Tiramisu

This is my basic Tiramisu recipe, which has morphed into many versions for different events. As long as you have the basic principle of layering different ratios of whipped cream & mascarpone (or an alternate) between moistened savoiardi (ladyfingers), it allows you to create a version appropriate to the time of year, or the event….

Persian Potato Cakes ~ Kookoo

We went out in the boat this week for a late afternoon trip over towards the Secretary Islands.   So often the channel between Thetis and the small island group is very choppy, but that day it was beautifully calm. We were able to look at all the amazing rock formations, centuries old yew trees, and…

Glazed Polenta & Almond Cake with Stewed Lemons

The blackberries are dripping off the bushes. The air is heavy with their scent as I walk by, reminding me that I have to get serious about picking them while they’re still plump and sweet. This summer has been so busy; add to that the heat and mosquitoes, and I haven’t really felt the urge to…

Dutch Baby

For a few summers when in my teens, I was fortunate to be taken along to the Okanagan for a few weeks to babysit.  Besides spending hours on the beach and boating, I soon took over the morning breakfast ritual.  Out behind their cabin was a wood oven with a ¾” sheet of steel for…

Gâteau au Chocolat Épicé

I’ve always loved the exotic combination of chilies & chocolate.  The two flavours are perfect together, and have been used together for far longer than I’m sure the history books show.  Whether it’s adding a bit of cocoa to a robust chili con carne, or having a chili infused piece of chocolate, it all works…