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Red Velvet Cake done up in a waffle dress – just in time for breakfast, brunch or as a fabulous dessert.  I serve this just as often with strawberries, ice-cream and fudge sauce as I do cream cheese drizzle. What’s nice about this recipe aside from it being high concept baking, is that it uses more chocolate flavor than the usual red velvet recipe to get a rich chocolate-y taste. These are also sublime as Red Velvet Pancakes.

Yes, that old chestnut -that recipe that is everywhere and that they tell you you can bake a bit of it each day, ultimately holding the batter for 6 weeks. Ummm, no thank you. The notion of raw eggs handing around has no appeal not to mention, 6 weeks in a cold, wet environment tries the patience of even Clabber Girl's outstanding baking powder. But that stuff notwithstanding, you know –these are rather good.  Bake it the whole batch (double the recipe if you want), and freeze the muffins. These have been respun with a touch of honey and banana chunks. You could even use half peanut butter to replace the oil.


This is a new spin on something old but still ambrosial - stewed rhubarb with extra perks. Rhubarb marries well with sweet blood oranges (who also do their best to tint the rhubarb a deep rose colour) but any oranges you have on hand are just as perfect.

Rhubarb is a favorite food of mine but now it's finding mainstream fans. Blood oranges seem to be the kiwi of the 21st Century. Together, they are a perfect union. This is a new spin on something old but ambrosial: stewed rhubarb of oven compote. Rhubarb marries well with sweet blood oranges (who also do their best to tint the rhubarb a deep rose colour). A touch of brown and white sugar and pomegranate molasses (honey is a fine substitute) make this rustic and sophisticated all at once. Serve over ice-cream, pound cake, with scones, or on with yogurt or Scottish oatmeal for a sweet, tart banquet. I tend to slice two of the blood oranges called for and grind up the last one but just slicing all three is fine.

Also known as Rumanian cottage cheese corn meal kugel. A great dish for lunch or brunch. Can be served hot or cold. This tastes like a giant, golden blintz.

This is the most flavourful banana muffin I know. It also features huge, umbrella sprawled tops, and is flecked with toasted sweet walnuts throughout. I also sometimes, use part flax seeds and part walnuts. These freeze like a dream and look gourmet but homemade in taste. This makes 18 muffins so feel free to half the recipe.

This from the Serendipity Parties cookbook, Rizzoli, Universe Publishing, 2008 and is by Stephen Bruce. Russian Tea is a recipe you see around and no one knows where it comes from. It is a lovely spiced, orange and black tea brew.

  What I love about these rustic scones is they are they are very pure of taste – there's no chocolate chips, chunks of Snickers, no vanilla extra or hunks of candied ginger - there's just amazing taste and texture from the basic (but choice) ingredients. This is the real deal, old-fashioned baking, with a not-too-sweet, satisfying wholesome taste.

Use whatever cheese you prefer for this fabulous, easy crowd-pleasing brunch dish. It is broiled at the last minute to puff up the eggs and make the cheese bubble. Serve it in a huge skillet right at the table. 

A lovely combination. A little brie never hurt anyone, and eggs have been much maligned of late. Enjoy.
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