Winter Power: Shiitake Mushroom Muffins

“Mushrooms are like men–the bad most closely counterfeit the good.” Gavarni Mushrooms have always been approached with great human curiosity. Associated with magic, spiritual power and mystical revelation, mushrooms have been used as foods, healing agents, poisons, ritual artifacts, and hallucinogens. They are hunted by enthusiasts the world over, and play a central role in numerous lavish […]

Rudolph, The Red Nose in the Flavours of Christmas: Walnut-Orange-Cinnamon Cupcake

“He always knew he was a little different, but he let his light shine regardless of what the others said. be more Rudolph.” http://www.minfulwishes.com When did Rudolph become a part of the holiday tradition? The names of Santa’s team of eight flying reindeer were established in the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in […]

Dark Winter Night Indulgence: Chocolate-Orange-Walnut Cupcakes

“I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.” Gina Rodriguez Christmas is coming…cosy evnings, cold outside and warm living rooms, indulgent hot drinks, sweet treats…There are many traditions around Christmas all over the world, and orange play a part in most of the places. Waves of […]

A Bit Dark, a Bit Serious, but Sweet in Every Crumb: Chocolate Liquorice Cake

“When your madness is creative and necessary, people will not notice the fact that you are crazy.” Michael Bassey Johnson Achieving cakes that appear involved and serious is not always the question of methods and baking knowledge but quite often a well established or surprising flavour combination, that happens to cause a craze. Liquorice and […]

Light and Love-filled: Gluten- and Dairy-free Mini Spongecakes

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Voltaire I am all about sweet and savoury baked goods, therefore, I work hard on all cakes and bakes, but the sweetest little sugarmuffin I ever made, proves to be an ongoing baker’s challenge…My little babycake is […]

Dairy and Glutenfree Sweet Potato Muffin for My Swee’Pea

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” Johnny Depp   Children have a strange taste when it comes to likes and dislikes in their lives. They love and hate only with passion, and they are hard to convince otherwise, once they have made their mind up…Sweet potato […]

Tiny Packages and Big Things: Mini Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Sugarpaste

“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…” Nino Varsimashvili Something does not need to be large to be good….size is not everything…It is certainly true about people as well, the physical appearance should really be the last thing defining a person, determining the way others look at them or influencing their friendships. Friendship is the emotions […]

Guilt-free and Allergen-free Joy: Riceflour and Peaflour Pancakes

“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.” Kathleen Flinn     The question why people, children and adults, love pancakes so much, has probably got a very complicated answer, depending on what one researches: taste…look…social experience…Like many kids, I can see my seven-months-old little man heading down the route […]

The Humble Scone and His Outfits : the Cheese, the Potato, the Ham, the Soured Cream and all…

“…when someone says they hate scones that generally means they’ve never had a good scone…” Unknown What are scones? Bread? Pastry? Cake? Dessert? Side-dish? Main? In my experience it depends on the ingredients, on the occasion and on the cultural heritage.   Scones originally were types of quick bread. I Scotland for example, originally made […]

Ode to a Chestnut: Sweet Chestnut Cupcake

Ode To a Chestnut on the Ground Pablo Neruda “From bristly foliage you fell complete, polished wood, gleaming mahogany, as perfect as a violin newly born of the treetops, that falling offers its sealed-in gifts, the hidden sweetness that grew in secret amid birds and leaves, a model of form, kin to wood and flour, […]