Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

Peas are such a simple food.  You can easily toss them in a soup, curry, pot pie or casserole, but even when you cook them up by themselves they don’t need much to bring out their flavor.  A few minutes in some boiling water or a sautee pan with soften them up, then a little butter, garlic and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand will do the trick. Unlike mashed root vegetable which can turn into a creamy texture, the less starchy peas don’t... Read More

Quinoa and Persian Cucumber Salad with Spicy Mint Sauce

This salad celebrates both the cool and the spicy, the juiciness of the cucumbers and the cool mint taste help to defuse the sharp bite of the jalepeno, creating a broad taste profile that is intriguing to the taste buds. Because quinoa is a fluffy high-protein grain and cucumbers are light and crunchy, this dish is both filling and light. It makes the perfect snack or accompaniment to any meal.   Quinoa and Cucumber Salad 1/2 dried quinoa 1... Read More

Sweet Basil and Mint Iced Tea

Last year when I went to San Francisco to visit my friends Rose and Kim, Rose made sweet basil and mint iced tea for a picnic we had in golden gate park.  It was simply wonderful and refreshing to drink while spending a beautiful summer day outdoors. You may not think of basil as an herb you would use for tea, but being in the mint family it shares many of its sweet, cooling properties.  In Chinese Medicine mint helps to circulate Liver Qi, which... Read More

a plethora of organic goodies

baby purple kale i recently got a job at an organic vegetable stand at the echo park farmers’ market (happening every friday).  i work for a great family farm with the most amazing selection of all organic vegetables.  they carry a ton of lettuces and dark leafy greens, turnips, daikon, radishes, beets, green beans, all different types of onions, fresh green garlic, herbs, vine-ripened tomatoes, and much much more. at the end of the day i... Read More