This dessert is an updated classic of last year's caramelized pineapple. Updated to the point where it's a new dessert. It is comprised of a roasted pineapple glazed in honey, cardamom, ginger, orange juice, and lime. It is topped with a whole wheat jaggery cake, coconut sorbet, sweet and salty caramelized popped sorghum (resembling miniature popped corn!), lime gel, and mint. It is sweet and refreshing, reminiscent of warm tropical beaches, but substantial enough for this gust of arctic weather we are currently experiencing in NYC. Sweet and salty, with a punch of acid, and a variety of textures. A delicious start to the new year.
It's been a late start to winter. Some days have been down right summer like. For the last warm days of the year, I love nothing more than an oversized cardigan, tall boots, and a hat to (unsuccessfully) hide my bad hair day. I wore this look running around the city doing errands and honestly, so comfy. Full disclosure, I bought this cardigan as a present to my boyfriend who wore it a grand total of ONE time. It's been in my closet ever since.
Urban Outfitters cardigan, Aritzia top, vintage Levi's, Zara boots, and Club Monaco hat.
Sometimes I can't decide on having cheese or dessert after a meal. I just want both. This dessert/cheese hybrid satisfies both cravings. The pears are poached in lemon rose geranium (a highly floral and beautiful herb), sugar, vanilla, and water. After they are poached, crumbled spanish blue is placed on top. It's drier, more crumbly, and stronger than other varieties I am used to eating, and I love how it stands up to the natural sweetness of fruit. 100% maple syrup is drizzled on top, nasturtium added because of their peppery and fresh note, and fresh pomegranate seeds added.
There's nothing I enjoy more than a cold slice of pizza. You wake up after a late night, find leftover pizza in the fridge, and start munching while brewing coffee in your pajamas. Is there no better way to celebrate a successful night and the beginning of a new day? Because I love leftovers, I purposely made extra. My boyfriend is partial to a simple margherita, but I love a white pizza. Trying to find a healthy alternative without tomato (just a bit tomato-ed out from this summer), I settled with a cannellini bean and pancetta pizza with fontina cheese and a lot of arugula on top. Some confit garlic and chili flakes sealed the deal. I had so much dough, and so little oven space, all my pizzas had to be baked in quarter sheet pans. Juggling a ton of quarter sheet pans of pizza with limited counter space, I vowed never to be greedy about making so much for leftovers. Ah the joys of apartment living in NYC. We'll see how my promise holds up.
I am in the middle of simplifying my life, and suddenly black seems more and more like an obvious choice of color (or lack thereof). There's a lot of talk of people adopting a "uniform" in their every day lives for the sake of simplicity and I find it inspiring. But currently I am at odds as I love bright colors, embellishment, and weird but wonderful color combinations. At the same time I just want to wear something that looks good and not have to think too much about it. This black on black outfit fits that uniform, and is comfy to boot. I purposely hemmed them floor length (flashback to flood pants anyone?) for a more dramatic take. Also, did you think I would give up crop tops now that the weather has gotten cooler? You're right, I couldn't say no.