Apricot Almond Sauce with Whiskey

There are desserts and then there are DESSERTS! What qualifies as DESSERT! is different for everyone. Simple, elegant, delicious. This apricot almond sauce with whiskey over a good vanilla ice cream would be my idea of DESSERT! So before apricot season ends, I wanted to make a batch and preserve a couple of jars in […]

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Peach Flaugnarde or something close

Does flaugnarde sound familiar? How about clafoutis? Both are French fruit and batter baked desserts. The determining factor is that the traditional fruit for a clafoutis is black cherries. Flaugnarde is the same batter type baked with a different fruit, in this case peaches. The batter used in this recipe is from yesterday’s post. Peaches […]

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Blackberry Buckle Sundae

Without getting into a full discussion about the differences between crumble, cobbler, crisp, grunt, slump, buckle or brown Betty, let us just say that in a buckle the batter is underneath the fruit instead of on top as it would be in a cobbler. As it bakes, the cake expands around the fruit, while the […]

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Fruit & Nut Cookie Flan

Lammas is one of the greater Sabbats in the Witches calendar year, celebrated on the first of August above the equator. It is known as a celebration of the first fruits and first corn (grain) harvest of the year; a little out of sync with the rhythm of the land here the last few years. […]

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Fresh Fruit & Sunshine

Probably the most common symbol of Summer Solstice is the sun itself. Litha after all is a celebration of the longest day and all the benefits that come with the sun’s lifegiving light and heat. In hot weather appetities are smaller and lighter dishes are popular. This frozen dessert/fruit salad is a simple way to […]

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Gianduja Mousse

Looking for a light but special dessert for Mother’s Day? How about a hazelnut flavoured milk chocolate mousse? Hazelnuts are said to bestow wisdom, the ability to wisely assimilate and use knowledge, something that will assist Mom’s everywhere. Chocolate at it’s foundation is related to giving and receiving love. In some cases (milk) more the […]

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Elderberries – Syrup & Sauce

Years ago my grandfather and I had returned from a trip to gather fresh fall elderberries in the Keremeos area. That evening a stroke that ultimately took him home changed those plans. Going on the trip was the last thing on his bucket list and it brought home the idea that a bucket list is […]

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Port & Persimmon Clouds

Yesterday, I shared a recipe that left me with 2 egg whites without plans. I also had a persimmon on the counter in need of being used, so……I got out the port of course. Persimmons are from the Diospyros family of plants, another “food of the gods”. They are best left until the first frost […]

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Black and Blue Cobbler with Earl Grey Custard Sauce

I was out at my favourite tea shoppe the other day (www://myaromatica.com/) and Karen suggested using tea to flavour custard. In England, desserts of all varieties are often called pudding (or just pud) and a custard sauce is a happy addition to the plate. I have used tea to flavour honey and truffles, so I […]

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Trifle Parfaits

Things do not always go as planned and my kitchen is no different. For a number of reasons, including the fact that my camera blew up, my Lughnasa cake did not get as much heat as it needed for as long as it needed, so I thought I would fess up and show you my […]

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