Avocado & Parsley Salad Recipe

Avocado & Parsley Salad Recipe

Confession: I’m madly, deeply in love with avocados. In fact, I’m so in love with them that maybe someday, inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Ode to an Artichoke, I can see myself drafting an Ode to Avo. Sooooomeday…Maybe. Or… maybe not. In the meantime, I’ll just keep putting them on everything in site. Today, I felt like cutting differently. I halved, peeled, pitted and punched out avocado pieces with a cookie cutter. And then, I fell even more deeply in love the soft gradient of green to yellow that appeared on these mini circles. Because, some days after cutting, stabbing out the pit, slicing, smashing with a fork, stirring and more smashing, I forget about how delicate avocados can appear. I try to stay consistent with the food I cook most days… I like oats for breakfast when it’s cold out, smoothies for a snack if the sun is shining, and I try to pack a salad every day for my lunch at work. But on the days when I’m cooking at home, I like to get a little lost in it – and slice and dice things my way, however the mood happens to strike. This creativity can get buried in my daily survival food – aka: meals I make everyday to get through the week. Don’t get me wrong, they taste delicious, but when I think about cooking, I think about creating, about having fun with it. Some days that could be a three-course meal for my friends, made with whatever happens to be in the fridge, and some days, it’s just as simple as taking a cookie...
Midnight Sin Chocolate Torte. Cherry Sauce.

Midnight Sin Chocolate Torte. Cherry Sauce.

Exactly as moody, sultry and decadent as the name implies. Just looking at the photo makes me crave a deep glass of Malbec, a cozy loveseat with a plethora of cushions and a close friend. The chocolate layer is fudgy and rich, but not overly sweet and the toasted hazelnut crust lends a unique flavor and a nice amount of crisp ‘n crunch to each bite. You could make this torte in a traditional spring-form pan and slice into pie-shapes. I prefer the bite-sized, slightly irregular, geometric shapes as they make for an interesting presentation. Asymmetry is fun to look at, and a nice surprise on the plate. Not to mention – this way I can go back for seconds. And thirds. And… well, a nibble every night on occasion. With summer nights creeping up on us, this chilled torte makes for a satisfying treat that will still leave you with plenty of room to enjoy that glass of red wine on the porch. Midnight Sin Raw Chocolate Torte Recipe Adapted from Angela Liddon’s “Chilled Espresso Chocolate Torte” Ingredients Crust ¾ cup hazelnuts, toasted ¼ cup coconut oil, melted 3 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp sea salt 1 ½ cups oat flour (Or place 1 1/2 cups rolled oats in the food processor until it becomes flour) Filling 1 ½ cups cashews, soaked overnight ¾ cup maple syrup ½ cup coconut oil, melted ⅓ cup black onyx cocoa powder (I use this for it’s dark color, you can sub in any cocoa powder) ⅓ cup chopped dark chocolate, melted 2 tsp pure vanilla extract ½ tsp sea salt Garnish...
Easter Dinner – Spring Rolls!

Easter Dinner – Spring Rolls!

With Easter bunnies a-hopping and springtime a-blooming, a colorful recipe seemed appropriate for this weekend. I think the best part about spring is the sudden onslaught of colorful food. Goodbye drab winter greys, browns and dull greens. Make way for fresh colors and flavors, looking beautiful on my plate, and bursting with flavor in my mouth. Serve these lovely little rolls as appetizers, or as an entree, depending on your mood. I see any rolled-up food as an excuse to see how many goodies I can stuff inside. So mine end up more like entree portions. I have no self-control, what can I say? I love eating these spring rolls with homemade peanut sauce or spicy plum sauce, but they are also delicious with just a spritz of fresh lime juice if you’re in a pinch for time. Happy Easter if you celebrate, and happy spring regardless! Ingredients Rice paper rolls Warm Water 1 lb firm tofu Rainbow Carrots Cucumber Cilantro Bell pepper Purple Cabbage Avocado Kelp noodles, zucchini noodles, or rice noodles, optional Lime, cut into wedges Your all-time favorite dipping sauce(s) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice tofu into thin strips. Place on parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Bake 5-8 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool. 2. While the tofu is baking, peel and slice the veggies into thin strips, about 2 inches long. (Knife Skills: Matchstick) 3. Prepare noodles of choice according to the package directions. 4. Lay out all ingredients so they are readily avilable. Fill a shallow dish with warm...
Make Tonight’s Dinner Sexy. DIY Microgreens.

Make Tonight’s Dinner Sexy. DIY Microgreens.

If you’re looking to take your dinner plate to the next level, nothing looks more beautiful than a lovely, edible garnish. And nothing is more delicious and gratifying than a homegrown garnish. Check out the Microgreens Tutorial I wrote for Simply Canning. All your questions answered in one place. Planting, growing and harvesting. You’re only one sunny windowsill and 30 seconds a day away from a sexy dinner plate. So, take it up a notch. You’ll love the results. FREE Monthly Inspiration? Hook Me Up! Email address: First Name: Last Name:...
Cucumber Bites with Pomegranate Salsa

Cucumber Bites with Pomegranate Salsa

Pomegranates are red. Mint leaves are green. A more picturesque salsa, I have never seen. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this lovely, crunchy salsa can be served as an appetizer, amuse-bouche, or used to top an entree of your choice. Think tacos, fajitas, or even veggie nachos! See, I love fondue as much as the next girl, but when I’m dreaming up a romantical evening, I want food that calls to all five senses. I want something visually stunning, tasty, aromatic, and sensual. I want to leave the table feeling completely satisfied, and still able to rock some lingerie. Seriously – it’s Valentine’s Day, folks! Enjoy! Cucumber Bites with Pomegranate Salsa Ingredients 1 small shallot, minced ~ 2 Tbsp 1 medium jicama, peeled, small dice 1 pomegranate, peeled, seeds separated 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced thin 1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced 1 lime, juiced 1 pinch sea salt, to taste Mint, Cilantro or Microgreens for garnish (Amaranth and Beet Microgreens pictured above) 1 pinch chili powder, optional for those who like it spicy Directions Peel and mince shallot. Place minced shallot in a small bowl of cold water and set aside. Remove shallots from water and drain well. Toss with pomegranate seeds, jicama and jalapeno. Mix well. Add lime juice and salt to taste. Top each slice of cucumber with pomegranate salsa. Garnish and serve. Mix it up! If you want to dice all of the jicama AND cucumber and serve the salsa on tortilla chips, that’s an option. You could dice all the jicama, and serve the salsa on cucumber slices. Or you could dice all of the cucumber, and serve the salsa on jicama slices. You...