Traditions – Vegan Banana Pudding

My husband has an annual tradition of “trying” to make parsnip fries. It’s now about 3 years 4 years running. I have my husbands permission to tell you all how it goes down… What happens is this. Our pastor calls a Fast at the start of the new year. The fast is essentially a vegan…

Strawberry “Nice” cream

Who said vegan has to be boring rabbit food? Just because your choosing to eat plant based does not mean you need to suffer your meals. God want you to enjoy your food “Go, eat your food with gladness…God approves of this.” Ecclesiastes 9:7 One of the many reasons people struggle with plant based is…

Happily ever after- No Sugar Fruit Crumble

As a child I always wanted to be a princess. Who knew in 2021 we would wake up and realize we’re living the Disney dream…. literally. So – if we take covid as plot development – we are well on our way to a good old fashion happy ending …but in all seriousness, during this…

Date Bliss Balls

According to Jewish tradition, there are seven agricultural products that God bestowed on Israel after the exile in Egypt. These are special products that the Jewish regard as Blessings from God. These are the same products listed in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 8:8.. The original Jewish translation of this text refers to the last…

Flax Pancakes with Berry Compote

Eggs, how do you get around Eggs. For the everyday person, they are in EVERYTHING. As a pastry chef, I loved them, not really to eat, I hardly ever ate eggs. But for their structure. They are the glue of the pastry world. For those who are fasting, going plant based or allergic…they are annoying…

Festive Friday- Salted Caramel Corn

Kernel popcorn stand was a big Christmas treat. My sister and I would walk past the stands in the packed Christmas malls and the smell of buttery goodness would waft through the halls. The brightly packaged tins of crazy flavours of popcorn made a yearly appearance at our house. Next to dill pickle (YUCK!) my…

Festive Friday – Checkerboard Cookies

Holiday Baking is a Christmas tradition in most houses. Since my mother was a business woman and not the cooking type – we did not bake cookies at Christmas. Instead we were given beautiful cookie trays and baskets from her employees as gifts. As I got older, my mother sold her business and I strived…

Lick the spoon – Pumpkin Spice Bars

I have learned many lessons over the years cooking. Like never trust the cookbook times, Vanilla extract makes the dessert and never omit salt completely. It was my son who taught me the most unusual lessons about culinary terminology … My eldest was 3 the Christmas I learned my most unique cooking lesson. We had…

Question of Faith – Apple Turnovers

What do you want out of life this season? This was a question our pastor posed from the pulpit. She encouraged the people not to be domesticated christians, but to be vibrant Holy Spirit filled warriors. As I sat there and thought, my mind drew a blank. What did I want out of life this…

DIY Baking mixes – CAKES!

Move over Betty Crocker, we are making our own cake mixes! Yes you no longer need those over priced boxes from the grocer. Here are the Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker copycat recipes I promised you. There are always a couple of these floating around my pantry – yes, even a pastry chef needs a short cut…