Olive and Pearl's

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

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

Posted by in Breakfast, Dessert, Gluten-Free

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