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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Greek or not Yoghurt Squares with Rhubarb Sauce

I do think of other things than rhubarb at this time of the year. It is just that the compote was ready and waiting. As we progress through the seasons, there will be all sorts of berries and fruits to use as a sauce. Choose whatever suits your fancy as this is a vanilla flavoured […]

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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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Candy Cane Brownies

Sometimes all the old traditions just can’t hold a candle to CHOCOLATE! And if you are not going the warming spice route then what better winter wonderland flavour than peppermint? Ready to perk you up, it also freshens breath when cuddling up around a cozy fire, especially helpful when there is a second cuddler. The […]

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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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Shrunken Rice Krispie Brains

If you have someone in your life that loves the sticky gooey goriness of the season, here is a simple treat, sure to delight your devouring sweet tooth zombie eater. The head and/or the brain are often used to symbolize the mind as it (the mind) was/is thought to reside in the brain. The physical brain is […]

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What do I do with my herbs? Chopped in cooking and Pizzaish!

Having fresh growing herbs that are easy to reach is a bonus. Hiking out to the back 40 in the middle of preparing a meal is not going to happen regularly. You are more likely to use your herbs when they are easily reachable. Remembering to use them is the important part. They are full […]

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Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

A brownie may be a sweet soft chocolate goodie but it is also a specific Scottish fairy has who emigrated with its chosen family out beyond the borders of Scotland, into the larger world. Tales are told of brownies who stayed with a family line for hundreds of years as long as they was treated […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse wrapped in Crunchy Spiderwebs

Technically, many brandy snap recipes do not actually have brandy in them. These for example were made with rum….. potAto, potaato. Many have no alcohol at all and they all work just fine… once you get the hang of these crunchy critters. I like doing this kind of thing around Samhain as they remind me […]

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