Parsnip Bisque

In the late 90’s, I was once browsing a colourful recipe book called Weddings, or something like that. It might have been written by a celebrity chef named Martha Stewart, but I’m not entirely sure, and it had been lent to the Zen Center kitchen. Who knows why? Maybe there was a big wedding afoot… Amidst the curlicues and […]

Pumpkin Miso Soup

Miso is an amazing thing. It’s both versatile and healthy, being high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals. We have spent quite some time in Japan over the years – at Kirigayaji, the family temple of Hojosan, our dharma great-uncle where we lived for a while, at friends temples, and in training temples – and each time, […]

Shepherdy Pie

Every day is a good day. And today was a very good day for Shepherds Pie. When I think of Zen food, Shepherds Pie is not the first thing that comes to mind. But when the chill from the incessant wind and slapping rain gives way to hunger pangs for oven dishes, it starts to make […]

Creamy Brown Rice & Amaranth Cereal

The weather has been really wet, windy and miserable these last few days. Not cold, which is odd for this time of year, but filled with the kind of dampness that gets under your skin and into your bones. The air clings to the scent of falling leaves and traces of wood smoke. For days […]

Chilli Corn Bread with Red Pepper

Mistake! It happened while mixing a cake and simultaneously preparing hummus with red bell pepper and onion at 6:30 in the morning. For some mysterious reason, I felt like making a less “sugary” cake, so in went less sugar –  and more salt – than usual. The aromas of almond and vanilla were floating at […]