Category Archives: Desserts

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

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

Apricots with Yogurt and Honey Orange Flower Syrup

Apricots with Yogurt and Honey Orange Flower Syrup

About a year ago, I purchased Diana Henry’s cookbook, “A Change of Appetite”. I’ve been wanting to make her Yogurt with Honeyed Saffron Syrup, Almonds, and Apricot Compote ever since I first saw it in the book, but somehow I only just got around to it now. I’m really sorry that I didn’t make it… Continue Reading

Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Pastry Cream

Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Pastry Cream

Today after lunch, we were craving a sweet snack to go with our tea, so I thought I’d try using a simple pastry cream with the French pastry tart shells, topped with the last of the summer strawberries. The result was a light, delicious treat; it’s hard to beat the combination of pastry cream and… Continue Reading

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

There’s nothing more disappointing (to those who love chewy cookies) than buying an oatmeal cookie that looks so good in a coffee shop pastry case, only to discover that it’s dry and hard when you finally get to bite into it. These cookies, however, are nice and soft and chewy, with a bit of crunch… Continue Reading