Olive and Pearl's

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

Superseding Super Seed and Nut Banana Pancakes

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

See what I did up there? Playing with words is one of my favorite past times. But in all truthfulness, these pancakes really will replace all other notions of what a pancake should be once you make them. And because this is my second post in a row about pancakes, I hope that you will trust my advice and make these tomorrow morning. It is so incredibly cozy and foggy in Los Angeles right now; so cozy that I woke up just in time for lunch and decided to make…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

Stone Fruit Clafouti

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

One of the ways I mark life is by travel, and one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to eat (and drink) my way through a new city. Being gluten-free and dairy-free makes such adventuring a bit of a struggle at times and makes me lustful after things I can’t eat. So when I return home, I try to remake the most memorable dishes. Clafouti is traditionally made with cream and white flour. With a few allergy-adjusted tweaks, we have made it heaps healthier and (we think)…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

Sneaky Greens Week – Power Pancake

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

We’re calling this sucker sneaky. Not menacing bandit-creeping-through-your-window-in-the-dead-of-night sneaky, but one-and-only-sister-surprising-you-with-a-huge-birthday-party-of-all-of-your-favorite-people-and-face-painting-and-miniature-horses sneaky. The good kind. Any extra kale that creeps in throughout the day is always a good thing. If you can recall back to our Summer Smoothie post, kale is a superfood. The kind of food that helps to prevent disease. The kind of food that might inspire Shakespeare to pen a few verses (had he eaten some of it and survived up to our foodie-freak modern day). It contains heaps of antioxidants, vitamin K, fiber, iron, and calcium….read more

Persian Saffron Fava Bean Rice

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

The cultivation and consumption of basmati rice dates back thousands of years in India and South Asia. It has a rich history as a staple of Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and has a nutty, butter-like flavor. Unlike brown rice, basmati has been stripped of it’s bran layer, thus making it very easy to digest. This stripping does remove some of the rice’s fiber and inherent nutritional properties however. Because it contains less starch than other white rices, it will not significantly spike your blood sugar and is ideal for…read more

Coconut, Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Dessert during a holiday dinner is always bit of a fuss around our house. It begins with a debate; my mother representing the butter, flour and chocolate-filled minority and my sister and I on the plant-based, coconut oil-defending side. Our parents, though supportive of our nutritional needs, yearn for the days when a Trader Joe’s frozen chocolate cake was the go-to for celebratory desserts. Not a thing against good ol’ TJ’s but, I’d like to think we can do better. I will admit that some quinoa flour-based cakes have gone…read more

Olive’s Scones

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

    My puppy knows when I’m about to make these scones. During the summer after college when I moved back home, Monkey and I spent every crisp San Francisco morning together in my parent’s kitchen. I had a long list of dog-eared (pun) recipes to try after 4 years of campus life. Despite the length of this list, or booklet, as it is more aptly described, this recipe was a weekly staple. On these mornings, Monkey would split his time between lapping up whatever I had whisked onto the…read more

Sweet Potato Swiss Chard Tortilla

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

If you’re like my sister and I, which I hope a few of you out there are, questions such as, “what happens if I accidentally eat that bay leaf?” and “what is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?” keep you wide awake at night. The latter of the two has been at the forefront of my list of food-related inquiries as of late. On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, aka Mecca, we were in search of a certain tubular vegetable. Yams were everywhere in sight, but…read more