Bespoke Birthdays: Dirt Cupcakes

garden cake

Turning 5 is a big deal.  No joke.  Formal schooling begins.  Drawing skills are out of this world.  Chapter books are fun to read, even for the parents.  Serious distances can be done on bike (at least when pastries or ice cream is used as a motivator).  She can skip.  She can whistle!  And, she […]

Strawberry Vanilla Yoghurt Zucchini Muffins

Back when I worked my 9-5 job, one of my co-workers and I were obsessed with the raspberry yoghurt muffin that the on site café made.  They were sweet with tangy raspberries and oh so moist.  And, then they were dropped from the menu.  Thankfully, I was almost done my pregnancy and work so I didn’t […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Take 2

I’m already tweaking my beautifully moist Barley Chocolate Zucchini Cake that I made a few weeks back with some of our first zucchinis of the season.  Ridiculous, right?  Well, I was just curious, and now that I have zucchini overload, I was free to experiment a little bit more! So, the two changes: I added […]

Barley Chocolate Zucchini Cake

It’s starting to be that time of year again, where I am always looking for a favourite way to incorporate produce from the garden into anything, including dessert! This cake is super moist and delicious, without being too sweet or heavy.  And, hey, you’re getting some greens in in, ta boot!  Enjoy. We ate it […]

Maple Peach Jam

The last of my jamming peaches were given their new life today in another ode to peaches and maple syrup.  This tastes divine on the spoon, er, I mean on a piece of buttered toast.  Such a lovely and simple jam.  But, it’s not for the faint of heart: those of you who do not […]

Maple Peach Semifreddo

When I was a kid, every few summers I got to head “back east”, as we say, and spend a couple of weeks with my grandparents at their summer home in the Laurentians, north of Montréal.  It’s this beautiful old place – well over one hundred years old, now – and it has this amazing veranda […]

Peach Maple Cardamom Skillet Upside Down Cake

We have biked every day this week: Stampede, swimming lessons every day, Stampede breakfasts.  It’s been busy and wet (for Calgary), but refreshing and everything is greening up beautifully.  Today it really, really rained just as a Stampede breakfast was wrapping up, then we raced home during a short reprieve, only to get soaked while […]