This dessert takes its inspiration from the harvest cakes of Italy and Provence, where grapes and olives grow in abundance. The recipe calls for a sweet wine to flavor the cake, but you could also use white wine left over from last night’s dinner.
Using won ton wrappers to make ravioli is a time-saving trick that lets you focus on the filling ingredients instead of fussing with dough and pasta makers.
The success of tamale making depends on assembling the right steamer. Select a container with a lid that is large enough to easily hold all tamales, and use a stainless steel steamer rack, steamer basket or a Chinese metal or bamboo steamer, making sure that the water does not touch the rack.
Matcha is a powdered green tea that’s high in antioxidants; you’ll find it in most large natural grocery stores or Asian markets. If you can’t find matcha, steep 4 green tea bags in 1⁄2 cup boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and let liquid cool, then add tea to smoothie; reduce rice milk by 1⁄2 cup.