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

Melon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise | Swirls and Spice

Watermelon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise

Watermelon rind takes an unexpected starring role in this savoury soup that revels in an aromatic yet light Chinese-style broth. Wasting food really irks me.  But it was not until a number of years back that I had any idea that watermelon rinds could be made useful.  It was when my late grandmother mentioned making pickles out of them.  That notion stuck with me years … Continue reading Watermelon Rind Soup with Ginger and Star Anise

Cherry Watermelon Popsicles {100% Fruit} | Swirls and Spice

Cherry Watermelon Popsicles

All fruit, totally refreshing cherry and watermelon blend together in these popsicles. Frosty fruit treats take the edge off summer’s heat in a most delicious way. Bring on the sunshine–so long as we have our freezer stocked with naturally sweet popsicles.  I really would rather steer clear artificially coloured sugar water, which somehow becomes popular once it is frozen.  Real fruit tastes so much better.  … Continue reading Cherry Watermelon Popsicles

Banana Coconut Spice Cookies with Turmeric

Just four simple ingredients and “bam!”–you’ve got cookies!  Coconut and banana need no other sweetener, so these flourless cookies are impossibly healthy too! When I want to make cookies both delicious and healthy, I usually turn to sweet potatoes.  My Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies and Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies are proof of this trend.  But sometimes I would rather skip shredding or cooking sweet potatoes.  … Continue reading Banana Coconut Spice Cookies with Turmeric

Roasted Radish Risotto

Roasted Radish Risotto

Rosy red radishes and emerald greens pair together in this seasonal risotto.  Topped with toasted pecans, you will find that the sweet, savoury, and hint-of-bitter flavours balance one another beautifully.  This novel twist on risotto makes an elegant side dish or vegan main course. There seems to be some confusion as to when summer starts.  It’s May, and I say that spring is still here. … Continue reading Roasted Radish Risotto