Cherry Chocolate Braid

There is an underlying concept in Imbolc that shows itself again in the preparations for Lent. Spring cleaning includes the process of going through “stuff” and sorting out what is needed and still useful and what is not. Going through the fridge probably brings up an assortment of containers pushed off to the side, some […]

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Banketstaaf ( Marzipan filled puff pastry )

In Holland there is a strong tradition connecting letters with this time of the year. Edible letters were used as a teaching aid to help children learn their alphabet in convent school.  Today chocolate letters can be found in delicatessens at Christmas time but the tradition goes further back to a time when the letters […]

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Ricotta in Filo with Blueberry Sauce

Filo rolls can fill the bill in many places, served savoury with fillings like spinach and garlic or sweet with any number of fruits. Appetizer, main course or dessert are all possible if you have a box of ready made filo at home. The challenge can be that once the box is open, the pastry […]

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Raspberry Lemonade Pie

Our ancient ancesters knew wild raspberries well. Various dig sites across Europe, Asia, and Northern America have revealed the remains of raspberry canes. In Greek myths, raspberries were white until Ida,  Zeus’s nursemaid pricked her finger and stained them all red for all time, linking raspberries to fertility, women’s health and children. That tale is […]

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Lemon Cheese/Curd

When something is expensive and not easy to get, it is always a good idea to find a way to extend the flavour in some way. I did that this summer with my handful of cascade berries that were turned into liquour and then chocolates. It allows more people to share in the bounty. Originally […]

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Prosciutto Persimmon Tarts

The second pastry on the menu of the fall high tea is this simple quiche style tart. One half recipe of the puff pastry dough posted previously was enough to make these and the pockets posted yesterday. This is just a reminder that the small ingredient amounts can be easily increased for projects larger than […]

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Chicken Mushroom Pockets

Okay, let’s get on to the fun stuff. You have the recipe for the pastry and the pesto via previous posts. Now let’s put it all together. Yes, I used chicken but left over turkey will do the job as well and as many of you still have Thanksgiving to look forward to, having a supply […]

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Puff Pastry by Food Processor

High teas are generally divided into three sections, the savoury options were often “finger” sandwiches (small enough to eat cleanly with two fingers). They were filled with cucumber slices, watercress, tuna and similar light fillings. I think I have shared the story of my grandfather as a boy, who regularly won MVP when playing soccer. The […]

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Care and storage of blueberries (& pie)

With the weather being so different this year, the berries have been at least a month early. Freezing strawberries and raspberries is not my first choice but blueberries are another story entirely. I am told July 13th is also Pick Blueberry Day! so perfectly magical timing. Unsprayed and straight from the farm, my friend shared […]

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Blueberry Cinnamom Cheese Tarts

When I hear numbers like over 30% of our food ends up in the garbage I am concerned about what that says. What are our levels of respect for the food products we use and the energy it takes to grow, harvest, transport, process and deliver nutrition to our tables. ” In my kitchen filled […]

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