Olive and Pearl's

Cocoa Monkey Granola Bars

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

This recipe reminds me of my silly riotous stupid adorable puppy. My parents have claimed that since they “raised” him while I was off at school and traveling and figuring out my life, that he is now theirs. I say the paperwork states otherwise. His name is Monkey, he’s a puggle and he’ll turn 5 years old on November 20th. He was a cyclone of teeth and tail and anxiety for the first 8 months that we had him but since he hit one years old, he’s been the sweetest,…read more

Salted Caramel Squares

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

When I was a little chap, I was pretty good at eating all of the healthful meals that our mother put on our plates. She knew the importance of those greens. However, as soon as her back was turned, I would swallow a drumstick sundae cone whole. I had recurring dreams that it was Easter and I had in my possession a football field-sized pastel pink basket full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. I always woke up sorely disappointed. I was a fiend and I had a problem. Thankfully I…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…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

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

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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

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

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

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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

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

Strawberry Banana Corn Muffins

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

Life has been hectic and stressful lately. The usual modern complaints – too much to do, not enough time. I will spare you all the details. But I have noticed that the busier I get, the more I want to bake. It is not just wanting to bake, the line of thinking goes something like this: I should quit my job, move to Northern California (well, more Northern than I already am) and buy a small cottage where I will bake muffins, scones, and cobblers with fruit from my trees…read more