Cast Iron Frying Pan Cake

October 16, 2015



I love when I am asked to make a cake that challenges me.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to make a simple, round, iced birthday cake, but I love when someone has creativity and asks me to try something different.

I was asked to make a Cast Iron Frying pan cake with Fried Bake and a wooden spoon! I loved the idea!  I had never done anything quite like that before and I was up for the challenge.

The cake turned out great!  It was a huge success and the Birthday Girl loved it, and to me that’s what it is all about! :)

Butter Tart Tour – Two Dishes Cookshop

September 19, 2015


Stop #25 on the Butter Tart Tour was at Two Dishes Cookshop in Peterborough.  I did not make it into the Restaurant, I got the tarts from the Butter Tart Taste off.  I have heard great things about the Two Dishes Cookshop. Several of my friends have eaten there and loved it!

The Tart

First Impressions  – big, thick crust, filling was quite dark



The Verdict

– crust was hard, more cookie like than a curst
– filling was quite dark, a little strong, kind of a burnt taste
– 4/10

Not a fan of this tart.

*not to say others would not like it, just not what I am looking for in a butter tart


Butter Tart Tour – The Whistle Stop Cafe

September 19, 2015


Stop #24 on the Butter Tart Tour was at The Whistle Stop Cafe in Peterborough.  I was not at the Whistle Stop Cafe, I got their tarts from the Butter Tart Taste Off.  I don’t know why I have not made it into The Whistle Stop, I pass by it several times a week.  They are better known for having over 100 different kinds of poutine.

The Tart

First Impressions – very big, looked kind of hard/tough



The Verdict

– crust was very tender, almost shortbread like nice flavour
– filling was very runny, sweet and seemed to taste of caramel
– 7/10

This was a good tart.  It was much better than it looked upon first impressions. I also picked up one of their raisin butter tarts, which I have not had yet.  When I get into Whistle Stop for some poutine, I will definitely have a tart for dessert.

Butter Tart Tour – South Pond Farms

September 19, 2015


Stop #23 on the Butter Tart Tour was at South Pond Farm, Pontypool.  I didn’t make the trip to Pontypool, I was able to get these tarts at the Butter Tart Taste Off.

The Tart

First Impressions – crust looked amazingly flaky, looked like it was a little empty



The Verdict

– crust was awful, so thick, tough and raw
– very strong cinnamon/spice flavour
– very little filling
– 0/10

This seemed more like an attempt at Baklava then a butter tart

* Not to say others would not like this tart, but not what I am looking for in a butter tart

Butter Tart Tour – The Sweet Kitchen

September 19, 2015


Stop #22 on the Butter Tart Tour was at The Sweet Kitchen in Lindsay.  This time I did not make the trip to Lindsay, I was able to get the tarts at the Butter Tart Taste Off!  I had never heard of The Sweet Kitchen before.

The Tart

First Impressions – Nice size, looked like a nice runny filling, looks delicious



The Verdict

– crust was nice and tender
– filling was firm
– tasted like corn syrup
– quite sweet

This tart was pretty good.  I was not a huge fan of the filling, it was a little more firm then I like.

Having said that, these were my Mom’s favourite at the Taste Off, and who she voted for.


Greek Appetizer

September 13, 2015


Yesterday was our Annual Poker Run Party! Everyone brings an appetizer and we pick at them throughout the day.   I have my usual ‘go tos’, but I wanted to switch it up a bit.  I needed something that could be made a head, didn’t need to be heated and could please a crowd.  While searching Pinterest, I stumbled across this ‘A Crowd Favorite: Feta Dip’ from Clover Lane .  It looked Delicious!  I had to adapt it a tad as I could not find one of the ingredients and I really didn’t measure.

Greek Appetizer

Olive Oil
Tomatoes – seeded and diced
Green onion – thinly sliced
Feta – crumbled
Garlic, fresh

1. Select a tray for the amount you want to make.  Drizzle with olive oil.


2. Add pepper, oregano and garlic


3. Top with tomatoes, green onions, and feta


 At this point there was a bit of a kerfuffle, unrelated to the dish, so I forgot to get pictures until it has half eaten! Trust me, it was a lot nice looking when it arrived.

4. Toss together and serve with a baguette or pita


This was delicious!  Many people referred to it as bruschetta , It really was a crowd favourite. Everyone commented on how good it was and it was devoured!  This may be my new ‘go to’ app.   Thanks Sarah, from Clover Lane, for sharing this recipe.


Flowers Cake

August 3, 2015


Flowers cake requested for a 10th birthday!


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