Seville Orange Whiskey Curd

Lemon Curd is by far the most well known variety of this heavenly filling. Christmas dinner was never complete for my father without a cold from the fridge spoonful of lemon curd inside a freshly warmed tart shell. Before Seville orange season comes to an end, I wanted to share a different option with a […]

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Hawthorn Truffles

I am going to apologize upfront. I try very hard to post seasonal recipes and generally stay away from items that are not in season somewhere in the world. Valentine’s is coming and this is a highly appropriate suggestion as hawthorn is all about the heart. The unfair part is that unless there is hawthorn […]

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Blueberry Buttermilk Cake with Lemons and Rum

In the middle of winter it is nice to have something that reminds us winter will leave, sometime. I have been very grateful that up until February 3rd, we have had no snow. Since then I have been out three time shoveling and salting and with wind chill we are in the minus double digits. […]

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My Grandfather’s Seville Orange Marmalade

Seville oranges didn’t actually originate from Seville, Spain. They were brought by the Moors during the 900’s A.D., having spread westward after being introduced to the Roman Empire by India in the first century. Legends hint that Hercules,  stole the first oranges, named Golden Apples, from the Gardens of the Hesperides. It is an interesting […]

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Cleaning Fussy Bottles

Last September Jean and I collected Hawthorn berries. Okay, honestly, Jean did most of the collecting, scampering down the steep side of the roadside hill. I missed the opportunity to post the tincture and jelly making and I will do that when we get closer to fall this year. This post however is about bottle […]

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Banana Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins fresh from the oven on Valentine’s morning became a bit of a tradition for my “too old for kiddie Valentine’s” homestay students. For the Canadian contingent it was often a taste of home and for those coming from foreign shores, something entirely new. Since February is also Bake for Family Fun Month, this […]

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Chocolate Cheesemous(s)e Pie

I am teaching a cheese making class the day after tomorrow. There are several tasty cheeses we can get through in three hours but a cream cheese with rennet is not one of them. The 14 hour wait time before dripping for several hours more is the issue. The solution was to make up a […]

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Watercolour Bookmarks and Gift Tags

            This post is for those who do not consider themselves artistic and would never even think to pick up a paint brush. People like me. My mother, grandfather and great grandmother were what I would consider artists. They could transform a blank page or object into lovely, detailed and […]

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Paw Protector Salve

The cherry blossoms may be in bloom here but winter is still definitely around in other parts of the planet. This healing salve will help the paws of working dogs and those that live/play outside. Neither salt or ice is friendly on paws, so if your furry friend will let you, try a little massage […]

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Puff Pastry Sticks with Fine Herbs & Aged Gouda

This is a totally unintended quick and cheeky post. No beautiful “how to” pictures as the work was going on after dark and that rarely makes a digital camera happy. Using leftovers is an active theme for this time in the wheel of the year. Firstly there would have been the question of how long […]

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