Recipes

Shimmering Moon-lit Sky Cupcakes

In folklore, and as far back as the XVIth century, moonlight was sometimes considered to be harmful: for instance, some believed that sleeping by the light of a full moon on certain nights could transform you into a werewolf (for reference, a werewolf is a human with the ability to shape-shift into a wolf, either purposely or after having been placed under a curse)… Continue reading “Shimmering Moon-lit Sky Cupcakes”

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Magical Tree Stump Cake

In mythology, religion and folklore stories, trees are often considered sacred and possess an almost magical-like nature. In many parts of the world, travelers consider certain types of trees to be wishing trees, others revere and respect them like Gods and associate them with oracles. Some are even convinced that trees and their surroundings (woods, forests and the animals that inhabit them) are haunted by spirits and that sacrifices should be made to maintain the equilibrium and peace. Over the centuries, writers have many a time used trees, woods, and forests in children’s literature and fairy tales. Such stories often feature entities such as elves, goblins, dwarfs, talking animals and use magic and enchantments. Enid Blyton, for instance, wrote the first of many children’s novels called “The Enchanted Wood” at the beginning of the XXth century. The other famous author who set his novels at the edge of a magical forest with mythical beasts and talking animals was C. S. Lewis with his famous “Chronicles of Narnia”… Continue reading “Magical Tree Stump Cake”

Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon & Caramel Icing

In a few weeks, Thanksgiving will be celebrated in the United-States and in Canada; This harvest feast goes all the way back to the XVIIth century where the settlers held (and shared with the pilgrims in later years) a harvest feast after a successful season so as to give thanks for their blessings. Traditional food such as stuffed turkey served with sweet potato and cranberry sauce is eaten during this occasion. Another all time Thanksgiving favourite is pumpkin pie, which is a pumpkin based, custard-filled dessert, often eaten during the fall and early winter as the pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time… Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon & Caramel Icing”

Recipes

Caramel Cupcakes with Creamy Fudge Icing

As the October days march on, temperatures decrease considerably and the trees shed their leaves, showing off their bare branches as they tremble in the cold wind. The autumn season is now in full swing and people are making dishes from seasonal fruits and vegetables such as wild mushroom soup, roast duck with fig sauce, red plum pie and warm pumpkin spice muffins; yet, what one really craves when it starts to get cold and dreary outside are caramel cupcakes with creamy fudge icing, a recipe that will warm the cockles of your heart and put a smile on your face even in the bitter cold, and on the darkest, dreariest of days… Continue reading “Caramel Cupcakes with Creamy Fudge Icing”

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Apple Crumble & Cinnamon Cupcakes

When I think of the cool month of October, images of long walks along the canal, crunching my way through a carpet of brown leaves come to mind… or watching little birds flit and hop about as they find twigs and moss for their nests, or drinking mulled cider by the fire and enjoying warm apple crumble with whipped cream on a crisp Sunday afternoon… Continue reading “Apple Crumble & Cinnamon Cupcakes”