Hello! Well, this has been a long time since you’ve received something in your inbox from your friendly allergy-free chef and I’m happy to say we’re back in action. These past few months have been exceptional and full of travels and finishing an album and filming music videos… so culmination of all the above left me with little time to actually put together the many many inspirations I’ve had lately. But now it’s starting. With a little musing from my trip to Tokyo.
Tokyo is a fascinating place. Of course upon return to California I cannot tell you how many times I was, and rightfully so, asked how I “liked” Tokyo. Well, I liked it a lot, but it was not at all what I was expecting it to be!
One of the best things about the place, for me, was the food. This is probably a typical thing for me to think, as I am frequently ruled by my belly, but in a very very specific and phenomenal way I was feeling complete food tourism this time. Their flavors are so refined, simple, yet contagiously different from Western ones. Everything, from simple cooked eggs to cheesecakes, tasted, just “Japanese”. Since I do have a formally trained palate now at this point, it was fascinating to pick up pourquoi. And a lot of the savory flavors came from, well, dried seafood.
Sometimes you decide to make something because you have leftover ingredients that would go bad, and why waste? This was the case for this quick bread recipe, and it has turned out to be the best bread I have ever made.
I had cooked with garbanzo beans a few nights before and had reserved their cooking liquid, as I always do, to use as an egg-replacer for later. I had just wrapped filming my Valentine’s Day Special, which of course you’ll see soon, and since I had the cameras set up I thought, why not try another recipe on-camera.
Iiiiii’m so glad I did.
Behold: a ridiculously healthy vegan bread recipe that is perfect for having your cake and eating it, too. I’ve grown so fond of aquafaba in recipes, as it adds a really moist texture that I’ve found difficult to get with eggs. I actually prefer it now! The buckwheat adds a warmth and heartiness to the bread, which mixes perfectly with the herbacious quality of the oregano on top.
My visits to Joshua Tree have been consistently magical (for lack of a more appropriate word) and this time around wasn’t at all an exception.
I made the venture out to the hi desert to do two things: 1) film a video for Bubble Child to showcase my favorite coffee in the world: Joshua Tree Coffee Company and 2) to play a little concert for my solo project I’m just releasing this year. I could not have been more delighted with what came out of both music and coffee discoveries and my affection for this place went from large to Sequoia-sized.
On a rather chilly Monday afternoon, I packed up my tri-pods, cameras, and hunger for caffeine and trekked through dusty roads in the middle of cactus, coyotes, and little cabins to the main strip of Joshua Tree Village. It’s a tiny village, really, just a few blocks of central “boutique stuff”, and it’s utterly charming. There is where you will find the headquarters of Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a shockingly petite sort-of back office space to a building hosting a yoga studio, pizza parlor, and a few other shops. I’m not good with square footage, but imagine you have a large living room, attach a tiny closet to that for storage, and a little alleyway to enter. That’s Joshua Tree Coffee Company. Sales desk and coffee roaster included.
I am delighted I asked you lovely things on snapchat what recipes you wanted me to make, because more than one of you said pancakes (were you conspiring?) and so, voila: here are some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life, if I do say. I will say so. They’re oddly good.
And surprisingly vegan and gluten-free. Don’t say anything and the person you’re eating with probably won’t even know. 😉
I’m on an oreo kick right now. Perhaps it’s the heat and no air conditioning getting to my head, perhaps it’s the fact that these things are just… delicious. I don’t know, but this recipe is on repeat (times repeat times repeat) in this household. So much so that I have to share. Now. So I can make more to eat.
The fun thing about making your own oreos is, well, I should say: here are the fun THINGS about making your own oreos: Read more