When norcalgirl21 put in a request for a Lava Cake recipe, the first thing I thought of was Nigella Lawson's Choco-Hoto-Pots, although I like to refer to them simply as chocolate pots. This is a classic Nigella recipe: simple, quick and outrageously decadent. Warm, gooey, chocolatey heaven! I have yet to serve these and not have the conversation come to a halt, leaving only the sound of spoons scraping against porcelain and the occasional sigh of pleasure.
I'm not a fan of quirky weight loss and health food claims. It's seems like every week there's a new litany of superfoods promising to keep us forever young, slim and healthy only to be replaced by a different list the following week. I long ago stopped paying attention to most of them. So I was a little surprised when this tonic, which was originally called Tangerine Weight-Orade and is straight from weight-loss and health guru Dr. Oz, caught my eye. Perhaps because more than anything it sounded simple and delicious: green tea, fresh tangerine and mint. Yum!
If you told me last week I'd be this excited about a vegan, gluten-free, raw brownie, I'd have called you crazy. But here I am, talking about a brownie that tastes totally decadent, while actually being pretty good for you. It might be the perfect guilt-free treat.
One of the most pleasurable cups of coffee I've ever sipped wasn't actually made from coffee beans at all – it was Lebanese "white coffee," a soothing tisane made from sweet-scented orange flower water.
Recently Dana wrote about the virtues serving a simple aperitif, both for its palate-awakening qualities and as a gesture of hospitality before the meal. For those who prefer to sip a non-alcoholic beverage, let us suggest the blood orange shrub.
From ourrecentposts, we know that many of you love masala chai as much as we do. Here's another aromatic, spiced beverage to try. Indonesian bandrek doesn't contain tea, but it features many of the same ingredients, such as cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Simmer a pot of this on the stove, and your house will smell amazing. (It's also an excellent sore throat soother!)
When I say broccoli cooked for two hours, you say gross, right? You probably think about retirement homes and sad cafeteria food. I was as skeptical as you probably are when I first read Food52's description of Roy Finamore's Broccoli Cooked Forever recipe. Then I tried it, first spread thick on a piece of grainy toast, then simply speared with a fork, standing over the pot. Broccoli cooked slowly for two hours in olive oil, garlic, red pepper and anchovies? Nothing at all like overcooked broccoli.