Monthly Archives: November 2013

Caramel-Apple Jelly

While I adore chocolate, I think caramel trumps all. Sweet and thick, sometimes chewy, caramel has a unique, almost-earthy flavour thanks to bringing the sugar almost to the point of scorching. I frequently make Caramel Sauce, Salted Caramel Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Scrumptious Spice Cookies

When my kids were little, one of their favourite treats (and a great enticement to get them outdoors in any kind of weather) was to walk to a local food shop that had bulk bins of cookies. Just about every … Continue reading

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Handmade holidays – Mulling Spice Bags

Make-ahead mulling spice mix This spice mix makes a lovely gift – the bagged blend can be added to a pot of tea or used to infuse apple cider or red wine. The recipe makes about 12 mulling spice bags. If you are giving … Continue reading

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Sugar and spice holiday gifts

Vanilla is one of the most popular spices in the world, particularly for those who enjoy baking. There’s a huge difference between the flavour of artificial vanilla extract most often sold in grocery stores and the real thing, made with … Continue reading

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Warm Kale Salad with Figs

Who says salads have to be crisp and cold? Perfect for fall and winter, this warm salad has a subtle flavour, offering both sweet and sour along with barely wilted kale and sautéed vegetables. I like plating individual portions rather … Continue reading

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Glazed Doughnuts with Custard Filling

I still remember my first taste of Boston Cream Pie. Soft sponge cake layers with creamy custard filling and a rich chocolate ganache – it’s like three desserts in one! The same combination is equally irresistible in doughnut form, so … Continue reading

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Fondue Parties at Absinthe Café – a sneak peek!

Retro is all the rage these days, it seems. From clothing to decor to jewellery, vintage is in. Absinthe Café is bringing a nostalgic touch to its fall and winter menu, offering fondue nights that celebrate this classic dining style in … Continue reading

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