Vegetarian-ish

Taco Time

Yes, this is a photo of taco fixings, but there’s one little bowl in the bottom-center that stole the show for me. I’ve been obsessed with sikil pak lately, though I first found out about it at Güero, a really excellent torta (not taco) joint […]

They’re Not Always Green

Half of the legumes I’m growing this year are purple or speckled with pretty red splotches. The heat always turns them back to green, though. Fabaceous lovelies from the garden: Royal Burgundy beans, snow peas, shelled purple-podded peas, and young cranberry beans (slivered, shells and […]

Miyazaki Style Sushi Salad

The boy wanted Spaghetti-Os, so I fixed myself a Miyazaki-style sushi salad (krab, iceberg, kewpie) bolstered by a little omelet and cucumber-hijiki sunomono, plus a little rice (shrimp-nori furikake) and miso. It might look light, but I got all turnt on @gueropdx for lunch today […]

Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Flowers

Yo dawg I heard you like flowers So I made a beautiful bowl of egg flower soup with rich homemade chicken stock, vermilion-yolked backyard eggs, fresh arugula and garlic chives from the garden, and some sweet frozen corn kernels, and then since I heard you […]

Pass the Macrame

No one’s been eating the case of oatmeal that I bought from @bobsredmill and there’s a backlog of yogurt in the fridge, so I did the logical thing that any child of the 1970s would do: I made granola. This is thick oats toasted for […]

Vegetarian burrito in a bowl

I eat a lot of variations on "tofu-veggie stir-fry" because it's fast, cheap, nutritious, and filling. Also, because I was a hippie in the 90s. This one is burrito-flavored, with @tillamook pepper jack and a creamy dressing of sour cream stirred together with homemade tomatillo […]

Toddy Marmalade

I haven’t tried this recipe, but boiling the rinds in a few changes of water reduced the pectin along with the bitterness, which is why Mr. Bradley recommends adding the high-pectin pulp of Golden Pippins (apples) back in. By the time this recipe was published […]

Shakshouka: or, What to Have Instead of Brain Cakes

From Phillis Browne’s The Dictionary of Dainty Breakfasts (London: Cassell, 1899). Warning: this recipe may be a bit cloying. According to Phillis Browne (the nom-de-plume of 19th-century sports journalist Arthur Gay Payne), breakfast should consist of the following: a) a fundamental dish; b) “trifling accessories… […]

Gooey Orange Sticky Buns

Today is New Year’s Eve, and instead of planning a healthy regime change in 2012 I am doing the opposite. I say: more bread. More dessert. More DIY sticky-icky. I’m bringing butter and eggs and gluten back. I’m bringing the old bitch back. And if […]

Pasta and Seafood

A match made in heaven, no? I’m not talking about tuna noodle casserole, though I ain’t mad at that; especially not when it’s made with home-canned albacore and fresh sweet onion-shiitake bechamel. I’m just talking about some pasta, some seafood, something green and something dairy. This […]