Today was a day of remembrance and reflection, and a time for all of us to strive for peace and gentleness in our lives.
Next week starts a new year in the Jewish calendar, with the holiday of Rosh Hashannah! At this time of year, it is traditional to enjoy apples dipped in honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. Apples and gorgeous local honey make a few appearances this week, so keep your eyes open throughout the menu! (If you are a person who avoids honey, don't worry - all occurrences of honey are marked!) I am also offering plenty of other wonderfully comforting plates to feed our souls.
This menu will be ready for delivery on Monday, September 17. (I know some of you are travelling on Mondays - perhaps we can make alternate arrangements. It never hurts to ask!) Please email your order any time between now and Saturday night (though I do my best to accommodate orders that come in Sunday as well.) Thanks so much to all of you, and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
L'Shana Tova! (Happy New Year!)
Red and Yellow Pepper Soup! Local peppers are at the peak of ripeness right now, and I was inspired to create a creamy soup from them. Delicately seasoned with thyme and paprika, and blended up with cashew creme. Yum! $9
Sweet Potato Kugel: At once savory and sweet, and entirely delicious! Served with apple-walnut charoset. (Charoset contains a touch of honey, and a very small amount of alcohol.) $11
Mock Chopped Liver: Okay, it sounds crazy, but this is actually a traditional (and super delicious) dish! Made with walnuts and mushrooms. Served with your choice of roasted potato slices or crunchy veggies to dip. (If you don't choose, I might choose for you!) $12
Jamaican Rice and Peas! Not what we would usually call peas in the U.S., this dish is red beans and brown rice, cooked with coconut milk and warming spices. Yum! Rounded out with local veg du jour. $10
Apple, Date, and Honey Muffins! Such a fantastic combination, in a deliciously nut-free muffin. $10 half dozen, $18 dozen.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches: The BEST flourless almond butter cookies studded with yummy mini chocolate chips and filled with hand-whipped chocolate frosting. A pair of generously sized sandwiches, wrapped up all prettily with ribbons! $9
Gingerbread Cake! I have been waiting for the weather to turn cool enough to warrant this gorgeous, moist, dark, rich confection. Not too sweet, made from buckwheat and spices, kissed with honey and iron-rich organic molasses. I can't wait! $8
In my kitchen, I use only the best ingredients. I do not use gluten or gluten-containing ingredients. I do not use peanuts or soy. I do not use meat, dairy, or egg ingredients. I do occasionally use honey, but all honey-containing dishes are marked as such. I DO use fresh fruits and veggies, local and/or organic when possible. I do use non-gluten whole grains and beans. I do use tree nuts and seeds. I am careful to avoid cross-contact between nuts and non-nut ingredients, but be aware that tree nuts are present in the kitchen and cross-contact is possible.
Please inform me before ordering if you have any allergies or sensitivities at all. Below is a rundown on some more common allergens, but it is not a comprehensive ingredients list. If in doubt, please just ask!
SOUP contains cashews, which may be omitted.
MOCK CHOPPED LIVER contains walnuts.
KUGEL contains flax, walnuts, and pecans. Charoset (condiment on the side) contains walnuts, honey, and port wine. Charoset may be omitted if you like.
RICE AND PEAS contains coconut milk (not a tree nut; I don't think any of you are sensitive to it.)
COOKIES contain flax, almonds and chocolate.
GINGERBREAD CAKE contains honey, flaxseed and almond milk, but I can substitute with hemp milk instead of almond on request
MUFFINS contain honey, flaxseed, and a small amount of coconut flour (not a tree nut.) No tree nuts in this week's muffins!
Additional special dietary requests:
ALLIUMS: Soup contains homemade veggie broth, but additional garlic and/or onion may be omitted. Rice and Peas contains some cooked garlic and onion. Mock chopped liver contains cooked onion.
RAW: On request, I can make raw versions of soup and mock chopped liver.
SCD/grain free: Choose soup, mock chopped liver, and kugel. Cookie sandwiches if you tolerate brown sugar. If you tolerate buckwheat and natural sweetness from honey and molasses, you might consider the gingerbread too.
ACD/sugar and yeast free: Choose soup, kugel without charoset, and rice and peas. If you tolerate fully cooked mushrooms, then you might consider the mock chopped liver too.