Rhubarb & Rose Sorbet

Sometime during the second half of the 1600’s, the first European recipe for sorbet was written down. It happened in Naples, Italy and is attributed to the first person to also put pen to paper with a recipe for ice cream, Antonio Latini. The story goes that the idea of mixing fruit juices and ice […]

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Baked Lemon Doughnuts ( Two options )

Not all treats for special occasions need to take hours to prepare. Sometimes it is the fresh from the oven warmth that does the trick and makes things special. These baked lemon doughnuts fall into that category and since is is best to bake them on the day needed, there is not a lot of […]

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Headache/Migraine Carry Along Help

There are a common group of essential oils, of which Lavender and Peppermint are the most popular, that may help people with headaches and migraines. It is important to explore and experience what works for you as not everyone finds the same relief from the same combinations. Other possible options include Basil, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, […]

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Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake is a good choice any time of the year. I happened to have a lot of homemade cream cheese in the house from several recent classes. One portion was firmer than the other, more like what one would get when buying a brick of cream cheese. The other had not drained quite […]

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Alien Veg Minis with Blue Bantha Topping (aka parsnip muffins with cream cheese icing) )

My intention when I began this post was to remind those of you that preserve and garden that there is always a good time to be checking through your hoard. I came across these bottles yesterday while looking for something else. Even though still well sealed the contents are…past their prime. Additionally the lovely parsnip […]

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Greek or not Yoghurt Squares with Rhubarb Sauce

I do think of other things than rhubarb at this time of the year. It is just that the compote was ready and waiting. As we progress through the seasons, there will be all sorts of berries and fruits to use as a sauce. Chose whatever suits your fancy as this is a vanilla flavoured […]

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Rhubarb Charlotte

I have been wanting to give this a go for a very long time. You see my Mother had a cookbook, The Woman’s Home Companion. It was first published in 1942 and was aimed at the coming war years. The cake section included options for 1, 2, 3, & 4 egg cakes as rationing was […]

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Quick Spiced Pickled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to lift its head in spring, proof that the world is coming back to life or at least waking up from the rest it was having where you live. These tender green stalks contain lots of fiber, helping keep that full feeling longer. They have an amino acid […]

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Wild Violet Syrup & Jelly

Before the last of the violets were washed away by all our liquid sunshine, I had to make a choice; vinegar, jelly or syrup? Deciding I could squeeze small amounts of two out of three,  the vinegar would need to wait until next year as I can already see the first crop of dandelions opening […]

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Sugared Violets

Flowers are the perfect decoration for Beltane as it is perfectly symbolic to the energy of the season. Procreation. If the weather has been reasonable the landscape will be awash with wild and cultivated blossoms, some of them edible! Violets fall into that category. These highly scented and colourful appendages make tasty additions to salads […]

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