CELERY ROOT & PINK LADY APPLE SOUP WITH YOGURT, TOASTED HAZELNUTS & MICROGREENS

In New York, it's been a cold, cold winter this year with no end in sight.  Just a few days ago it snowed again, just 24 hours after the "first day of Spring." While I've been subsisting off brothy, meaty soups (obviously comforting in freezing temps), I'm searching for something a little brighter.  This soup is just hearty enough for a cold night, but has the freshness of Springtime – or more specifically, Spring weather - is hopefully just around the corner.  

If you've never cooked with celery root (or celeriac) – this is your time.  It's a root vegetable with the essence of Spring.  I know it appears pretty gnarly on the surface, but once you shed its knobby skin, it has such a light, fragrant celery taste that anyone would love.  Enjoy this soup warm with good, crusty bread.

CELERY ROOT & PINK LADY APPLE SOUP WITH YOGURT, TOASTED HAZELNUTS & MICROGREENS

SERVES 6-8 

  • Gluten-free, grain-free, vegan option.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 leek, cut into half-moons
  • 1 small sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 pink lady or honey crisp apples, peeled & diced
  • 1 3/4 lb. celeriac, peeled and diced (about 4 cups chopped)
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, or about 1/2 can
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Greek yogurt, to serve
  • Microgreens, to serve

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Heat a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat with olive oil.  Add garlic, onion, leek, apple, celery root and parsnip.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes, or until onions and leeks begin to soften.  Stir in bay leaves, thyme, nutmeg, broth and coconut milk. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer over low heat until celery root, apples & parsnips are completely softened.  Season as you go with sea salt and freshly cracked white pepper.

In the meantime, add hazelnuts to a small baking sheet.  Cook for 10-12 minutes or until your kitchen smells nutty and hazelnut skins begin to flake off.  Set aside to cool.  Once hazelnuts are cool enough to touch, rub them between your hands to remove skins (this step can be skipped, but the hazelnut skins will flake off easily and no one wants that in their soup!).  Once most of the skins are removed, roughly chop and set aside.

Once soup is soft, use a hand blender or actual blender to puree soup until smooth.  Season each bowl with flaky sea salt, white pepper and hazelnuts.  Then top with a dollop of yogurt and a handful of microgreens.  Serve immediately. 

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RAW KALE CAESAR WITH BEET MICROGREENS, AVOCADO & POACHED EGG

Raw kale caesars are the one thing I never tire of.   I pretty much order them whenever they're offered.   At home, I like mine with a few hippie add-ons and poached egg for breakfast (or really, anytime of day). This almond caesar dressing is naturally dairy-free, but has the bold, zingy flavor that every caesar needs. You'll want to put it on everything - and I won't stop you.

RAW KALE CAESAR WITH BEET MICROGREENS, AVOCADO & POACHED EGG (Gluten & grain-free, Vegan) SERVES 2

  • 1 large bunch of kale, washed, stemmed & torn
  • A pinch of flaky sea salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 4-5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 cup tablespoons hempseeds
  • A good handful of microgreens

RAW ALMOND CAESAR DRESSING (Vegan, dairy-free) Makes about 2/3 cup

  • 1/2-2/3 cup almonds, soaked for 4-6 hours
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 small lemons, juice + zest
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine (or olive juice brine)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • In a large mixing bowl, massage the juice of one lemon into kale.  Sprinkle with sea salt and set aside.

Then, make almond dressing: After soaking almond, rinse and drain well.  Add to high-speed blender or food processor with the following five ingredients.  Blend ingredients well, then stream in olive oil until desired texture.  Season with sea salt and pepper.

Mix kale together with sliced radish, avocado and microgreens and hempseeds.  Toss in desired amount of dressing (it's on the thicker side, so use your hands to massage it in).  

To poach eggs: Fill a large saucepan with water and a good splash of white vinegar.  Over high heat, let the temperature come until you begin to see tiny bubbles around the rim.  Plop in your eggs (one at a time, if you’re nervous).  Let the eggs sit for about 30 seconds, then slowly stir making sure the egg white wraps around the yolk.  If your egg gets stuck on the bottom of the pan, don’t fret, use a silicon spatula to carefully remove it.  Let cook until egg whites just begin to firm (or set), 

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HOME/MADE: How To Make a Hippie Bowl

I'm obsessed with breakfast grain bowls, those meals-in-a-bowl that have an air of West Coast hippie and are more about foraging in the fridge than actual cooking. Once you master the basic formula, you'll never ask yourself "what's for breakfast" (or lunch) again.  Now it's just a bowl with everything you love in it.

 

1. CHOOSE YOUR GRAIN

Just use leftover grains/beans/legumes from last night's dinner, or make a big batch on the weekend to feed off of all week long. If you've been curious about a new grain variety, look at the grain bowl as an opportunity to try it. Hearty, flavorful grains like quinoa, sorghum, amaranth, millet, or black rice are all great here. As are beans and lentils. You can always cook your grains (and beans/lentils) in lightly salted water, but you can also add more flavor by simmering it in chicken or vegetable broth. 

2. USE A RAINBOW OF RAW AND COOKED VEG

Load up your grain bowl with your favorite raw, roasted, steamed, or even leftover vegetables—the more the merrier. Think about texture here - you want a good balance of crunchy raw vegetables (I love radish) and some heartier roasted fare (roasted root vegetables are my go-to). Greens, raw or sautéed, are always a great addition. Think about color, too—you'll get the most nutritious bowl with a rainbow of vegetables.

3. PUT AN EGG ON IT

Unlike most dishes, meat isn’t the star here. Grain bowls don't need a ton of protein to be completely satisfying. Usually, an egg is the only extra protein you need. Poached, sunny-side up, or soft-boiled—they all pair well with grain bowls, thanks to that luscious runny yolk.

4. USE LOTS OF SAUCE

Be generous with your sauce - it’s truly what holds your grain bowl together.  Douse your bowl anything from tamari soy sauce or tahini to straight up sriracha or hot sauce (which always pairs perfectly with an egg). Don’t underestimate the potential of adding salsa, hummus, guacamole (or anything you might dip a chip into). And another crazy idea? Mix a couple of your sauces together—sometimes, they just taste better that way.

5. FINISH WITH SOMETHING TANGY AND CRUNCHY

Just one or two final ingredients really help your grain bowl pop. I usually go for something with a bit of acid and some kind of crunch. That can be anything from feta and kimchee to sprouts and roasted seeds to crunchy seaweed sheets and a squeeze of lime. Let your intuition steer the way here—no breakfast bowl can ever be wrong (no matter how weird).

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ORANGE BLOSSOM & CARDAMOM CAKE WITH MASCARPONE COCONUT FROSTING

I recently celebrated a birthday which is my annual cue to make a decadent layer cake.  Although the festivities were exceeded by storm Juno, baking a cake isn't a terrible way to spend your birthday for me.  I'm always looking for an excuse to do so.

This cake is one of my favorites to date, and (surprisingly) completely grain-free.  If you haven't noticed, I'm of the snacking cake kind, so it's rare for me to love a frosting lathered layer cake.  But this one isn't overly sweet, and the orange blossom water / cardamom pairing adds something special to an already tasty dessert.  Save this one for your next snow day, which around these parts, will probably be tomorrow.. 

ORANGE BLOSSOM &  CARDAMOM CAKE WITH MASCARPONE COCONUT FROSTING (Gluten-free, Grain-free) SERVES 6-8

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

  • 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cadamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 almond milk
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons orange blossom water
  • 1/4 cup melted ghee/coconut oil, cooled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (first 7).  In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients until well combined.  Using a silicon spatula, slowly fold wet ingredients into dry until batter is wet and mixed well.

Grease a 8 inch springform pan very well.  Pour in cake batter and level evenly with silicon spatula.  Place springform pan on a sheet pan and bake for 40-42 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center of the cake appears clean.  Let cool for 25 minutes.

Remove cake carefully from the springform pan, using a cake spatula to release the bottom of the cake from the pan.  Add cake to a cutting board, and cut cake evenly in half using a long serrated knife.  Set aside.

MASCARPONE COCONUT FROSTING:

  • 1 (15oz.) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup toasted pistachios, chopped

Scoop out thick coconut cream from the top of the can of chilled coconut milk, and discard the clear liquid.  Add coconut milk, mascarpone, cream cheese, cream of tarter and vanilla to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Mix over medium speed, slowly adding confectioners sugar - a little at a time - until frosting is thick and well-combined.  

Swipe a bit of frosting on the cake stand or plate where you will be placing your cake (this will keep it from moving).  Add first cake layer to the pan, frost well leaving a thick layer at the top of the cake.  Add second cake layer and frost, using a cake spatula to frost evenly around to connect the two layers.  Add reserved chopped pistachio and flowers to decorate.  Keep cake in the fridge until serving.