Tag Archive: summer desserts

Berries, ice cream and meringue shards

August 9, 2017

Here is an easy summer dessert that uses the beautiful seasonal berries. I macerated the berries with a little sugar and ice wine (or dessert wine) top them with ice cream and whipped cream, then cover it all with meringue shards that add an element of surprise (you cannot see what’s under) and a crunch factor to this refreshing, simple dessert. I had an opportunity to cook for visiting friends in the last couple of... View Article

Quick summer fruit crisp with granola topping

August 23, 2015

Fruit crisps are a perfect summer dessert. They are easy to make and showcase beautiful local and seasonal fruits. You can make them for one or for a crowd with equal ease and if you have a nice large pan to bake it in it looks quite beautiful. For a crowd I bake the crisp in a large, shallow paella style copper pan, garnish with edible flowers and herbs on top and I consider it... View Article

Lemon and basil summer cake

August 19, 2015

Summer is slipping by like sand through my fingers. Can we be nearing the end of August? The hydrangeas are beginning to show signs of the approaching fall as their colour turn antique rose and on my last trip to the market there were pears and a few winter squashes alongside ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow beans. I love fall but not ready to give up summer just yet. There is still summer foods to... View Article

Red currants buttermilk cake with olive oil

July 14, 2015

Bundt cakes are one of the easiest cakes to make. No mixer, not too many dishes, never fail recipes. If you find one recipe that works for you, you can improvise with the ingredients as long as you keep the basic proportions of wet and dry ingredients constant. Red currants make a sweet and tangy cake that you can serve on its own or with a little whipped cream or ice cream. The red currants... View Article

Rhubarb and raspberry tarts with meringue

June 11, 2015

It’s raining here today as I am writing this, as it did yesterday and as it will tomorrow according to forecast (remember, this is a pre-scheduled post). A perfect day for staying home and cooking. I have always loved rain, the sound of it dripping, the fresh fragrances it coaxes out of the earth and plants, the silvery colour palette of sky and clouds and how everything is more vibrant against the silvery tones. The... View Article

Apricot Lavender cake

August 9, 2014

I finally got around to take my Kelowna foodie “crew” for an evening sail on the beautiful Okanagan lake. On the short list were Val of More than Burnt Toast, Laura of The Culinary Travel Guide and Barbara (not Barb) of the good life anytime (really, not a blog). We piled onto Captain G’s beloved Isa Lei and headed south in search of a calm cove to drop anchor and go in for an evening... View Article

Lavender Cake

August 4, 2014

The Okanagan is prime location for growing many things, lavender included. There is lavender everywhere you look and it grows beautifully on our rooftop patio as well. It is a pretty, fragrant herb and I love getting a whiff of its scent as I reach over it to work in my garden. Lavender fields are a sight to behold. If you have ever seen them in France you know what I mean. I love the... View Article

Pistachio Roulade with Raspberries

July 7, 2014

Oh so delicious and easy roulade to make and serve with seasonal berries. There were only four of us for dinner but I made two roulades because I knew where this was going. I had some leftover to share with our lovely neighbours and for my husband ( “is there some more of that cake left?”) for whom one piece is never enough. The recipe is adapted from Laura Calder’s Hazelnut Roll in her book... View Article