Orange Cardamom Cranberry Tea Ring | Swirls and Spice

Orange Cardamom Tea Ring with Cranberry Nut Filling

Orange and cardamom add warmth and cheer to the post-holiday months as part of this honey-sweetened tea ring.  The tart red cranberry filling adds further sensory delight. Drizzle with orange glaze for an extra special treat on a chilly day. Normally I don’t show my recipes in progress.  But I thought it might be fun to make an exception and reveal an earlier version that … Continue reading Orange Cardamom Tea Ring with Cranberry Nut Filling

Carrot Spice Hot Cross Buns

Carrot Spice Hot Cross Buns

Can hot cross buns be made without raisins and candied citrus?  Yes, they can.  Pillowy, fragrant, sweet buns were what I was craving, and this recipe delivered all that.  Furthermore, you can enjoy customizing your own buns by adding: carrots only carrots and walnuts carrots and apples Finely grating the carrots provided colour, moisture, and a hint of texture with much less fuss than carrot … Continue reading Carrot Spice Hot Cross Buns

Soothing Spiced Smoothie with Turmeric

Smoothies and I have an off-and-on relationship.  It makes no sense, really, because I continue baking all year long.  Meanwhile, my blender, which can deliver healthy results much more rapidly than an oven, gets neglected in the corner of my counter top.  Smoothies are something I hope to make a more regular part of my days in the months ahead.  Inspiration for a simple smoothie … Continue reading Soothing Spiced Smoothie with Turmeric

Pineapple Almond Granola

This newest granola recipe has a flavour profile similar to Pineapple Almond Muffins, which have proven very popular recently.  Both the granola and the muffins are also wheat free (and gluten free depending on the purity of your oats).  Pouring almond milk over a bowl of granola in the morning or as an afternoon snack is delicious way to get energized.  Granola also can serve … Continue reading Pineapple Almond Granola

Cardamom Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas & Lamb | Swirls and Spice

Cardamom-Scented Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas and Lamb

A savoury dish that features cardamom?  Count me in. My first bites of this pilaf with beef were at a friend’s house.  When she told me that there were no other spices used besides cardamom, I could hardly believe it.  So I remembered her description of how to make it.  This recipe would be a delicious new way to stretch the locally raised beef and … Continue reading Cardamom-Scented Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas and Lamb

Carrot Spice Granola

Carrots and Spring make a lovely pairing, even if you are not permitted by the weather to start sowing seeds in your garden.  When you add carrots to granola with cardamom, bliss in a bowl is what you should rightly expect. And this recipe did not disappoint.  I almost titled the recipe “Can’t-Stop-Eating-This Carrot Granola.” Carrot Spice Granola can be enjoyed in a variety of … Continue reading Carrot Spice Granola