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Desserts & Treats
Flavours of Gajerala without all the work: Ultimate Carrot Cake with Cardamom Icing

Flavours of Gajerala without all the work: Ultimate Carrot Cake with Cardamom Icing

IF dessert drama (not family drama) is your goal this holiday season then Carrot Cake should be your dessert. Everyone is opinionated about this vegetal cake. There are devout haters, purists, accoutrement adders, and ones who have sadly never had a deliciously moist piece of carrot cake. Without fail, there is always a lengthy discussion whenever carrot cake is served.

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Apple Rose Mini-Pies

Apple Rose Mini-Pies

I am done with traditional apple pie.

I admit this post was meant to be about how I excel at pie crust making. How I can combine a few ingredients like butter, salt, flour, and water and create a flaky sensation.

I won’t lie, I am confident in my pie-crust making, because I was (sort of still am) a Martha Stewart acolyte. In my early teens, before Martha Stewart’s financial woes, I was fascinated by Stewart’s uber-domesticity. I put her on a pedestal and felt enormously guilty I wished Martha Stewart was secretly my mother. My mom on the other hand thought it was pretty funny, I would be so taken by this woman who valorized home keeping. She wasn’t hurt. Rather she was happy another woman was helping to championing her daughter into the world of food and home life.

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PEI Spiced Tartlets

PEI Spiced Tartlets

Seven years ago, my sister Ajit and I travelled to PEI for a friend’s destination wedding. Really though, our whole focus was to honour our unrequited love for everything Anne of Green Gables. We are life-long fanatics for Canada’s darling fable and movies.

During a touristy day trip around Charlottetown, we stopped at PEI Preserve Company for lunch. This well-known island gem is famous for its delicious homemade jams, jellies, and honey. Along with a sandwich, Ajit also ordered a slice of Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie. It was out of this world and made her smack her lips. Refreshing and creamy. The perfect balance of tart and sweet. She was smitten. Even after getting home, she spoke often of the delicious slice of heaven. Wishing she could go back for seconds or thirds.

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Jessie’s Incredible Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Icing

Jessie’s Incredible Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Icing

There is something sacramental about eating cake, especially chocolate cake in good company.

Growing up, my sisters and I were on a mission to do just that, but never thought to bake a cake from scratch. It never crossed our minds. We only baked Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines premixed cakes. Chocolate and even German Chocolate were on heavy rotation, along with white, confetti, lemon, orange, and even banana. Alas, there was always wishful thinking, hope even, that the cake would look just like the picture on the box.

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