We weren't a family that had sweets on-hand very often. Cereal couldn't have sugar as either of the first two ingredients listed; cookies and ice cream did not make regular appearances; dessert after dinner wasn't really a feature. But when there were sweets, we went all out -- perhaps that's why desserts from my childhood are captured so vividly in my memory. The usual suspects of Pumpkin Pie and cookies through the holiday season. Piping hot triangle-shaped doughnuts on Thanksgiving … [Read more...]
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You know those things that have been on your list for years before you finally get around to them? Yep, this is one of mine. Ornaments made one day last week when I should have been doing other things but, because creative distraction gene, I did this instead. A meditative break from a mountain of work, spent rolling and pressing and smoothing and cutting. Making pretty things just because I could. These DIY ornaments are impossibly easy though, so there really is no excuse. First, … [Read more...]
Tradition is a funny thing. It can be as old as time itself -- steeped in mystery and history with little known about how it started, or it can be shiny and new -- just starting to form. Eventually the traditions all mingle, some fading away, some becoming stronger, depending on the situation and people involved. Christmas tradition for my family always started with a long Christmas Eve-day drive as we headed over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house. Yes, seriously. Santa … [Read more...]
Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end. -- Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 I'm particularly particular about pie. Especially fruit pie. It should be made using fresh fruit, nothing pre-packed or pre-mixed, nothing from a can, nothing labeled with the word 'filling'. It should be sweet, but not too sweet. Syrupy due to juiced released, not fillers added. Spiced, bubbly, impossibly … [Read more...]
After taking September off from the Secret Recipe Club while we ate our way across the US, I'm back with a bang and excited to explore all the lovely creations that appear each month. My SRC assignment for October was Baking and Creating with Avril and as usual I was spoilt for choice. I took to her side-bar tags for inspiration and the first thing to catch my eye was a Pumpkin Swirl Bread, however as I've been a bit heavy handed with the pumpkin lately I figured I'd simply bookmark it … [Read more...]
If you're going to bother roasting pumpkin you may as well cut up a few kilos. It only takes a few extra minutes for the cutting, doesn't require any longer in the oven, and means you can make a plethora of pumpkin creations to suit any mood. I'm actually guest posting over at Swah's blog today while she eats her way across America-land so I'll make this brief, but the whole pumpkin I roasted last week made its way first into these cookies then into Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (with a few … [Read more...]
Seriously? How cool is magic shell? It starts all liquid-y then BAM it's frozen and shatter-y the minute it hits anything frozen. The stuff from the grocery store has all sorts of crap in it of course, but you can make it at home with just two (or three) pantry staples. As these two versions were used to coat Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Bars (stay tuned for the recipe tomorrow!) I left them un-sweetened and the slightly bitter edge paired brilliantly with the ice cream, but if you … [Read more...]