Spiced Crabapple Jelly

Crabapples are grown in orchards to help with pollination. They so do not make good eating apples but my do they make nice jelly. Crabapples are naturally full of pectin so no Certo required. Jean has a tree in her orchard and the crabapples are ripe with a glorious shade of red. Yesterday I was […]

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Befanini Cookies

It is time to dig deep into your ethnic roots and pull our any connection to Italy either from this life or possibly one past. Everyone may be Irish on March 17th but on January 6th, we can all look forward to having been visited by a giftgiving witch. La Befana flies tonight, bringing presents […]

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Egg Nog Cake with Rum infused Raisins

Not everyone enjoys cakes and cookies chocked full of nuts, fruit and spices. Sometimes it is a particular variety of fruit that is not liked but it may also be allergies, dentures or diet restrictions that make Christmas goodies a challenge. Offering a range of textures and flavours helps everyone have something they can nibble […]

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Christmas Bath Bombs

I taught a bath bomb class last week. We were scheduled for 13 people and 20 showed up. It got a little crazy on my end but everyone seemed to have a good time. I wanted to share some of what was created as examples of easy to make, won’t break the bank Christmas gifts […]

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A Tale of the Oak and Holly Kings

I hope you have a few moments for the retelling of an ancient Celtic story and the wonders of imagination. You see there were two brothers who shared the same job; to care for the earth. One was responsible for the part of the year where dark turned to light and the other brother, the […]

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Cranberry Casserole Cake

With so many things being extra sweet at this time of the year, using fresh cranberries for a bit of pucker makes a refreshing addition to the cookie tray. Cranberries and British Columbia go way back. They are native to this part of the world and were traded as far away as California by 1827 […]

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Herring Salad

Where winter is cold and there is lots of snow, one might expect Christmas Eve dinner to be served hot but the older tradtion was that the hot meal was served at noon and the evening meal was one of bread and cheese, smoked meat and on special occasions, herring salad. Some recipes for herring […]

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Banketstaaf ( Marzipan filled puff pastry )

In Holland there is a strong tradition connecting letters with this time of the year. Edible letters were used as a teaching aid to help children learn their alphabet in convent school.  Today chocolate letters can be found in delicatessens at Christmas time but the tradition goes further back to a time when the letters […]

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Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Cranberry Sauce is a bit like shortbread cookies. Your family recipe is naturally the favourite. The other day though I was invited to a belated American Thanksgiving dinner with two different cranberry condiments. One was a traditional `sauce`made with white wine and curry. The second was a freshly grated uncooked option with oranges and nuts. […]

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Rum & Egg Nog Bread Pudding

As Christmas turned into New Years last year, I discovered the remains of several things in the fridge. One of them was eggnog and by then most people had had “more than enough thank you very much“. Not wanting to toss it down the sink, I put this bread pudding together and finished up leftover […]

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