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Comfort
Blackberry Ginger Cardamom Scones

Blackberry Ginger Cardamom Scones

Picture it in your mind, wild blackberries ready for the picking in an urban setting. Its kind of mind bending, especially for someone like me, who doesn’t immediately think of urban wild food foraging. While I may not be inclined to attempt it myself, I can’t help but notice all the people who are picking wild blackberries along Cambie Street, or parking their bikes at Stanley Park Seawall to gobble up a few. I find it fascinating and can’t help be a bit envious of their skills and adeptness for survival on wild food, if needed. Or perhaps, its their vulnerability to try something wild without the safety of a grocery store, fruit stand, or even home garden. Sadly, my connection to nature is not that close yet.

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Desserts & Treats
Fenugreek Tangerine Tea Cake

Fenugreek Tangerine Tea Cake

Recently, I reread The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, a book that applies the philosophy of phenomenology to spaces and things. Flowery prose, whimsical and speculative, the author plays with how memories are shaped within the home. A mediation of poetry, it forces reflection and realization about innate experiences. The reread conjured a poetic experience with my mom’s rose teapot and orange cake.

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Seasonal
Spinach and Cornmeal Scones with Homemade Butter

Spinach and Cornmeal Scones with Homemade Butter

Saag, a traditional north Indian dish of long-cooked spinach and spices, Makki Di Roti and Makhan gets reimagined into scones.

Nothing is more Punjabi than Sarson da Saag and Makki di roti with a dollop of makhan, especially during Vaisakhi. This variation takes a minute to wrap your head around. Be warned, you’ll get a few jaw drops when saag is mentioned as an ingredient. Either that, or pangs of nostalgia will hit the scone eater.

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Comfort
Banana Poppy Seed Fritters

Banana Poppy Seed Fritters

Like bananas? Like doughnuts, especially fritters? Then you’ll love these easy banana poppy seed fritters, complete with a delectable dusting of icing sugar. Yes, they are deep fried. Sound good? Not too scared? You shouldn’t be — banana fritters await. Now let’s get started.

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Favs
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are my love letter to peanut butter.

I’ve mulled on this recipe for weeks. Recently, I found a scrunched up piece of paper in the bottom of my laptop bag. It really is just scribbles of measurements. The writing is nearly illegible. Scrawls and scratches. A recipe that has been tinkered with until it reached my version of perfection. This means one thing – peanut butter experimentation can yield good things.

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