Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares | Swirls and Spice

Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares

Lightly sweetened oats spiced with cinnamon and cardamom surround the naturally sweet date filling in these squares, creating layers of warmth and richness.Cardamom has the power to transform a standard recipe into something remarkable.  Rice pilaf?  Better with cardamom.  Swedish tea ring?  Adding cranberries and cardamom elevates it into a fragrant, beribboned wreath.  And there’s chai, like the mix I use in Chai Chokadbollar, which is simply incomplete without cardamom. I had a strong inkling that … Continue reading Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares

Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger | Swirls and Spice

Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger

Golden ginger lends a touch of zing to rice grains and slices of tender pumpkin. Simply toss together a handful of seasonal ingredients to create this fresh take on fried rice. I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with cranberry recipes in my kitchen, but when it comes to pumpkin, I usually pick plain and simple pumpkin pie over anything else.  Until this month I had posted just … Continue reading Pumpkin Fried Rice with Ginger

Corn and Red Pepper Relish with Olives | Swirls and Spice

Fresh Corn and Red Pepper Relish with Olives

It may be apple season, but there still is a chance to pick up corn on the cob at the farmers’ markets around here.  We always buy a dozen ears.  And sometimes we have leftovers. Especially when I make the mistake of buying cheap corn on the cob at the grocery store in between farmers’ market runs.  Those 15 cent ears simply were not in the … Continue reading Fresh Corn and Red Pepper Relish with Olives

Apple Cider Overnight Oats | SwirlsandSpice.com

Apple Cider Overnight Oats

Pour some fresh apple cider onto old fashioned oats and the next morning you can start your day with oatmeal that is magically sweet and naturally delicious! Once upon a time I made oatmeal almost every morning. Then things got complicated. First, I got a little bored with brown sugar as my sole flavoring. Until one day I discovered that you can mix in all sorts of sweet … Continue reading Apple Cider Overnight Oats

Cherry Coconut Pudding Popsicles

While I love strawberry season, the deeper flavour of cherries should not be missed.  Now that summer is officially here, cherries are in season at last! And when cherries meet coconut, it’s a storybook match.  How I did I discover this?  The neighbourhood bakery of my childhood made some of the most amazing cherry coconut bars I have ever tasted.  They were my mom’s favourite.  … Continue reading Cherry Coconut Pudding Popsicles

Molasses Brown Bread Buns

Molasses adds a distinctive deep flavour and rich colour to these fresh buns based on traditional east coast brown bread. I asked a very good friend of mine from New Brunswick what typical maritime food is like.  Besides the obvious seafood specialties, freshly baked brown bread, she told me, was a staple that you would find quite often on the table.   And the inclusion of … Continue reading Molasses Brown Bread Buns