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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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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Chestnut & Citrus Sponge Cake

Italian/Sweet chestnuts are in many markets and specialty stores this time of year, a sure sign that Christmas is near and while roasting on an open fire may come to mind first, I wanted to do some experimenting down alternate pathways. I had chestnut puree sitting on a shelf  ( 900 ml/3 1/2 + cups […]

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Pluot Cake

Pluots are part of a group of hybrid fruits known as interspecific plums. Apriums, Apriplums and plumcots are also in this group that are a combination of plums and apricots. Sometimes this happens through natural cross pollination and other times they are man made. Pluot’s parents are Italian prune plums and apricots. They have that […]

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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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Marzipan Carrots

Marzipan modelling has a long history in many parts of the world. There are even museums to the art of decorative marzipan. Szabo Marzipan Museum in Budapest is just one. Take a peak at the video and I promise we are not doing anything as complicated. Fruits and figurines, cities and celebrities have all been […]

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Two Carrot Cakes

It is interesting to see traditions being formed in present day. I wonder what people will say about them in 50 years. One example is carrot cake. As sugar and other sweeteners were scarce in England during the war years, carrots were an oft used alternative. Although there are references to cakes that go back […]

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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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Vanilla Whiskey Chocolate Cupcakes

I usually think of birthdays as a time when the birthday person should feel special and receive, as much as possible, what they would like. I have pictures of my grandfather in Indonesia, in the early 1900 hundreds, sitting on the “birthday chair”, decorated with fronds and flowers and although not all cultures chose to […]

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Orange Marmalade Coffee Cake with Almonds

Sometimes you just don’t want the usual. Chocolate? Nah. Local fresh fruit? Not in season yet. How about…? Takes too much time and effort. This coffee cake may be just the thing. Yes, there are several steps, like a simple struesel to make but once it is in the oven you can choose to be […]

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