Caramel Rose Rooibos Tea Cake Recipe

I got really frustrated trying to find a recipe for a Lavender Earl  Grey tea cake. After some Foogling (Facebook Googling, of course), I got some excellent advice from friends. In essence, you make a classic sponge cake but turn it into a tea cake by adding any tea flavour you like (that would make sense…

Lavender Earl Grey Shortbread Biscuits!

Everything I love – lavender, Earl Grey, vanilla PLUS easy to make – all in one tasty, shortbready biscuit. Yes please! Note: the dough needs to sit in the fridge for 1/2 an hour, so factor this in to your timing, but the prep and baking time is minimal. You’ll also need a food processor,…

Deadly Chocolate Pecan Fridgecake Recipe

This is one of those recipes that takes minimal effort and gives maximum results. To. Die. For. Just note that although it’s quick to make, you need to allow for 1-2 hours for setting in the fridge. Ingredients: 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (tip: I always use chocolate chips – they just seem to melt…

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins!!

I can’t even begin to describe how sinfully delicious and moist these are. And just think, they have vegetables in them, so they must be good for you, right? Ingredients (makes 12) 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 tsp baking soda/bicarb 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2…

Skeletons in the Cooking Closet?

Go oooon. I know you have them. Some delightfully sinful recipe that you crave. You find yourself day dreaming about it. And then you’re just compelled to make it. Or make someone else make it (as is often the case in my family). Next, you’re scoffing it down in the dark. Crumbs on your pillow….

Walnut-Chocolate-Banana-Choc-Chip Muffins!!

Yip. They’re as crazy good as they sound… Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 large egg 1 cup mashed bananas (I usually use about 3 bananas – you can…

Dad’s Sinfully Delicious Raspberry Lemon Tart Recipe

One of the best things about some recipes is how you end up with maximum bang for your buck. This is a recipe that is sinfully delicious but incredibly easy to make, doesn’t require any baking, and has very few ingredients.  Perfect for holiday entertaining for sure. Note: The base of this as well as…

Banana Butterscotch Pecan Muffin Recipe. Yeah.

I gussied up a recipe that is an old favourite (banana choc chip muffins) with butterscotch chips and crushed pecans. It’s as good as it sounds, if not better… Ingredients 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch of…

Kitchen Essentials: “Pantry” Must-Haves & Recipe Suggestions

So unlike Gwyneth Paltrow, I won’t suggest you stock up on rare Norwegian quail’s teeth or free range zebra livers, or whatever outrageous kitchen “staple” she suggests for her recipes, but here are a few of my kitchen pantry must-haves. And by pantry, I mean kitchen cupboard, the freezer, and/or  the vegetable drawer… canned tomatoes (make…

“It’s the Best Carrot Cake I’ve Ever Had”* Recipe

A long time ago I found a delicious carrot cake cupcake recipe (I think it was on Epicurious) and have adapted it before into a carrot loaf, but also made the cupcakes (with my own additions, honed over time). I also added an icing that I had from an old microwave recipe book. Today (for…

The My Brother’s Ex-GF’s Mom’s Apple-Pear Crumble Experiment

I’m more than a little proud of the fact that a baking experiment of mine (the original recipe version was passed to me verbally from my brother’s ex-girlfriend’s mom – how’s that for random?) that I adapted and threw into some semblance of a proper recipe and posted on Suite101.com, an online mag I used…