Shortbread Cookies

Baking

We make cookies every Christmas Eve, well, for ‘you-know-who’.  These shortbread cookies have hands-down won the family vote, and since Santa seems to clear the plate every year I won’t argue. The corn starch is the secret ingredient that gives these cookies the perfect amount of crispness.  I don’t indulge in a lot of sweets, but these are really worth … View The Post

Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Gluten-Free

These cookies are SO easy to make and SO impressive!  Moist, chewy and absolutely delicious, you can whip these up for last minute company in under 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients.  Even better, they are naturally gluten-free with no fancy ingredients required: just make sure your coconut is produced in a wheat-free plant (it will not have the … View The Post

Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

Finding a healthy snack isn’t always easy.  I have always loved granola bars, but struggle with the fact that many store-bought granola bars overly sweet and full of ingredients that I would rather not have in my food.  So…I decided to make my own. I spend a lot of time lingering over Barefoot Contessa’s recipe books, and stumbled upon a terrific recipe for … View The Post

Banana Bread

Baking, Breakfast

I started making this banana bread when I was 13 years old, and it has been a family favourite ever since.  The recipe was originally from my Aunty Mary straight from New Zealand and handed down through the generations.  I admittedly tweaked it a bit to reduce the sugar and fat (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup butter and … View The Post

Double Chocolate Omega-3 Zucchini Bread

Baking

My current ingredient obsession seems to be hemp seeds, and let’s face it, could be worse!  Packed full of omega-3 fats, protein and fibre, I’ll look for any excuse to squeeze them into a recipe.  The walnuts in this zucchini bread add an extra dose of the same.  I try to keep a loaf of this in my freezer for … View The Post

Pumpkin Muffins

Baking, Breakfast, Snacks

Judging from my recent posts I’m clearly addicted to all things pumpkin.  Truthfully, I’m constantly looking for ways to hide vegetables in my two year old son’s food.  After all, he is my toughest critic!  These are perfect for a snack or breakfast on the run and freeze beautifully.  You can substitute gluten-free flour blend for all of the flour to … View The Post

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

I started making these as a regular (not gluten-free) cookie, but changed my mind at the last second simply because it was so easy to make them gluten-free!  All I needed in my pantry was gluten-free oats and of course Patricia Chuey’s gluten-free flour blend  so I thought, why not?  Now, I’m not on a gluten-free diet, and I’m not a … View The Post

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Baking, Breakfast

I have been making these scones for years out of my first cookbook by Tasha Tudor and they are ALWAYS a hit. Nothing will impress your guests more than pulling a fresh batch of scones out of the oven for breakfast or coffee! You can make these savoury by omitting the sugar and and blueberries and adding a 1/2 cup … View The Post

Okanagan Apple Cake

Baking, Breakfast

I have loved baking since I was a little girl, and growing up in the Okanagan we were always surrounded by mountains of fruit in the Summer and Fall.  Since I grew up in a family where wasting food was a big no-no, I started experimenting with different fruit recipes to try to make the best use of whatever was … View The Post

Peach Raspberry Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Baking, Breakfast, Gluten-Free

Eating gluten-free can be a challenge, especially when it comes to baking. Enter my friend and long-time mentor Patricia Chuey.  When faced with the same food challenge, she stepped up to the plate and created her own gluten-free flour blend that knocks the socks off of any other gluten-free flour on the market.  I love the fact that it is … View The Post