Special Occasions

PUMPKIN SEED BRITTLE

PUMPKIN SEED BRITTLE

I saw these at William Sonoma. They looked good but are really expensive. I decided to try to make my own and I love how they turned out. I used brown sugar instead of white and sprinkles some pumpkin spice on them when they were […]

FIG & WALNUT PALMIERS

FIG & WALNUT PALMIERS

Figs and walnuts are one of my favourite combinations. Whether I make a cake or just pop a fig and walnut in my mouth at the same time, the flavor combination is great. When I started making palmiers, I knew I had to try it […]

COCONUT PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

COCONUT PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

I have been making this cake for years. I have taken a retro dessert and turned it up a notch with coconut and extra pineapple. It’s also easy to make as you are not making the cake from scratch. I like to make this in […]

BROCCOLINI LENTIL SALAD

BROCCOLINI LENTIL SALAD

I love beluga lentils, and I love broccolini. Put those two together and scatter with chilies and I’m happy. I made this for my friend’s birthday. She has become a vegan so my challenge this year was to make an exciting, interesting, and delicious dinner. […]

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 […]