Category Archives: vegetarian

Natural Easter Eggs

I remember as a child we always coloured Easter eggs by using onion skins.  The variation in colour and imperfections in the tone were always more fun than the colour that commercial dyes create. I’ve found as an adult that you can colour eggs with other natural materials.  Below is a list.

      • 3 tbsp Turmeric  – yellow eggsNatural Easter Eggs
      • purple cabbage – blue eggs
      • blueberries – darker blue eggs
      • beets – pink eggs
      • cranberries – red/pink eggs
      • spinach – green eggs.

In a pot bring 2 cups of fruit or veggies or the Turmeric and 1 cup of water to a boil  Boil for 30 minutes or until a water has turned the desired colour.  Cool mixture

Add 2 tbsp of vinegar to mixture and transfer to a bowl or jar where eggs can be covered with the mixture.  Add 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs to the dye.  Soak from 1/2 hour to overnight in the refrigerator.

Remove eggs from mixture and pat dry.

Infused Vinegars

Flavoured vinegars are great in salad dressings but can be pricey to buy.  Fortunately they are easy to make but takes some preparation.  Below I have listed recipes for Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar, Sage Red Wine Vinegar and Thyme Basil Vinegar

Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar

Simple Infused Vinegars1/2 cup mashed raspberries

1/2 cup mashed blueberries

White vinegar to fill a jar

Add  fruit to jar and fill with vinegar.  Cork and let stand for at least 1 week.   Strain and use on salads or as a marinade.  Can be sweetened by adding stevia to the finished vinegar. Continue reading Infused Vinegars

Raspberry Chocolate Swirly Cookies

Raspberry and chocolate combine with a luscious shortbread crust in this roll cookie.  They’re perfect for a lunch box.

Ingredients

Raspberry Chocolate Swirly Cookies
Try white chocolate chips.

2 1/3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup melted better

lemon zest of one lemon

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup raspberry jam

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Homemade Dessert Pizza

Homemade Dessert PIzzaDessert pizza is becoming more and more popular.  This recipe for dessert pizza is easy to put together but the visual results are impressive.  This dessert is colourful and filled with fresh fruit and tasty vanilla pudding.  It’s sure to please family and friends.

Crust

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup butter

3 egg yolks

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 twp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

Cookie Base

Combine sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla until creamed.  Add the dry ingredients and blend well.  Transfer to a greased pizza tin or lined muffin tins.  Make sure the crust is not too thick.  Prick crust with fork and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.  Cool.

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Molasses Refrigerator Cookies

Molasses Refrigerator Cookies can be kept in the refrigerator for several days until you are ready to bake them.  Serve with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

INGREDIENTS

2 3/4 cups flourMolasses Refrigerator Cookies

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup salted butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

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Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns

Bread is always best baked at home especially when special flavours are used.  Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns are great by themselves or excellent alongside a salad.  Serve warm with melted butter.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugarPARMESAN ROSEMARY BREAD MACHINE BUNS

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp ground garlic

3 1/4 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast.

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped rosemary

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients except Parmesan and rosemary to the bread machine pan.  Work on dough cycle.  At indicator add Parmesan and rosemary.

Remove dough from pan and let rise for 15 minutes.

Cut dough into 12 pieces and form into long logs.  Twist logs to make knots.

Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Bathe the tops of the buns with a mixture of butter and garlic.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes.

Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread is great on an Easter platter.  It’s sweet and filling and easy to make.  Serve with lemon icing for a different treat.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated carrot

Carrot Bread3/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup oil

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

nuts if desired Continue reading Carrot Bread

Blueberry Vanilla Cookies

Dried blueberries are an unexpected treat in Blueberry Vanilla Cookies.  They’re sweet and crunchy and great with iced tea.

INGREDIENTS

Blueberry Vanilla Cookies

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups dried blueberries Continue reading Blueberry Vanilla Cookies

Lemon Cringles

Lemon Cringles are light and fluffy with the tang of lemon and the sweetness of powdered sugar.  The batter can be tinted different colours depending upon the season. Serve with tea or coffee.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup melted butterLemon Cringles

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsp lemon juice

10 drops neon pink food colouring

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder Continue reading Lemon Cringles