Coconut Chai Cake

When we were very young, our parents would take us exploring in our cabin cruiser, “The Hurricane” up through Howe Sound, and further up along the Sunshine Coast towards Texada Island. While I never remember staying overnight on the boat, we did do some very long day trips. We’d sit in a line along the…

Mango & Ginger Compote

The first time we travelled as a family to Maui, we wanted to show the girls all the little experiences that can make a Hawaiian vacation an adventure.   Ready to explore those things that were different from home, we stopped at a VW bus parked at the side of the road with fruit for sale….

Ginger Bars

These little bars are packed full of ginger & spice, and are lovely with a cup of tea in the afternoon. The bars are cut fairly small, a 9 x 9 pan making 24. They are quick to make, and keep well for several days in an airtight container, and freeze beautifully.

Chinese Tea Eggs (Beijing)

We had a lovely little paperback book, from the seventies, with Chinese country recipes.  It was filled with folklore & woodcut images, as well as some pretty amazing recipes.  It certainly helped me when ordering dim sum, as I would be able to recognize many of the little dishes that were being served.  In it…

Frozen Espresso Nougat with Pistachios & Bourbon

Frozen nougat is a lovely way to end a meal.  It is so light, and a half–cup serving is all that’s needed.  If the dinner has been a full one, it’s nice to serve something light and cool for dessert.  Remember that dessert is the last thing on your guests’ palates.  It needs to be…