If you know me, then you know I have a thing for Piri Piri sauce, which explains my love for Nando's Peri Peri joint. When we were filming Off Menu in Washington DC, I ate there and got the chicken with tons of mashed peas. The mashed peas are buttery but have herbs and a good amount of chili heat, which make them the inspiration for this Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta.
We live by the philosophy that every rule has an exception and one such exception was at Rancho Pescadero where we fell head-over-heels for this juice. A little sweet, totally refreshing, and just enough ginger to get you going, it was the ideal way to start our mornings there.
Good food on the go is still not the norm, so, we're always, always in search of something healthy that travels well and still tastes good after a few hours in the air. This Peanut Chicken Collard Greens Wrap totally fits the bill—filling enough to keep you away from the pretzels but not so much that you'll food coma in the air.
Forget everything you think when you hear the words “taco” and “salad.” If the old taco salad is a greasy taco in the guise of a salad, this one is a saladin a taco. There are no deep-fried tortillas in this recipe. There aren’t even cooked ingredients. Because sometimes I want a taco without cooking. This taco salad is light, fresh, and cool. It will be a hit on hot summer days and nights, and can even be packed for the beach or picnic.
Inspired by my recent travels to Thailand, here is a recipe for the classic dish, larb, a sort of ground meat salad. I had versions made with pork, beef, and duck and one was better than the next. Here is a basic recipe for larb that I serve in lettuce as a makeshift lettuce wrap but feel free to make it more spicy, sour, sweet, or funky to fit your tastes.
When Alex and Joann told us about their oh-so-perfect summer lunch in Provence, we were green with envy and we were totally in love with the sound of that tapenade. So, we set out to make our own and we kept it simple with garlic, lemon, olives, and lots of olive oil and thyme. It's a dream paired with goat cheese on a crusty baguette but, deliciousness aside, we're still jealous of the girls' trip to Provence!
My friend Delilah has taught me a lot. She's taught me that a train cocktail is a must when taking the Amtrak surfliner for our weekend Baja California trips. She's taught me that is perfectly fine to steal your neighbors loquats if it's to make jam that you'll then give to said neighbor. And she's taught me about the magic that are these falafel.
I'm a creature of habit and when it comes to eating that means I eat anything put in front of me while traveling and then I eat SUPER clean when I'm home in Los Angeles. For at least 5 days after a big trip, I'll cut out all alcohol, caffeine, dairy, and refined sugars. It's not so much a cleanse...
Whoever first came up with the feta watermelon situation qualifies as a genius in our book because it's simple yet brilliant. And, while we don't know who that person is, we know they were on to something good. This recipe takes that watermelon salad combo and raises it a notch with the addition of mint, pistachios, and a pomegranate molasses-balsamic drizzle.
So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's true, we'll always go for a good smoothie. One of my favorite places to get a smoothie is at Backyard Bowls where everything is fresh and flavorful but never too sweet. I like the Tropical Ginger Smoothie so much that I decided to make my own version here!