Category Archives: Edible Gifts

Chocolate Balsamic Sauce

A versatile treat that’s great for gifting! This thick, rich sauce is ideal as a glaze for roasted meats and great as a drizzle over ice cream or sliced fruit such as strawberries or pears. You can also make amazing … Continue reading

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Smoked eggplant spread

Better than baba ghanoush: a versatile dip or sandwich topper! I have to confess that for many years I didn’t really like eggplant, called aubergine in some parts of the world. Too often, I found it prepared in ways that … Continue reading

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Lavender-Blueberry Shrub for Cocktails and Salad Dressings

Shrubs are a big part of the current cocktail craze, and for good reason – they’re delicious! A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup, sometimes called drinking vinegar. Shrubs typically consist of vinegar infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in cocktails … Continue reading

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

If I could only make and eat one sweet treat for the rest of my days, it might just be this. I love salted caramel anything, but paired with dark chocolate and crunchy pretzels…oh, my! It’s one of those sneakily … Continue reading

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Rustic Cornflour Bread

I love a hearty, rustic loaf that’s full of flavour, so I was excited to experiment with the heritage corn flour from Barkley’s Apple Orchard that I found in the Holiday Farmers’ Feast basket from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Corn … Continue reading

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Baked Oatmeal Pancake with Caramelized Pears

In my opinion, there’s not much that can beat hot, fluffy pancakes for breakfast or brunch. I love them because not only do they taste fantastic, but they’re also filling and so easy to make. When you start with locally … Continue reading

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Candied Walnuts

One of my fondest holiday memories from my childhood is of the countless hours I spent cracking almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts for my father to devour. As a kid, I didn’t yet appreciate how delicious these treats were were … Continue reading

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