Citrus Surprise Cake

January 9, 2015

Citrus Surprise Cake

It’s dark and wintry outside, but hopefully this citrus surprise cake will brighten up your day. Last  year, I was given the gift of a lemon tree (from the amazing Almu), which inspired this cake. I named my lemon tree Ginny. (I like lemony gin and tonics). I was skeptical that Ginny would produce lemons in our unpredictable Pacific Northwest climate. However, she managed to produce 10 perfect golden lemons, which just turned yellow in the last couple of weeks. Continue Reading…


Indulgent Hot Chocolate

December 20, 2014


It’s the time of year for hot drinks and indulgent treats. If I am pushed for time, some Cadburys cocoa powder and hot milk will suffice. But, if I have a little more time to spare hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and a little whiskey is a real treat. Continue Reading…


Chocolate Brownie Pies

December 13, 2014

Christmas Brownie Pies

I sometimes find it hard to believe that I have been living here in Seattle for over 2 years! I think I have assimilated well. I probably speak more like an American-when I go to the grocery store, I say cart instead of trolley for one!  I celebrate American holidays, and have forgotten all about those countless European bank holidays 😉 I eat American – now that I know where to find all the great local produce, there is little I miss – with exception of Irish cheese and dairy. Continue Reading…


Christmas Gifts

December 6, 2014


We are just over two weeks away from Christmas day, and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I have put together a few items that would be perfect for the cook in your life. Some of the items, I currently own and love, and others are ones that I really want! So, loved ones please take note  – hint, hint OH! Continue Reading…


Banana Bread (Cake)

November 29, 2014


Banana bread seems like it should be healthy – it sounds healthy. But the thing is most banana bread recipes are really just buttery cake. Not that I have anything against cake, but it should be called banana cake, so we all know what it really is. Continue Reading…


Veggies with Maple, Caper Dressing

November 21, 2014

Veggies with Maple, Caper Dressing

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday and food is such a central part to the day – turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pecan pie. I bet you are drooling now, just at the thought of it. Continue Reading…