May 262019

Strawberry Lavender Cookies

Strawberry lavender sandwich cookies with a blue napkin

Nutty almond and lavender cookies sandwiched with strawberry jam and topped with white chocolate and more lavender for fun spring treat.

May 112019

Strawberry Cilantro Chutney

3 jars of chutney, one open

A chutney with fresh strawberries, herbal cilantro, and a hint of spice from ginger and white pepper. And for more spring strawberry madness: strawberry cilantro chutney! I really wanted to create a semi-savory strawberry garnish, and cilantro or parsley seemed to be the key (also I have both of those in the garden now). I tried eating both herbs with fresh strawberries before setting off in a direction. While I liked the parsley, it could too easily dominate the strawberries. The cilantro was a better balance, highlighting the herbal flavours in the fruit without overwhelming them. Chutney is one of…Continue Reading

May 072019

Strawberry Bars

Strawberry bars on parchment side shot

A strawberry curd with fresh bites of strawberries on a nutty oat and whole wheat base for a not-too-sweet and creamy treat.

May 262018

Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

Unlike many cooks and bibliophiles, I’m not particularly careful with my books, particularly my cookbooks. I have never invested in stands or plastic covers, or writing out the recipe on some scratch paper (so strange that people make that effort). Instead my cookbooks are well used; covered in flour and splatters such that you can catalog my favorite recipes by the status of the pages. One of these books is Pastries from La Brea Bakery by Nancy Silverton. Her Tiny Cappenza Olive Oil cakes are surprisingly unfussy and make for an easy go to when you want to bring something…Continue Reading

May 062018

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

I always enjoy crisps and cobblers, but they are so challenging to take to any event yet always make too much for me to justify making one at home. So, why not make them handheld? Much better – particularly for taking to share with friends at the local brewery (since I needed to make multiple batches to get the recipe right). Chemistry of Cooking Tangent In pastries, the air bubbles that create that flakiness are the result of the water molecules from the oil becoming gaseous and expanding when heated. That water vapor becomes trapped in pockets which create the…Continue Reading