Friands with Lime Curd

Friands (mini almond cakes), are one of my favorite quick and easy type of desserts. In a recipe I posted HERE a few years ago, I used cardamom powder in the batter, and served them with lemon curd. This time, I’ve decided to omit the cardamom, and serve them with lime curd – and the result was just as delicious. Continue reading

Rhubarb, Apple and Maple Cake

Rhubarb season has just started, and the fresh reddish stalks are hard to resist. As I was about to bake a quick apple and maple cake, it only felt right to reduce the amount of apples, and mix in some rhubarb instead. Apples and rhubarb mix so well together, and both pair beautifully with maple flavor and aroma – so the mix of all was very promising. Continue reading

Banana and Hard Cider Cake with Cherry Filling

As cherry season has just started, I immediately put my mind into using some of the cherries I’ve bought in a cake. At the same time, I, once again, had a couple of ripe bananas that could only be used in a cake. So it made sense to combine the two in one cake, and the result is in front of you. Continue reading

Tomato-Pepper Soup with Clementine and Celery

Despite the fact we recently had a few warm days; the weather has changed to a bit colder again, so a warm soup came to mind. However, since it’s really not that cold, I’ve decided to skip the heavier wintry soups, and make a lighter vegetables based soup. Continue reading

Duck Breast with Spiced Kumquat Marmalade and Mustard Glaze

Duck breast meat is a special delicacy: unlike most poultry, it is at its best when pan-fried to medium-rare degree, very much like a good steak. The meat is highly flavorful, while the layer of fat adds more flavor, and a slight smokiness, when it is rendered in the pan. Continue reading

Pineapple, Coconut and Rum-Raisins Cakes

The following cakes will delight any fan of dense and moist fruit cakes, with an added bonus of tropical flavors and aroma of pineapple, coconut, rum and vanilla. Continue reading

Sweetened Condensed Milk Dough Cookies with Quince Paste

Ever since I’ve discovered sweetened condensed milk dough in this blog, I’ve been experimenting with it. I like the easiness of its preparation and of rolling it, and the fact that it keeps its shape well while baking. Continue reading

Hazelnut, Banana and Lemon Muffins

Hazelnuts are a favorite of mine, whether for baking or for savory dishes. Their earthy, somewhat sweetish flavor, and their creamy texture, elevate any dish they are added to. So, it was no wonder I ended up using them when I was preparing to bake some simple banana-lemon muffins, and wanted to give them an interesting twist. Continue reading

Orange Vegetables and Pineapple Soup

One of the best remedies for grey gloomy days, is to have a bowl of bright colored, velvety tasty warm soup. Continue reading

Eton Mess with Spiced Red Wine Syrup


Eton Mess is a simple British dessert, which is made with three ingredients: strawberries, whipped cream and meringue cookies. Over the years, many variations were created to this tasty dessert, all based on the same ingredients. Continue reading

Braised Pot Roast with Pear Cider and Leek Gravy

After successfully using hard apple cider in a few dishes recently, I’ve found myself looking at a sparkling hard pear cider at the store, wondering if it will give a dish similar tasty results. Continue reading