Red Wine Vinegar, Ginger and Onion Bread

” One day, I’m gonna make the onions cry…” Tanya Bianco As the cold weather approaches the old-fashioned comforting depth of the staple onion gains a new level of meaning. When served raw, when gently sweated to fondant softness, onions bring an earthy, decadent sweetness to a warming winter dishes. Onions are particularly rich sources of […]

Sweet Victory: Being the baker of the Free From Cupcake of the Year – National Cupcake Championship

Richly flavored, starchy, favoured cool season nuts of the northern hemisphere….Native to hilly forest of Europe…Botanically they belong to the beech or Fagaceae family of the genus: Castenea Sativa, simply: chestnuts. They have a remarkable history to narrate and have a long-standing popularity in my extended family. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” Mahatma Gandhi   […]

From the Autumn Forest Floor: Chestnut Biscuits

“O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?” William Butler Yeats The aroma of roasting chestnuts is an iconic symbol of the late autumn and the early winter season. For some families, certain celebrations, like Christmas dinner, are never complete without chestnuts roasting in the oven, served as the very […]

Sweet Designs: Sugar Holly and Sugar Ivy

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol “Blessed is the season which engages the […]

Old-fashioned Baking: Basic Cookie Recipes

In the olden days baking was not a fancy activity, nor it was anyone’s hobby. Baking was a part of everyday family life, a necessity, via what they created food for the table. Children learnt to bake from the matriarchs of the families, mothers, grandmothers, aunties and so on…Baking knowledge was given by allowing children […]

An Everyday Bake In a Sophisticated Winter Coat: Two-Tone Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

“Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine.” Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, Spanish army surgeon,1796 In 1898, several baking companies merged to form the National Biscuit Company, the original maker of Oreo cookies. By 1902, Nabisco created Barnum’s […]

A Snuggling Taste Against the Cold Weather: Imperial Baked Spiced Chutney – with Foraged Sloe

“There was an Old Person of Putney, Whose food was roast spiders and chutney, Which he took with his tea, within sight of the sea, That romantic Old Person of Putney.” Edward Lear, English artist, writer(1812-1888) When sharing recipes for baking, one does not really think of chutney, however, baking part of the ingredients prior […]

Foraging, On a New Level…In the Kitchen Cupboard: Yesterday’s Loaf, Today’s Bread

Foraging is the oldest method of human food gathering. It simply means collecting naturally growing leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, mushrooms and roots. The beneficial qualities  of collecting and eating wild food are countless. Foraged food is healthy, ecological, tastes fantastic, and is a joy to collect! When something is in its natural environment – without […]