Who doesn’t like breakfast in bed? It’s a lovely way to take things slowly on a weekend morning. There’s something so indulgent about the process that even though there’s the possibility of things getting messy, I still love to do this once in awhile. I find myself doing this more in the winter, because COZY right? But when I’m having a particularly stressful week, sometimes taking time for myself to do whatever strikes my fancy (including breakfast in bed) is exactly the remedy I need. Scroll down for the recipe for lovely juicy caramelized peach pancakes with heavenly chamomile cream.
Friends, you never cease to amaze me with your generosity and support – I’m so excited to announce I’m a finalist for Saveur Magazine’s Annual Blog Awards 2017, in Best Food Videos!!!!!!!!!!! What?!!!! I’m so touched. I was nominated last year for Best Photography, and that was a humbling and amazing experience, but this year, I’m FLABBERGASTED and so emotional, because I never really considered myself as a cinematographer – still don’t, actually. My videos are more, well, photography right? As you may have noticed, I have a slight obsession with creating stop-motion videos of food (like this babka one and this pear galette), and in fact, you can make your OWN stop-motion video via this tutorial, and I’m BLOWN AWAY to be nominated for these!!! Thank you, sincerely. I can’t even express how grateful and humbled I am <3.
If you feel so inclined, a vote for my blog for “Best Food Videos” would be super appreciated <3. You can vote here: VOTE!!
And now I have this recipe for you – honestly the best pie I’ve ever made. It’s really the flavor combination – ripe, sweet blueberries complemented by the fragrant, citrus-y yuzu. My husband Alex will forever love apple pie, but even he admitted this pie was particularly tasty, and then very un-healthily ate half the pie. I brought this yuzu powder home from Kyoto, Japan (must blog about my trip soon) and have been dying to put it to use. Sometimes I unscrew the top and just… smell. It’s sooo fragrant. Just a teaspoon will give a treat a wonderful subtle aroma of yuzu.
Milia is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the mountains of Greece, with delicious food (some of which is foraged from the mountain!) and beautiful scenery, and I was so excited to host a photography workshop there this past April. People from all over the world, including US, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, to name a few, joined me for my photography workshop in the beautiful Milia on Crete Island, Greece, and just learning their stories, hearing their perspectives, understanding their goals for their work inspired me like no Pinterest board can. Words cannot describe how thankful I was for this group of lovely friends during this workshop, and I still smile and giggle as I remember those late nights after lessons with copious amounts of wine, too much food, and lingering conversations.
A year ago, I taught a workshop in Gradara, Italy, where I met Eleni. We connected instantly and kept in touch, and suddenly we were planning a workshop in her home country, Greece. This is why I love doing these workshops. They can get overwhelming in the planning phase, and I have countless nightmares when I think something is going wrong or logistics were falling apart (ask me someday), but the reward lies in the real-life connections made with the people who come, this community that I have loved since I started blogging. A huge giant thanks to dear Eleni and Artemis for hosting, to Milia Mountain Retreat for their hospitality, to Constantina for the help, and big hugs to Jenny, the best assistant who honestly kept me sane :).
I still remember the nerves and angst when I hosted my first photography workshop (see the very first one here!), which were quickly relieved when I realized how wonderful the attendees were, how we could trust our months of planning, how naturally, conversation flows because we all nerd out about, say, mushroom foraging, or finding the right light, or unified sighs of delight as a poached egg is cracked, with the yolk oozing out satisfactorily for the perfect shot. Read more »
The theme of the past few recipes have been flexibility, ease, and prep, such as making dressings in larger batches for subsequent uses, chopping up vegetables or fresh greens for easy future salads, making batches of cold brew concentrate so every morning I can just dilute and go. I’m really excited to share this very special recipe for spicy miso soba noodles with salmon, with two tricks to make this SUPER easy, healthy, and fast. It’s one of those weekday barely-any-time-to-unwind nights where takeout is just not appealing, and you want something fresh but with minimal effort.
Melons. As a child I hated them. Hate is a strong word, but seriously I absolutely REFUSED to eat cantaloupes and honeydew (watermelon was always an exception. Love that stuff). Through college I picked them out of my fruit salads and avoided them whenever I could. As I grew older though, I found myself trying it more, especially cantaloupes. I began to appreciate its subtle sweetness and the soft but giving texture of its flesh. It’s the perfect companion, especially for salads!! Plus, their pale orange color with that pale green skin is a swoon-worthy palette, right? To celebrate summer, I decided to put a twist on a favorite: Bellini! Instead of pureed peach, I pureed roasted cantaloupe, added a touch of osmanthus-infused simple syrup for some floral fragrance, and there we have it, a roasted cantaloupe and osmanthus Bellini.
Once the weather heats up just a bit, I immediately start making weekly batches of dressing, for all my salads. And by salads, I don’t just mean heaps of fresh greens (which has its place in my meal rotation), but also pasta salads, soba noodle salads, fruit salads. I love the flexibility of these dishes – I can throw in anything fresh in my fridge and with a good dressing, have a delicious, simple, quick meal. My current go-tos, labeled and stored in my trusty mason jars, are this black garlic yogurt dressing I’m sharing below, Laura’s sunflower cider dressing, and a sesame miso dressing. It’s a great variety for my tastes – one that’s savory and tangy, one light and packed with subtle nutty flavor, and a creamy umami dressing. Today, I’ll be sharing with you the recipe for black garlic yogurt pasta salad, but in truth you could use this dressing for anything. Dips, say, or even as a creamy bed under cooked vegetables!! Read more »