Leftover Porridge Muffins

Last month I taught a class called “Cooking with Less”.  It was in conjunction with a World War Two display at a local museum that focused on keeping your family healthy when rationing and lack of availability was common. This is one of the recipes I baked and brought along to class. It is made […]

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Cinnamon Plum Muffins with Yoghurt & Almonds

President plums are a large blue/purple plum, similar to an Italian prune plum in shape and taste, first produced in the early 1900’s in Hertfordshire, England. It is one of the last varieties of plums to ripen and brings fresh fruit long after most everything else is finished. They have only been commercially available in […]

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Lemon Buttermilk Scones

With all the lovely berry jams that can be made at this time of the year, it is a nice idea to have a batch of these stored away as something to put the jam on. They work just as well for a summer high tea or afternoon coffee clatch. They, in truth, are a […]

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Chai Tea Scones with Fruit

Fusion cooking is combining dishes from two cultures to create something new. Spanakopita Spring Rolls or Ramen Noodle Burgers are two examples. Chai Tea Scones is a third. Curry has been described as England’s national dish so mixing chai and scones together is not much of a stretch but oh so tasty, full of warming […]

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Banana Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins fresh from the oven on Valentine’s morning became a bit of a tradition for my “too old for kiddie Valentine’s” homestay students. For the Canadian contingent it was often a taste of home and for those coming from foreign shores, something entirely new. Since February is also Bake for Family Fun Month, this […]

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Coconut Orange White Chocolate Muffins

On cold winter days (in places that have a proper winter season) it is nice to have something fresh tasting that helps us remember warmer climes. It is after all citrus season. Additionally we are coming up on Chinese New Year, February 7th, this year, so orange related dishes definitely fit the bill. Oranges are […]

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Red Fife Biscuits with Roasted Garlic, Feta and Herbs

I like experimenting with alternate flours. I like the feeling that I am offering more nutrition and alternate forms of gluten. I am not so thrilled with the cost but I also find there is a feeling of being satisfied sooner. During my student homestay days, I could make pancakes till the cows came home […]

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Sour Cherry, Almond and Oat Flour Muffins

Sour cherries are here for a very short time so I am fortunate that there are two orchards in the general area. Just like sour apples generally make better baking apples, sour cherries are usually thought of as cooking cherries. Cakes, puddings, cold soups and other deliciousness can come from sour cherries. When ripe sour […]

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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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Hot Cross Quick Buns

Hot cross buns are a traditional addition to spring celebrations in Europe and North America. It saddens me to say that they have been available in some stores here since January. I think it takes away the specialness of foods when seasonal items are available all year round. But that is just me. Whether the […]

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