Almond Shortbread: Better Than Unbuttered Cardboard

Around the old water cooler at work, conversation veers towards the topic of snacks   I suggest that something tasty to nibble on might perk us up for our next meeting is a round of something tasty to nibble on.  True, we could also replace “meeting” with “series of emails, and leaving work half an hour early”,…

Good News & Burger Reviews

So it’s been a while, but I come bearing goodies.  Some of them are even edible goodies. First, for the non-edible, but particularly exciting.  First…have you seen this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist?   Check it out…see anyone familiar? (Pause for celebrations and jumping up and down.) Now, regarding foody matters.  While I’ve been…

Chocolate Cheesecake: from Rejection to Redemption

I am not a chocolate fanatic. Don’t get me wrong.  Chocolate’s nice.  Nice like potatoes.  Nice like misty evenings.  Nice like a nap on the bus.  I find chocolate hearty.  Kind of magical.  Somewhat refreshing. But I’m a simple, savoury-dessert kind of girl.  Give me pound cake, cheesecake, snickerdoodles, shortbread (note that I made three…

And then came Coconut Tart

After a long evening of wrestling raw coconut out of its shell, I woke the next morning refreshed, and oh so ready for coconut tart. Coconut tart is a sticky-sweet, rich enough for dessert but bready enough to make it sort of justifiable for breakfast.  Sort of.  And you know the fun of dinner at…

Breakfast Brownies

I’m stealing a few moments for a quick brownie post.  Brownies are one of the first things I veganized.  Some standard recipes call for eggs, in which case I’d use 1 tbsp ground flax with 1/4 cup water to replace each egg.  This particular recipe, though is simply flour, cocoa, sweetness, fat, a touch of…

Adventures in Poundcakeland: Excursions 1 and 2

I have many favourite desserts.  Rum cake, guava duff, and cheesecake reign supreme.  Anything featuring a decadent, flaky pastry is a winner.  But one of my favourites has always been pound cake, a thick-n-solid, don’t-drop-that-on-your-toes, Brick House kinda girl. Pound cake is not plain cake.  It is not yellow cake.  It is not white cake. …

Vegan Macaroni, Bahamian Style

So here goes, my first Five Pound recipe.  I post this recipe with mild trepidation.  See, for Bahamians, Macaroni and Cheese is somewhat sacred.  An eatery isn’t serious if there’s no macaroni on the menu.  Every steak-out, cook-out, potluck, and “proper” buffet has a pan of macaroni, heavy with cheddar and deep seasoned with onion, sweet…

Those Five Pounds

Ten years ago, when I moved from the Bahamas to Western Canada, I started meeting all kinds of people.  It wasn’t the first time–as a child, I travelled with my family to the UK,  US, and spots in the Caribbean.  At school, though most of us were Black Bahamians, there were White Bahamians, Chinese Bahamians,…