Forager’s Breakfast: Nettle and Parsley Loaf

 “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson  Children are the most enthusiastic collectors, almost verging on being “horders” when it comes to gathering their own treasures, especially when they are given purpose. Foraging for food and using foraged ingredients are good ways to teach children about nature’s goodness […]

Cheesy Rough Puff Sticks

Baaad cheeeeese! Cheese has got a  bad reputation with a large percentage of our health-conscious society. It can be very high in saturated fat, threatening blood cholesterol levels. Most cheese is also high in sodium, which can raise blood pressure. In the same time, cheese hides the most essential nutrients into its tiny squares. It is a […]

Old-fashioned Lemon Pound Cake with a Modern Interior Design

“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.” Susan Lieberman   Having grown up in a family where all women, mothers, sisters,  godmothers, aunties, cousins, nieces and so on…, created home-made old-fashioned, real cakes, I had everything at hand to […]

An Ode to Autumn: Honey and Corn Cupcakes with Candy Corn Filling

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino Harvest, usually during the months of September, is a celebration of the food grown  traditionally on the land. Ceremonies to give thanks and celebrate a successful production of the Earth are worldwide and indeed ancient. In Europe,people have given thanks for successful […]

Harvest Orchard: Autumn Tipsy Wholewheat Apple Pie Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus   Every little drawing of Mother Nature, every sound she makes, every breath she takes, every season has its special beauty, without an exception. Autumn, however, is different: with a melancholic, depressed sadness in it breathtaking beauty, yet with a colourful, sexy make-up […]

My Sweet Design: Autumn Sugar Rose Bloom

“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.” John Ruskin   “Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.” Paul Cezanne “There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.” Edouard Manet   “I am a great lover of art, in […]

The Benefits of An Old-Fashioned, Simple Life: In Love with Harvest, Wheat and Bread

 “After a full belly all is poetry.”  Frank McCourt    There are not too many people who appreciate the simple things in life. As the world becomes more complicated and advanced, people struggle through days rather than live through with happiness, interest and love. The advantages to the new technological world are clear, but it […]

Foragers’ Wild Cherry and Blackberry Madeira Mini Tart

It is blackberry season!!! Blackberries are not actually berries, but are instead an aggregate fruit. Blackberries are formed from several individual seeded fruits that are attached to a single core. This design allows blackberries to have a high skin and seed composition which contributes to their high nutritional content. Blackberries are high in dietary fiber. Blackberries are rich […]

Chocolate and Hazelnut Battenburg Brioche-Muffin

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. ”  Alan D. Wolfelt    There are many stories about the  popular English cake, which is composed of alternating coloured slabs of tasty sponge enclosed in a special dress of marzipan. When cut it looks like a drawing of a window, which is probably the reason […]

Fairytales are Real: Queen of Hearts in the Wonderland of Cookies with Little Alice

“I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion – a blind and aimless Fury.” Lewis Caroll     The Queen of Hearts rules over Wonderland and is a really dominant. She likes to play but only when she wins, and by her own rules and constantly orders the beheading […]