Grilled Pineapple Pavlova

Grilled Pineapple Pavlova

Typically, most pavovas are adorned with a multitude of fresh berries, which pairs classically with the sweet cream and meringue, but this version veers from tradition and takes on a tropical tilt with pineapple and coconut. The coconut is grilled to soften the fruit and bring out its deeper, more caramel-like flavours.

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Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

Jamie Oliver’s Hummingbird Cake

This is one of my most favourite cakes to make. It eats like a decadent banana bread/ carrot cake, but there are no carrots. I first made this recipe out of Jamie Oliver’s cookbook I received last Christmas, Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food. And boy is it comforting. It’s sticky and sweet with pineapple, banana, lime zest and cream cheese icing. Plus I’m a sucker for anything that looks good decorated in edible flowers.

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Cilantro Smash

Cilantro Smash

Happy Rum Day to all! I’ll take any excuse to drink rum, especially smack dab in the middle of summer.  For this liquid holiday I’ve decided to share one of my favourite rum creations, which pairs semi-savoury cilantro with sweet pineapple.

I love, love, LOVE cilantro, but it wasn’t always so. One of my earliest memories of cilantro was in a Peruvian dish called seco, which stewed out this fresh and floral herb into an unrecognizable green sludge, which tasted little of the vibrant original. However, working in an Asian restaurant for a bit, showed me how lovely fresh cilantro can be, particularly when paired with spicy or fruity foods. Now I love it and look for any place to put it. I wish I could roll about in it like a kitty in catnip.

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