I’m a list-maker by nature, and the end of the year brings with it unlimited list-making opportunities: books read, restaurants visited, James Bond movies watched in a single week (thank you instant Netflix!). The most rewarding list, however, is always my “year in recipes.” Nothing reminds me more vividly of the distinct settings of my year–New York, Columbia, home, the farm–than the things I cooked and ate, and each of the following recipes was a genuine favorite, made multiple times and either shared or joyfully hoarded. I hope that you enjoy this selection, and that it reminds you of the recipes and meals that make up your own.
– Guilt-free cookies with coconut, banana, ground almonds and dark chocolate.
– Spicy spaghetti with fennel, lemon, pancetta and parsley.
– A goat cheese tart with Greek yogurt, honey, berries and oats.
– Orzo salad with feta, lemon, broccoli, asparagus, and sprouts.
– Baked brunch oatmeal with bananas, berries, vanilla and almonds.
– Hearty meatballs with breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley and egg.
– A refreshing ice cream with cream cheese and handfuls of fresh mint.
– A perfect bread pudding with toasted bread, vanilla, raisins and pecans.
– And lastly, a personal favorite from our Christmas Day lunch:
Roasted Cauliflower with Almonds, Raisins and Capers
1 large (or 2-3 small) heads of cauliflower
large handful almonds, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, red or golden
1/4 cup capers
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the cauliflower heads into florets, then toss in a bowl with several glugs of olive oil. Add the chopped almonds, raisins, capers and salt and pepper to taste, and continue to toss until everything is nicely mixed and coated with oil. Spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with pepper flakes, then roast in the oven until the almonds are toasted and the florets begin to brown, tossing occasionally. Serve as a side, warm or cool.