Monthly Archives: February 2013

pear crisp


Now those are some purty pears. When I saw them at the market, in a 3lb bag for only $1.97, there was no question as to whether or not they were coming home with me. I’ve adapted a new way of grocery shopping. Instead of making up my list (checking it twice) and shopping from the list, I now go to the market and fill my trolly (as the Aussies say) with all the produce on sale that week. So that did mean that last week’s planned chicken pot pies (Mr. Bates’s Mushroom and Chicken Pie from this book to be exact) became mushroom and barley stuffed peppers, and apple crisps became pear crisps. But heck, I’m saving money and playing The Price Is Right in the process.


Speaking of games in the grocery store, once Graham and I actually witnessed a real, live Supermarket Sweep. It was while… Continue reading

chocolate walnut coconut torte


I think I see some cloud formations there in that dreamy chocolate filling, filling the crust to the brim. I see a profile of a lady. Right to the left of that poking-out walnut (at just about two o’clock). See her? She almost looks like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her hair is down and she has dark, sunken-in eyes. And a small white dove, facing west, sits perched upon her crown.

So, back on earth, I made this torte for a good friend’s birthday a month or so back. She had requested something chocolate, and I had no cocoa in the house. I went on to search high and low, in cookbooks and through interwebs, for a recipe that used semi-sweet chocolate, since I had plenty of that in my cupboard. And lo and behold, I found one. So I christened my tart pan (another Goodwill find!)… Continue reading


granolalola | madeleines

Happy Valentines Day all you lovers. I had to send my love off to work this morning, but at least the little mister, Tobias, is here to spend the day with me. First we shared breakfast. Me at the table, and him beneath, hoping for even just one crumb to fall. Next I made my to-do list. And instead of my usual sketched three-dimensional “check-off” boxes, I drew tiny hearts. I know. Charming. What can I say, I’m feeling romantic…

The plumber is coming by this afternoon to fix our ghetto tub. The faucet is not connected to anything and if you ever try to fill the tub with water, the metal thing shoots off and bits of rust and dirt go flying. Not only hazardous but ugly, to say the least. So do we ever bathe? Rarely. And when we do, we shower. And if the mood strikes for… Continue reading

banoffee pie


Well, good morning. I’ve been away again for too long. I have recipes out the wazoo and it’s time to finally share one with you. I received a wonderful cookbook from my in-laws that had a pie recipe I’d been wanting to try for a few months. With my parents coming for dinner, I decided to give the pie a whirl. Full disclosure: I’m more reminiscent of a toddler playing with Play-doh than a womanly baker when it comes to making and rolling out pie crusts. That’s just how it is. Indeed pie-making is an art I’m far, so very far, from mastering.

My mother, on the other hand, makes the most delectable pie crusts. Flaky and buttery, tender and mild. Okay, I’ve gone a bit too far, but if you saw the crust I made for this pie you’d outright giggle! Lets just say I overworked the dough. So… Continue reading