La Morena Cashew Crema

I was inspired to finally make cashew crema which is basically sour cream made from cashews. I used the recipe in Decolonize Your Diet and loved the simplicity of it so much that I started experimenting with creating different flavored cremas using the three base ingredients: cashews, water and limes. To switch it up, I started…

Ensalada de Nopal y Frijoles

Nopal season is spring through late fall so I’ve been trying to get plenty of our favorite ancestral food into our meals. I created this recipe based on what I had available and it came together beautifully. I shared it with some friends and they loved it and went back for seconds, even thirds.  It’s so pretty too…

Tostadas de Ceviche de Coliflor

The absolute best and easiest way to satisfy your ceviche cravings. We combined my bestie’s frijoles fritos with my ceviche and created magic. Yeah, when something is this good it tastes magical. Also, because our kids love being in the kitchen with us, they did most of the work (see that’s magic). Us Mamas just…

Daily Cleansing is Good for the Soul

Starting this next post in the last hour of my 38th year around the sun. I’m feeling really good about 39! I think it has a lot to do with my own acceptance and realization of all the great things that come with gliding into the world of mature womanhood. By this age we have learned to…

Nopales

It’s only been a week or so since I first brought nopales home, a type of cacti native to Mexico and Central America. It has a long history in native food ways and is still used often in traditional Mexican cooking.  It boasts a long list of health benefits that I had known but still had…

Creamy Camote & Coconut Soup

Batata, camote, boniato, papa dulce… There are so many names for the beautiful sweet potato and just as many  health benefits. This tuber is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B6, C and D. Eating them regularly strengthens the immune system, provides anti-stress minerals and boosts collagen production making for healthier skin.  What I love most is that it is…

Lentil Salad with a Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

Fall is here but it’s still warm and sunny in San Francisco. My nenes are excelling in school and I’m hard at work in the kitchen and at my new job. I recently made the transition from nonprofit management into a whole new industry. I’m now working for an organic farm in the Bay Area. I spend my days…

Cilantro & Fresas : A Match Made in Heaven

It makes me super happy knowing you’re all finding the Yerba Buena Salad easy to make and eating lots more greens. I have been receiving lots of photos from family and friends who have made the salad and  Aguacate Mousse. Thank you for sharing your pics with me. I love them. It really does inspire me. Keep…

Yerba Buena Salad with Sweet Summer Peaches

This popular salad happened by accident. I spent an evening cooking a very involved vegan meal. This dish called for lots of cabbage, greens and herbs. We had tons of left overs the next day.  I had a potluck to attend by noon and of course I over slept and didn’t have time to run…

Aguacate Mousse with Blueberries and Sunflower Seeds

This sweet and salty mousse was inspired by my Anthropology Professor, Mariana Ferreira, who I adore. She used to tell me about all the delicious dishes Brazilians made with the abundance of avocados that grew in her native Brazil. The one that piqued my interest was the Crème de Abacate, a sweet avocado mousse blended with sugar…