Pear and Pecan Loaf

Pears trees can live a very long time and so in Chinese traditions, the pear is linked to immortality. It is also connected to partings as the word for separation and pear is the same and is the source of the custom of not sharing pears¬†with others. The tale of Prometheus links golden pears (sometimes […]

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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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If you go down to the woods today….

July 10 is Teddy Bears Picnic Day! and “If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today you’d better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have […]

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What do I do with my herbs? Baking Powder Biscuits

This year I was the very thankful recipient of one of Jean’s herb baskets. From left to right it has oregano, thyme, rosemary,¬†chives and parsley. Jean popped in some tarragon as well but it is not ready for any harvesting. The downside with having happy herbs is that they grow and before things get out […]

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Rhubarb & Orange Oatmeal Muffins with Hazelnut topping

These little treats are full of things other than plain white flour. The added oatmeal and hazelnuts as well as the rhubarb and orange bring a much wider range of nutrients than the cakey options you typically see in store these days. I keep grated orange zest in sugar, handily sitting in the fridge but […]

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Dandelion Muffins with Thyme, Raisins and Hazelnuts

I have been told that fairies love to eat flowers. I have that on the excellent authority of an eight year old, who has no trouble connecting into the magic of possibility and since the first of the bright yellow Dandelion blooms are here, the decision was made. Bake a cake perfect for a fairy […]

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Apple Pecan Muffins

On cold Saturday mornings, I like fresh baked muffins. I like the heat the oven adds to the kitchen while everyone is waking up. I like the aroma the spices bring to my home. I much prefer the texture of home made muffins to what I find in stores. I get to offer home baked […]

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Oat Pumpkin Pancakes with Bacon & Pecans ( Gluten free )

It was not a dark and stormy night. The clock said it was eight in the morning but you would never know it by looking out the window this morning. Time for pancakes! I had an open container of pumpkin puree in the fridge, this is October and Thanksgiving weekend to boot, so why not […]

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Cornbread for Mabon – Part Three

Vibrant fall colours, like the oranges, reds and purples we see in autumn leaves and Michaelmas daisies are wonderfully appropriate additions to a Mabon table. Golden hued apricots, the intense reds of cranberries and the earthy shades of purple grapes all reflect the tones of fall. There are many ways to bring these colours to […]

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Cornbread for Mabon – Part One

“…By and by the harvest and the labour ended, we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves…” If you have a Protestant connection somewhere in your past you will likely find these words familiar. They come from a hymn by Knowles Shaw. Mabon, named for the son/sun of Modron, Welsh goddess of Motherhood is the […]

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