Olive and Pearl's

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

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

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

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