Special Occasions

PEACHY PAVLOVAS

PEACHY PAVLOVAS

What is a Pavlova? Named after the Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova, it’s a dessert that resembled her tutu. Made with a meringue base and topped with whipped cream and fruit. It’s a really nice summer dessert and looks beautiful. My friend celebrated her 40th birthday […]

MUFFULETTA CROSTINI

MUFFULETTA CROSTINI

This is my favourite go-to quick and easy meal. I have it for lunch or dinner and even make it as an appetizer when entertaining. Muffuletta is a tangy spread of olives and pickled vegetables in olive oil. I like to get the spicy one. […]

PANETTONE FRENCH TOAST

PANETTONE FRENCH TOAST

This is a great breakfast for Christmas morning. I always buy panettone at Christmastime, and this is one of my favourite recipes to make with it. This lovely cake like bread easily absorbs the custard and with a drizzle of honey you have a classic […]

CHOCOLATE DISCS

CHOCOLATE DISCS

I like to make edible gifts for Christmas. These chocolate discs are always on the list. People love them and you can make them unique with all the different toppings. I use everything from candied ginger to crystallized violet petals. Not only are these beautiful […]

CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD

CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD

I love shortbread. My Mom would make it every Christmas. I’ve taken a basic recipe and jazzed it up a bit by adding almond flour, dried cranberries, and white chocolate. I like to serve this on a plate and let people break off what they […]

MARRON GLACE

MARRON GLACE

The first time I had marron glace (candied chestnuts in french) was as a spread in a crepe in Paris. I was hooked, it was my favourite thing. Whenever I got waffles or crepes, I would get it with marron spread on it. Then I […]

SPICED ICED TEA

SPICED ICED TEA

This is by far my favourite iced tea. It’s almost like to dessert. It’s sweet and creamy with all these wonderful spices infused into it. I look forward to making this in the summer, but can be savoured anytime of the year.

DULCE DE LECHE

DULCE DE LECHE

We all know and have tasted dulce de leche, but do you know what it is and how it’s made? I think people think it’s a product that has to be bought, but the truth is that dulce de leche is caramelised condensed milk and […]

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CHERRIES & PISTACHIOS

BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CHERRIES & PISTACHIOS

This is a great dish to serve when the weather starts getting cold. It’s hearty and flavourful. It can be a side to a roast chicken or served as a main for a vegetarian dish.

ASADA FRIES

ASADA FRIES

I first had this dish at a restaurant. It was very tasty but I felt I could make it better. It was a big bed a fries with small amounts of toppings and a few pieces of steak which had to be cut up. I […]