Fall Pear Tart

A few tiny tomatoes still clinging to the stems and some swiss chard are all that remain of our small garden.  We will miss the tomatoes especially, but we do have some fall fruits to look forward to, such as butternut squash, apples and pears. Continue Reading

Spring Violet Fairy Cakes {dairy-free}

Spring Violet Fairy Cakes {dairy-free}

In celebration of this 1st Day of May, also known as May Day, the midway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, I foraged some little wild violets that were growing in our backyard to make the icing for these little fairy cakes.  The violets have a lovely sweet/piquant fragrance, and they lend… Continue Reading

Lemon Budino {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Lemon Budino {gluten-free, dairy-free}

The word “budino” was unknown to me until a couple of years ago when I visited a restaurant in Portland, Oregon and saw “Meyer Lemon Budino” on their dessert menu.  I ordered it out of curiosity (and love of lemon desserts) and was very happy to discover that it was a light custard with a… Continue Reading

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Ganache {gluten-free, dairy-free}

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Ganache {gluten-free, dairy-free}

This recipe almost seems like magic, the way that the shredded coconut combines with a few other ingredients to create a rich, flavourful cake with a moist crumb.  An advantage of this cake is that it doesn’t use any flour, which seems to be in very short supply these days…most people seem to be leaving… Continue Reading

Crunchy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Crunchy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

This is my favourite way to eat Brussels Sprouts; they’re not squishy or sulphury tasting, just crisp with a bit of caramelized browning on them from being sautéed in a hot pan. Being cut into small slivers helps them cook quickly, so they don’t become overdone. I add shallots for their mellow, toasty flavour, and… Continue Reading

Double Chocolate Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

Double Chocolate Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

These muffins taste very decadently of rich, dark chocolate, yet they are surprisingly healthy.  I first came across the original recipe, created by Thomas, on his interesting food blog called “Full of Plants”.  His recipe is actually quite healthy as it is, but I wanted to try to eliminate any added sugars, preferring that any… Continue Reading