This is a dense, moist bread with such a tender crumb that it feels light. The tenderness is delivered without the usual greasiness of sweet breads — it gets its moisture from ripe bananas instead of relying on the large amounts of oil typically used. It is also perfectly sweet with a great texture on the top from coarse-grained sugar, and a hint of cinnamon and ginger.
My little sister Tiegen and I are always horrified when people overzealously lob off the tops of strawberries in order to remove the calyx – that’s “destem the green cap” (I swear it’s a real word, thank you to my sister-in-law for that). There is so much gold there, people.
This is my winter version of zucchini bread: carrot bread. It’s a healthier version of a quick bread – it uses mashed carrots for moisture and only a bit of oil, and lots of grated carrots on top of that. Orange zest and fresh grated ginger brighten it up and there’s lots of my favorite (and hopefully your favorite) spices in there, too: cardamom, clove, and cinnamon. Plus coconut – a great texture for the topping. It makes it look kinda like a carrot snowball (the dessert… not a real carrot snowball).
Well, this is probably one of my favorites. Romanesco is roasted intact with a thick, spicy mint-cilantro chutney and served in slices. The mint chutney crust layered atop the lime-green Romanesco makes for a vivid presentation. It’s a great meal for a dinner party – you can make the sauce ahead and marinate the romanesco in it up to a day ahead. Or you can blend up the sauce right away and stick it in the oven for the fanciest lunch ever, like I did.
I often eat the same breakfast every day – oatmeal. When I’m feeling crazy, I might eat steel-cut oats or muesli. I’m a wild one. But it’s good to branch out, even if it is still a grain cooked in milk with fruit stirred in – and this is special enough to serve for brunch or if you are feeling fancy. The brown rice is nutty and filling and the coconut milk makes this creamy and decadent.
My sister and her boyfriend Brad came down for the holidays with their little wiggly fluff, Resi, and things have been crazy. We went to an amazing Christmas Eve dinner at my cousin Kiera’s – all vegan! We had butternut squash soup, veggie pot pies (YUM) cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, mushroom stuffing, and fresh sourdough. I made a Buche de Noel and Brad made my Winter Quinoa Croquettes. It was all pretty stellar. And Kiera’s little ladies were definitely ready to go to sleep – and were excited to see that the elves had swung by and left them some pajamas! It was exciting for us too :)
Happy Halloween! I hope no one tries to pawn off those crunchy dry popcorn balls on you this year. So lame. Maybe you will be lucky and get this delicious wasabi-coconut popcorn instead. If not, make it yourself and curl up on the couch with a halloween horror flick. Or if you are more like me (i.e., scared of the dark), a kid’s halloween movie.