Halva Meringues

In general, I was not allowed to eat sugar when I was little.  There were a few exceptions. My grandparents took care of me on weekends and gleefully fed me as much homemade pie and cake as they could while mother was not looking. On each visit to the health food store, my mother would…

Tea Time in Taipei/ Black Sesame and Lemon Tea Cake (gluten-free)

This October, my husband and I returned to Taiwan for two weeks.   This is our third time traveling to Taiwan, and we love it more each time we visit!  Last year, we were teaching a puppetry workshop for the Close to You Puppet Festival (You can see last year’s post about traveling in Taiwan here)….

Little Almond Cakes with Fresh Raspberries (Gluten-Free)

Hmmmm.  It is really not baking weather anymore here in NYC, but maybe this recipe will be just the thing for someone who lives far, far away from here. Clafoutis and Financiers are pretty much my two favourite kinds of cake.  Clafouti is a rich and not too sweet baked fruit custard.   Financiers are…

Feeding the Masses of Miniature Spectacle Makers!

Lately, I have been very focused on helping with the 10th International Toy Theater Festival.  This festival inspired me to begin making my own puppet shows in the 90s, and it is still my favourite festival in the wide world.  It is produced by Great Small Works, a group of theater makers whom I admire…

Chia Seed Pudding with Figs and Blackberries

Chia seeds are weird.  If you add nut milk to them and let them sit overnight, they make an amazing pudding that is a little bit like tapioca.  They have almost no flavour, so you can add extracts or seasonings to make any kind of pudding that you fancy.  They are supposed to be really,…

Traveling Fools

I am not usually a big maker of puns but even I could not resist.  I am going to give you a “recipe” for a strawberry rhubarb fool and my sister and I are traveling in Estonia right now…so traveling fool.  Okay I’ll stop… Last week, I was attending a Nordic-Celtic-Baltic Folklorist’s conference at University…

Two Orange Almond Cakes for Passover (gluten-free)

We have been hosting a lot of dinner parties this month.  Last week,  I made two Orange Almond cakes for our guests.  Despite having the same primary flavours, these two cakes were very different from each other.  Clearly, I have a thing for the old almond and orange combo in deserts (tangerine marmalade cake and marmalade and…

Floral Scented Shortbreads (Gluten-Free)

These cookies combine the lovely aromatic quality of Indian deserts with a crisp and not too sweet shortbread.  I was inspired by the cardamom, pistachio and rosewater shortbread on the lovely food blog My Darling Lemon Thyme.  I enjoyed these rose scented cookies so much, that I started experimenting with orange blossom water and culinary…