Walnut Squares with Lemon, Rum & Cardamon

May 25th is Brown Bag It Day and something easy to cut and package seemed like a tasty treat for your workplace. Working from home? May yourself a cuppa and enjoy. Walnuts are actually a drupe. The nut is the “stone” inside the shell and will release when it is fully ripe. It takes between […]

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Rhubarb Orange Ginger Pudding with Hazelnuts

On the west coast of British Columbia, I wait for the first rhubarb of the year. It is usually here by Beltane and I am so happy to be able to make anything with rhubarb. This year has been colder than normal and things are a little bit behind. I was thrilled when the local […]

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Valentine Cheesecake for Two

This Valentine’s Day treat is for sharing with a special someone. In this house, cheesecake is always appreciated and in the continuing theme of spring cleaning there was a small tub that needed a plan and the last of the Truffettes de France to enjoy. If life doesn’t include enough time to start the cheesecake […]

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Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Chocolate Mint Day is February 19th and if those flavours get your juices going, here are two options. One is Chocolate Mint Cake found here. The other is a variation of a decadent homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, posted earlier this month and located here. The things I wanted to focus on here are qualities associated […]

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Decadent Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, for many reasons

Decadent chocolate things seem like a perfectly appropriate Valentine’s treat. Eight days before Valentine’s Day is the not so well known Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Saturday. As much as that would not be my first choice for a number of reasons, it does fit into two additional seasonal themes. The first is spring cleaning. […]

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Grapefruit Sorbet with Basil and Rosemary

Grapefruit may seem like an unusual choice for an Imbolc post. Many of our cherished traditions are based on local European weather patterns and the symbolism that has grown through the centuries. Exploration and population expansion has brought new foods into the Wheel of the Year as the intention has always been to use what […]

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Pear Mincemeat

Mincemeat has an interesting history, a bit of which we will get to in a moment. I thought though that I would start with the pears as this mincemeat has no meat in the recipe. I first came across a pear mincemeat recipe in a Ball recipe book at least two decades ago. It was […]

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Baked Custard with Pecans and Caramel

Custard is most often thought of as an Imbolc dish, fresh milk being finally available. Here’s the catch, eggs would not have been available until around spring equinox. It is around that time birds have enough light to begin laying eggs for the new cycle of life. Any custards made between October and March would […]

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Coconut Milk & Raisin Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

sacredwicca.com suggests that coconut strengthens confidence and inner resolve while rice brings protection, rain, money and fertility. It seems to me that this coconut milk rice pudding makes an ideal snack before taking the next steps on a “goal reaching to do” list. The recipe uses two kinds of coconut milk. The first is an […]

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Valentine’s Pavlova

I often hesitate to make things that are out of season as rarely, in my opinion, does anything taste as good as local in season produce. That said Valentine’s is coming and with a few tweaks the more traditional wreath shape can become a nice dessert for Valentines (when things go as planned). Step one […]

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