Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Marscapone Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pumpkin Seed Brittle (gluten-free!)



Thanksgiving is going to be a lot different this year for most of us. If you are planning a dinner that is much smaller in attendance than normal, this pumpkin cheesecake would be a perfect dessert. Not that it's small in size or lower on decadence (to the contrary, it will feed at least a dozen people and is lusciously rich!)... but even if you are hosting a thanksgiving of just 2 people, this dessert will last in your frig for weeks, and be just as tasty as the week you made it. Make it for Thanksgiving, enjoy until Christmas.... now THAT is a Covid silver lining! 


This is not a Cheesecake Factory cake. Those sicky sweet, clangy disasters of dessert are what give cheesecake such a bad rap. This cheesecake is silky smooth and heavenly. Don't forgo the marscapone nor the bain marie for baking it. Both add to its luscious, smooth, divine texture. Marscapone lasts for months unopened in the frig, so I always pick some up when I'm in a store that has it. When I get home I tuck it in the back of my frig for those unrelenting dreary winter days when your spirit needs a pick-me-up. A good cheesecake never fails to please - whether it's a big event like Thanksgiving or just another dreary November Tuesday.









Marscapone Pumpkin Cheesecake

adapted from Bon Appetit


  • 9 ounces gluten-free graham crackers or gingersnaps or a combination
  • 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces marscapone, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt



Preheat the oven to 350. Pulse graham crackers/gingersnaps in food processor until it is all crumbs. Pour in the melted butter and process again until the texture resembles wet sand - about 1 minute more. Put mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press it down evenly across the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes. Set the pan aside to allow the crust to cool completely before filling and baking. Crust can be made the day before.

Start the pumpkin seed brittle while the crust bakes. Mix the pepitas, maple syrup, and salt in a small bowl. Spread out onto a silicone baking mat placed on top of a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 until the syrup is bubbling and the color is a golden brown. Set aside to let cool completely.

Heat up a full tea kettle of water (for the bain marie used for baking the cheesecake). Wipe out the food processor to use it again to mix the filling. Process the eggs, egg yolks, pumpkin puree, sugar, spices, vanilla and salt until very smooth. Add the cream cheese and marscapone and process until completely smooth and the cream cheese has all been incorporated, about 2 minutes. 

Put a clean kitchen towel in the bottom of large roasting pan. Wrap the outside of the crust pan with aluminum foil and place on top of the towel in the pan. Pour the filling into the pan. Place roasting pan in the oven and then fill the roasting pan with boiling water until the water comes halfway up the springform pan. (The foil is so that if your springform pan is not water-tight that no water comes in contact with the cheesecake.) Bake until the edges are set and the center is still wobbly, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the bain marie and let cool at room temperature for 2 hours. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Can be made several days in advance. 

Break up the pumpkin seed brittle and use it to decorate. Either line the edges of the cake with large pieces or pile it up artfully atop the cake. (In my photos I did both and the effect was not as elegant as one or the other!) You will have extra brittle, serve it alongside.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Guy Fawkes Day Gingerbread Cake, Gluten Free

 As the former American colonies of the British Empire are mired today in sluggish presidential election results amidst a backdrop of grotesquely partisan national discord, perhaps we in the USA could take a break by looking more closely at the celebrations of our former colonizers. Today is Guy Fawkes Day in the United Kingdom. What's this holiday you say? Precisely. It involves celebrating the failure of a plot by Catholics to blow up the House of Lords, kill the king and reinstate the Roman Catholic church in 1605. Guy Fawkes was one of the conspirators who was captured, gave away the plot after two days of torture, and then was sentenced to be drawn and quartered. Today this holiday is celebrated with lots of bonfires and fireworks, symbolic of the gunpowder that was to be used in the attack. Straw effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned. On the whole it seems like a rather barbaric holiday.* 

The total weirdness of the origins of this holiday aside, I for one am all for a cozy bonfire and some fireworks on an otherwise dreary, dark November evening. Throw in the prospect of some English cider, Scottish whisky, and homemade gingerbread and I would even burn a straw effigy to join in. Having lived through two London Novembers I can say that every person on that island reaaaaally needs this holiday to get through this month when the sun never shines.  Especially this year. I hope my English friends that you find a way to get your bonfires and camaraderie while in lockdown. And if you can't... well try my gluten-free gingerbread. It's delicious. Hugs from across the Atlantic. 






Guy Fawkes Day Gingerbread

I found this recipe in my all-time most useful and trustworthy cookbook, the 2006 edition of the cannon of American cookery, The Joy of Cooking. It is listed as "Guy Fawkes Day Cake" but the note says it is also called "parkin" and that it is a classic of northern England. It is delicious served warm from the oven with freshly whipped cream. If you do not need a gluten-free cake simply substitute 1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour for the buckwheat, brown rice flour, and psyllium husk. If you are using all-purpose flour make sure you mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened and not any longer so you don't end up with a tough cake due to overworked gluten (a problem that gluten-free cake bakers do not have!)


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

2/3 molasses (or black treacle)

2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

60 grams buckwheat flour

60 grams brown rice flour

1 tsp psyllium husk

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)

2/3 cup whole milk (room temperature)


Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch square or round cake pan. 

In a small saucepan melt over low heat the molasses and the butter and stir together. Remove from the heat when melted.

In a large bowl whisk together all the remaining ingredients except the milk. Stir in half the melted butter mixture, then half the milk, then the remaining butter mixture and milk. 

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 25 minutes, until the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes away clean. Do not overbake! Let the cake cool in the pan set atop a cooling rack.



* However as a citizen of a nation that built its wealth and power upon the backs of millions of enslaved Africans and has neither apologized to nor compensated the descendants of said enslaved, I don't think I can fairly judge another nation's barbarism.



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Pineapple Duo - Pineapple Ice Cream and No-Cook Pineapple Syrup

While everyone else was perfecting sourdough bread during quarantine, I was experimenting with cheesecakes and ice cream. What can I say? Social isolation is no time for low-fat cooking.

While many ice cream makers come with recipes for ice cream that involve no cooking, a true ice cream base is technically a custard, thickened with either eggs or cornstarch, or sometimes with both, as in the fabulous pineapple ice cream recipe I'm sharing with you below.

This ice cream is truly divine, and it is not too hard to make. Make sure you have all your equipment and ingredients measured and ready before you begin, and read about making custards if you haven't made one before.

The pineapple syrup recipe that follows the ice cream one is SO unbelievably simple and satisfying. Who knew that pineapple cores could be so indispensable? The task of cutting up a whole pineapple will now forever be linked in my mind with snazzy, fresh, delicious pineapple drinks. The next round of quarantine (in the fall or winter, you know it's coming!) is going to be full of fun pineapple cocktails.


Pineapple Ice Cream

from Serious Eats

Save the pineapple core and the juiced lemon to make the super easy no cook pineapple syrup that follows. 

Make sure that you use only 2 or 3 drops of the vanilla, no more, or else the vanilla flavor takes over the subtle flavor of the pineapple. 
Read the instructions thoroughly before you begin. 

170 g sugar (about 1 cup minus 2 tbsp)
20 g cornstarch (about 3 tbsp)
1/4 tsp (1g) kosher or sea salt
2 large eggs
285 g fresh pineapple purée (about 1 1/4 cups)
2 oz fresh lemon juice (about 1/4 cup; 55g)
8 oz heavy cream (about 1 cup; 225g), straight from the fridge
1/2 to 1 ounce light rum (about 1 to 2 tablespoons; 15 to 30g), optional
2 or 3 drops vanilla extract

In a 3 quart stainless steel saucier whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, eggs, lemon juice and pineapple purée. Put the pan on medium-low heat and heat until just warm to the touch, whisking constantly, about 3 minutes. Then increase the heat to medium, and keep whisking until the custard is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 2 minutes longer. When the custard begins to bubble continue whisking FOR EXACTLY 30 SECONDS (this neutralizes a starch-dissolving enzyme in the egg yolks) and immediately take off the heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a stainless-steel or glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cool, then pour into your ice cream machine and churn until the ice cream is thick and light. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer for about 4 hours, or until firm enough to scoop.



No Cook Pineapple Syrup
adapted from Serious Eats

1 diced pineapple core, and pips from 1 large pineapple
1 or 2 already-juiced lemons or limes
1 cup sugar or brown sugar

The above measurements are approximate, no need to be precise about this one!
Toss everything together in a large glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature. Stir every half hour or so until sugar has completely dissolved, about 4 hours. Then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a glass jar. Use your syrup immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 months.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Buckwheat Buttermilk Gluten Free Pancakes

My dad loves taking his kids, and now his grandkids, out to breakfast at diners. Some of my fondest memories with him have been made after grumpily getting dressed at an hour I'd rather still be sleeping and stumbling into whatever dive diner is closest. There's just something special about breakfast.

I've always been partial to pancakes for breakfast, preferably of the chocolate chip variety served with a dollop of slightly melting whipped cream. But since discovering my severe gluten-intolerance diner pancakes have not been an option. Luckily, I also love to make pancakes at home. (I have a grand total of SEVEN pancake recipes on this blog already! None of them are written as gluten free. However if you want to adjust them to be gluten free, most gluten free flours and flour blends adapt extraordinarily well to pancake recipes.)

I made a regular batch of my GF pancakes this morning, but I made a few adjustments that I haven't tried in a while and they turned out SPECTACULARLY! So good in fact, that my boys have already demolished them all, and poor hubby who's out mountain biking won't get to try them. Well not this morning. Livvie's Diner is open every morning during quarantine for 3 special guests only.



Buckwheat Buttermilk Gluten Free Pancakes
If you don't have one of the flours listed don't fret. Just make sure you measure out 180g of flour total. Millet flour would be a lovely substitution. I wouldn't use coconut, cassava or potato with this recipe as they absorb too much liquid.

90 g almond flour
40 g buckwheat flour
30 g brown rice flour
20 g oat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2 medium or large eggs
butter for the skillet or pan

Measure out the buttermilk into a 2 or 4-cup measuring cup, then add all the liquid ingredients, including the eggs, and whisk with a fork to combine.

Put a large skillet or fry pan (preferablly NOT non-stick) on the stove on the lowest temperature possible. (The key to cooking killer pancakes, especially GF ones, is to make sure the pan is fully preheated but not too hot.)

Measure out the flours into a medium bowl, then add the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to combine. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until completely combined. (Unlike with pancakes made with wheat flour, you do NOT want clumps in this batter.)

Put a little butter into the pan, and scoop or spoon the pancake batter onto the preheated pan or skillet. Cook on one side until small bubbles appear on the uncooked side. (If you add chocolate chips or blueberries, you may not be able to see the bubbles so go by how brown the cooked side is getting.) Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter, making sure to use a little butter on the pan for each new batch.

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Squirrel Cupcakes!








































This is a project I would only ever agree to doing in quarantine. When my youngest took out a cupcake decorating cookbook ("What's New Cupcake?") and landed on a cupcake decorated as a squirrel, I knew I was done for. He is obsessed with squirrels, and here was a mini-cake that looked like a squirrel! His mind was blown.

I am not this type of baker. I do not particularly care for decorations, and I scornfully abhor cakes that look flawlessly, spectacularly gorgeous and taste like sawdust (wedding cakes, I'm looking at you!) I also hate high level of sugars in baked goods. Boxed mixes and frostings out of a jar are decidedly NOT my thing. And yet - because we are going a little crazy and any project that elicits enthusiasm from my kids seems like a good idea - we made squirrel cupcakes using a boxed mix and a fluff frosting that was so sickly sweet it literally made my head hurt. But the frosting was easy, fun to make and supremely easy to decorate with. So, for a kid birthday I will keep fluff frosting in mind.

The squirrel cupcakes were fun to make, although a little too complicated for my 5 year old. The directions I'll give below are simplified from the original. I wanted to give a general idea of how to create the squirrels without getting overly specific, because there are many ways to make the eyes and ears, and creative kids could really have a fun time experimenting. The tails look fabulous and are really fun to make. They would be good tails for skunks, foxes, maybe even a rainbow tailed unicorn? You can take this basic template and create lots of different creatures, just adjust your food coloring tinting of the frosting accordingly.









































Fluff Frosting

The authors of "What's New Cupcake" call this frosting "Almost-Homemade Vanilla Buttercream." I would call it "Almost- Store-Bought" because it tastes just like the artificial junk you get at the store, and spreads like it as well. This is not my type of frosting but I do think it has a time and a place, like for decorating with kids. An 8-yr old could whip this up on his or her own with no issues. And if a crazy sugar high is the end result, well as long as it's not an everyday thing, I think it's worth the toothache for some independent baking.

3 sticks (3/4 lb) unsalted butter, at 70 degree room temperature (leave on the counter for a few hours beforehand)
1 16 ounce large container of Marshallow Fluff
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Using a standing mixer or handheld mixer, beat the room temperature butter until smooth and creamy. Add in the whole container of Fluff and beat until smooth. Slowly stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla.


Squirrel Cupcakes

What you'll need:
4 cupcakes baked in white paper liners
4 mini cupcakes
1 batch of frosting (above) or one 16-ounce jar vanilla frosting
black food coloring (McCormick)
white decorating sugar (optional)
pink decorating sugar (optional)
4 Stella D'oro brand breakfast cookies (can be found in most major supermarkets, either in cookie section near the Oreos or in imported Italian section)
8 pretzel sticks
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
8 mini marshmallows
brown mini M&Ms, mini chocolate chips and/or brown jelly beans


Make the squirrel tails:


Trim your Stella D'oro cookies by slicing off the bottom 1/8 so that they look as tail-shaped as possible (see picture for reference.) Bake the Stella D'oro cookies in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. (I think this is to dehyrdate the cookies and make them lighter, I skipped this step and some of my tails kept falling down. If you want to skip this step too just be forewarned that you might need to prop the tails up with an extra pretzel stick or too when you stick them into the cupcakes.) Melt the 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave by stirring every 10 seconds until completely melted. Spoon some melted chocolate onto the bottom of each cookie (please see picture for reference) and stick two pretzel sticks to each one, with half the pretzel stick hanging off the end.




Prep the bodies:
Remove 1/4 cup of the white frosting and place in a small ziplock bag, press out excess air and seal. Cut 1/8 inch off the tip to make a decorating bag.
Tint the rest of the frosting grey using the black food coloring.
Spread grey frosting on each cupcake top, and roll the edges in the white decorating sugar (optional).

Make the ears:
Use scissors to cut 4 mini marshmallows in half on the diagonal. Dip the cut ends in pink decorating sugar (optional, but recommended.)


Make the muzzles and nose:
Cut the remaining 4 mini marshmallows on the diagonal, to remove the bottom third of the marshmallow. The large piece is the muzzle. For the nose cut a brown jelly bean in half, or just use a mini M&M or a mini chocolate chip.

Assemble the heads:
Put a small dollop of grey frosting on the lower half of a mini cupcake. Attach the marshmallow muzzle, flat side against the cupcake and cut side toward the bottom edge. Now, you can either put your grey frosting in a ziplock piping bag or carefully use a small spatula or spoon, coat the muzzle and the head with grey frosting. Add the ears, coat the non-pink side in grey frosting. Add mini M&M or mini chocolate chip eyes, and optionally pipe in details like the eyelids and whiskers.

The finishing touches:
Add the heads to the bodies and pipe white frosting around the neck for fur tuft details. Cover the tails with grey frosting and pipe details if you like. Insert the tails into the cupcakes behind the squirrel heads, optionally using a dot of frosting at the back of the squirrel's head to help the tail stay upright. I just put the squirrels in a glass baking dish that conveniently held the tails upright without being noticeable, and once the frosting was completely set and cold from the refrigerator the tails stayed up once served onto plates.

Have fun with this one!





Sunday, April 19, 2020

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes






































I must admit I wasn't going to blog about this recipe. But I posted photos on instagram and received so many recipe requests... so here we are! This cheesecake is insanely rich. It's decadence is almost obscene, and yet there is a homeiness to peanut butter that makes this dessert seem appropriate for quarantine, particularly when made in mini form. You can freeze them and pop them out whenever you need an isolation pick me up!

Cheesecake seems hard to make but in actuality it is one of the easiest desserts to make. All you need is a scale and a food processor! This particular recipe comes from the British baking goddess Nigella Lawson's cookbook "Kitchen." I highly recommend getting one of her cookbooks not only for the excellent and easy recipes but for the entertaining and acerbicly funny prologues to each recipe. (Part of her intro for this recipe states: "Unashamed indulgence, wallowingly so, is what this recipe is all about.") She recommends not cooking this cheesecake in a water bath (or "bain marie")  but I much prefer the silky texture a bain marie produces. I also made some variations to her suggested topping, as well as baking them in muffin tins to produce mini cakes.




I used Jiffy peanut butter for this recipe. In baking with peanut butter I almost always find that the commercialized junk is better, but in the name of science I will follow up with making this again with a natural peanut butter. If you use natural let me know how it goes!

Happy baking, stay safe friends.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

The measurements are listed in grams. If you do not have a scale but like to bake I highly recommend purchasing one so your baking can become instantly both easier and better. Measurements by weight are much more accurate and accuracy in baking is key. I did list cup measurement for the sour cream because I find scooping sour cream into a measuring cup immensely satisfying, and also I modified Nigella's topping and need to make it again in order to measure the topping ingredients by mL.

If you do not have silicone muffins liners then you can either bake a full cheesecake in an 11-inch springform pan for about 50 minutes, making sure to wrap the outside of the pan in tinfoil before pouring in the boiling water so that water cannot seep into the crack in the springform pan. Or you can use regular muffin tins and ditch the bain marie; your texture will not be as silky. Also I cannot guarantee that they will be easy to remove from the tins as I have not used this technique. They are incredibly easy to remove from the silicone liners - I highly recommend getting a set! 

Also it's extremely important that your ingredients be at full room temperature! If you try to make this with cold cream cheese.... just please don't. Plan ahead.

for the base:
200g graham crackers, gluten-free graham crackers, or digestive biscuits
50g salted peanuts or almonds
100g dark chocolate chips
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature

for the filling:
500g cream cheese, at room temperature
3 eggs, at room temperature
3 egg yolks (whites can be frozen to make meringues at a later date)
200g sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) sour cream, at room temperature
250g smooth peanut butter

for the topping: 
2/3 cup cup sour cream
2/3 cup heavy cream
100g semi-sweet chocolate chips
30g dark brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 and set a kettle of water on to boil.

Measure the base ingredients into a bowl set atop your scale. Dump the ingredients into your food processor then process until it starts to come together. (Use the pulse button and you will see the base start to clump.) Scrap the mixture back into the bowl you used to measure and set aside.

Wipe out the food processor with a paper towel and set the bowl of the food processor atop your scale. Measure out all the filling ingredients and add in the eggs. Process until completely smooth.

Measure out one tablespoon full of base mixture into each silicone liner, pressing down to make sure the mixture is packed down. Then measure out the filling mixture into each muffin liner, about two tablespoons worth for each one. Put the muffin liners into a large roasting pan then place in the preheated oven. Then very carefully pour in the boiling water into the roasting pan so that the water comes halfway up each muffin liner. Bake for anywhere from 12-20 minutes, until the filling is just set. (Baking times will depend on your oven.)

While the cheesecakes bake, make the topping. In a metal bowl combine the topping ingredients then place over a small pot of simmering water. Stir until all the chocolate chips have melted and you have a beautiful silky sauce.

Take the cheesecakes out of the water bath as soon as they come out of the oven. Pour a tablespoon of  the warm topping over each cheesecake. For aesthetic reasons, do not touch the topping after you pour it on, as it will mar the surface of the chocolate; pour carefully.

Place the cheesecakes in the fridge overnight then unmold before serving or freezing for later consumption.

Yum!





Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Quarantine Cooking



Recently there seems to have been a resurgence of 90s style email chains. But the only kind of chain email I would ever participate in would have to be food related. The text of one I received recently states the recipe you need to send to person in "spot #2" should be "something quick, easy and without rare ingredients.  Actually, the best one is the one you know in your head and can type right now or something you made this week." So naturally I took that advice as my central tenant and typed out the one dinner recipe I know from heart. It was something my mom cooked often when I was little, usually for times when another family came over for dinner and she needed to make something that would please both kids and adults. I remember calling my mom and asking for the recipe when I was a newly-wed and wanted to make it to serve to my cousins and their wives. (I made a double batch and there were no leftovers.) I've made it countless times since for my family. It is comforting, delicious, super easy, and super adaptable. 

The second recipe in my response email to the quarantine cooking exchange is one I've only just discovered. It comes via one of my favorite comfort-food bloggers of all time, Deb Pearlman at Smitten Kitchen, and she got it from Goop. It was a night when I didn't have much except rice and a few stray veggies in the frig, and I didn't expect much. But wow was I surprised! The sauce is beyond amazing. It turned a lack-luster, what-the-heck-can-we-eat night into one of the best meals of the month. 

So here are the two recipes I sent for the quarantine cooking exchange. I hope you and your families can enjoy them as well. Stay safe. Eat well. 



Bowties with Sausage and Cream

This is my go-to for a quick yet filling meal for the whole family. If you have picky eaters who don’t like spice you can omit the red chili pepper. If you don’t have heavy cream - don’t fret! It will taste good without it, but add in a little extra butter and/or a few teaspoons of sugar to taste. If you don’t have sweet italian sausage, any un-cooked sausage will work, and pre-cooked sausage could work in a pinch but you’d have to heat it up separately and add it in at the end. It’s easiest to use the kind of sausage meat that isn’t in actual sausage form, so that you don’t have to slit the sausages from their casings.

Pasta, any kind will work but bowties work best
1 lb sweet Italian sausage, uncooked (casings removed) 
1 28-oz jar crushed or whole tomatoes (if using whole, drain then chop)
¼ tsp red chili flakes (optional)
1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped (optional)
½ cup heavy whipping cream (or more if you want a creamier sauce)
Chopped parsley (optional)
Grated parmesan (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Add a lug of oilive oil to a large saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook the sausage meat until lightly browned and cooked through, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into little bits as it cooks. Add the garlic and red chili flakes and cook for 30 seconds, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and cook for an additional minute, or until heated through. Toss with the pasta and serve topped with the chopped parsley and parmesan.



Miso Sesame Dressing for Grain & Veggie Bowls
from: Smitten Kitchen

Roast any vegetables you have on hand, and layer them on top of greens and/or grains and top with this AMAZING sauce. Literally, SO GOOD. If you aren’t the kind of person who has white miso in their fridge at all times, well, now is a good time to become one, if only for this particular sauce! Trust me, you'll want to make it all the time.

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons white miso
2 tablespoons tahini (other nut butters can work in a pinch)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons olive oil

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blitz till smooth. Throw sauce on top of your roast veg & green & grain bowl!