Monday, June 29, 2009

Dessert and Dahl recipe

Lime Cardamom Vanilla Cake

I've been creating decadent desserts at work this and decided today (my day off) to make a healthier version for the kids and I to enjoy. I ground spelt berries for the flour, used chia, soymilk and vinegar and replaced half of the sugar with stevia. It turned out really well. Blueberries were delicious on the side (and only 2 bucks a pint).

It's kind of funny that I am doing the pastry for this job. In the past desserts and baking were not my favorite thing to do.. I guess I just love being able to create and doing the desserts is allowing me to be creative, so I'm really enjoying it now.

Tofu Scramble

Super simple, filled with chard and broccoli and spiced with cumin, coriander and chili, this mexican breakfast was delicious. Blueberries, spinach, broccoli and chard coupled with tofu and organic blue corn chips pleased everyone, even my X who stopped by to pick of our son. Sometimes, tofu scramble is the perfect meal.


I've been eating this all week. Simple, spicy and oh so good for you.

3 T coconut oil
1 t black mustard seeds
1 T cumin seeds (or powder)
1 T coriander
2 T curry powder
1/2 t turmeric
1/4 t cinnamon
4 T freshly chopped ginger
1 large onion, diced
10 cloves garlic, pressed
2 serrano chilies, diced
pinch salt/pepper
1 lb red lentils
4-6 cups veg stock
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
juice of 1-2 limes
Siracha to taste
1 T toasted sesame oil
Braggs and pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat add the coconut oil, mustard seeds and spices. When the seeds pop add the ginger, onion, garlic and chilie along with a pinch of salt/pepper. Saute for several minutes or until the onions are transcluscent. Next, add the lentils and stock. Bring to a boil for several minutes, turn heat down to med-low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Take off heat, stir in cilantro, lime juice and sesame oil. Add braggs (or salt or soy sauce) and black pepper to taste.


  1. Your dessert looks luscious and the dahl, amazing!

  2. Hi Melody

    It's been way too long- missing the thrilled that you are working again & still making the most delicious food ever! I need your mailing address because I finally got to my Hard Candy makeup giveaway and the cats picked your name from the me at


  3. Everything looks so amazing! I love how you have all my favorite veggies in your Tofu scramble, it really is a perfect meal. Thanks for Dahl recipe, it sounds so delicious!

  4. Mm, that cake sounds wonderful... And thanks for the dahl recipe! I really love it, but rarely make it myself.

  5. wow, you need to publish a cookbook asap girl!! that lime cardamom cake sounds freakin' awesome. super moist, huh? i love dahl, but i don't make it enough. thanks for the recipe!

  6. LOVe your plate! :) Love your yummy food! I am going to make that Dahl, and I am also emailing you about it! HAHA!

  7. love the garnish on the daal!

  8. IS YOUR BOOK AVAILABLE YET??? My husband and I are about to give up being vegan because the satisfaction to time and money ratio is not cutting it. I feel like your book is my only hope.

  9. hey melody,

    can you use another kind of oil, or EB in place of coconut oil? and what is saraha?

    i'm very interested in making this dal, and partially ashamed that it took so long for me to find this blog! you're on my roll, dude.

  10. That cake is so creative! I have CSA chard and spinach and chives that I need to use, and I think a scramble is the perfect solution.

  11. That cake looks fantastic! I want a piece right now!

    Your red lentil dal (and scramble) look yummy too. Your posts are always so much fun!

  12. Yum!! I had tofu scramble for dinner last night and then again for lunch. Just been craving tofu these days.. Glad you are enjoying what you love most! Happy 4th of July!!!

  13. Your dal looks so creamy!

  14. That dal looks absolutely magnificent!! And make sure you send some of that Lime Cardamom Vanilla Cake to meeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! (Please?!?!) Yum!

  15. Your raw cake looks spectacular and would be so refreshing in our heatwave.

  16. Very beautiful Dahl, Mel :)

  17. Yummmmmmmm. Looks amazing! Nice photos!

  18. that dahl sounds like something I must try very soon. And please, please can we have the recipe for that delicious looking cake, too?

  19. . Thanks for Dahl recipe, it sounds so delicious!
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  20. I love how this looks...very minimal but for sure this is really delicious.

  21. The dahl looks perfect on this one!

  22. The color combination is really pretty..the purple is quite intense.

  23. I thought it was an excellent blog, that information has been very helpful in my life, I am a desserts lover, so I really enjoyed this reading, this weekend I want to do one! Thanks for this great moment!

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