Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Donna Hay’s flourless chocolate cake Donna Hay’s flourless chocolate cake

    Donna Hay’s flourless chocolate cake

Donna Hay’s flourless chocolate cake

I made this flourless chocolate cake for our annual cousins’ Christmas get-together after my cousin, the host, requested a dessert that was gluten-free. I was a bit hesitant as I’d made a flourless chocolate torte before that I wasn’t too crazy about. You can read that blog post here. But the new recipe I found was different enough, and by Donna Hay whose recipes I love and trust, so I decided to give it another shot. Besides, I really wanted to use my cake stencils and my last attempt hadn’t gone so swimmingly. You can find the recipe here. The result? A decadent, dense but creamy chocolate concoction. And one I’d make again. If you need a gluten-free dessert, this one comes together quite nicely and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a flavour combination people like more than hazelnut and chocolate (Nutella, anyone?). If you’ve never had a flourless cake […]

Chocolate, hazelnut and caramel thumbprint cookies

I think these thumbprint cookies are among the loveliest cookies I have ever seen. I’d been holding on to this recipe for months, planning to make it for this year’s cookie swap at my good friend Jennifer’s house. The other cookies I took were the sparkle cookies I’ve blogged about recently. (I must say, here that I think the sparkle cookies ended up being more popular than these ones, but I prefer these myself). Despite the fact I try to stay away from multi-step recipes after having kids, this one worked to my advantage because I was able to do a couple of steps, leave the cookies and come back to them later. However, you want to be careful to allot yourself a good amount of time near the end when you top the cookies with the caramel, then the chocolate, then the hazelnut. You don’t want to let the […]

  • Kid-friendly Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits Kid-friendly Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits

    Kid-friendly Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits

Kid-friendly Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits

I don’t often blog about savoury recipes but these cheddar biscuits are so good, and so worthwhile, I decided I must tell you about them. I have a long love-hate relationship with Red Lobster biscuits. As a rotund kid I didn’t think twice about finishing off the basket before ordering my usual meal of popcorn shrimp off the kids’ menu. I remember years ago when one of my co-workers told me he had met the man who “invented” these biscuits, I was in awe and couldn’t wait to get home to tell my husband. Then as I got older and joined Weight Watchers, I would eat maybe half, or just one, as a treat when we went to Red Lobsters. Last year in one of our first meals out as a four-person family, we went to Red Lobster. My four year old absolutely DEVOURED the biscuits. If you know me […]

  • Frosty peanut butter cup Christmas trees Frosty peanut butter cup Christmas trees

    Frosty peanut butter cup Christmas trees

Frosty peanut butter cup Christmas trees

These small peanut butter cup Christmas trees were one of those Pinterest projects that looked really, really easy. In fact, I thought the hardest part would be sourcing the specific sized peanut butter cups I would need to make these. That turned out to be the easy part, maybe because there were oodles of fun-sized candy bars left over after Halloween, but I had no trouble locating them. Instead, I realized when I followed the Pinterest instructions someone had written that they led me astray. If you do a quick search you too will find instructions telling you to melt white chocolate or white candy melts. But when I tried that, the consistency was just not right. The Christmas trees ended up looking sloppy and I couldn’t control the piping because the chocolate was too hot. And then if I waited any longer, it cooled down and didn’t pipe easily […]

  • Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

    Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

Dare-to-dream Christmas wish list

I hesitated to write my foodie Christmas wish list this year as I have in years past – partly out of laziness, partly because I aim to do everything in moderation these days. And if I were to knock all of the items below off my list, I’d be a glutton. However – and this is a big however – it’s been a rough few months for me since my 4 year old started school. Everytime he brings home sort of bug, my 1 year old gets sick. And back and forth. And again. And again. So, today, I’m allowing myself some room to indulge. To dream a little. To escape. To give into temptation. Join me, won’t you? And perhaps you’ll find an item or two to add to your own wish list. Hazel Atlas milk glass strawberry tray: Recently, I bought a few milk glass items which I […]