Date Cookies with Almond Flour and Flax Meal

If you only like crisp cookies, this is not the post for you. So sorry! Try these instead.  These soft cookies are for days when being “good” is just bringing all the gremlins to the fore. ” Cookies, I WANT cookies! ” is repeating and repeating and repeating in your mind. The recipe only makes […]

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Blackberry Cake with Lemon and Rum

During blackberry time, the brambles in safe places are full with pickers gathering their summer treats. Do you have a favourite place to gather blackberries? Jean knew where these peak of perfection berries were hiding on her street and I whipped up a simple cake to spread the wealth. All sorts of fruits can be […]

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French Onion Something or Other

It is not a galette as it uses puff pastry and not a pizza as it uses puff pastry and not a pie as it uses….you got it, puff pastry. It still however is an easy dinner on a busy night, as the onions can be cooked the night before. Walla Walla onions come from […]

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3 Flour No Wheat Bread

Moving outside our comfort zones is not always simple. We have the ingredients in stock. We know the feel of the dough. It is easier to repeat what comes easily than try something that might not work, time and ingredients lost. Not all “solutions” are for everyone. Gluten-free, non dairy, low-fat, keto, paleo, religious restrictions, […]

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Spiced Fig Jam

Figs are connected to divination, fertility, protection and love. One activity was to write a question a leaf and allow it to dry. If the leaf dried quickly the answer was “no”.  Slowly would mean a “yes”. The word sycophant today means a flatterer whose intention is to maintain/gain influence. The word is however apparently […]

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Watermelon Raspberry Coolers

During hot summer days, water is the best choice for remaining hydrated. Yes, it can be a little repetitive and slightly boring but your body will thank you for getting all those good cups inside you. Once in a while though it is nice to have something special, tasty and maybe a little celebratory. There […]

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Fresh Pea Salad with Chives and Almonds

As I am writing this, in my mind’s eye, my grandfather is in his backyard, with a tobacco tin tied around his waist so that both hands are free for picking. He had rows of English peas and many a summer meal included freshly shelled sweet peas. Just the sound of the distinctive “pop” that […]

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Brandied Cherry Sauce with Honey

Before the Bing cherry season comes to an end, here is one tasty way to extend and enjoy the bounty. It is possible to double or triple this recipe and bottle it as well for cold winter delights. Transfer the hot sauce to sterile bottles and process 10 minutes. One cup of fresh cherries has […]

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Fresh Fruit Bonfires

The two celebrations most often shared outside are Litha (summer solstice) and Lammas/Lughnasagh (August 1st ish). The days are usually still warm and it is enjoyable to have a personal connection to that big ball of flame above us. Lammas is also linked to “first fruits” and in the Church of England “the feast of […]

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Herbed Devils

Recipes for stuffed eggs can be found back to when Ancient Rome was at its height. The domestication of chickens however goes much further back so that is probably not the beginning of deviled eggs. Deviling was a term applied first to meats and meant highly spiced. By the 1500’s deviled eggs was a well […]

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