holiday's are here!

happy holidays

I've managed to stay home today and miss all the crazy-ness that lurks out in the shops. I've been keeping pretty busy though wrapping presents, making last-minute presents, baking cakes, and finishing off the tree with some ginger bread stars all the while listening to this.

Wishing all my readers the merriest of holidays, the tastiest of feasts and of course sweet treats!

winter warmth

winter warmth

There always something so wonderful about winter that makes us all want to slow cook, bake and venture into all things homemade while I'm sure keeping the house just that little bit warmer through the streak of bitter cold. Right now for me since I'm not so fortunate to have a warm roaring fireplace, which at the moment would be blaring non-stop, it's all about keeping cozy under a blanket and well pretty much not moving.

I love the warmth of a winter cabin feeling. How cool would it be to stay in a cabin over the holidays? I know I wouldn't mind.

Oh, and if you still looking for a few little homemade gift ideas go here, here and here.

homemade peppermint patties

Hey everyone! It's the time of year where family, snow covered lawns and chilly nights are abound, where we retreat to our warm houses for some much needed homemade treats and steaming spicy hot chocolate to keep the cold at bay.
So I bring a sweet easy-to-do treat that you can send off with guests, use as stocking stuffers or set out on a tray and see them disappear. I don't know about you but when ever I see peppermint patties they instantly remind me of Christmas. I think it has to do with the fact that each year when we head over to my Grandma's house for Christmas dinner she puts these in our stocking where I find them somewhere squashed between the apple and orange.


400g icing sugar, plus more for dusting
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 egg white
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
200g of chocolate (best you can find)

In a bowl beat the egg white with the lemon juice until it starts to foam, add the peppermint, sift in the icing sugar and combine. Once the mixture gets tough, bring together with your hands and need it a little on a surface dusted with icing sugar. You can roll out the dough and cut little rounds with a cookie cutter or you can shape by hand by rolling into a little ball placing it on a lined and dusted tray and pressing down with a fork and leave them to dry out (about 2-5hrs).
In a double broiler melt the chopped up chocolate. Dunk and cover each patty in the chocolate and let set on a lined baking sheet to dry.

Side note: If your not a fan of peppermint this mixture can easily be changed by just adding another extract. Almond or vanilla bean perhaps? You can even add a little food colouring a make the mixture green or red for a festive switch.
recipe adapted from jamie magazine.

favorite eats... simple.


Just a couple of my favorite things. The simple act of nibbling on bits like this makes me happy, especially when you really don't feel like cooking or even heating up anything. Plus I'm so in love with this olive bread. Sooo good! All of this comes from my local bakery too!

What's your favorite food you like to nibble in times of lazy-ness??

PS. I haven't forgotten about the chocolate mini tartes recipe. I'm working on it!

flickr favorites


Who isn't constantly inspired by the amazing photographer's on flickr? I know I can't get enough so this week I bring you something not so foodie, but equally just as awesome. Here are a few of my newest flickr faves by other photographers I just couldn't help but share.

mini salted chocolate tartes

Here's just a little something I've made recently and wanted to share and well I did promise. So I will get on posting the recipe very soon since I'm in the midst of baking up something else. Probably chocolate. Just saying.

I hope you all are having a great weekend!!

happy halloween!

Sorry guys, no halloween baked goods to share although you can check out the creepy cupcakes I whipped out last year here.
In the mean while I thought I'd wish you all a happy halloween!! Anybody dressing up tonight?

french onion soup

Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted much. So much for promising to post more. I'm gonna try harder. I really will! I already have another post lined up showcasing some very delicious salted chocolate honey mini tartes which are quite worthy.

Now, when you keep seeing something everywhere, it's more then likely you'll start to want it. Like this soup. I was seeing pictures of this thing for days, people were making it or either craving it at work and then Jamie Oliver was making it on one of his television programs. Jamie can be persuasive like that, making it look easy and well pretty damn delicious. So right there I told myself it was time to temp myself and crack out a pot of this stuff.

So I did just that.
Ten minutes later I had all the ingredients then spent another fifteen crying those stinging tears that only chopping onions can bring. Fun times.
Luckily an hour later I was finally sitting down with a hot cheesy bowl of french/english onion soup. I say french/english because it's a odd mix of a french onion soup recipe I looked up in one of my cookbooks and Jamie's english onion soup that I had just previously watched. I'll spare you my take only because frankly I made it up as I went along. But here's Mr. Oliver's recipe if you feel you might have a craving.

fall comfort

It seems as soon as fall hits I start baking. It's like the colder weather permits you to want all things of comfort and warmth. Hot spicy teas and milky coffees are just the start and then we want a little something sweet and homemade cookies are usually a good bet.


chocolate hazelnut cookies
via, the great british picnic guide

75 g softened butter
125 g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
50 g soft brown sugar
50 g caster sugar
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1 large egg
50 g chopped hazelnuts
100 g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 d, cover 2 baking sheets in parchment.
Combine the butter and sugars in a bowl and beat until light and fluffly. Add baking soda, vanilla and egg and blend for a few seconds then add the flour.
Stir in the hazelnuts and chocolate. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to the baking sheets, leaving enough room for them to spread. Bake cookies for 10-12 min or until golden.
makes aprox. 10.

There's also nothing better then a hot bowl of porridge on a cold morn especially when grilled fruit and toasted pumkin seeds are involved. Check out the recipe here.

choc-covered maple sponge toffee

Is it me or have I become a chocoaholic lately?

choc-covered maple sponge toffee

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
120g butter
1 tbsp baking soda
400g dark chocolate, melted

Place the sugar, honey, maple syrup and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir with a metal spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Place a candy thermometer in the saucepan and simmer for 7-8 min or until mixture reaches 150c. Remove the thermometer and pan from the heat. Add the baking soda and mix until golden and foamy. Pour into a 20cm x 30cm lined baking tin. Set for 30min. Melt chocolate in a double broiler then spread over the toffee and let set for 1hour or until set. Remove from tin and break into pieces.
recipe adapted from Donna Hay

A couple of days ago four fab food bloggers and I were featured on the Style At Home site with five fab fall recipes. Head on over and check it out!


Yes, this might just be another chocolate post and you might say I've had a craving... but that's usually the way chocolate goes. It creeps up on you like that and there's no turing back, no not ever... not usually.
These self-saucing chocolate puddings have got to be one of the easiest things I've ever made and who doesn't love a good easy dessert quite like this? I know I've been wanting to make these chocolate pots of goodness for-ever. I'm glad I did.

Want to make these? I know you do. Here's the recipe.

eat me

brownie cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
150g dark chocolate (70% or higher)
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup of pecans (or any nut)

Preheat oven to 350 d. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Melt the chocolate and butter over a double boiler of barely simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool a little. Add the sugar to the chocolate mixture, stir in the vanilla then the eggs, one at a time. Fold the dry ingredients into the mixture, then gently fold in the pecans and coconut.
Put into a prepared 8in pan and bake for 30-40 min until slight firm.

CNE trip and the giveaway winner!

Hello everyone! I know, I know.... this blogpost should have been done last week, but alas, work has been a bit crazy and I'm just having the time now. I did get to visit the CNE one of those days and here's some pic's from that day's trip. I must say the sand sculptures that we saw were just AMAZING, there's just so many awesomely talented people out there!! I would have loved to get more photo's but the weather that day was pretty unpleasant.
Oh, and don' t you all worry, I didn't forget about the giveaway winner!! Kim at Two Good Cookies, you won these three prints! Check out her pretty awesome food blog too!

Ps. I did forget about the brownie cake though so sad to say that will make it's debut next post with a few more bits of awesomeness.
Hope you all have a great weekend!!

just a few...

Just a few photo's that I've taken recently I wanted to share and coming up next post? A brownie cake I know you'll all love.... it was so good I almost didn't want to share!

print giveaway!!

It's time for a giveaway! Considering I've only done this once before I thought it was about time for another one. So here's the deal... I will be giving away these three 4x6 prints from my shop to one lucky winner any where in the world.
Want to win this? I thought so. Leave a comment and tell me what you love best about summer. You have until Friday, September 3rd to enter.
Good luck and I hope your all having a great weekend!

happy weekend everyone!
enjoy it!

butter biscuits with a twist

Don't you just love food processor baking? I like it even better on my lazy days when I still want to bake but with not a lot of effort. You can just throw everything in, mix it up and it's pretty much good to go in the oven after a little forming.
To tell you the truth, when I first saw this I thought it was more like a scone and that's what I was sort of expecting until I saw them come out of the oven.... these were more like cookies and extremely good cookies at that!


Preheat oven to 190c/375f. In a food processor, blend 110g unsalted butter, 85g caster sugar, a splash of milk, 30g cornflour, 110g self-rising flour and 4 tbsp rolled oats. Shape mixture into 15 small balls and place on a baking tray, leaving enough space to spread. Bake for 12-15 mins, until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Melt 100g white chocolate over a double broiler and dip half of each biscuit, then place on a non-stick baking paper and sprinkle over pink peppercorns. Let cool.

Hope your all having a fabby weekend!

DIY coconut curls

Let me start off with that I could not find dried shredded coconut that looked like this for the life of me and believe me I looked. I did find something quite similar under the name of... coconut chips? They didn't have the cool brown skin edge I've been looking for and well cost more then the price of about five coconuts. I figured then I just plain needed to make them myself.
So I did some goggle research and found this video on how to easily crack a coconut.
It helped.
Then came the time to shred or peel. I peeled. I was liking the way they looked already so I knew then that I needed to do some 'how do you dry coconut' research for these lovely's and found out there's not a whole lot of info on it. Weird? I thought so.
After a bit more looking I was saved.

Here's the drying method: Preheat oven to 200 c. Lay out coconut curls evenly on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Bake for 60-90 min. Keep checking cause you don't want them to go brown but if they do just a bit... no worries. You've now got toasted coconut and that tastes just as good if not better.
Let cool and place in a jar or air tight container.

No baked goods... again.

Just bring you a few random photo's I've taken recently to satisfy the baking lull that's been going on on this blog lately. By golly I just haven't baked much in the last little bit. I miss it. I think an excuse of the never ending heat is to blame. I hope to post something super yummy very soon. So for now, I leave you with a few photo's and hope you are all having a super summer!
(Don't you just love my new chalk board wall?)


best bits of summer (in pictures)

Ice cold drinks, sandy beach adventures, fresh market picks, glorious pink/orange sunsets, sitting in the grass getting lost in a book, picking wild flowers and cooling off with none other then an a much needed ice cream treat... there's nothing better.

have a fab weekend all!

red velvet cupcakes and Canada day!

Could this red and white dessert be any sweeter for Canada day? I think not.


outdoor treats and eats part two


Ever have those days when you feel like your getting no where? Well I feel like I've been having them too frequently lately and I don't like it. So I think it might be time for a change, maybe even a vacation or a small road trip to liven the spirits ...or maybe I could just do with an ice cream. I do like ice cream.

Okay, so enough with the little rant, I bring you part two of the outdoor treats and eats series. So wether your going on a weekend road trip, a picnic in the park or even to your next door neighbors bbq the one thing you will surly bring is food. Here's two delicious dishes that are sure to please.

Summer bean salad
1 can white navy beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil or half a cup of baby basil leaves, you can leave those whole.
30g feta cheese
1 garlic clove finely chopped
a good lug of olive oil
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix together. Let sit for about half an hour since the longer it sits the better it tastes.

Garlic rosemary roasted potatoes
1 1.5lb bag of mini potatoes
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tsp of fresh chopped rosemary of 1 tbsp of dried rosemary
1 tsp of dried parsley
4 tbsp of olive oil + extra
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes in half and place in a pot of water and bring to a boil for about 8- 10 min just until they are soft (test with a fork). Get a sheet pan and cover in tin foil. Drain the potatoes and place back in the pot. Add the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, parsley and salt and pepper to the pot with the potatoes and place the lid on and give it a good shake to mix everything together. Pour out onto the baking sheet, try and face all the potatoes cut side up. Give a good lug of olive over the tops, here, feel free to add a bit more rosemary and salt and pepper to the tops of the potatoes. I usually cook these under the broiler on high until they turn brown and crispy,t his can happen fast so be careful of any burning action. Feel free to cook at 350 d for about 10-15min until they start going golden and brown.

outdoor treats and eats part one

Striped frozen treats like this... well I can't help myself and if you've picked up the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living, then you've probably seen these. So if you're like me and love a refreshing icy treat that looks this good, then well... we're alike. I just knew that when I saw these little striped delights I had to make them soon... like tomorrow soon. They are kind of a lengthy process with the freezing of each layer and what not, but they are well worth it and the flavor combinations are almost limitless and I have to say, right now I think the pink lemonade part is my favorite. I loved it's sourness.

Ice pops
via Martha Stewart Living
I don't really need to give you a recipe for this since it's pretty much just juices, puree's, and yogurt and you can add what ever you like.

For the vanilla-yogurt mix
1 cup greek or regular plain yogurt.
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract.
Mix together.

For the raspberry puree'
1 pint raspberries
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs white wine or liqueur (optional)
Add the raspberries, sugar and wine/liqueur to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour through a sieve to remove the seeds.

To make the stripes, pour a layer in each mould and let set at least 1 hour and repeat on the second layer and add your popsicle stick in each it should stay up-right. Repeat the layering and freeze overnight. I did mine off and on in one day and let freeze overnight. It might not take you this long, but my freezer seems to like to take forever for things to freeze throughly.

Happy weekend!

just rosy


So I know I was supposed to have some sort of baked good showing up here, but that was just a big ol' baking flop, even in their ugly-ness they weren't all too tasty either. So I hope you'll forgive me and and enjoy this refreshing pink drink complete with the cutest little rosebud ice cubes.

Rose punch
recipe adapted from Valli Little of Delicious mag

50g box dried edible rosebuds
1 cup caster sugar*
1 tbs rosewater
A few drops of pink or rose food colouring
750ml dry white wine
750ml sparkling mineral water or sparkling lemon/limeade

Half-fill ice cube trays with water. Place a rosebud in each and freeze for 3 hours, then fill with more water and freeze until solid.
In a saucepan add 1 1/4 cups water with sugar (*cut the sugar in half if your using sparkling lemon/limeade, other wise it might get too sweet) and place on a low heat to dissolve sugar. Increase heat to medium and simmer for 5-6 min until you get a light syrup. Stir in rosewater and colouring and let cool.

So while this drink is quite summery and backyard soirée-ish. I thought I'd go along with this theme and have the next few posts centered around picnic's, bbq's or any outdoor gathering really. Treats and eats to take with you, that sort of thing. What do you think?

Happy weekend all!

fresh pickin's


I cannot wait to start picking fresh berries this summer! I missed out last year and I was pretty sad about that, but there's no way this year that' s gonna happen. I'm too excited!

P.S. I baked. I will get on sharing that very soon!