Apple and Swiss Chard Crostata
Desserts, Quick and Easy

Apple Swiss Chard Crostata: a Neo-French Dessert

Swiss chard is one of the more healthy vegetables.  Swiss chard in an apple pie-type dessert?  Does it sound peculiar?  It's actually quite a popular dessert in France in the pie-form called Tourte de Blettes (Swiss Chard Tart), but (and here comes one of Cleo's Confessions ...) I'm not particularly fond of pie --- at… Continue reading Apple Swiss Chard Crostata: a Neo-French Dessert

Egg Nog Rice Pudding ~ a delicious creamy dessert with a spicy nutmeg Christmas flavour!
Desserts, Holiday Cooking, Quick and Easy, Vegan

Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

Eggnog and Christmas ........... Christmas and Eggnog.  The two go together like Valentine's Day and hearts, or birthdays and balloons.  Whenever I see Eggnog appear in the stores, I get a rush of that Christmas cheer that starts me smiling.  This year I was able to try some Grass Fed Eggnog and wow, was it… Continue reading Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding (Vegan and Non-Vegan)

Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake
Desserts, Holiday Cooking, Vegan

Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake

As I was testing this chocolate yam brownie 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… Continue reading Chocolate Yam Brownie Cake


Apple Quince Harvest Crisp

September and October is time for the harvesting of apples.  All kinds of apples populate the produce sections of grocery stores: Gala, MacIntosh, Ambrosia, Jonagold, Fuji ...... the choice can seem endless and what better time than autumn to think of Apple Crisp-ish desserts for your table? While an apple dessert on its own can… Continue reading Apple Quince Harvest Crisp

Celebration Cake

Celebration Cake with Mascarpone Icing

There are so many events we can celebrate.  From a birthday or anniversary, to a new job or a new home.  How about a graduation, a new friend, or simply the changing of the seasons?  Into the monotony of our often heavily scheduled lives, it's nice to break up the pattern with a celebration, and… Continue reading Celebration Cake with Mascarpone Icing