Ginger Cherry Crumbles

We have fresh local fruit for such a short time that baking with it seems almost sacrilegous, better to just find a serviette. In much of Asia, cherries are associated with youthfullness and immortality. In Japan, a custom is to tie a single strand of hair around a cherry tree to attract love. In Chinese […]

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Wild Berry Ice Cream with Lemon Balm

Ice Cream! Yea!… well maybe not. Plans are sometimes subject to change. I had brought the ice cream maker to class as a possible surprise to finish up Playing with Herbs but the bowl had been out of the freezer for too long, even with the extra ice it was packed in and we would […]

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Rhubarb Crisp Frozen Yoghurt

Yum, Yum, Yum,! It is rhubarb time and this is a change up on rhubarb crisp because the weather here the last week has been too hot to bake one. So instead of a crisp served with ice cream, we have frozen rhubarb yoghurt and a crisp topping and a little extra sauce. Yum, Yum, […]

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Hot Sauce Lemon Pudding

The word pudding in North America brings visions of cold milk desserts in vanilla, chocolate or maybe butterscotch. In Britain it holds more the meaning of dessert, something sweet to finish off a nice Sunday meal. This pudding falls into the latter category. There is enough here for dessert for two but can be easily […]

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Blackcurrant Pavlova

It seems to be birthday season around you me right now and my offer of bringing pavlova to the latest celebration was met with immediate agreement. Pavlova is not as well known in North America as it is in New Zealand and Australia where it might almost be considered a national dessert. It is most […]

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Blueberry Honey Compote

The word compote comes to us through Latin and French roots and means mixture. The Middle English word would have been compost and by no means suggests this adventure is meant for the recycling bin. Compote is cooked pieces of fruit with sweetener and very often additional flavourings, although it can also be made plain. […]

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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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Pumpkin Pudding Brule

Pumpkin pie may be the tradition at this time of the year but pumpkin pudding can be a quick to finish option when time is of the essence and this week in particular that is perfect for me. Make in advance, keep in the fridge and finish just before serving. Double quick if you have […]

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Sherry & Spice Poached Nectarines

I think I have mentioned before that I am not a great fan of cooking with nectarines. In my humble opinion, the perfect accompaniment to this favourite fruit is a paper towel. However! the other day I was poaching some pears for a project and since I had a few ripe nectarines in the kitchen, […]

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Ricotta in Filo with Blueberry Sauce

Filo rolls can fill the bill in many places, served savoury with fillings like spinach and garlic or sweet with any number of fruits. Appetizer, main course or dessert are all possible if you have a box of ready made filo at home. The challenge can be that once the box is open, the pastry […]

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