The month of Christmas baking is upon us! Our first batch included the stalwart maple pecan cookies (orange zest extremely optional) and, since Jess is on a mission to cook her way through the Duchess Bake Shop book, florentines. My cousin met this combination with “oh $#!&, my favourite cookies and some even better ones!” With near universal accolades, Jess and I still agreed that a pure shortbread or pate sucree base to the florentines may be preferable to the slightly crumbly almond dough used in the Duchess recipe. (Next up on the blog, we report back from our experiments with the near universally acclaimed nanaimo bar recipe! Stand by!) You can find a fairly similar recipe for almond bars here. Or perhaps these salted caramel shortbreads are more your speed?
If you’re also starting to think about holiday baking you can find cookie recipes under the Recipe Recommendations header. I have also put together a quick guide to cookie party hosting, if that’s your jam!
Mom might appreciate this malted chocolate cake recipe
Good dates necessitate sticky toffee pudding or perhaps this smooth date custard tart
I have been enjoying reading Ian Young’s Bulb Log – maybe you would like to consider growing your bulbs from seed too (if you can wait a number of years for a bloom!)
Does anyone have a hardy rose they swear by (other than rosa glauca)?
Love Kelly and this interview!
And, in case you were wondering, at no time has Sarah stopped being inspirational.
Great gardening, great photography, this blog post is a gem
An interview with Chris Rock which I enjoyed: “When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.”