This cake is sure to make an impression. The unique pairing of rich and fudgy chocolate cake flavoured with rosemary and crowned with billowy tufts of lemon frosting will make it a standout ending to any meal.
Preserve all that lemons have to offer by first finely zesting lemon rind before juicing. Even if you don’t need lemon zest for your recipe, it freezes beautifully if stored in an airtight container, ready for another day.
Line 5 x 9 in (13 x 23 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Set oven rack about 6 in (15 cm) from broiler and preheat broiler. Lightly grease rimmed baking tray with coconut oil.
Trim off top of eggplant and cut in half lengthwise. Place cut side down on greased baking tray. Broil, checking and turning eggplant every couple of minutes, until eggplant is cooked through and very soft, about 20 minutes. Remove eggplant from oven, place oven rack in centre of oven, and preheat to 350 F (180 C).
While eggplant is cooking, in medium-sized heatproof bowl set over saucepan of simmering water, melt chocolate while stirring constantly with rubber spatula. Make sure water in saucepan does not touch bottom of bowl or you run the risk of burning the chocolate. Once chocolate has melted, remove from saucepan and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
When eggplant is cool enough to handle, scrape out the inside, discarding charred skin, and place in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade attachment. Along with eggplant pulp, add applesauce, 1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup, and melted chocolate to food processor. Purée until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
In large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, almond flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and rosemary. Add eggplant mixture to dry ingredients and fold together with rubber spatula until just combined and no pockets of dry ingredients are left. Tip batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven until edges of cake look cooked, about 40 minutes. Let cake cool to room temperature in loaf pan on wire rack; don’t be alarmed: it will fall slightly. Remove cake from pan, transfer to serving platter and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
While cake cools then chills, prepare lemony frosting. In blender, combine together tofu, remaining 2 Tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup, melted coconut oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Take your time: this may take a few minutes and require the blender to be scraped down a few times. Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to serve, remove chocolate rosemary cake from refrigerator. Spread top of cake with lemony frosting and garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired. Slice and serve. Any leftover cake will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Lime juice and ginger add a tropical whiff to this French-Japanese mashup, where seaweed tendrils and Dijon mustard bring out the umami flavours in mushrooms and eggplant. The ingredients might seem to be strange bedfellows, but they work. The result is somewhere between a quiche and a soufflé, with a gluten-free eggplant crust featuring punchy mustard and citrus. This makes for a hearty vegetarian main for brunch, lunch, or dinner with a side salad, or a filling side dish. Fresh or dried If you don’t have fresh thyme and parsley, use 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme (divided) and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley. The flavours won’t be as pungent, but a little flavour is better than none.
These are the perfect two-bite appetizers. Though the first bite likely won’t “wow” you, the more you chew, the more the salt from the dulse soaks into the avocado and tomato. Wait for it. You can also turn these into breakfast à la avocado toast by substituting a piece of your favourite bread for a slice of baguette. What’s in a name? Theoretically, this should be called a “DLTA” because of the avocado (dulse, lettuce, tomato, and avocado). And if you left out the lettuce, you’d have a “DTA.” A DTA would arguably be a better overall eating experience, since lettuce slightly waters down the rich and creamy result and makes it harder to keep the tomatoes from sliding off the top of the crostini. But the juicy lettuce is actually helpful, since it spreads the salt from the dulse throughout the entire bite, making the “wow” moment come sooner. Besides, neither DLTA nor DTA is as fun an acronym as DLT.
This triple-threat recipe is made with (up to) three types of seaweed. Wakame is essential for the pesto, but kombu boosts the umami punch of sautéed garlic and cherry tomatoes, while kelp noodles are a low-carb substitute for flour-based noodles. Because kelp noodles can be hard to find (you’ll likely need to order them online), feel free to use your favourite boxed linguine, zucchini noodles, shirataki konjac, tofu, or yam noodles instead. You can also leave out the vongole (clams) to keep the recipe plant-based, or use mussels, which are usually more affordable than clams. Both clams and mussels are generally sustainable, as, like seaweed, they’re farmed without feed or antibiotics, unlike many farmed fish operations. Double-duty pesto Make a double batch of seaweed pesto, and enjoy it with eggs, scrambled tofu, or toast.
Spicy popcorn? You bet. This Japanese seven-spice blend combines salty and spicy notes for a healthy snack. If you don’t make your own togarashi, check the container before adding it to your popcorn to make sure it doesn’t contain salt. For an even simpler recipe, skip the togarashi and just grind a few pieces of nori and a pinch of salt in a blender or spice grinder to sprinkle on your popcorn instead. If you’re fresh out of nori, you can always grind wakame, arame, or dulse instead, leaving out the pinch of salt for dulse or any seaweed you taste and find already salty. Shichimi togarashi This customizable spice blend generally features sansho pepper, a.k.a. Japanese prickly ash, a green peppercorn with a citrusy taste, along with seaweed flakes, chili pepper, and dried citrus peel—often yuzu or mandarin orange. If you can’t find sansho, look for Sichuan peppercorn, which has a slightly stronger mouth-tingling effect. You can buy dried orange, mandarin, or tangerine peel. Or you can dehydrate your own, in which case you might as well dehydrate a 1/8 in (3 mm) thick piece of fresh ginger along with the peel. If you can’t handle a lot of chili pepper heat, reduce the pepper to your taste.