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

Peach, Hazelnut, and Mint Summer Salad

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

Earlier this week I met the Dalai Lama. It gives me chills just to write that sentence! Fortunately for moi, a friend of mine has a friend who is friends with the holiness himself (thank peas for degrees of separation) and I got to actually shake his hand. Then I got to thinking; in consideration of his lifelong work being that of spreading love and kindness, the physical manifestation of this through hand-holding and embracing, could he be the singular person who has physically touched the most other human beings…read more

Onion Flax Seed Crackers with Basil Guacamole and Za’atar

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It is hard to believe that there was once a time in my life when acquiring and consuming avocados wasn’t a high priority in my life. I spend a good amount of my days thinking about what else I can put an avocado on, the different varieties that exist that I may have not yet tried, and how else I can make this fruit a central part of each meal. I’m not sure where my mind was before, but somewhere along the way a flip was switched and I now…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

Tamarind Chickpea and Greens Curry

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  The oldest “fun fact” there is, but nevertheless true, it is amazing how closely tied our sense of smell is to our memories. Vindaloo and masala were all my family and I ate during a week-long trip to London a few years back. It was the first time that I had been introduced to Indian Cuisine, and I badly needed to make up for lost time. Pearlie, the padres and I sat in the same booth of a basement restaurant night after night on that trip. It was our…read more

Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Carrots

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The colors! There are so few things in this world that we at Olive and Pearl’s love more than roasted vegetables. On the wrong side of the fence, that statement may sound nutty (veggies…? really?). But with spring sprouting away over here, we can’t help but fall deeper and deeper into our devotion. The Alemany Farmer’s Market in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco is where our ritual and allegiances lay. It was the first US Farmer’s Market, as we know them today, and we like to think that…read more

Pretty Incredible Baked Beans

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I have never had baked beans from a can. Recently a baked beans discussion was had, the collective opinion of which was that you either loved them, in all of their processed and canned glory, or that they belonged right where they came from: packaged and sealed in a dust-collecting shelf of a convenience store. My opinion hardly mattering due to the non-existent relationship that said beans and I share, I decided to do a little baked bean pondering. The beans themselves are not the offensive variable for which the…read more