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 […]

Sausage and Cheese Speckled Einkorn Loaf

“And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.” Bible Einkorn wheat, meaning “single grain” in German refers either to the wild species of wheat, Triticum boeoticum, and to its […]

Real Autumn Treat: Apple, Cinnamon and Berry Preserve Mini Pie

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet, Boston Marriage   With the arrival of the often dramatically crisp, sunny and rainy autumn days, the best treatment for the psyche and body is to reflect the fall months via the new, earthy, deep seasonal flavours in one’s […]

Simply BREAD! Whole Wheat Loaf Filled With Foraged Mushroom Puree and Wild Herb Pesto

There would be so many adjectives required to describe the attributes  of this bread – its appearance, its smell, its taste and aftertaste, its memory, its hosting skills… – that it is highly advised to avoid even trying, so this bread should simply be called, the BREAD. To determine what is the best bread is […]

The Legacy of My Farmer Grandparents: Hearty Harvest Loaf

With closed eyes, I can still see now, the clay-roofed, neat snow-white house of my grandparents, with its veranda of slender, ruched tree-trunks surrounding it on all sides, so that, in case of a thunder or hail storm, the window-shutters could be shut without one getting wet. The cottage was standing in a village full […]

French Pastry Perfection: Wild Mushroom and Sausage Vol-Au-Vent Tartlet

 “Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.” Jonathan Swift A vol-au-vent , French for “windblown” to describe its lightness, is a hollow case of fluffy puff pastry typically made by cutting two circles,squares or rectangles in rolled out puff pastry, cutting a hole in one of them, then stacking the shaped pieces on top of the full, disc style […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]