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recipe, summer

Rhubarb White Chocolate Tart

Rhubarb is such a favourite food this time of year! One of the first fruits (okay okay, it's technically a vegetable) to appear late spring, it has a punchy tang and flavour that just can't be beat. While its bitterness means it often needs to be paired with a sweeter fruit, or amped up on added sugar, I've given it a bit more of the spotlight  ...

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recipe, summer

No-Churn Green Tea Ice Cream

If you're an ice cream fan, you're either going to love me or hate me for sharing this recipe. You're going to love me because I've got the EASIEST time-is-of-the-essence ice cream recipe. On the other hand, you're also going to hate me because I've got the easiest time-is-of-the-essence ice cream recipe and you're going to want to make it all  ...

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recipe, sweet, winter

Meringue Swirl Cookies

This morning I just finished cleaning up after hosting my Fiancé’s (yes, we’re newly engaged!) family for Christmas- it was lovely. And the cleaning up doesn’t bother me at all (granted, I don’t do it alone which makes a huge difference!). The sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from feeding others definitely outweigh  ...

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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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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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