Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache Coffins, plus Salt Dough Pumpkins

Are you afraid or in love with Halloween? This year Halloween scared me into making a cemetery scene with Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache coffins, and a few decorative Salt Dough Pumpkins.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again, the Halloween edition! 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 pick is hosted by Elizabeth at The Lawyer’s Cookbook, who she terrified us into watching the movie Hocus Pocus! I was scared I hid in my Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache Coffins.

Peanut Butter Fudge and Ganache Tombstones

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Juju Cake from East Africa

This is my second time participating in the International Food Challenge group that was created to explore the cuisines of the world, as well as the heritage of those country. A monthly host picks a part of the world and shares with us a few of the local recipes to make on our own.

This month we take a look at the cuisine of East Africa and I prepared a Tanzanian biscotti called a Juju cake.

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Chocolate Birds Nests for Easter

These Chocolate Birds Nests are the perfect little Easter treat. They are so easy to prepare with chocolate, a nut butter and wheat cereal biscuits.

Working with people who also love to cook is wonderful. I would say 70% of our daily social talk revolves around food, at least. We all have varying degrees of experience and we all agree: cooking and baking are two separate beasts. A perfect example is a colleague of mine who is great a cooking but is trying to master baking. We keep telling him baking is chemistry, you HAVE to follow the steps and measurements. Recently we did get great cookies from him. Did I mention we have a communal snack table too so we can share our homemade treats lol? These Chocolate Birds Nests were so welcomed at the communal snack table.

Chocolate Birds Nests

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Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe: Food ‘n Flix Roundup

Here is the roundup for November’s Food ‘n Flix for Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

It is a smaller group participating this month, leave it to me the Canadian to have picked the month with a deadline on the weekend of the American Thanksgiving lol. I hope you will all still get a chance still to check out this movie.

What we do have for this round up has the makings of a gourmet meal for the holidays indeed:

As a starter I have prepared Poached Oysters with Cream and Champagne

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SRC: White Chocolate Peanut Butter

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This months I was assigned Kitchen Trial and Error which is written by Kate. She has a really nice blog with so many tempting recipes. She has a cool job too as a Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist. While not cooking or working she spends time with her family: her husband and soon to be 1 year old son. Not only many of Kate’s recipe delicious, she takes great pics too.

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Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake for Easter and a Birthday

For those of you celebrating Eatser I hope you had a wonderful time with family. And happy last day of Passover. For the first time in my life I hosted Easter since we were combining this celebration with a very important birthday.

Today is my mother’s 80th birthday. It’s a biggy! My mother’s birthday is April 1st, which  just so happens to be April Fools day.  April Fools in French is called “Poisson d’avril” which means April Fish. On this day of practical jokes, children (or all ages) tack paper fishes on each other’s back.

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I have often tried to include a little prank for my mom, such as a chocolate fish as her god parents gave here every year as a child, or her having to find her present through a treasure hunt. So for a very special 80th birthday I pulled out all the stops with a fish themed dinner…every single dish! Here is the menu:

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My Guest Post for My Cookbook Addiction: Peanut Butter Daifukumochi Balls

Out of commission as you saw from yesterday’s post…broken dislocated arm and wrist…..but this guest post was already written up…enjoy!

I have a very special guest post today, dedicated to my fellow foodie friend, Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction. Both being from the same city, I have had the pleasure to share a few meals with Liliana during our occasional friendly Montreal food blogger dinners. She has always been a great supporter of my work, always so encouraging. But what is most remarkable about Liliana is her generosity. The few times I have called on my readers for donations, either in the form of a small donation or a prizes for a charity event, Liliana has always lent a helping hand. This woman has a great big heart.

I was so very honored when Liliana asked me to guest post on her blog. As you can tell from the title of her blog, she has a thing for cookbooks. You will find tons of cookbook reviews where she cooks and presents one dish from her latest recipe book. Now on the ethnic front, she leans towards Italian recipes, having Italian blood running through her veins. I definitely wanted to prepare something different and challenging for her, in the same manner I always do for my blog.

I chose a wonderful Japanese sweet with a modern spin, Peanut Butter Daifukumochi Balls. Head over to Liliana’s blog to check out my guest post, recipe included. I hope you will give these little guys a try. They are so easy to prepare and have a fun unique texture and taste.