Oatcakes with Rosemary and Spruce Honey

Oatcakes, where to begin? Crackers, cookies or scones? Sweet or plain? Crisp or soft? Wheat inĀ  or gluten free? Baking soda or powder? Hot water or buttermilk? Rolled or steel-cut oats? The choices go on and on and on. What makes that so lovely is that playing with options will get you through the entire […]

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Quick Carrot Ginger Soup

Fall has arrived and that usually means a little more scheduling and less spur of the moment dinners. It is still possible to whip up something nutritious on cooler days. This is on my go to list when things get busy. Simple ingredients, packed with goodness. I pop it on the stove in the afternoon, […]

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Corn Husk Kitchen Witch “Dolly”

A kitchen witch is a poppet, traditional to northern European countries, usually made from left over bits of material, in the form of a hag riding her broomstick. They hung in kitchen windows and were said to bring blessings and good food. Corn dollys or corn mothers are a form of straw work with a […]

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Peach & Ginger Fritters with Buttermilk & Almonds

In a few days it will be September and then very quickly Labour Day. School will start again and schedules will fall back into place. Strawberries and and watermelon will give way to apples and pears. In that place inbetween we find peaches, juicy and sweet, bridging the transition from summer to autumn. Apple fritters […]

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Blackcurrant Pavlova

It seems to be birthday season around you me right now and my offer of bringing pavlova to the latest celebration was met with immediate agreement. Pavlova is not as well known in North America as it is in New Zealand and Australia where it might almost be considered a national dessert. It is most […]

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Raspberry Truffles

I often share truffle recipes over other styles of chocolates because they are an easy way to have great quality chocolates without the need to get out the marble and temper chocolate. The soft and creamy aspects of the filling can be controlled by how much scalded whipping cream, butter, alcohol or fruit puree is […]

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Carrot Pickles

In the middle of July I taught an introduction to preserving/canning class with nary a gerkin in site. Watermelon skins were an option but we needed to be complete in three hours, including a batch of raspberry jam. Carrot pickles it is. A year round sweet and sour option that you probably have all the […]

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Blackberry Ginger Basil Shrub

Last summer I posted a Raspberry Tarragon Shrub made with white wine vinegar. Apple cider and balsamic vinegars add an entirely different complexity to this one with backberries, ginger and basil. This is also a cold processed recipe meaning the fruit is not heated to extract its goodness. I find the finished product is brighter […]

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Herbs in Oil Cubes

One more way to keep herbs available all year round. They may not look as pretty as fresh soup wreaths but they keep the taste of your garden or shopping easily available. The herbs that I freeze in water or stock go into soups, sauces and stews. When herbs are preserved in oil, they can […]

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Red Currant and Rosemary Jelly

Red currants are another of those tart berries that carry within enough pectin to gel on their own. They are most often turned into jelly as the seeds inside are bigger than raspberry seeds and for some, that can take away from the enjoyment of the finished preserve. I had plans but time and web […]

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