Olive and Pearl's

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

Tamarind Chickpea and Greens Curry

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

  The oldest “fun fact” there is, but nevertheless true, it is amazing how closely tied our sense of smell is to our memories. Vindaloo and masala were all my family and I ate during a week-long trip to London a few years back. It was the first time that I had been introduced to Indian Cuisine, and I badly needed to make up for lost time. Pearlie, the padres and I sat in the same booth of a basement restaurant night after night on that trip. It was our…read more

Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Carrots

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Side Dishes, Vegan

The colors! There are so few things in this world that we at Olive and Pearl’s love more than roasted vegetables. On the wrong side of the fence, that statement may sound nutty (veggies…? really?). But with spring sprouting away over here, we can’t help but fall deeper and deeper into our devotion. The Alemany Farmer’s Market in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco is where our ritual and allegiances lay. It was the first US Farmer’s Market, as we know them today, and we like to think that…read more

Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce (with Eggplant) – 2 Ways, Part 2

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

  So here we are, a day or two after the creation, consumption, and storage of leftovers of a batch of Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce – 2 Ways, Part 1. In the general quest to save time and money, these two recipes combinations are splendid. And while I personally love leftovers, these two posts are different enough that they more resemble fraternal twins than outfit-matching, name-rhyming identical twin siblings. We’re a little old for that. With the extra polenta and tomato sauce, and a small amount of prep, we have…read more

Polenta and Perfect Tomato Sauce – 2 Ways, Part 1

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

One of the many goals that my sister and I have in cooking, baking, and creating recipes is to find ways to make these culinary endeavors as simple and accessible as possible. While we do love our interesting, oft-not-heard-of ingredients and contemporary preparation methods, there is only so much time in the week. We love ingredients that are multitaskers; whole foods that are transformative and can be used creatively throughout the week. While food preparation and experimentation may be our greatest hobby, it doesn’t quite pay the bills just yet!…read more

Beluga Lentil, Broccoli and Brussel Sprout Salad

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

When I was a wee lad, (girls are lads too, right?) I loved brussel sprouts. I saw nothing wrong with their miniature, cabbage-like way. Then on one fateful day my older sister announced her great and profound dislike of this cruciferous veggie. Right then and there it was over between us. The trash compactor screeched open in victory as my brussels careened and bobbed off of my plate. Luckily for me, my sister, and the sprouts, I grew a mind of my own and she changed hers. Since then brussel…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

Oatmeal-and-Then-Some Breakfast Pie

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

When we were kids, our parents used to put dollar bills under our breakfast bowls on the mornings when Dad was serving oatmeal. Our dear folks had to resort to bribery to make us eat the stuff. Those singles must have completely clouded my memory as to what it was about oats that had us so opposed as they are now an integral part of our pantry. Since then, we have properly learned to appreciate and revere our oats. Oatmeal is one of the single best foods that you can…read more

Sustaining Lentil Soup

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Vegan

Oh, to be contentedly warm and full. Such is the stuff of a Dickens’ novel. It being that both my sister and I will literally wither away and expire upon consuming most comfort foods (gluten and dairy intolerances leave us with potatoes, basically), a bowl of soup contains unsurpassed joy. Especially when made up of a superfood, the lentil. A superfood is a single, whole ingredient that dietitians claim can benefit and even improve your health. Lentils, a member of the legume family, are incredibly nutritious and have been shown…read more