Fresh Fruit Tartlettes

The abundance of fresh summer fruits, particularly berries, found at the the farmers’ market has been so wonderful to taste and explore. Besides the usual suspects (blueberries, gooseberries, mulberries, and a variety of raspberries, etc.), last week I also found wild wineberries. They look and taste very much like flavorful red raspberries, but they’re smaller, a bit juicier,… Read More

Mixed Berry and Elderflower Crisp

At last weekend’s farmers market I went gaga over all the fresh and juicy berries—mulberries, gooseberries, red currants, black currants, blueberries, and loads of raspberries (golden, red and black)—I got them all. I had several ideas on what to make with them and finally settled on two desserts—fruit tartlettes (pictures on Instagram and a post about them… Read More

Blackberry and Raspberry Crumble Tart

I had heard that freshly picked, sun-ripened blackberries were worth their weight in gold. Now I know why. Both tart and sweet, they have a perfume about them that far surpasses varieties bought in a store. All summer I’ve been getting fresh berries from our local farmers’ market. They’ve been so juicy and delicious. So when a friend recently invited… Read More

A Little Cake for Two

Children’s birthdays these days are often a really big deal. Many times they involve elaborate parties with lots of interesting décor, guests, food, sugar, entertainment, and great goodie bags. Big parties—sometimes stressful for the hosts and/or the child—can be nice and a lot of fun, but I find I tend to gravitate towards the idea… Read More

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

Two old Bachelors were living in one house; One caught a Muffin, the other caught a Mouse.  —Edward Lear Families across Europe and North America celebrate the arrival of warm weather with berry-picking expeditions. First luscious strawberries, then dusky blueberries, and finally fragile raspberries and plump blackberries later in season. Sprinkled whole over ice cream… Read More