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.
When life gives you tangerines, well… I mean that’s not really so bitter as life giving you lemons, but when it’s this many tangerines, you’ve gotta do something with it! So, you see, I’m now mother of a beautiful, ridiculously fertile tangerine tree in my backyard. It’s boreth many fruit.
And now I’m literally climbing in the tree every morning with an attempt to eat/do something with its really really sweet gifts and it’s just too much for me + my, like, 5 friends to eat raw.
OK, I have more than 5 friends, but we’re all super busy. Apparently too busy to eat tangerines off of my tree every day. So I wanted to find a way to preserve them, and this is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you guys for a long time now! Back-to-my-days-in-France long time! Read more
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 kitchen was swamped with spiderwebs that day. The little bat lights were clinking colors. A skeleton stirred a pot of mixed flours. This was mid-October 2016 and my third season filming Halloween videos for Bubble Child.
I don’t know why Halloween has repeatedly served as a holiday of significance for me in my lifetime. As a child I felt it was special and exciting. I would throw parties for my family where I would rent hay from the local farms, buy “party favors” from Oriental Trading Magazine (before internet, mind you, wow), and home-make candy. I was, like, 10. I don’t know what I was thinking.
Halloween has continued to evolve and morph with me. I’ve had a few anniversaries and break-ups on this date. In fact, I met my current boyfriend/partner forever on Halloween 2013 in Paris! This was a year before I launched my first-ever Bubble Child video. Yep, on HALLOWEEN, 2014. Read more
Admittedly, there are a few things that are just “less good” when in their gluten-free form. Namely baguette (don’t get me started), croissants (so gersh dern hard to make GF), and fresh pasta. The former of the two I have given up on completely tasting like their original, and the latter has not been far off at all when I make it at home. But I have never, ever found fresh pasta in packaged form that tastes as good as the gluten-full version.
THANK YOU millions of times GK Skinny Pasta for shipping your fresh pasta to me. All the way from Canada, specifically from Gabriella’s Kitchen, it arrived under a trove of dry ice and what tasted like love, because this is honestly the best gluten-free pasta I’ve ever had.