Feasting at Home

February 26, 2015

Broccolini Benedict w/ Meyer Lemon Hollandaise

Broccolini Benedict w/ Meyer Lemon Hollandaise | www.feastingathome.com
You strengthen people as you surround them with your loving thoughts.
Sanaya Roman

I'm always on the lookout for a good version of Eggs Benedict without the ham. This one has a delicious stack of steamed broccolini topped with a pillowy egg and Meyer Lemon Hollandaise Sauce  spooned over top--which makes for a truly decadent and special brunch. However- it can be simplified and made significantly more healthy by simply serving up the eggs over roasted broccolini (or steamed),  sans the bread and the hollandaise, making it gluten free. The hollandaise, as rich and calorie laden as it is, is truly divine, an indulgence for sure. This was inspired by a small plate chef Tony Brown created at Ruins a few weeks ago... obviously I loved it. 

When this post arrives to you, if things go as planned, Brian and I will be on our way to Panama. After stopping for a few days in Miami, we will eventually make our way down to the Caribbean side of Panama, where there are small islands with lots of birds for Brian and lots of beaches for me. I will try to post some photos on instagram - so if you want to get a glimpse of this beautiful area, its culture, people and of course its food, feel free to come along with with us.  I'm so excited!! A little respite before we ramp up for wedding season. 

Eggs over Roasted Broccolini, a healthy gluten free breakfast | www.feastingathome.com
Here is healthier version- roasted broccolini with garlic, lemon, chili threads.... and an egg. Lower in fat and gluten free! 

February 20, 2015

Sumac Chicken with Meyer Lemons

Roasted Sumac Chicken with Meyer Lemons...juicy flavorful middle eastern chicken dish that will make your mouth water!  Gluten free.|  www.feastingathome.com

Roast Chicken infused with Meyer lemons and Sumac brings me back home to my dad's way of cooking -simple and rustic with Middle Eastern flavors. Plump, juicy, and flavorful, this chicken is delicious served alongside simple basmati rice and a leafy green salad.   It's worth tracking down the ingredients- but if you can't get your hands on Meyer lemons, don't let this stop you, regular lemons will work too. But truthfully, Meyer lemons will elevate this and make it truly special. So try your best to find them!

February 16, 2015

Falafel Burgers with Tzatziki

Falafel Burgers with Tzatziki- a vegan gluten free burger that is healthy and filling! | www.feasitngathome.com
Thoughts of others often come into your mind, 
because at a deep level they are asking for your love and light. 

Sanaya Roman

Hearty falafel burgers are a delicious, healthy, high-protein meal. Made with garbanzo beans, garlic, onions and fresh herbs, these tasty guys can be baked instead of fried to keep the fat and calories down.  Filling and satisfying, these are vegan and gluten free. If going gluten free, substitute romaine for the buns, or serve them over a bed greens or even on their own, topped with flavorful tzatziki sauce, a creamy yogurt sauce with cucumber and fresh herbs.

The secret to flavorful, authentic tasting falafel burgers is to use dry chick peas, soaked overnight. Canned garbanzos, just won't produce the same texture. And once the  garbanzo beans are soaked, the recipe actually comes together very quickly and easily. 

Whenever I eat falafel, I love to add something pickled, which gives it some zest and acidity.  Today we "quick pickled" some some mild chili peppers to include in the burgers or to serve alongside. Pickled onions work well too!

Falafel Burgers with Tzatziki- a vegan gluten free burger that is healthy and filling! | www.feasitngathome.com

February 14, 2015

White Miso Black Cod

White Miso Black Cod-w/ pickled daikon, kale nests and miso aioli | www.feastingathome.com

This melt in your mouth, slightly caramelized White Miso Black Cod, is buttery and rich with a subtle sweetness and delicious umami flavor. It's one of my all time favorites. This recipe comes from chef  Nobu Matsuhisa  and it's so good, it has been replicated by many other chefs and restaurants all around the world. For some reason I never tire of it.

The secret to this mouth watering recipe is the fish. Black cod, sometimes called Sable fish marries perfectly with the marinade of white miso paste, mirin and sake- and because of its high oil content, is difficult to overcook or dry out. You can serve it simply, with a side of veggies, and be perfectly content and satisfied. Or fancy it up a bit, and plate it with pickled daikon and little "nests" of sake braised kale and a brushing of flavorful white miso aioli. Totally up to you. 

White Miso Black Cod-w/ pickled daikon, kale nests and miso aioli | www.feastingathome.com

February 11, 2015

Cardamom Latte Panna Cotta

Cardamom Latte Panna Cotta- a luscious no fuss, dessert, with a perfect marriage of flavors.| www.feastingathome.com
You can experience a life in which waves of love can rush up inside you
 anytime you want. It is the nature of your being. 
Michael Singer --The Untethered Soul

There are books that find their way to us at exactly the right time. I find it uncanny sometimes, how the universe often gives us little nudges towards what we need, with expert timing. These signs can be quiet and subtle, soft whisperings to the heart, a gentle pull. Other times the nudge can feel more like a shove. Somehow this book found its way into my hands a year ago now, and all I can say is --it was exactly what I needed at the time. It spoke to me. It may not be for everyone, but I just wanted to put out there, in case you too, need a little nudge. It's called The Untethered Soul, a heart opener for sure.

This recipe for Cardamom Latte Panna Cotta, is one of my favorite sweets ever. A rich, creamy, luscious, custard like dessert, sans eggs, it comes together quickly and without fuss. Serve in little canning jars, or a mini ramekins, with a fluffy dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings- a few of these luxurious bites are the perfect ending to your special dinner. The combination of cardamom and coffee are so harmonious, complimenting each other so generously, it's hard to imagine them ever apart.

Hope you are having a beautiful, love filled week.

Cardamom Latte Panna Cotta- a luscious no fuss, dessert, with a perfect marriage of flavors.| www.feastingathome.com

February 7, 2015

Matcha Green Tea and Pineapple Smoothie

Matcha Pineapple Smoothie with Kale- An instant mood lifter and energizing drink full of healthy antioxidants! | www.feastingathome.com
I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. 
Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.

Mary Oliver

The weather got to me this week. It doesn't happen very often, but day after day of dark drizzly rain,  along with an embarrassing mishap while putting on my boot, throwing my back out and rendering me completely helpless for a few days - had me feeling a little blue. But then, like sunshine, Brian walked in the door with a juicy fresh pineapple, and things started looking up. It's the simple things isn't it? 

This energizing smoothie is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Pineapple, I'm discovering is perfect in smoothies.  Not only do they add a mouthwatering tropical sweetness, they add a pleasant acidity. Matcha, basically green tea that has been ground into a fine powder, is full of so many "good for you" properties and antioxidants, I won't even begin to bore you with the list, but it's also great if you need a mid-morning or afternoon pick me up, without leaving you feeling jittery like coffee. It clears out the cobwebs, and gives me a few more hours of focus and concentration. 


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