Christmas Forest Fruitcake ~ full of dried fruit and nuts for a memorable holiday tradition!
Christmas, Desserts, Vegan

Christmas Forest Fruitcake

Ah, Christmas!  I love the idea of keeping warm before a crackling fire, sipping hot apple cider and taking long walks in the peaceful snowy forest.  Christmas is supposed to bring to mind images of goodwill, merriment, giving and family, however often you find yourself frazzled, running around to make sure you get all your… Continue reading Christmas Forest Fruitcake

Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake Feature
Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

I love fall when the wild mushrooms shoot through the dense undergrowth of leaves and pine needles, their odd shapes like small little characters in nondescript attire.  I love morel mushrooms and lobster mushrooms (which oddly do taste like lobster!) but I must say my absolute favourite is the Chantrelle mushroom.  With a thick, meaty… Continue reading Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Bake

Quinoa Pomegranate Festive Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegan

Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

Is there a more cheerful looking fruit than the pomegranate?  It's bright red seeds and scarlet juice add a celebratory touch to anything it garnishes.  Only nature could have made such a merry, vibrant colour! There used to be a quaint organic store near me that made a wonderful quinoa salad.  I've copied their recipe… Continue reading Pomegranate Quinoa Festive Salad

P'tit Sainte Maure
Cheese 101

Cheese 101 ~ P’tit Sainte Maure

With Christmas approaching I thought it might be wise to highlight some cheeses in the upcoming months, as I love trying new cheese and revisiting old favourites to include them in cheese platters for the season.  I absolutely love most cheese from France, and our cheese today is a fresh goat cheese.  It's one of… Continue reading Cheese 101 ~ P’tit Sainte Maure

Pumpkin Kidney Bean Curry ~ Yum!
Dinner, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Pumpkins ...... they remind us of autumn and Halloween, orange meadows and cool, crisp evenings.  Can you hear the crunch of the leaves as they scuttle across the ground and the chill swish of the breezes?  Eerie pumpkin faces often look at us on October 31st, as they act as doorway decoration for the scariest… Continue reading Pumpkin Fireside Kidney Bean Curry

Apple Harvest Extravaganza
Food Education

An Apple Harvest Extravaganza

In my area, apple harvest can begin in the summer with apples such as Transparents or Sunrise, but the real bountiful harvest begins in autumn, usually in September and can last into November.  On farms where the farmers harvest for the finest taste, nature dictates harvest-time which can move forward or backward weeks each season.… Continue reading An Apple Harvest Extravaganza

Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake
Desserts, Holiday Cooking, Vegan

Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake

As I was testing this chocolate yam recipe and it wasn't behaving exactly how I'd imagined, I was thinking that I could perhaps start doing specialty posts called Cleo's Confessions ..... oops, make that Cleo's Cooking Confessions ---- we don't want to get too personal! So, first confession ...... my intention when I began creating… Continue reading Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake

Watercolor Potato Salad
Quick and Easy, Salads

Rainbow Potato Salad

Potato salad can immediately remind you of picnics and summer days, yet I enjoy making them from mid-summer into the start of fall, when the potato plants are wilting and the potatoes are ready to be dug.  This year I planted a number of different varieties in my garden: creamy German butter potatoes, bright red… Continue reading Rainbow Potato Salad