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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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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Cheeseburger Empanadas

Cheeseburger Empanadas

Happy Independence Day to our neighbours to the south!For the Fourth of July I decided to make one of my favourite foods – and a food I associate with America – the cheeseburger. But instead of the traditional flame-grilled patty on a bun, I decided to see if I could encase the essence of a burger in a hand-held empanada.  

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Garlic Tart

Garlic Tart

This tart was a teacher. It taught me to trust my pastry instincts, that garlic has so many more nuanced flavours beyond the norm, and thanks to 'The Flavor Thesaurus,' it taught me a new cooking technique. A tart for garlic lovers, it showcases the different stages of garlic growth, from sprout to immature corm to fully mature and dried bulb. This tart exemplifies the diversity of this staple ingredient.

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