Olive and Pearl's

Honey Almond Sesame Cookies

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

Throughout human history, there has been some bizarre forms of currency. Salt, jewelry, snakes, potatoes – all have been used in lieu of cash. In the Middle Ages in Russia, squirrel parts were used as a form of currency. Their pelts, claws, and snouts all served a purpose in trade. Less harmful to those poor squirrels, the history of cowry shells and their monetary value can be traced through Chinese culture as far back as 16th century BC. In our family, currently, we have reverted back to those simpler times…read more

Poppy and Sesame Seed Flourless Cake

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

So much of what my sister and I love about baking is it’s requirement of attention. The scanning of an ingredient list, the leveling of a tablespoon, the slow folding of egg whites and almond flour; each ritualistic step has it’s own moment and significance. It is a type of meditation that yields so much more than the meal itself. Time spent following a recipe is one of the rare times in your day when step-by-step instructions are provided for you. If implemented with the deserved amount of consideration, your…read more

Almond Orange Passover Cake

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My mother in law is an incredible cook. She raised three boys (oy!), was an actress, now a psychologist. And incredible cook. And I have yet to see her cook from a recipe. Over the holidays, I left one day to run a few errands, came home and saw this gorgeous cake waiting on the kitchen counter, all a glisten with the scent of warm, syrupy oranges unraveling in every room. When we sliced it up after dinner, the room softened into a silence, as everyone’s facial expression moved towards…read more