Special Occasions

VEGAN CHOCOLATE WALNUT CAKE

VEGAN CHOCOLATE WALNUT CAKE

I made this for my friend’s birthday. This was my first attempt at a vegan cake. I’m not going lie… it was AMAZING. I couldn’t believe how good this cake turned out. It was soft and dense and super chocolaty. My secret ingredient was crushed […]

ROSEMARY MAPLE CASHEWS

ROSEMARY MAPLE CASHEWS

I love jazzing up regular nuts that I have in my pantry. I’ve made walnuts with Chinese five spice and cashews with harissa. This time, I made cashews with fresh rosemary and finished them with maple syrup. These are great for entertaining or even a […]

WHITE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

WHITE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

These pretzels have become a yearly treat. I have made them every Christmas for the past few years. They are a hit with guests and as presents. There’s something about that sweet and salty bite that makes them perfect. Make a lot of them…they are […]

PEPPERMINT BARK

PEPPERMINT BARK

I love the Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark that comes out every Christmas, but I don’t love the price. I feel it’s really expensive. So I tried to make my own and it turned out great. I actually prefer mine because I load it with crushed […]

AMARETTO ICE CREAM

AMARETTO ICE CREAM

Amaretto is my favourite liquor. I’ve had amaretto ice cream before, I have even had amaretto gelato in Venice, which was the best. They would top it with an amaretti cookie which I liked. I’m not going back to Venice anytime soon, so I decided […]

MEJADRA

MEJADRA

I love warm comforting meals, especially when it comes in one pot. This has become one of my favourite rice dishes. It reminds me of the Indian biriyani with a different spice profile. Mejadra is a Middle Eastern dish made with rice, lentils, nuts, and […]

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. […]