Blueberry Muffin Cake

There was a time when I considered blueberry muffins downed with large mug of French Roast coffee as breakfast-on-the-run. These days, they are more likely to show up at the slow-paced coffee break in-between meals, and probably better so! This version has a lovely fine crumb, packed with (dried) blueberries and finished with a crisp sugary topping. […]

Kasha Porridge

Buckwheat is what, healthy? Yes, it is. At least according to Wikipedia. It’s rich in B vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and selenium. So if you tire of porridge oats (which did happen to me during Zen retreats when oats were the mainstay breakfast for many a sesshin) this is a lovely rich and earthy substitute with the […]

Orange, Olive Oil & Garlic Dressing

There’s a lovely restaurant in Groningen with a Southern Mediterranean kitchen called Moro. We were there recently nibbling on olives served marinated in what appeared to be simply olive oil, orange zest, and fresh garlic. As the flavours circulated my imagination I thought, ooh this might make a really nice salad dressing! The following week I gave […]

Beet & Apple Soup

In 1991, we vacated the Zen Center in Bar Harbor US with the intention to help Kanzeon Sangha and Genpo Roshi set up an international Zen Center in Europe. Each of us carried a large cardboard box filled with inventory and delivered it to Brussels. While waiting for the next step we, along with several other sangha members, travelled to Poland to a beautiful grand […]

Mung Dal Savoury Pancakes

While playing with some alternatives to scrambled eggs someone asked if I’d ever heard of a mung bean pancake, as it might be a good substitute for omelette? A Korean friend of theirs had given them the recipe and they were not at all difficult. However, I was rather puzzled when my first attempt looked rather like a burger (more on that another […]

Cold Melon Summer Soup

Cold Melon Summer Soup came about after having recently tasted something like this in Alicante.  Marisa and the Zen River Madrid group had invited me to join them for a couple of days and Baruc had prepared it for a late lunch. It was divine; a sort of Ajo Blanco. The recipe intrigued me, almost as much as it […]