut Butter and Some Family Time

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

These last few weeks here have been filled with change. A great kind of change, but something to adjust to nonetheless. Pearly has transitioned to a new law firm and I, Olive, have moved in with our beloved cousin and her boyfriend to a new apartment in Hollywood. The last few years of my life have been a nonstop whirlwind. Plane rides, new cities, new friends, old friends, and constant adjustment. I became very good at living alone, eating alone, and keeping all of my belongings minimal and packed in…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

Tomatoes Galore Kale Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was recently told that I may be eating too much kale. It took a lot out of me to type that sentence up there. I feel a near-religious reverence for kale. Too much? How could I be consuming too much? As it turns out, consuming excessive amounts of any cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, and cabbage) can cause hypothyroidism. Those with iodine deficiencies are at highest risk, however. There are chemical components found in kale that can compete with iodine for uptake by the thyroid, causing competition…read more

Summer Smoothie

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan

It is July. Well into the month, in fact. I woke up this morning very eager to get a jump-start on the day. Coffee doesn’t brew itself ya know? Is there anyone else out there who, contrary to countless snarky T-shirts and internet memes, loves Mondays as much as I do? This morning, as I hopped up and out of bed, flicked on the coffee maker and doused my face with a big ol’ tub of coconut oil, I realized that we have yet to share the recipe for one…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