Speculoos Swirl Ice Cream + Coffee Granita

Speculoos Swirl Ice Cream + Coffee Granita

Have you heard of Speculoos? Until recently, I hadn’t, and maybe that’s a good thing, because three jars have met swift ends in my house! So what exactly is Speculoos? A.K.A. Cookie butter – it’s exactly that; a spreadable “butter” made from cookie dust. The flavour is like an Arrowroot cookie and gingersnap had a baby; slightly spiced but super rich and buttery tasting (think: waffle cone).

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Salted Caramel and Fenugreek Snickerdoodles

Salted Caramel and Fenugreek Snickerdoodles

To the classic sugar and cinnamon flavour profile of a snickerdoodle, I have added a touch of fenugreek seed, a spice most typically associated with Indian curries. Its scent is reminiscent of sweet lemons and soft caramel, and whenever I open the container containing the seeds I am greeted with that sweet, inviting aroma that begs to be incorporated into a dessert – so I had to oblige!

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Black Forrest Bacon, Brown Sugar and Bourbon Ice Cream

Black Forrest Bacon, Brown Sugar and Bourbon Ice Cream

Bacon in your ice cream? You bet! It may sound strange, but hear me out on this one. Do you like salted caramel? Ever munched out on potato chips and chocolate? Then you, my friend, are going to go nuts (hey add nuts if you like!) for this sweet and salty combo. With International Bacon day on September 3, I wanted to highlight the savoury virtues of bacon in a not so common way. No bacon wrapped this or that here…boring! 

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Arnold Palmer Pops

Arnold Palmer Pops

DIY popsicles and paletas are a major trend right now. They are great because you are not limited to the freezer burnt, dull flavoured (named after colours, not flavours) store-bought popsicles of our youth. For my band-wagon-jumping-on-ness I present to you, Arnold Palmer pops, named after the iconic beverage, named after the iconic golfer.


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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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Simple Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam

Simple Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam

It is officially summer, and here in southern Ontario that means the return of farmer’s markets and fresh, delicious produce that actually smells and tastes like it’s meant to. On my first visit of the year to the Oakville Farmer’s Market I picked up some savoury veggies as well as some sticky sweet strawberries and perfectly tart rhubarb. 

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