Gluten-Free Cardamom Bread

This is a chewy, yeasted bread.  It’s not sweet, although it is perfumed with cardamom and studded with walnuts, dates and raisins.  It’s best toasted and slathered with salted butter.   I like it for breakfast, tea or with afternoon coffee when my husband is kind enough to make me some (I make terrible coffee).  It…

Grown Up German Chocolate Cake (gluten-free or not)

Last week, I made myself a German chocolate cake for my 41st birthday.  I have fond childhood memories of German chocolate cake, but I suspected that as an adult it would be too sweet.   I recently bought some turtles (chocolate covered caramel and pecans) with gleeful anticipation only to discover that they are gross if…

Kook-Kwee Inspired Macadamia and Coconut Shortbread (gluten-free and vegan)

This will be the last of my Hawaii food nostalgia posts for a while.  Cook-Kwees Maui cookie company produce wildly popular crisp shortbread cookies.  My favourite variety includes coconut and macadamia nuts.  I consumed a truly terrifying quantity of these cookies as a child.  They were ubiquitous in gift baskets and no meeting that provided…

Lemon Poppy Seed Meringues

I know,  it’s Valentine’s and I am supposed to be posting some sort of gooey chocolate dessert.  The truth is that I am just not always in the mood for chocolate.  Anyway meringues use cooking alchemy to make something special out of common ingredients which I find very romantic on  a symbolic level .  Also,…

Passionfruit Cream Pie in a Coconut Crust (gluten-free and vegan)

I apologize for my month-long absence!  I have been traveling, and truly enjoying not looking at a computer more than for a few moments once or twice a week.  Over Christmas and New Year I was on Maui with my mother (see photos above).  Then I came home to NYC for four days, during which…

Boxing Day Almond Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Happy Boxing Day!  There are some conflicting ideas out there about what Boxing Day is, what the name means, and why it is a holiday.  My mum says that December 26th was the de facto Christmas for all of the people who had to work on Christmas Day.  For example, all of the servants who…