Husarenkrapferl, an Austrian Christmas Cookie

Time to shake up your holiday cookie roster? How about a batch of Austrian Husarenkrapferl cookies? This gorgeous almond shortbread, dusted with icing sugar and finished off with a dollop of jam, will be the talk of the dessert table.

OK people the holidays, less then a month away! Have you started your preps, like for anything, yet? I have not except for a little cookie dabbling in the kitchen. This year I am serving up some Husarenkrapferl cookies and I am so very proud to include them in a Canadian Cookie Collaboration!

Husarenkrapferl cookies

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Charred Broccoli Shrimp Pasta with Peanuts

Do you know what I did? I burnt my food ON PURPOSE and it was good! Explore new flavors with this healthy Charred Broccoli Shrimp Pasta with Peanuts dish.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s film shows off the hunky Bradley Cooper trying to pull off a chef role in Burnt! So I kinda of went in my own direction with this one. I skipped all the movie dishes and made a purposely burnt recipe: Charred Broccoli Shrimp Pasta with Peanuts.

Charred Broccoli Shrimp Pasta

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Ever heard of the Djiboutian Sabaayad Flatbread?

Stews go perfectly with a lovely Sabaayad flatbread which is noteable for its crispy exterior and flaky inside. Call it the East African flat croissant!

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make. This month we are going back to Djibouti and we willmake a Sabaayad flatbread common in Djibouti and Somialia.

Sabaayad flatbread

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Gigi Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns with Extra Glaze

Are your food allergies robbing you of your favorite treats? These glazed Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns let you bite back at your sweet tooth cravings with satisfaction.

As a blogger I try to use all the tools at my disposable to build a genuine relationship with my readers. I love to get to know people and make friends. One way I can achieve this is by answering each comment I get personally. Sometimes there is a nice back and forth conversation with the commenter.

Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns

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Do You Want to Discover China’s Finer Teas?

Toss those supermarket teas in the trash and discover the thrill of finer teas. A high quality sourced tea is so much more refined, pure and crisp. It will change how you look at tea forever.

One of my colleagues jokes that his mom kept a pot of orange pekoe tea boiled strong in those old Pyrex tea pots. She just added water and boiled away all day long. That is fine if you have zero care in the world for what tea should actually taste like. But let me tell you, once you have experienced several cups of finer teas the rest pales in comparison. An excellent tea is like enjoying a top vintage wine. Today I want to introduce you to five higher grade teas, all of which are harvested in China.

finer teas keemun imperial black tea garden

Source: teavivre.com – keemun imperial black tea garden

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Beetlejuice Swiss Roll Cake for Halloween

BOO! The cute &  adorable Japanese deco Swiss Roll Cake recipe was hijacked this month to create a gousligh Beetlejuice movie themed cake for Halloween.

I am always super excited to present my big main Halloween post each year! And this year, with my goolish Halloween recipe, I got to knock down two skeletons with one big candy (ha ha). This post combines both the October 2016 challenges for Food ‘n Flix and the Daring Kitchen. The movie for Food ‘n Flix was Beetlejuice. The Daring Kitchen challenge was a decorated swiss roll cake. Hence, my evil mind gave birth to the scary themed Beetlejuice Swiss Roll Cake! Do you dare to take a bite?

swiss cake roll

swiss cake roll slice

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Curious about a Breakfast with Cattail Pancakes?

Pretty cattail, fluffy cattail, flour cattail! What flour? Turns out flour can be extracted from cattails from which you can make mighty fine Cattail Pancakes.

I have been way overdue for an unusual ingredient post! If you are a regular reader you know how I like to find and cook with unheard of, rare or unusual ingredients…or come up with crazy recipes. I think I have a really good one for you. I was in the foodie shop of an abbey near my cottage with a friend and she spotted a bag of cattail flour. Say what? It was pricey at 10$ for an 8 ounce bag but I had to try it. On the package was included the recipe for these Cattail Pancakes!

cattail pancakes cut vertically

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