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Braised Red Cabbage with Apples in Balsamic Vinegar

As the autumnal weather creeps in and gently reminds us of the wintry season ahead, I get excited about all of the things that I have been itching to get into: black wellies bought in August from Forever 21 (Coachella will never have a muddy moment, so I will save them for the rain + mudslides of Laurel Canyon and Malibu), scrummy jumpers and scarves collected over the years, (red cashmere scarf bagged today for Jake. 50 cents. hello) and alternating my two vintage trench coats: A vintage army green YSL and a wheat colored Burberry, also picked up in a thrift shop. I’m in LA, so I’m doing a flippin’ rain dance over here. It’s a hard one to accept: I live in the land of the flip flop. I feel like I’ve dusted off one of my old film cameras today. This one’s an oldie but goodie that I come back to time and time again. It’s easy to prepare, so pretty on the plate, and toe tappingly tasty. The main event: The cabbage is slow cooked, which leaves you with a satiny caramelized sweetness, and a tart tang of granny smith apples.   Braised Red Cabbage with [...]

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Holy Guacamole

I discovered this guacamole at my favorite Hispanic market in Culver City, “Top Valu.” Before you start asking about the misspelled word, let’s just say that’s a part of the market’s funky appeal. I used to come here for the spices, then I discovered some real deals: 4 avocadoes for a dollar, 5 pounds of flavourful roma tomatoes for two bucks, 3 bunches of cilantro for a dollar. It goes on and on, with different deals every week. Although the market is deals galore, the building does have a distinct shabbiness to it, which of course I love. Over the years, I have told a few people about it, but there is a mood of, “oh Culver City, huh.” Since the recession hit, a few locals have cottoned on to it, and the place has been raking in the dough. So much so, that the market has had a bit of a facelift. Fortunately, they are still rocking the old “Top Valu” sign. I love the sense of mystery here, of discovering new things, and enjoy the cultural feel. I hang out with ladies that wear pink curlers in their hair, and we shoot the shiznit over squeezing melons. Not [...]

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Golden Cauliflower Fritters with Herbed Yogurt Dip

These cauliflower fritters are quick and easy to make, and perfect for a picnic (I am sure I’ve said the picnic thing before, but shoot, it’s summer). They are similar to potato pancakes, but much lighter, and with savory Middle Eastern spices. Delish. I’m going to big up the dip too: It seriously takes the fritters to the next level. I whipped up a batch yesterday, and brought it to a play date with my girlfriend Ase (Ohsah) and her lovely kids. She and I sat and ate the cakes while watching the kids play. Translation: we chatted for a minute, tore off a hunk, dipped it in the herbed yogurt, then raced after our kids, then caught up for another 30 seconds, tore off a hunk, dipped, then raced off again. However erratic this may sound, these are the best of times for me. Sharing silly Mummy Moments, snacking and chillin’ out with our children. Golden years. We finished off the fritters for dinner with a big salad. Another idea: Wrap the them up in lavash bread, smear on some of the divine yogurt, add a few middle eastern spicy yellow peppers (long, thin, sweetish, and hot), lettuce leaves, some [...]

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Sauteed Okra With Corn and Tomatoes

I woke up today with a craving for okra. Everyone in my neck of the woods must have felt the same way, because I went on an absurd goose chase this morning looking for the stuff. “Sorry we’re fresh out” was the first answer. How could it be? I was there at 9:00 am? I tried to idiot proof myself by checking and double checking with the manager at the next market:  An uninterested, “Nope not here” comment almost sent me around the bend. It was on par with  “yes, we have no bananas.”  Fearing oblivion, I raced to the next market, only to be faced with a depressing, browned bunch in a basket, at the princely sum of $7.99 a pound.  I must have bad okra karma. I know that I can’t be alone in my quirk for finding good quality veggies in the early hours of the morning. Isn’t this what we live for at Farmer’s Markets? Of course I could have rocked the frozen department at the local grocery store, but this was not an option for me. I took a deep breath and accepted the fact that I have a slight addiction to finding the “right” [...]

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Soulful Red Beans and Rice

I’ve been hankering for a another healthy soul food recipe. Red beans and rice is one of those sacred recipes from the south that is haunted by all things pork: Ham hock, andouille sausage, and bacon fat. It can be a bit of a leap of faith to leave such strong flavors behind, but I promise there is life after eating Babe for breakfast (of course we’re not talking breakfast, but you get the picture). My offering is a healthier version which is as much for the heart n’ soul as it is for the tastebuds. It is still major on flava (that’s flavor for the more dictionary inclined). I’ve upped the ante on seasoning and added a tablespoon of tomato puree, which gives a wonderful richness to the sauce. Give it a whirl and be amazed. Feel free to use dry beans by soaking overnight and cooking the next day. I have a three year old son and a husband who both grumble about the amount of time I spend in the kitchen, so I resort to organic cans of beans to save time. I often wonder how the mood would change with these two if I started warming up [...]

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Buddha’s Coleslaw

Fourth of July is around the corner, and I’ve been in the kitchen whipping up some healthy alternatives to the usual side dishes you find at picnics and barbecues. My first offering is Buddha’s Coleslaw. The sauce has a gingery, asian twist that will leave you feeling lifted and light. There are no guilt ridden ingredients, so you can sidle up for seconds and thirds. That’s enough to leave me feeling blissful and enlightened right there friends. What’s more, it’s so easy to pull together, and the colors look beautiful on the table. File this baby away for your next potluck. You will rack up points on looks and taste, with very little effort.  Buddha’s Coleslaw 2 cups shredded white cabbage 2 cups shredded red cabbage 2 cups shredded carrot Dressing 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons wheat free Tamari or Nama Shoyu 1 tablespoon agave 1-2 inch piece of ginger sliced 3 cloves of garlic minced 1 cup good quality olive oil (but not virgin. regular will do nicely) 1. In a large bowl, toss the vegetables together to mix thoroughly. 2. Using a blender, combine the vinegar, tamari, agave, ginger, and garlic for a minute. While the blender [...]

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Braised Fennel

I have never been a fan of fennel. Until now. It’s growing like gangbusters in the garden, and my higher consciousness/ mature mind makes me want to tackle my phobia of all things that taste of aniseed (uggh. such angelic thoughts provoke the immediate rebellion of something naughty, but I will persevere). I really had to get my head around what to do with such a beautiful creature. I thought of grilling and singeing (that’s singe. Not sing. Just in case.), but we’ve visited the grill pan s few times before. My quest was to bring out the subtlety of flavor, and quick, so I would want to revisit the recipe again and again. Yup, I did it. Much to my husband’s surprise , I ate it three times last week (“again??”). Each time I thought how delicious it was, and the flavor was so tender and delicate. I can already hear a few of you thinking: “God, but that picture? Don’t ‘cha wanna garnish it with anything? Maybe a few multicolored chocolate sprinkles to jazz it up??” Well, I feel you, and I agree that it is bordering on Bauhaus, but that is the point entirely. This side dish is [...]

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Heavenly Hummus with Toasted Pine Nuts and Herbs

This moreish, silky, hummus is going to keep you coming back for, well, more. What can you say for a recipe that is so easy, nutritious, and full of flavor? Let’s just thank the Food Gods quickly and start munching. Of course we all know that it’s great with sliced pita (I am dipping and eating as we speak) or rice cakes (you devils). If you have any friends that need a reason to eat their raw veggies, serve this delicious dip alongside cut carrots, broccoli, snap peas, peppers, and cucumber (almost any veg will do), and they will soon forget about their beloved ranch dressing. I use the word beloved with much trepidation here. You can of course whip up this dip with dried garbanzos (chickpeas for my friends across the pond) by soaking them over night, cooking, then rubbing off the skins, etc, but who’s looking for a culinary medal of honor ( I am nervously looking over my shoulder)? Will your friends and family wax lyrical about your time slaving over the stove, or will you win beaucoup points on looks and taste? I’m thinking Yummy Mummy here. Say no more. Onwards cooking soldiers, with a can [...]

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Asparagus in Lemon, Garlic, and Olive Oil

Spring has finally arrived when I see S&M bound stalks of asparagus flirting with me at Farmer’s Market. I had the intention of making another dish for the post, but there they were, standing at attention, luring me in. Admittedly, I cherish these moments when food sweeps me away. I will forever be a prisoner of my own taste buds. Crumbs. When I am on the hunt for asparagus, I go for slim stalks, rather than their chubby cousins, as they have a sweeter flavor……and heck, I think they’re much more cute. All vain hope of getting into the big leagues of Ina Garten et al in the next century will be dashed after this admission. Sorry Geoffery. Boo hoo. Asparagus in Lemon, Garlic, and Olive Oil 1 stalk of asparagus 2 cloves of garlic sliced thinly 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil juice of half a lemon sea salt to taste ground pepper to taste 1 tablespoon shavings of good quality parmesan 1. Bring a pan of water to boil and blanch the asparagus for three minutes. Drain. 2. Warm the olive oil on low heat, and saute the garlic for a minute. Add the asparagus and cook [...]

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Blackened Broccoli with Chilli, Lemon and Garlic

We just accepted an offer on our house, which would have most people doing cartwheels (and backflips) in such a dismal housing market, but after all of our celebrating, we cannot seem to find the right house. My husband and I have become raving lunatics, searching all day and night in Los Angeles, even extending our search to real estate in London, and we’re coming up empty handed. Everything seems to be just that bit beyond our financial reach. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night thinking, “where the hell am I gonna go??” We are truly demented. I am not talking house snobbery here. I just want to find a decent home for our family that is affordable, more than 1200 square feet, and in our son’s school district. Why oh why did I have to grow up in Los Angeles?? I’m sure we will solve our dilemma soon, but I thought I’d share with you the reason for my belated blog post. It’s no fun being a grownup, is it?? With all of the stress of the move, I have been stoking up on veggie juices, multivitamins, organic raw veggie powder (Perfect Food by Garden [...]

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