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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Ground Cherry and Pistachio Hand Pies

Ground cherries are completely under-appreciated. You would probably recognize them for their natural paper-encasing, beautifully tuliped to protect the fruit inside. Peel back that papery shell and you will find a golden round bulb that tastes a bit like a pineapple but with the texture of a tomato. Are you curious yet? I love snacking on  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Raspberry Crown (Birthday) Cake

I love celebrating birthdays, especially milestone ones! My friend Emma recently turned thirty, and for her special day I made this Raspberry-Crowned Birthday Cake, complete with cocoa layers, a cream cheese icing, and a raspberry crown to add colour and height. Not only is it beautiful, it slices very easily when cold, ensuring no one is  ...

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breakfast, recipe, summer, sweet

Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

Hearty homemade muffins are pretty much one of the most perfect weekday breakfasts out there. I love when they’re full of jammy puddles of fruit, chewy bits of grains or seeds, and with a soft pillow-y crumb. These Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins are no exception. I love the chewiness from the oatmeal and the punch of fresh strawberries that  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Raspberry Trifle with Lemoncello Custard

 These past two weeks I was in France. Yes, I was in the land of painfully affordable wine (something decent can cost as little as 4 euros) and daily cheese courses. A land where history oozes through the cracks of its stone-walled buildings and cobbled streets, and each meal receives the attention and enjoyment it deserves (something I often  ...

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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Lavender Eclairs

 When I was a kid, Easter was kind of a big deal. My sisters and I would lay out our woven wicker baskets in the living room before going to bed, and when we came downstairs the next morning each basket would have a chocolate bunny sitting inside. We were impressed every year, despite knowing the ritual. Like most kids, it was more about the  ...

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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Blueberry Shortcake with Rose Whipped Cream

We all know the classic strawberry shortcake, a delicious emblem of summer. But what if today, this summer, we re-vamped it with a fragrant and intriguing twist? I’m talking about a shortcake with blueberries and rose-scented whipped cream. It seems like such a British combination to me, despite the fact I have no memory of having eaten  ...

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breakfast, recipe, summer, sweet

Strawberry Herb Cheese Tart

Sometimes local produce can be a bit disappointing. Like this year’s strawberry harvest in Quebec! The normally sweet and characteristically smaller berries are reason enough to wait for the season to come along, but this year’s crop seems to be pretty watered down. But what’s great about local fruits is that even if they  ...

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condiment, recipe, summer, sweet

Simple Syrup: Lavender

Imagine a deliciously thick syrup. Yum. Now imagine that syrup infused with the delicate aroma of lavender. DOUBLE YUM! Yes, this is a recipe for a lavender syrup. Before you get all weird, hear me out. Florals aren’t normally something I enjoy digesting. I used to love the way they smell, but couldn’t understand why anyone would  ...

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