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

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

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

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

Kale and White Bean Soup
Quick and Easy, Soups

Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

When the brisk, slightly chilly breezes of autumn begin to whisk around, I start to crave warm soups made with all kinds of cold weather garden ingredients, such as squash, beets, cabbage, and in the case of this soup, kale. While kale has become more popular as a vegetable, many people still remember the tough… Continue reading Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

Sun-dried Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic ~ a recipe from the markets of Southern France
Appetizers, Quick and Easy

Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Who doesn't love images of the South of France and, particularly visions of the many tasty French food creations.  Markets abound, not only in each city, but in each village, with cheeses, meats, and produce displayed in arrays of creativity and with a certain cultural and regional pride. The array of culinary works of art… Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Maple Rosemary Almonds
Quick and Easy, Snacks

Maple Rosemary Almonds

Have you ever tasted a fresh almond?  Many people don't realize that most almonds which are purchased in a store are at least three months to one year old, and the flavour is muted or stale.  It wasn't until I started purchasing newly-harvested bulk almonds online that I discovered what an almond should really taste… Continue reading Maple Rosemary Almonds