Olive and Pearl's

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl with Papaya, Seeds, and Dandelion Greens

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

Our family likes fun. A lot of it. And since we are only able to get together every once in a while, the fun compacts into a big, loud, clump of love that leaves me saddened by their departure. And with a bit of a hangover. My mother and her brother flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend to see their kids (my cousin and I) and to frolick about in the beautiful weather. We dined out, laid by the pool, cooked, shopped for new books and purses, engaged…read more

Onion Flax Seed Crackers with Basil Guacamole and Za’atar

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Side Dishes, Vegan

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

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

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Pearlie and I share the same birthday. We are five years apart and in a few days we will be celebrating our 25th and 30th years together, as we have promised always to do. Unless of course, one of us is in jail – something my mom just told me I said when I was about 8 years old. Luckily, neither of us have been to jail yet. When we were much younger and living under the same roof, our parents used to throw these amazing backyard parties with taco…read more

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