Hazelnut & Pumpkin Roll with Rum & Maple Syrup Cream Filling

Thanksgiving in Canada and the U.S. are six weeks apart so when this post did not get up for Canadian Thanksgiving, I knew I had a second shot at it this month. Pulling out as many stops as possible is what special days are about, sharing time together and making the occasion memorable. This is […]

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Plum & Avocado Salad

This is a fall favourite of mine and I rarely have the four main ingredients all together at the same time but last week it happened. The hazelnuts were ground because there are people in my home who wear dentures so if your preference is roasted chopped hazelnuts, feel free to change things up. With […]

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Fall Fruit Crumble with Oat & Hazelnut Streusel

Fruit Crumbles are a tasty addition to a Mabon celebration. It is also nice that everything goes into one dish and there are no fiddly bits that need extra care and attention like the red pepper spiral on this black bean and coconut rice dish. This crumble contains apples, oats, and hazelnuts, all traditional Mabon […]

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Mabon Cheese

Mabon is a recent addition to the wheel of the year. Although the name comes from a Welsh God, there is evidence that this celebration was not originally Celtic. Mabon ap Modron and Modron were possibly deities from earlier legends. Mabon means “Great Son” and together this mother-son pair reflect similar aspects of the Demeter-Persephone […]

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Peaches and Basil

Yesterday there were still fresh peaches at the local farmers market! Reason enough to share this quick combination, great for ice cream, cheesecake, vanilla pudding, panna cotta, waffles, pancakes and salads just to name a few. Basil and citrus fruits go well together. Here is a basil and lemon glaze on a nectarine pie from […]

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Tomato Veggie Sauce with Pumpkin Puree

Have you ever added pumpkin puree to spaghetti sauce? Sacrilegious might be too soft a word for purists but I am going to suggest a leap of faith. Not only are there a list of benefits to getting more pumpkin in your diet, adding that container of puree sitting in the back corner of the […]

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Wax Sachets

Merriam-Webster defines sachet as “a small bag containing a perfumed powder or potpourri used to scent clothes and linens.” This is a variation on that idea, made with scented wax and decorated with nature’s beauty. Glitter, embeds and other whimsical items are also decorating options. Be aware though that anything dyed (such as crafted leaves) […]

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3 Corn Husk Brooms

This past summer I dried corn husks, leftover from a dinner, out in sun. Fresh corn is still available here so I am hoping it is where you are too. It is possibly too late to dry outside in some places but corn husks will also do just fine drying in a garage or closet. […]

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Simple Green Bean & Tomato Salad

A couple of weeks ago, right in the middle of tomato harvesting time, my stepmother was given fresh small tomatoes and beans from a friends garden. The beans were purple and green and the seeds had been smuggled from the Ukraine decades ago, when families were forced to flee war. They had been faithfully grown […]

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Fresh Black & Blue Flan

Along the sides of roads and down country lanes blackberry brambles are in full fruit. They are in fact coming to an end and before they disappear for another year along with fresh blueberries, here is an easy mixed berry pie, finished with a crumble topping. When picking wild blackberries, it is always a good […]

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