Perfect moist and light banana bread

Bananas are very abundant in Brazil, all shapes, many different types, found everywhere, a fruit that is commonly taken for granted, as so there is an expression to describe it: "as cheap as bananas". You would think that banana bread would be a favorite there too but it is not. There are plenty of banana… Continue reading Perfect moist and light banana bread

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Homemade healthy granola bars

For the times when you're craving something sweet and doesn't really need that nasty chocolate bar to fulfill your desert desire, I have the healthy solution! These granola bars are sweet, nutty, crunchy and delicious. It is great as a snack, tucked in your purse for work, for kids in school and as a quick… Continue reading Homemade healthy granola bars

Shrimp and palm hearts tart

This is a quick and tasty solution for lunch or snack. Add a soup to it and dinner would be ready too! I used store-bought pie shells this time but if you have the time make your own. Here there is a pastry recipe I've been using. I love palm hearts but I know it… Continue reading Shrimp and palm hearts tart

Large Cinnamon roll

Baking is magic! And cinnamon buns are an ultimate indulgence! I had to bake something to bring for a reunion and decided it would be a good chance to make my ever favorite, my way. That means, a generous dough, lots of cinnamon but not too sweet and, very important, packed with raisins. For the… Continue reading Large Cinnamon roll

Cream of carrots soup

I didn't know a carrot soup could be so decadent until I tried this one. Carrots are cooked with milk, which brings the creaminess that elevates this hearty soup to another level. I adapted from a recipe from Canadian chef Ricardo LarivĂ©e , adding some fennel to break up the sweetness of the carrots and… Continue reading Cream of carrots soup

Perfect classic pumpkin pie

Finally it's time for pumpkin pie! Not that we can't enjoy at other time of the year, but when the air is crisp, the leaves are turning red and a light jacket is needed to walk the dog, it is time to fill the house with the sweet smell of a pumpkin pie baking away… Continue reading Perfect classic pumpkin pie

Fresh mint jelly

With the end of summer and a full supply of fresh mint from my backyard, I decided to make some mint jam. We love lamb and having home made mint jam always available seemed to be the right thing to do. Of course there are lots of other ways to use it but for us… Continue reading Fresh mint jelly