Tiramifle (Trifle using the Tiramisu method)

IMG_6059Here I’ve taken the basics of tiramisu making, and used them to create a worthy version of trifle. I have always loved making trifle, from baking the sponge, to making the custard, but sometimes there just isn’t time! So make your family happy while keeping your sanity intact, and use this to complete your holiday feast. Continue reading

Cranberry Orange Sauce

IMG_8621From the time we were first married, and living in a 40’ trailer on our 50-acre piece of raw land, our family has gathered at our table for holiday repasts. We would move the table so that it ran from the tiny trailer kitchen through the living area. The trailer was just 9’ wide, so it was all about the table!

We’d cook the turkey in the tiny, but wonderful oven, heating the whole of the trailer in the process, while pots simmered on the cooktop. Even though our space was so tiny, it was so much fun.

We moved into our freshly built new house in early October one year. I was so excited to hold our first Thanksgiving here. With room to spare, we invited a tableful of guests, still needing to extend the table into the living room. A bigger table but extended all the same. Counting noses for this Thanksgiving, we’ll also need to add another table. Always I am thankful for those who share our table with us.

Here’s the recipe for the cranberry sauce that I’ve been making most of my life, and has been at most of these events. Continue reading

Chocolate Orange Mousse

IMG_3624With several people with gluten free diets visiting, I wanted to still make them a special, swoonable (something that can make one swoon) dessert.  We didn’t have any whipping cream in the house, but as usual, did have lots of fresh eggs.

Here’s my cream free version of a chocolate mousse, with the added headiness of Grand Marnier.  If you don’t have the liqueur, just use orange juice. Continue reading

Orange & Ginger Compote

IMG_2854Tapioca, rice pudding, bread pudding, & custard are some of the most loved comfort-food desserts.  Easy to make, not super sweet, and good for you at the same time. To serve any of these desserts for a special occasion add a spoonful of this compote to add some colour and a bit of zing without overwhelming the gentle quality of the dessert.  It would probably work well on a bowl of rich vanilla ice cream as well. Continue reading