Describe your culinary style.
I would describe my style as natural. I like to use ingredients that are in season and unprocessed, and I really strive to let the ingredients shine. I think the best food tastes like itself.
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Produce really drives my cooking and inspires me. We shop the farmer’s market and participate in a local CSA, so my inspiration always comes from the fruits and vegetables in front of me in any given week. My desserts are celebration food, so they are inspired by the person or event we are celebrating.
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
I need more details about this island! Is it hot? Is there edible vegetation? I don’t feel I can accurately answer this question without more details… but if forced to pick I think coconuts, (and a large machete) because you can drink the water from inside the coconut and eat the fruit. I feel like coconuts might ensure my survival until my rescuer arrives with chocolate and wine.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
- My fast blueberry tart is a great place to start. It’s a delicious, creamy, bursting with flavor dessert that you can have on the table in 30 minutes!
- My Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, a vegan take on one of life’s best comfort foods. Spectacular for the cashew mushroom gravy, which has so many other applications.
- For a special occasion I just adore this Lemon Blueberry Cake. It tastes like summer on a plate.
- Lentils and Quinoa with Roasted Broccoli represents our typical weeknight dinner, and my lunch leftovers. One of my first and most popular posts.
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
Potatoes. Seriously. My husband says I treat potatoes like a food group. If I am stressed and in need of comfort food the first things I think of are fries, chips, and gratin.
A combination of yummy and lovely, which sums up my food philosophy brilliantly.