Apr 302019

Carrot Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel

Carrot cupcakes with several on cake stand

Tender carrot cake studded with walnuts and candied orange peel, in cupcake form topped with mascarpone frosting. Great for decorating as little or as much as you like. I know posting carrot cakes is customary before Easter, but since I don’t celebrate, it didn’t really occur to me to do so. But it’s still spring, there’s still tasty fresh carrots coming out of the ground, and is anyone really going to argue with cupcakes? And a good carrot cake recipes is nice to have at any time of the year. I adapted this recipe from a cookbook I use for…Continue Reading

Apr 162019

Super Citrus Cake

Citrus cake with a blue stripe towel

An amazing citrusy cake with cream and multiple types of fruits and a slightly caramelized glaze. Well here’s another creamy citrus dessert before it gets too far away from citrus season. In this cake I originally used tangelo, lemon, and mandarin, but you could use a variety of different fruits. Using grapefruit in the cake and orange for the glaze would also be great. It you want an intense orange flavour, you could certainly use orange in all layers. I started off considering a loaf cake with a glaze and serving cream alongside, but I rarely make layered cakes and…Continue Reading

Apr 132019
Rosemary lemon ice cream with almond toffee

Rosemary infused ice cream with a lemon curd swirl, served with a nutty almond toffee. Hopefully you had a chance to make some lemon curd this citrus season. As I mentioned previously, I certainly have. So now we get more creamy, citrusy desserts. I rarely make ice cream in the winter and early spring, simply because people are less interested in eating it. It just sits in the freezer getting freezer burn, and isn’t that a sad fate for any ice cream? But when I had an abundance of lemon curd, using it as a swirl was just too tempting.…Continue Reading

Apr 032019

Is It Spring Yet? – a non-alcoholic cocktail

Mandarin, fennel, ginger cocktail

Early spring and the last of winter flavors meld in this mandarin, fennel, and ginger non-alcoholic cocktail. Very refreshing and there’s no reason not to have two! *A quick little news blurb before we get to the piece you are actually interested in: I’m going to commit to start posting twice a week regularly – Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check back regularly for more recipes, or sign up for the weekly newsletter over in the sidebar!* I have a couple more citrus recipes to sneak in before mandarin season is done for everyone else. Here, they’re still the primary fruit we…Continue Reading

Mar 262019

Lemon Thyme Tarts

Lemon thyme tart on grey plate

Creamy and lemon sharp, these tarts have a hint of thyme and almond, perfect for an early spring dessert. Particularly if you still have too many lemons! I love lemon and other citrus desserts, but I always want something creamy to balance it out. But if I don’t have something, I feel unsatisfied, so I eat another piece of whatever it was. You can see where this is going. These tarts are great since the cream is combined with the lemon. I added the thyme to make it a little more spring and for the earthy flavor to balance the…Continue Reading

Feb 142019

Chocolate Dipped Orange Macaroons

Sweet, citrusy coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate for an everyday-is-a-special-day treat. Since everyone else is posting chocolate coated everything for Valentine’s day, so I suppose I should get on the bandwagon. But because it’s me, it definitely isn’t going to be heart shaped! I did actually make these for H (and sent them just in time for Valentine’s day), who is off in the middle of nowhere for a couple months. Since he’s lacking my cooking (and worse, I’ve been lacking someone who will eat all my random creations), I’ve been sending a few packages of treats. He really…Continue Reading

Feb 022019

Winter Syrups and Liqueurs: Part 3 – Mandarin Thyme Syrup

A bright and herbaceous syrup with a hint of cardamom and a vivid non-alcoholic cocktail aptly dubbed the Painted Lady to refresh yourself in a well balanced way. For those just joining us in this series, you can find the continued saga of my December syrup and liqueur making in Part 1 and Part 2. Welcome to Part 3: Mandarin Thyme Syrup. Another non-alcoholic entry that works brilliantly mixed with some soda water (perhaps add a squeeze of fresh lime or a thyme sprig garnish?) or in a cocktail. To include the non-alcohol imbibers, I’ve got a “mocktail” recipe to…Continue Reading

Jan 282019

Mandarin Ginger Mochi

Sweet cakes with a perfectly crusty exterior, chewy center, hint of spicy ginger, and zing of fresh citrus. These butter mochi derivations are worth the wait for them to cool. Conveniently dairy and gluten free. I have an extreme fondness for chewy/gummy sweets. And since the other day I ran out and didn’t want to go to the store – it was a good time to get creative. I’ve made chocolate mochi bites in the past, but I wanted something different. I started with this butter mochi recipe from Miss Hangry Pants, but since I had some coconut milk open,…Continue Reading