dairy-free banana bread

I only make banana bread when I have overly ripe bananas that I know that nobody is going to eat. My recipe is low in sugar so if you like your cakes sweet add a 1/4 cup of coconut sugar to the recipe or serve it with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup like my husband does. Continue Reading…

roasted cauliflower salad

Remember the days when cauliflower wasn’t popular? When she was considered boring? When no one knew what to do with her?

Well those days are over, a decade ago. Now she is a mega celebrity that everyone wants to cook with.  

If you didn’t pay attention to the glorious life of our cauliflower friend and you’re still not sure what to make with her make this salad for a start or simply roast her, turn her into rice, make pizza crust out of her, put her in raw and cooked salads, soups, curries, steaks… The variations are endless. She is a star but she doesn’t got Betty Davis eyes. Enjoy winter (or any season you’re in now) xxs Continue Reading…

braised & roasted red cabbage

Since Winter arrived I’ve been mostly braising or roasting veggies for lunch and dinner. I don’t know why but I can’t think of any other cooking methods when I am cold. It isn’t as cold here in LA as in NY but here the houses aren’t as warm, the central heating that we have in this house isn’t as effective as the radiators we had in our apartments in New York (we had to open a window because it was too hot inside). I constantly make tea, soups and stews to keep myself warm.  

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gluten & dairy free almond pear cake

Is it normal to be organized but messy?

Fearful of failure but courages to start all over again?

Love all foods but be fussy?

Terrified of cockroaches but totally okay with spiders?

Hate to fly but love to travel?

Skeptical but trust most humans?

Eat cakes and leave them whole?

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aromatic coconut pumpkin soup

When I was a kid, the only type of pumpkin (Dla’at in Hebrew, not as fun to say as pumpkin or pumpking as Alex used to call them when he was a toddler) we had in the not-so-holy-land was those big Halloween-decoration pumpkins. We also didn’t have winter squashes, which I find more dense and flavorful than pumpkins. I roast the squash before I add it to the soup because the dry heat caramelizes and makes it more delicious. If for some reason you can’t roast it, dice and add it to the pot with the rest of the veggies, It would still be good. 

Fish sauce alternatives: so I googled plant-based fish sauce – so oxymoron – and discovered Fysh, a fish sauce made from algae so I ordered a bottle. Algae I’m counting on you. Until the next soup xxx

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vegan chocolate & peanut butter cake

Up until a month ago I didn’t like the flavor of sweet peanut butter, such as in PB&J and Reese’s. It took me almost a decade to like peanut butter in general and another decade to like it sweetened. It’s definitely something to do with growing up in Israel. When I was a kid and teenager there was no peanut butter. It arrived, I think, in the nineties. It’s weird though that we didn’t have it because our national snack, Bamba, is made with peanut butter. Continue Reading…

simple roasted ratatouille

It’s funny that I know how to make ratatouille but didn’t know how to spell ratatuille… it took me five attempts to spell it right RATATOUILLE 😁
I need to explain, to the French of us, that for me, any time eggplants, peppers and tomatoes are cooked together they are ratatouille (💯 for spelling). Other wise I have to call it roasted eggplants, tomatoes, peppers… too long and less captivating. Continue Reading…

ketoish dark chocolate & tahini truffles

They have an addictive flavor and fun to make, which can be challenging when you try to avoid sugar completely. 

They’re all the diets friendly (Keto, vegan, Paleo…). Too friendly 🙂 if you can limit yourself to 2 maximum 3 a day, then yes they are Keto friendly. 

If you’re not a big tahini fan – I can’t relate to you – or doesn’t have any, use any nut butter you like instead, and add with your own flavors. If you like chili then add chili, if you like whisky then add whisky… Continue Reading…

Seattle fog – earl gray latte

The first time I had an earl gray latte was in Seattle. It was in a place called Mr. West Cafe Bar. They also had the most delicious almond butter and Jam toast. It was one of the best toasts I had in my life (And I’m the biggest bread snob in the world). I normally don’t drink caffeine – it doesn’t help with my HD, Hyperactivity Disorder (did you think I have High Definition problems? 😉 – but sometimes I have to. Especially when the beverage is called Seattle Fog.
Small dosage here and there on a full stomach and no stress is okay. When I am stressed out, forget it.
My heart starts to race, which makes me all panicky. I start biting myself for being weak and I swear to god that that would be the last time I put this poison in my body. But then I go on vacations and forget about all my rules and promises. But then it’s fine because I’m very relaxed and happy.  If you’re weak like me, make your latte weak. But make it. It’s good xxs

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upside-down rice with sweet potatoes

Years ago, when the boys were little, I chatted with a beduin mom in the playground in Yerucham, the small town in the dessert of Israel where I grew up.
Since I love to talk about food, I asked her if she cooks. She said she did, everyday. So I asked her what is their typical dish, that one dish she cooks all the time and everyone in her family loves. She said chicken maqluba. I don’t leave playgrounds without recipes, she was happy to share the recipe and I was happy to know what I was going to make for dinner.
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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I was craving cookies but run out of coconut sugar or maple syrup so I decide to use molasses to make my basic cookies recipe.
Molasses has a strong, burnt flavor but with pumpkin spice it somehow disappear. I grounded oats to make oat flour and mixed it with just a little bit buckwheat flour because of its strong earthy flavor that I like, but in savory baked goods can be over powering.

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