Category: Food

Ratafia Biscuits, revised

Ratafia Biscuits This morning, I had the pleasure of tasting an exceptional Ratafia de Bourgogne (a sweet red wine from Burgundy – see note below).  It’s a fortified wine, and this particular ratafia was one of 300 bottles made in a small vineyard, laced with the owner’s own marc de Bourgogne, or distilled eau de…

Pickled Rhubarb Salad

It’s definitely the growing season in the Midwest, including fresh rhubarb — so tart, so delicious, so versatile!  And although I am actually making another rhubarb-strawberry tart for my birthday dinner tonight, slicing rhubarb stalks reminded me of this wonderfully unique pickled rhubarb recipe:  it’s simple, vegan, gluten-free (obviously), and astonishing. Pickled Rhubarb Salad Ingredients:…

The Best (vegan) Chocolate Cake EVER

It’s my birthday on 10. June, so I’m making this cake for the mathematicians potluck, as the closest thing to a birthday part (given that I’ll be in Santa Barbara for my actual birthday, getting my braces removed).  Lots to celebrate, for sure! Vegan Chocolate Cake Seriously, this is the best chocolate cake recipe I’ve…

Gemini Pie or Rhubarb-Strawberry Tart

Gemini Pie:  Rhubarb+Strawberry Tart Why is this called Gemini Pie?  Well, I am a Gemini (10. June, in case you were wondering), both rhubarb and strawberries become available at the farmer’s market around now, and the crust is half ground hazelnuts and half gluten-free flour.  This vegan, gluten-free, optionally sugar-free dessert is the perfect example…

Heavenly Hazelnut-Mushroom Soup

Hazelnut-Mushroom Soup Last Saturday we had a dinner party, and last night a friend came round to finish up the leftovers.  I had forgotten how wonderful this soup is, both fresh and after a day or so in the fridge  With its creamy (but vegan) texture, and the subtle combination of mushrooms and hazelnuts set…

Lemon Curd, O Lemon Curd

Vegan Lemon Curd I love lemon curd:  the texture, the bright lemon burst of flavor, the way it’s not too sweet (like jam) but so spreadable on biscuits and ryvita… oatcakes… toast… even pumpernickel or Vollkornbrot.  Before I ever moved to England (in 1972), some family friends had just come back from a two-year sojourn; …

Four For Fudge Cake

Here’s another great WAR (Work Avoidance Ritual) to gladden the hearts of your household… or, in my case, the Mathematician’s Potluck next Wednesday! Four for Fudge Cake That’s right – only four ingredients (plus a pinch of salt). This is NOT vegan:  there are eggs, and possibly a bit of dairy in the chocolate, depending…

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night It’s true that Twelfth Night refers to the 12th day of Christmas, which (counting from 25.  December) means the 5th of January, and today is the 7th… but close enough. In two day’s time, there will be a Mathematician’s potluck at a friend’s house, so here is the opportunity to make a galette…

Almost as good as chocolate!

As I looked for vegan recipes to make the holidays lighter and brighter, I came across this brilliant vegan interpretation of the traditional (steamed) Christmas pudding I enjoyed so much when I lived in England.  In fact, after my return to the US in 1992, we made and gave away dozens of small Xmas puddings…

Vegan Buttercream Icing/Frosting

I’m making my Hazelnut-Pear Torte for a dinner party tomorrow, and researched some healthier-but-delicious buttercreams to go with it. So let’s leap in! In each case, the quantity will make enough to dress one 7” cake in two layers. Sweet Potato Buttercream – which tastes much better than it sounds. Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes,…