It was a matter of weeks ago, I was in Peru, exploring the Andean landscape and discovering new foods like choclo and kiwicha. In the Sacred Valley, there are many crops, like quinoa, fava beans, corn, and many kinds of potatoes. I found a new appreciation for quinoa, as I tasted my way through many dishes using the grain in interesting ways. On the last day, at lunch, I ordered a quinoa risotto with local vegetables and pesto. It was so creamy and rich but also nourishing and bright and full of flavor, I knew I had to recreate it at home (but under the assumption it would not be as good :/ ) This is a variation on that meal...Read More
soups + bowls
After the first major snowstorm, seems like we are in the midst of winter. I woke up the other morning to a whiteout outside my window. White flurries dancing in the air and a white fog encapsulating the city. The day prior to the snowstorm was a warm 60 degrees, unusual for a northeast winter, but hey, it got me thinking about spring and that in almost a few weeks we’ll be in march, the month of the spring equinox.
I may be jumping too far in excitement, but...Read More
It was a few weeks ago. I had just eaten at a ramen bar and was quite possibly transfixed on the mushroom broth. How was it so flavorful, so mushroom-y, peppery, so meatless-ly meaty, and still light. Partial to thick soups and stews, I often forget the world of delicate broths. But forget no more. In fact, immediately upon returning home, I quickly sorted out ideas for a recipe. And so resulted my Mushroom + Leek Broth Soup. This recipe has...Read More
I usually associate seasons with colors. Perhaps it’s the child in me, or the dramatic northeast climate that creates a clear four seasons, but there are colors unequivocally belonging to each season. Winter, the sky is icy, the shadows grow long, and the light is brilliant and unobstructed. Winter is a wonderful time for photography. The luscious earthly plants dry and hibernate; and we are left with a skeleton of the world. Low light makes for dramatic, angular impressions, the trees are stripped bare and what once protects us with shade now exposes us to the world. Winter is the season of dark reds and greens, and cold, blue. To celebrate the season’s colors, I have a healthy, vibrant bowl of winter veggies to share, and this my Winter Green Goddess Bowl...Read More
Pumpkin soup has a way of asserting itself quite prominently into fall cooking. It has all the wonderful autumnal qualities that are most celebrated in recipes: warm, creamy, comforting, and of course..pumpkin. Made from a delicious roast of sugar pie pumpkin and spices, this soup is comforting, seasonal treat...Read More