Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spiced Almonds

Inspired by Moro, these are just almonds I roasted and tossed with olive oil, paprika, salt, and a little cayenne and white pepper.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mashed Sunchokes and Millet with Cranberry and Purple Shelling Beans, Caramelized Onion, and Arugula and Persimmon Salad

Inspired by this post. I am not a big cauliflower fan, and I had some sunchokes in the fridge so I decided to use them instead. I think it came out great, and it was delicious with the sweet, caramelized onions and fresh shelling beans.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Roasted Beet Salad with Yogurt Dressing and Nigella Seeds (Reprise)

I made the beet salad from Moro again for our pumpkin carving party, and served it in these adorable little cups, with some daikon sprouts on top.


Spicy, roasted squash and hand-pulled mozzarella from our party the other night, served with lentils.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pluot Galette

Inspired by a tart I had at Chez Panisse last month, we served this with rosewater whipped cream, which really brought out the fragrance of the pluots. (Pictured below with our favorites from the River Cafe books: Chocolate Walnut Torte and Pear Almond Cake)

Spicy Squash and Hand-Pulled Mozzarella Skewers

Erik pulled the mozzarella just moments before we served the skewers. Recipe from Jamie.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Black Cod Tagine with Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Potatoes, and Olives

Also from Moro.

Fava Bean and Cucumber Soup

I had this at Moro when I was in London this summer, and now that I have their cookbook I've been dying to make it myself. It was just as delicious as I remembered and surprisingly easy to make. We made it with fresh fava beans instead of the dry ones in the recipe, which made it even quicker to put together.

Tagliatelle with Roasted Tomatoes, Olives, Capers, and Arugla

Inspired by River Cafe, as always...

Cranberry Beans with Arugula and Corn Salad

I cooked the beans with garlic, tomato and sage.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Smashed chickpeas, toast, roasted cherry tomatoes, pot roast from Chez Panisse, beet and carrot salads.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Roasted Beet Salad with Olives, Capers, Shallots and Buffala Mozzarella

I harvested my first beets last week, and made them into this amazing salad. It was so good- I expect to be eating it lots more this winter.

Roast the beets, covered with foil, at 450 degrees for 45 minutes with about an inch of water in the bottom of the pan. When they are done, you can slip off the skins and roots and cut them into chunks or slices if you prefer. Dress them while they are still warm with a bit of red wine vinegar, finely chopped shallots, and salt and pepper. Let them soak up the vinegar before you add any olive oil, and then add the chopped olives and capers.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Homemade Mozzarella with Tomatoes and Basil From the Garden

Treviso with Gorgonzola, Walnuts, and Shaved Parmesan


I had leftover jerk chicken and dirty rice from Brown Sugar Kitchen, so I cooked up some black beans and fried some plantains to go with them. Yum!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Manchego, French Mustard, and Homemade Pickles

Fresh Black Eyed Peas with Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Feta

I found fresh black eyed peas in the market today so we decided to adapt Hank Shaw's recipe for a Greek-inspired salad. By keeping the beans warm, along with the roasted tomatoes (as opposed to sun-dried), we made it into less of a salad and more of a hot meal. Yum!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Spaghetti with Quick Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread

Erik's been craving spaghetti, and the heatwave earlier this week made my tomato plants explode with fruit, so I decided to make sauce. I just sauteed some onion with marjoram and dried chilies, threw in a couple of whole garlic cloves, and then added the tomatoes and let them caramelize. The result was amazingly sweet, and perfect with bread smeared with salted butter and roasted garlic.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Arugula Salad with Watermelon and Lemon Verbena; Smashed Chickpeas on Toast with Preserved Lemon and Chilies

Pear Almond Tart with Custard

Another River Cafe recipe, made with Warren pears from my dad's orchard, and served with warm vanilla custard... yummmm.

Hand-Rolled Fennel Pollen Pici in Fennel-Tomato Sauce

Inspired by this amazing blog post, and Hank's recipes, Erik and I went foraging for fennel pollen last week. After about a half hour of gently shaking fennel flowers into a tupperware container, we had about a tablespoon of pollen and at least as many bugs. Newly convinced that the price of imported, dried pollen was worth it, we gave up and bought a jar. Making the hand-rolled pasta (which has the pollen in it) was surprisingly easy and fun- I think it would be a great meal to make with kids if you have them.

Broccolini with Garlic and Chili

Whole Halibut Baked in Salt

We made this using a combination of instructions from Jamie Oliver, River Cafe, and an episode of Two Fat Ladies. It was a little scary at first but turned out amazingly!


with homemade ricotta, arugula, olives and chilies

with smashed chickpeas and sauteed chard

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spaghetti with Tuna, Capers, Onions and Chili

This is my go-to meal when I don't have anything else in mind. I always have the ingredients in the pantry, so it's quick and easy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Buccatini with Oregano

When Erik picked this recipe out of one of our River Cafe cookbooks, the first thing I thought of was "Veronica, I made your favorite- spaghetti with lots of oregano!", so of course we watched Heathers while we ate. I must say that this recipe- which calls for 1/2 cup of dried oregano plus "two generous handfuls" of fresh oregano, tossed into the pasta with a bit of olive oil- was a bit much for me. This is only the second River Cafe recipe we've tried and disliked (I know, I really should change this blog's title to "Recipes from River Cafe and Jamie Oliver")... really it was just too much oregano. The pasta was bitter and woody (why did it need the dried oregano?), and desperately needed something to balance it out like some ground pine nuts or walnuts maybe, or even some cream or butter. The fresh cherry tomatoes from my garden were a nice, sweet reprieve, but I definitely did not go back for seconds. Oh, well...

ADDENDUM: We figured out that the problem arose from using Mexican dried oregano instead of Italian! The Italian variety comes in big, leafy bunches, whereas the Mexican is ground up and includes lots of stem pieces.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hopple Popple

A childhood favorite, and the perfect thing for recovering from strep throat this week: split pea soup with hot dogs. Recipe here.

15 Minute Cake

This is yet another flourless chocolate cake from River Cafe and the richest yet! No sugar, just eggs, dark chocolate (70% cacao), and butter. Yum!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Breakfast Salad

Inspired by Jamie Oliver: crispy pancetta, roasted tomatoes, shaved parmesan and toasted croutons over greens, with a poached egg.

Chocolate Walnut Cake

From River Cafe, like a giant, buttery brownie. Mmmmm.....

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lentils with Boudin Blanc and Braised Fennel

Another Cafe Rouge sausage put to good use. I can never go to their butcher shop and just buy one thing...