Living In full colour- Berry Parfait

There has been numerous uptakes in creative hobbies during the pandemic. Everything from beads to breads graced the tables of those weathering the pandemic storm. Relaxing and creating something new. I read a blog post with a you tube link to a avid paint by number painter claiming adult paint by numbers are the way…

Summer time popsicles – 3 healthy ways

With climatologists warning that this summer could be hottest on record, we are finding inventive ways to cool off. Popsicles or lollies are a simple way to do that. Conventional store bought lollies are nothing more then corn syrups, food colouring and artificial flavours. We are a smoothie crew. With some who desperately need the…

Summer- No sugar added Strawberry jam

You truly know school is done and summer is upon us when strawberry season has arrived. There are beautiful days we ditch the books and laptops and head to the berry patches. I grew up within walking distance of the local farms. My mother never had to buy berries at the grocer and it wasn’t…

Lockdowns, underwear & Blue-Barb jam

With the dawning of the pandemic there has been many new “firsts” for us. Like online underwear shopping, because underwear is considered non essential retail, yes you read that correctly – NON essential. Those health board people might be risqué, it is not yet spring here in the great white North- we still have risk…

Raspberry bars

Every once and awhile we find ourselves on the pre packed band wagon. It usually happens when we are super busy, we give in to the kids demands and say sure why not ….then quickly realize why we abstained in the first place. The most recent band wagon purchase was a certain cereal bar. You…

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 PopCorn

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…

DIY Baking mixes, cornbread, muffins pancakes oh my!

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

Good dishes & Peaches and cream pie…

Summer Vacation is almost over. I reflect on things as I sit and eat my Peach pie off my “good dishes”. I once heard a story of a christian woman’s prized dish set, a gift, sat in the china cabinet untouched her whole life. She never brought it out for company, it might break. Kids…

School Lunch Envy – Fruit Cocktail

I always envied the kids that had wagon wheels or chocolate cupcakes or little Debbie brownies in their grade school lunches. It was like they struck pure gold. Every kid in the class would oh and awe when they opened their lunches – others look mournfully look at their own peanut butter sandwiches sadly. But…

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie filling

There is something magical about pulling out glistening jars of freshly canned preserves. They seem almost jewel like in colour and retain their natural beauty long into winter. June is strawberry season round here. Which means local farmers are up to their eye balls in berries and figuring out how exactly to get them to…

I scream, You Scream – Strawberry Sauce

Sundaes were a happy accident growing up. We never had them until that one summer. I mentioned before in pervious posts how my mother and grandmother never really canned when I was a child… well that is not “entirely” true. There was one summer – when I was about 13, my sister 9 or so…