Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapefruit, Cilantro, and Star Anise

Roasted brussels sprouts with grapefruit? I know it sounds strange, but this dish, based off of “Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pomelo and Star Anise” from the new Ottolenghi cookbook, Plenty More, turned out like so many dishes from Ottolenghi. Your first reaction might be “Really? Those things all together?” but the end result is surprising and delicious. I was cooking in the Midwest, where I’ve found that … Continue reading Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapefruit, Cilantro, and Star Anise

Fava Bean, Pea, and Jersey Tomato Salad

We’ve reached that wonderful part of summer when we still have access to spring crops, but the later summer crops, like vine-ripened tomatoes, are starting to appear in farmers markets and Co-Ops. Here in Philadelphia, most of our earliest tomatoes come from New Jersey, which is famous for their juicy fruits. Combining spring and summer produce, I put together this very simple, and very delicious, … Continue reading Fava Bean, Pea, and Jersey Tomato Salad

Steamed Eggplant with Miso-Tomato Sauce

I bought some adorable little asian eggplants, and there they lay, lingering in my fridge, waiting for me to make myself a dinner. I love asian varieties of eggplant, as they tend to be more tender, and less bitter than their larger, Italian cousins. With not much time or desire to put together a large meal for just myself, and even less desire to spend … Continue reading Steamed Eggplant with Miso-Tomato Sauce

Sloppy Janes

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and many of us will be attending BBQs, potlucks, and other early-summer food parties. If you’re looking for a grill or BBQ alternative, sloppy janes are an easy, and delicious option. I cook part-time at a Quaker retreat center that focuses on local, organic and plant-free menus, and we recently made these “sloppy joe” – type sandwiches with crumbled and fried … Continue reading Sloppy Janes

Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce

Have you hear of the vegan restaurant Vedge? This upscale Center City restaurant does amazing things with vegetables, and is justifiably famous outside of vegetarian circles – in fact, chef / owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have won numerous awards for Vedge, which is widely considered to be one of the best vegan restaurants, and restaurants period in the country. If you’re in Philadelphia, it’s definitely … Continue reading Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce

Welcome Spring! Wheat Berries with Roasted Radishes

  After a long Winter, everyone is eager for Spring. It’s so wonderful to go into farmers’ martkets and co-op, or maybe you visit a local farm or are participate in Community Supported Agriculture, and see these first Spring vegetables arriving. Though I have planted my spring garden, all I currently see are little, encouraging green shoots and leaves, and so I was excited to … Continue reading Welcome Spring! Wheat Berries with Roasted Radishes

Hello!

  It’s been a long hiatus, but I’ve returned to Veggicurious after a time spent traveling, exploring, thinking, and eating. Over the next few weeks, the site will debut a new look, with new information, a new project, and much more. And, of course, the blog will continue! Check back for more information, or subscribe, and I’ll keep you updated with new exciting developments! I’m … Continue reading Hello!

Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

I love hearty winter wheat berries , the little brown grains have such a wonderful spring-back after cooking, and hold-up to heavier additions in a fall or winter salad. Last evening I was looking for a recipe that could incorporate my fall ingredients – leeks, butternut squash, sage, and some dried shitake mushrooms, but nothing seemed quite right. So I just made one up. This … Continue reading Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

Sri Lankan Cashew Curry

After a wonderful Sri Lankan meal at Sigiri in the East Village, I couldn’t get the savory, sweet, spicy cuisine out of my mind. A late-night search of local Sri Lankan restaurants yielded disappointing results (maybe I’ll see you someday, Sigiri in Edison, NJ) a well-researched though impulsive Sri Lankan cookbook purchase was the obvious next step. I had big weekend plans, and crossed my … Continue reading Sri Lankan Cashew Curry