Sweet and Savoury Pursuits | - Feed https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com A food blog with delicious seasonal recipes https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 89838637 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:47:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-sweet-potato-salad-with-citrus-tahini-dressing/ Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-sweet-potato-salad-with-citrus-tahini-dressing/ This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing is an elegant, vibrant and gourmet salad just perfect for the holidays.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini DressingStaying in tune with seasonal ingredients, this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing hits all the rights notes for the holiday season. The combination of textures, flavours and colours in this salad make it one that your guests are sure to remember and a perfect starter or side dish for your holiday meal.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:57:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-cardamom-shortbread-cookies/ Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-cardamom-shortbread-cookies/ Melt-in-your-mouth, flavourful and buttery Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies perfect for Christmas and the holiday season.

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Espresso Cardamom Shortbread CookiesSome of my favourite seasonal recipes for this time of the year include shortbread cookies. Shortbread cookies are a timeless holiday treat  and can be found on just about every bakers’ must make cookie list for Christmas and the holiday season.  With so many variations possible, it wouldn’t be difficult to fill a whole cookie tray with a multitude of shortbread cookies. Some are made deliciously plain with only the essential butter, flour and sugar. Many others include chopped nuts, chocolate or are flavoured with citrus or spices.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:39:11 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/gingerbread-muffins/ Gingerbread Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/gingerbread-muffins/ Fill your home with the heavenly aroma of holiday spices and molasses with these easy to make and ultra-flavourful Gingerbread Muffins.

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Gingerbread MuffinsThese light, moist and tender Gingerbread Muffins are flavoured with molasses and spiced with my favourite trio of warming spices: ginger, cinnamon and cloves. These muffins would make a delicious treat anytime of the year but they are especially wonderful during the holiday season….

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:57:21 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/beef-barley-soup/ Beef Barley Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/beef-barley-soup/ Making a pot of wholesome Beef Barley Soup doesn’t have to be a long complicated process. This recipe is simple and in just a little over an hour you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table.

Beef Barley SoupHearty and full of flavour, Beef Barley Soup is delicious and nutritious. Barley has a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy consistency. It’s high in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals (see here for more on its health benefits). To make this soup in just about an hour I used Pearl barley in this recipe. Though it’s not considered a whole grain and is less nutritious than hulled barley, it is still beneficial for your health. If you prefer to use hulled barley and take full advantage of its health benefits, you can do so but will need to increase its cooking time (see recipe for details).

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:44:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-pumpkin-roll-cake/ Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-pumpkin-roll-cake/ This spiced Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake with a delectable cream cheese filling is the perfect autumn dessert.

A rolled maple pumkin cake stuffed with a maple cream cheese swirl.Jelly roll cakes have been on my dessert tackle list for a while now. Though they can seem intimidating to make, they are surprisingly easy. Since it’s prime pumpkin goods season, the first roll cake that I’ll be sharing with you is this scrumptious Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake. …

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Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:56:19 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-blueberry-crumble/ Pear and Blueberry Crumble https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-blueberry-crumble/ This Pear and Blueberry Crumble is a simple fruit based dessert made by combining diced pears and blueberries and topping the dish with a hearty crunchy oat topping.

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Pear and Blueberry CrumbleThere are so many reasons why I like to make crumbles. They’re delicious, easy to make, fuss-free and there are so many fruit options and combination of fruit you can choose from. But what I look forward to the most in a crumble is the topping that covers the fruit. There are many possibilities, while some prefer to make the topping using only flour, butter and sugar, others will add oats. My preference is to include oats, as it makes the dessert heartier and adds more texture to the topping. Served warm, crumbles are an excellent choice for a comforting dessert in cooler weather.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:24:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-date-and-walnut-loaf/ Pear, Date and Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-date-and-walnut-loaf/ This easy spiced Pear, Date and Walnut Loaf is studded with sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. It makes a delicious snack or dessert.

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Pear, Date and Walnut LoafMy parents just gave me a bunch of ripe juicy pears from their tree and after enjoying some fresh, I knew I wanted to bake with some of them. So I made this quick bread with pears, dates and walnuts and spiced it with cinnamon and nutmeg. The loaf came out tender and moist, perfectly sweetened and with a nice crunch from the toasted walnuts….

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Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:50:11 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/no-bake-brownie-energy-bites/ No Bake Brownie Energy Bites https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/no-bake-brownie-energy-bites/ These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites make an excellent snack that will fuel your body with energy and provide you with a host of nutrients and anti-oxidants.

No Bake Brownie Energy BitesI love how portable and easy energy bites are to grab, they’re one of my favourite ways to get a quick energy boost when I need one. There’s nothing more satisfying than a snack that tastes like an indulgent treat but one that you know is actually good for you. These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites taste like a fudgy dark chocolate brownie but are made by using superfoods, ingredients that are nutritious and are naturally beneficial to your health….

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Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:22:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-feta-cheese/ Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta Cheese https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-feta-cheese/ Make these addictive, quick and easy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta Cheese for a nutrient loaded side dish or snack.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with FetaThese sweet potato wedges are seasoned with a combination of spices and herbs and then baked until perfectly tender and nicely browned.  Topped with softened feta cheese they make an addictive dish!

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:48:03 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-almond-crumble-galette/ Blueberry Almond Crumble Galette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-almond-crumble-galette/ This rustic Blueberry Almond Crumble Galette is a delicious way to enjoy fresh blueberries while they’re in season.

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Blueberry Almond Crumble GaletteMy favourite way to consume blueberries is when they’re baked in a dessert where they become all jammy such as in pies, galettes or in cobblers such as this one. Galettes and pies are perfect for keeping the focus on the fruit itself and are great for using up the abundance of berries we have in the summer. I usually lean towards making galettes, I find them much simpler to make than pies. With galettes, there’s no need to fuss with the dough to get a perfectly crimped edge because galettes are actually meant to look rustic. As long as you roll out the dough into a circular looking shape, you’re on your way to a beautiful looking galette….

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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:03:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillets-with-roasted-broccoli/ Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillets-with-roasted-broccoli/ Make this simple one-pan recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli for a healthy, light and delicious meal that can be ready in 30 minutes.

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Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted BroccoliI’m really happy to be sharing this recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli with you today. The most popular recipe on this blog is this baked rainbow trout recipe I published last year. And I’m not at all surprised about it, the recipe is quick and easy to make, has simple ingredients, healthy and delicious!

When people see the pictures of that recipe on social media they often comment that the pictured fish is salmon, the pink flesh of rainbow trout can easily be mistaken for salmon, and though trout and salmon do belong to the same fish family, rainbow trout can vary in colour from ivory to pink. I find rainbow trout to be milder in flavour than salmon, but if you prefer salmon you can easily use it in place of rainbow trout in most recipes. Rainbow trout is high in protein and low in calories which makes it an ideal fish when looking for a quick and healthy meal. I like the convenience of rainbow trout fillets, purchasing them already filleted and depined (deboned) saves me time and makes it easier and safer when serving it to children.  …

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Fri, 19 May 2017 14:30:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-almond-and-matcha-bundt-cakes/ Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt Cakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-almond-and-matcha-bundt-cakes/ These delicious Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt Cakes are tender, moist, and have a perfect balance of almond and matcha flavours.

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Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt CakesHave you noticed the abundance of matcha tea flavoured desserts and drinks on Pinterest?  There are so many options of matcha confections one could choose from. The beautiful bright green colour of matcha seems so well suited for spring and summer desserts. So with summer fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to finally try baking with matcha.

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Thu, 11 May 2017 15:45:38 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-thai-chicken-wings-with-peanut-sauce/ Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-thai-chicken-wings-with-peanut-sauce/ Cheer on your favourite hockey team and keep your party guests entertained with these scrumptious Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce for a night of delicious fun!

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Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut SauceAre you or someone in your family a big hockey fan? If so, you’ve probably been watching the playoffs cheering your favourite team on. Those who know me well, know that I’m not the biggest sports fan but I am a fan of food, and game time snacks are the best!  I can always get excited about watching a game if there is some good food involved! And hockey playoff season is a great excuse for making your favourite game time appetizers! Chicken wings are my favourite and judging by their popularity, there’s a good chance they’re one of your favourites as well. Chicken wings are a classic game snacking food and with all the flavour possibilities out there you could have a different flavour for every game. My favourite version so far has to be these Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce….

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:52:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-poppy-seed-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-poppy-seed-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ A layered Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a baking classic and a fabulous way to end a perfect meal.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingI can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post a lemon flavoured dessert on my blog. I love them so much. But truthfully, I haven’t made one that I was excited enough about to put on here. But I finally nailed it and made one that I’m really really happy with. This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting hits all the musts for me, its moist, tender, perfectly lemony and sweet but not overly so. …

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:40:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-vegetable-frittata/ Healthy Vegetable Frittata https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-vegetable-frittata/ Easy, quick and incredibly versatile, this protein rich Healthy Vegetable Frittata can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

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Healthy Vegetable FrittataI love quick and easy meals, and a meal that doesn’t need to be thought of ahead of time or requires a stop at the grocery store on your way home is even better. Frittatas are super versatile and are great for using bits of leftover ingredients (steamed veggies for instance are perfect in frittatas) and cleaning out your refrigerator. Frittata is the Italian name of an egg dish that is made up of eggs, vegetables, cheese and can also contain meat. A frittata is started on the stovetop and then transferred to the oven to finish cooking. …

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:56:07 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/thai-baked-salmon-with-cilantro-chili-sauce/ Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/thai-baked-salmon-with-cilantro-chili-sauce/ Have a healthy dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this easy and delicious Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce.

Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili SauceRich in omega 3 fatty acids and protein, salmon is a healthy option for quick and easy weeknight meals. This Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce is one of the tastiest fish recipes you can make in under 30 minutes. I’ve been making this recipe for many years, it’s from Simply Thai Cooking, one of my first cookbooks and a favourite of mine as it’s full of great recipes.

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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:31:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-coconut-and-seed-bars/ Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-coconut-and-seed-bars/ Healthy Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars made with nutritious ingredients make a delicious energizing snack or breakfast on the go.

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Homemade Coconut and Seed BarsThese lightly sweetened Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars are a chewy, wholesome and filling snack. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they are made with ingredients loaded with nutrients that are good for you.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:23:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-latte/ Matcha Green Tea Latte https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-latte/ Enjoy this delicious, healthy and perfectly foamy Matcha Green Tea Latte by making it in the comfort of your own home.

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Matcha Green Tea Latte

I’ve discovered I could make the most delightful lattes and hot drinks in my Vitamix. It all started when I was making some hot chocolate for my children, I filled a pot with milk, cocoa and sugar, warmed it on the stove top making sure to whisk all the lumps of cocoa away, and just as I was almost done, I turned around to attend to my daughter (for a what seemed like a couple of seconds), only to have my hot chocolate boil over and create a giant mess!

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:15:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/double-chocolate-coconut-almond-truffles/ Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/double-chocolate-coconut-almond-truffles/ These Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles are delicious tender sweet bites of coconut and white chocolate covered in luscious dark chocolate.

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Double Chocolate Coconut Almond TrufflesCoconut, almonds, light flaky wafers, sweetened condensed milk, and white and dark chocolate. These ingredients taste so good together it’s no wonder there are so many delectable creations incorporating them. Luckily, these ingredients are easy to come by and these Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles couldn’t be easier to make.

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Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:23:02 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spicy-chocolate-brownies/ Spicy Chocolate Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spicy-chocolate-brownies/ These Spicy Chocolate Brownies are fudgy, rich, full of chocolatey goodness and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and cayenne.

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Spicy Chocolate BrowniesDid you know Mayans and Aztecs commonly added chile peppers to their chocolate drinks? And throughout history, many cultures used chile peppers as an aphrodisiac. So it seems perfectly fitting that for Valentine’s Day you would share some spiced chocolate concoction with your sweetheart! …

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:19:01 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-carrot-muffins/ Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-carrot-muffins/ These healthy Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and include turmeric, a spice with anti-inflammatory properties.

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Whole Wheat Carrot MuffinsI’ve been hearing so much about the benefits of turmeric lately. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. What I find especially appealing about curcumin is its ability to enhance the function of the liver to detoxify our bodies.  Though I’ve  been using turmeric for it’s beneficial health properties in savoury food for years, I’ve only started to use it in baked goods….

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:35:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/yogurt-marinated-chicken-breasts/ Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/yogurt-marinated-chicken-breasts/ These Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts are flavourful, tender and moist. Serve with turmeric infused basmati rice and a vibrant cilantro sauce for a delicious dinner.

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken BreastsDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealers. I received the FoodSaver® Wedge with Roll Storage and Fresh Handheld Sealer but opinions are 100% my own.

A couple of months ago, I was offered the chance to try out the FoodSaver® Wedge (FFS005) Vacuum System. Since I’ve always been curious about the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System and I like to buy certain food items in bulk, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how well it worked. Buying in bulk for my small family helps me save money, however, the problem I have with buying in large quantities is that things can go bad before we have a chance to consume it all. And I hate to throw food out.  

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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:18:08 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-crusted-salmon/ Pistachio Crusted Salmon https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-crusted-salmon/ With a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this Pistachio Crusted Salmon is both an easy and quick option for a weeknight dinner and also an elegant main for a dinner party.

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Pistachio Crusted SalmonThis recipe for Pistachio Crusted Salmon is one of those simple recipes that produces a beautiful and flavourful dish that is sure to impress your guests. Salmon is a healthy dinner option and this recipe is so easy and quick to prepare. With some basic pantry ingredients you can have this flavourful and moist fish on the table in less than 30 minutes. …

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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:33:50 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pomegranate-pear-pecan-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette/ Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pomegranate-pear-pecan-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette/ This Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a vibrant and delicious winter salad, perfect for serving during the holidays and special occasions.

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Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic VinaigretteThis fresh, gorgeous and festive salad, full of ruby red pomegranate seeds, juicy ripe pears, crunchy grapes, and lightly sweetened and spiced pecans is sure to impress your guests. I have been making and serving this salad for several years now and it is always a hit! …

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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:58:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-cream-cheese-dip/ Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-cream-cheese-dip/ Here’s a recipe for a Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip that only takes minutes to prepare and is sure to impress your guests.

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese DipThe combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill and green onions gives this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip amazing flavour. It’s a real crowd-pleaser and so delicious that your guests will happily nibble away on this dip all evening long. …

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:52:32 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-sugar-cookies/ Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-sugar-cookies/ These delicious and fragrant Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies are a sophisticated twist on the classic sugar cookie recipe.

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Matcha Green Tea Sugar CookiesDid you know that you can make delicious fragrant sugar cookies by adding matcha powder to your recipe? It’s also a perfect way to add green colour to your Christmas baked goods without using any artificial colours. And adding matcha powder to sugar cookies is a great way of adding anti-oxidants to a recipe that would otherwise be devoid of any! …

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:49:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-cinnamon-swirl-bundt-cake/ Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-cinnamon-swirl-bundt-cake/ This moist, easy and quick to make Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake has a delicious swirled filling and topping.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt CakeThis recipe for Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake is one from my childhood. My mom often used to bake this cake when we would have company. I can remember looking forward to having my slice of this moist and cinnamon-y cake with the crunchy topping. For some reason, my mom stopped baking this cake and recently I found myself craving it. I think all the cinnamon flavour in this cake must remind me of Christmas and so I’ve decided that this is the perfect time of the year to be sharing this flavourful bundt recipe with you.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:44:16 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-chocolate-biscotti/ Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-chocolate-biscotti/ This Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti is loaded with chunks of chocolate, dried cherries and hazelnut pieces. Keep them plain or dip them in chocolate and chopped hazelnuts for an extra decadent treat!

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Hazelnut Chocolate BiscottiWith so many variations possible for biscotti, it can be difficult to decide which ingredients to choose to flavour my biscotti. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, every year around the holidays I take my favourite Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti recipe and alter the fruit and nut to create a new biscotti.  This year, I opted for hazelnut, dark chocolate and some dried cherries. I kept the orange flavouring because it goes so well with chocolate, especially during the holiday season….

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Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:39:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-black-bean-soup/ Easy Black Bean Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-black-bean-soup/ This Southwestern flavoured Easy Black Bean Soup is super delicious, hearty and healthy. Make it with canned black beans for an easy one-pot meal.

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Easy Black Bean SoupToday I’m sharing one of my favourite soul warming soup recipes. I’m a big fan of soups, I think they’re perfect for lunch and I love making them for dinner as well. I find that as long as I have some good quality boxed broths and a few staple ingredients, I can quickly get a delicious and healthy meal on the table….

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Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/rosemary-spiced-roasted-almonds/ Rosemary Spiced Roasted Almonds https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/rosemary-spiced-roasted-almonds/ These delicious Rosemary Spiced Roasted Almonds are sweet and savoury, full of flavour and crunch. They are also quick and simple to make.

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Rosemary Spiced Roasted AlmondsToday I’m sharing another recipe that’s perfect for serving at social gatherings and one that would make a wonderful gift. These almonds are absolutely addictive, they make a great snack and are an excellent accompaniment to drinks and cocktails….

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:14:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-swirled-brown-sugar-pumpkin-loaf/ Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-swirled-brown-sugar-pumpkin-loaf/ Are you looking for something pumpkiny and delicious to bake? This Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf will do just the trick!

Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin LoafI’m going to get straight to the point and tell you all about this good-looking Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf. When I saw the recipe for this loaf in a recent edition of Canadian Living, I knew I was going to have to make it….

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Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:58:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-spiced-walnuts/ Maple Spiced Walnuts https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-spiced-walnuts/ These easy to make, perfectly roasted sweet and savoury Maple Spiced Walnuts are a delicious treat!

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Maple Spiced Walnuts I should start off by telling you that these maple spiced walnuts are addictive. I’m snacking on them as I’m writing this post, and though I was only going to have a few, I can’t seem to stop eating them! Anyways, these maple spiced walnuts are absolutely delectable! The nuts are crunchy and slightly sweet with a spicy aftertaste. They definitely make a great snack food, would make an excellent salad topping, are perfect for serving at cocktail evenings and would also make excellent holiday host or hostess gifts….

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:02:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-leek-and-potato-soup-with-garlic-parmesan-crostini/ Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-leek-and-potato-soup-with-garlic-parmesan-crostini/ This healthy Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini is the ultimate fall comfort food.

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Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan CrostiniThere’s nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold fall day. Leek and potato soup is a classic and there are many variations, but however you like yours, this soup is delicious and so easy to make. Since I received my new Vitamix I’ve been using it daily, I’ve made so many delicious things in it. Last week, I posted a recipe for Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip, I’ve also made a marbled butternut squash and chocolate loaf, that one disappeared before I even got to take pictures, so I’ll be making that again soon so I can share it with you. On warmer days, I even made some healthy fruity frozen treats. But this post is about this Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini….

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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:14:17 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/friendsgiving-vitamix-recipes-vitamix-giveaway/ Friendsgiving Vitamix Recipes and a Vitamix Giveaway https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/friendsgiving-vitamix-recipes-vitamix-giveaway/ Friendsgiving Vitamix RecipesToday is officially the first day of autumn, and though it’s hard to say goodbye to the long warm days of summer, I do love so many things that fall brings. On top  of my list is all of the cozy food (bet you didn’t see that one coming), we get to make and eat! For Canadians, it also means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Last week, I told you about a special celebration that I would be having this year, well that time has arrived and I’m having my first official Friendsgiving! If you didn’t read last week’s post, Friendsgiving is the celebration of Thanksgiving with your friends. Since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family members, Friendsgiving has become a holiday celebrated with friends, usually a few days before or after Thanksgiving. There are many reasons this trend is becoming more popular. Family members, now more than ever, are dispersed across the country, continent and even the globe, and since it can be difficult and too costly for some to travel, people have come to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends. And even if we are fortunate enough to celebrate with family, there is something to be said about celebrating friendship. Plus, Friendsgiving is usually much less formal than Thanksgiving, with everyone often contributing to the meal, more like a potluck-style mish mash of food. …

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:15:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/butternut-squash-and-white-bean-dip/ Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/butternut-squash-and-white-bean-dip/ Savoury, creamy and addictive, this fall themed Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip makes the perfect appetizer to add to your Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving menus.

Butternut Squash and White Bean DipI love this time of the year, there’s a refreshing crispness to the air, the trees begin to get all beautifully coloured and the markets are bursting with fresh and local produce that I get to transform into delicious meals. I also love it, because my favourite holidays are quickly approaching and this means that I have plenty of occasions to prepare some fabulous food to share with family and friends. Canadian Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and this year I’m doing something very special. I’m having a Friendsgiving celebration! Have you heard of Friendsgiving yet?  If you haven’t, it’s the celebration of Thanksgiving with your friends! …

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:12:19 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-and-blueberry-cake/ Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-and-blueberry-cake/ This simple and delicious Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cake makes a delightful summer dessert and is perfect for casual entertaining.

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Fresh Peach and Blueberry CakeIt’s already the end of August, and in only a few weeks it will be the end of summer.  But before I say goodbye to summer recipes and start baking fall desserts, I had to share this seriously delicious fresh peach and blueberry cake. The recipe is an adaptation of Ina Garten’s peach cake. Her version has pecans in it, but since I needed to keep this cake nut free I used blueberries instead.  I can’t recall the last time I tried one Ina Garten’s recipes, but if all of her recipes are half as good as this cake, I need to remember to try more of them. …

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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:39:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-banana-muffins/ Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-banana-muffins/ These healthier Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are so incredibly delicious they can even be enjoyed as a dessert!

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Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana MuffinsI turned my family’s favourite banana chocolate chip muffins recipe into whole wheat double chocolate banana muffins and they turned out fabulous!  These muffins are so chocolatey, that I’m sure they’ll satisfy even the most serious of chocolate cravings.  In fact, the muffins taste like decadent chocolate cake but are so much healthier for you. Best of all, these muffins are quick and easy to make with simple everyday ingredients that you probably already have on hand. …

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:26:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pan-fried-rainbow-trout-with-pineapple-salsa/ Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple Salsa https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pan-fried-rainbow-trout-with-pineapple-salsa/ With a fresh taste and tropical feel, this Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple Salsa makes an excellent light summer meal.

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Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple SalsaI don’t know about you, but the weather in my part of the world has been pretty hot this summer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I love the summer season. And because summers are so short, I like to fill them up with as many outdoor activities as I can. This means there isn’t much time for cooking, so I really appreciate meal ideas that will make my days easier. That’s why I love recipes like this pan fried rainbow trout with pineapple salsa.  Not only is this recipe simple and quick to make, it makes a flavourful, light and refreshing dish….

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:10:52 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-tomato-and-spinach-pasta/ Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-tomato-and-spinach-pasta/ With less than 10 ingredients, this delicious creamy tomato and spinach pasta couldn’t be easier to prepare, ready in 30 minutes, it makes a fantastic weeknight meal!

Creamy Tomato and Spinach PastaThis dish doesn’t only make a great meal because it’s quick to prepare but also because it’s nutritious and super versatile.  You can choose to use the recipe as a guide and substitute the spinach with zucchini, mushrooms or peas, or even a combination. You can also add some protein. With so many options available you can make this dish and change up the protein and veggies to keep from getting tired of it. Anyway you decide to make it, this pasta dish makes a fantastic mid-week meal.

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:30:56 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fudgy-chocolate-walnut-cookies/ Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fudgy-chocolate-walnut-cookies/ Rich, chewy and deeply chocolatey, these fabulous Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cookies make a decadent treat.

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Fudgy Chocolate Walnut CookiesTrust me when I say you’ll want to make a batch of these cookies, they’re incredibly delicious and are sure to satisfy your cravings for a deep dark chocolate treat. They’re also super easy to make and there is no need to break out the mixer since these cookies can be mixed by hand. In fact, my 6 and 7-year-old made these cookies with only a little assistance from their mama. With the summer holidays and lots of time on our hands, we’ve been keeping quite busy with all sorts of fun activities. My kids love to bake and got really involved in making these cookies, not only did they help me make them but my eldest had some fun styling and photographing them as well. …

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:43:05 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/tabbouleh/ Tabbouleh https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/tabbouleh/ Tabbouleh makes a great healthy salad and is especially delicious in the summer when fresh herbs are abundant and you can serve it with grilled meats.

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TabboulehTabbouleh, also commonly spelled tabouli, is a classic Lebanese dish often served as a salad or as part of mezze (small dishes served as appetizers). Differences in spices used in Tabbouleh are found depending on which region in Lebanon you are from.  For instance, my family doesn’t add cinnamon, or a seven spice blend to Tabbouleh, we use salt, pepper and occasionally a pinch of cayenne. Though Tabbouleh is now available ready made in most grocery stores and delis, making Tabbouleh at home is easy and worth every minute of labour. If you choose the freshest of ingredients and follow the steps below you will be rewarded with much fresher and better tasting Tabbouleh than you can ever buy at a store.

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 19:06:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-blueberry-lemon-muffins/ Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-blueberry-lemon-muffins/ Tender and moist, these heavenly whole wheat blueberry lemon muffins are simple to bake and make a wonderful breakfast treat or snack.

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon MuffinsOne bite into these heavenly blueberry muffins will convince you that you don’t need any fussy crumb topping to have delicious muffins. These simple whole wheat blueberry lemon muffins are delicious just as is and bake up beautifully every time….

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 01:35:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-grilled-shrimp-salad/ Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-grilled-shrimp-salad/ Made with simple and healthy ingredients, this Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad makes a fantastic meal loaded with lots of flavour. This recipe can be prepared in just about 30 minutes which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners or casual entertaining.

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Southwestern Grilled Shrimp SaladSometimes it seems like I have a new favourite salad every week. This week it’s definitely this Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad.  I just love the ingredients, spices and herbs used in Southwestern cuisine and if you do too then this salad will surely become one of your favourites as well. …

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:44:20 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-zucchini-walnut-loaf/ Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-zucchini-walnut-loaf/ If you’re looking for an easy and no fuss way to make use of excess zucchini this summer try making this delicious Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf, you’ll be happy you did!

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Lemon Zucchini Walnut LoafBaking with zucchini is a wonderful way to make use of all the zucchini growing in your garden. Zucchini adds plenty of moisture to baked goods and helps produce a tender and moist loaf. If you’ve never tried zucchini bread before you may be thinking that zucchini is an odd ingredient to put into a sweet tasting loaf. Well let me tell you that this lemon zucchini walnut loaf is delicious, flavourful, tender, and super moist. The lemon zest and juice gives this bread a wonderful light and summery taste. …

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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:01:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/greek-salad-with-grilled-chicken/ Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/greek-salad-with-grilled-chicken/ Simple, fresh and flavourful ingredients make this Greek salad with Grilled Chicken one you’ll want to make over and over again!

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken I love eating salads in the summer, and this Greek salad with Grilled Chicken is a favourite of mine. The simple marinade used for the chicken adds tons of flavour and the result is tender and moist grilled chicken. With the addition of fresh vegetables, feta cheese and olives, all of the ingredients combine to make a delicious, refreshing and healthy meal….

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Wed, 18 May 2016 03:00:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-quinoa-flour-pancakes/ Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour Pancakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-quinoa-flour-pancakes/ I’m giving a favourite breakfast treat a healthy makeover with these Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour Pancakes. Topped with your favourite berries and pure maple syrup they make a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

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Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour PancakesPancakes are one of my family’s favourite weekend breakfast treats. But to make sure they’re getting a wholesome breakfast, I like to make my pancakes using a combination of whole wheat and quinoa flour.  Quinoa flour is high in protein and fiber and makes a nutritious alternative to white flour. …

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Sat, 07 May 2016 15:24:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillet/ Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillet/ Rainbow trout is a nutritious and delicious fish and cooking it couldn’t be easier. Here’s a healthy and simple recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet that can be prepared and cooked in under 30 minutes!

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Baked Rainbow Trout FilletThough I love cooking and baking and would be happy to spend all day in the kitchen, the reality is life is too busy. I need healthy meal options that I can prepare in just about 30 minutes and seafood is a great option for getting nutritious meals ready quickly. Take this baked rainbow trout fillet, it’s perfect for those busy days when you don’t have much time to cook. It’s healthy, delicious, light, flavourful and simple to make.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:58:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-red-lentil-soup/ Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-red-lentil-soup/ Make this simple Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup for a quick meal that is full of flavour, nutritious and delicious!

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Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup I didn’t think I would be posting a recipe for soup this week, after all it is the end of April and hot soup isn’t usually on my mind at this time of the year. But though we’ve had beautiful sunny days,  there is still a chill in the air. So in my home, soup is still definitely on the menu….

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:57:07 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-tahini-and-pistachio-cinnamon-rolls/ Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-tahini-and-pistachio-cinnamon-rolls/ These Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls make a special breakfast, brunch or dessert treat that will quickly become a favourite!

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Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon RollsI can’t tell you how long I have wanted to make cinnamon rolls at home. Unfortunately, I let my apprehension of using yeast get the best of me and always told myself I would try it later. Well, I’m here to say that I have finally put this silly yeast fear out of my head and have successfully made two gorgeous batches of cinnamon rolls!  In just a few simple steps you can have gorgeous, delicious and fluffy sweet tahini and pistachio cinnamon rolls freshly baked at home.  Don’t let the yeasty dough intimidate you these are easy to make even for beginners!…

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:58:42 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fried-egg-on-avocado-toast/ Fried Egg on Avocado Toast https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fried-egg-on-avocado-toast/ Fried egg on avocado toast is a delicious, quick, easy and no fuss meal that can be had for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.

Fried Egg on Avocado ToastIf you spend any time on Pinterest looking at all of the food images then you may have noticed that avocado toast, in all its variations, is all the rage at the moment.  So when I recently found a perfectly ripe avocado on my counter, I proceeded to make myself my first fried egg on avocado toast. One bite and I understood what the fuss was all about….

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:43:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (with whole wheat and quinoa flour) https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/ These simple to make banana chocolate chip muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or for a mid-afternoon snack.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I’ve made this muffin recipe so many times now and the muffins always bake up beautifully. So I’m going to get straight to the point today and tell you about these whole wheat and quinoa banana chocolate chip muffins. The muffins are light, moist, fluffy, filling and have just the right amount of sweetness….

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:10:52 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spaghetti-meat-sauce/ Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spaghetti-meat-sauce/ Two ingredients in the spice blend of this delicious, ground beef Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce recipe makes it stand out from the rest and will have your guests asking for more.

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Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce This easy spaghetti meat sauce is loaded with fresh vegetables, ground beef, tomato sauce and spices. But so are almost all of the meat sauce recipes out there, so you might be wondering what’s so special about this recipe? Well I believe it’s a couple of the spices that I include when seasoning the sauce….

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:24:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/dukkah-crusted-lamb-chops-with-cauliflower-and-potato-puree/ Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/dukkah-crusted-lamb-chops-with-cauliflower-and-potato-puree/ These Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée are so quick and easy to prepare that you could even serve this elegant dish on a weeknight!

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Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato PuréeWith a Middle-Eastern twist, these Dukkah-crusted lamb chops served on a bed of cauliflower and potato purée make a flavourful and elegant meal that is perfect for this time of year.  You’ll be pleased to know that this wonderful meal is so quick and easy that it can be made on a weeknight!

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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:00:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-stout-bundt-cake/ Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-stout-bundt-cake/ Moist, tender, rich and very chocolatey, this Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is the perfect addition to your St-Patrick’s Day menu!

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Chocolate Stout Bundt CakeIf you’re looking for a special dessert to celebrate St-Patrick’s Day, and want something with some serious dark chocolate flavour then this is the cake for you! This Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is as chocolatey as they come. You might think beer is an odd ingredient in a cake, but in fact the toasty chocolate and coffee undertones of stout (such as Guinness) make it an excellent choice for incorporating into chocolate flavoured baked goods….

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Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:31:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-chicken-noodle-and-vegetable-soup/ Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-chicken-noodle-and-vegetable-soup/ Delicious, comforting and filling, this homemade creamy chicken noodle and vegetable soup makes a nice change from the classic chicken noodle soup.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable SoupI made this creamy chicken noodle and vegetable soup on a cold snowy day, it was just what I needed to forget about the storm happening outside. This delicious and hearty soup is full of all the savoury vegetables, chicken and noodles that you find in a regular chicken noodle soup but is also incredibly creamy….

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Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:47:17 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chickpea-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chickpea-chocolate-chip-cookies/ These Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious, tender and light. Your kids will never even know they have chickpeas in them!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip CookiesI was feeling a bit sneaky when I made these chickpea chocolate chip cookies this past weekend.  I usually like to involve my girls when I bake cookies, but this time I was planning on baking with beans and since I wanted my kids to try the cookies before telling me they didn’t like them, I had to bake them while they were away. Though I’ve seen many recipes that use beans in baked goods, this was my first time giving it a try. I have to say I had my reservations about the way they would turn out, but I was really pleased with the results. And best of all my kids really liked them.  …

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:16:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-chocolate-quinoa-crunch-cups/ Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-chocolate-quinoa-crunch-cups/ With such amazing for you ingredients, these delicious Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups are little morsels of goodness. 

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Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch CupsI was browsing Tieghan’s recipes on Half Baked Harvest when I saw this recipe for Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark and loved the idea of combining some super healthy ingredients with some dark chocolate to make a delicious and yet still healthy treat. Tieghan has some very creative recipes on her site and if you haven’t seen her blog yet you should definitely check it out.  I changed up her recipe somewhat, deciding to use mainly seeds in mine and made some Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups. …

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:04:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-juice-with-ginger/ Pineapple Spinach Juice with Ginger https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-juice-with-ginger/ This Pineapple Spinach Juice with Ginger is delicious, refreshing and best of all, full of nutrients and vitamins!

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Pineapple Spinach Juice with GingerI first tasted green juice when my cousin wanted me to try a kale and pineapple juice she had discovered. I was a bit hesitant at first, the colour wasn’t exactly appealing, but I tasted it anyways and found the drink very enjoyable. Since drinking that glass, I developed a bit of a craving for this green juice, so one day I decided to take my juicer out of the deep dark corner of my cupboard and try my hand at making my own tasty green juice….

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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:22:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa/ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa/ This delicious Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa is a hearty meatless meal loaded with flavourful and healthy ingredients.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean QuinoaQuinoa has become one of my favourite ingredients to incorporate into my family’s diet. It’s full of complete proteins and provides us with a good amount of fibre as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins (read here for more on the health benefits of quinoa). What I love most about quinoa is how versatile it is and how well it goes with so many different ingredients. …

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 16:11:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-pumpkin-seed-granola/ Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-pumpkin-seed-granola/ Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola

This Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola is full of good for you pumpkin seeds. It comes together quickly and can be eaten for breakfast or as a healthy snack.

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Healhy Pumpkin Seed GranolaHappy New Year! I hope everyone had happy holidays, I know mine were filled with family, friends, good food and lots of great times. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things and prepping for my return back to work and to school for the kids. This means I need quick and healthy breakfasts and snacks. I’m starting off by preparing this easy Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola.

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:01:27 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/happy-holidays-2015/ Happy Holidays 2015 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/happy-holidays-2015/  

Happy Holidays 2015

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/holiday-chocolate-crinkle-cookies/ Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/holiday-chocolate-crinkle-cookies/ These Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie and are a must on your holiday dessert tray.

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Holiday Chocolate Crinkle CookiesIf you are a chocolate lover and are still looking for cookie recipes for the holidays, I highly recommend these Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. They are delicious, easy to make, look pretty, and you probably have all the ingredients already on hand….

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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 22:40:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/classic-gingerbread-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/classic-gingerbread-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ This Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so flavourful, incredibly moist and so easy to make, you’ll likely find yourself making this more than once during the holiday season!

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Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingI know what I’m about to say is bad (especially at this time of the year), but I have to say that I’m loving this non wintry weather we are currently enjoying in Canada’s national capital.  Today is December 5th, there is no snow on the ground, the sun is shining and we are expecting a high of 8 degrees Celsius!  Of course this cannot last long, so I’m thinking that I really must get out there and enjoy this beautiful day. But before I do that, I have tell you about this classic gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting that I recently made. …

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:39:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/apricot-and-almond-biscotti-with-white-chocolate-drizzle/ Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/apricot-and-almond-biscotti-with-white-chocolate-drizzle/ This delicious Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle has just the right amount of crunchiness and a perfect balance between fruit and nut.

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Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate DrizzleThe holiday season is upon us and I just can’t believe that it’s that time of year again, how is it possible for a full year to pass by so quickly? It seems like it was just a short while ago that I was taking the Christmas tree down. And now here I am getting all of the Christmas decorations out again. Anyways, I do love it and the kids are always so excited and happy to help decorate the tree. But my favourite part of the holidays is all the baking I get to do, I love to plan all the cookies and bars that I’m going to make for my annual dessert tray….

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:37:06 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/shrimp-spinach-goat-cheese-penne/ Shrimp, Spinach Goat Cheese Penne https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/shrimp-spinach-goat-cheese-penne/ Not only is this Shrimp, Spinach and Goat Cheese Penne an easy and delicious option for a weeknight dinner but it also makes an excellent main for a dinner party.

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Shrimp, Spinach and Goat Cheese PenneThis is one of my favourite pasta dishes, it combines lemony shrimp with creamy goat cheese, some baby spinach and leeks. Toasted pine nuts are thrown in for some added texture and a bit of crunch to the dish. All of the ingredients come together to create a pasta dish full of delicious flavours….

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:10:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sticky-hoisin-soy-chicken-drumsticks/ Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken Drumsticks https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sticky-hoisin-soy-chicken-drumsticks/ This Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken Drumsticks dish is so incredibly delicious, easy to make and takes so little preparation that you can easily turn this into a regular weeknight meal.

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Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken DrumsticksThe marinade is really the star of this dish, it only has a few ingredients, but is super flavorful. The hoisin-soy-honey combination gives this chicken a beautiful glossy colour and a sweet and salty tasting glaze which makes the drumsticks sticky, a bit messy but finger licking good!…

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:08:24 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-scones-with-espresso-glaze/ Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-scones-with-espresso-glaze/ These delicious Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze are light, tender and buttery just the way scones should be!

Pumpkin Scones with Espresso GlazeThough I just posted a recipe for pumpkin muffins last week, I couldn’t resist making some pumpkin scones and since they were so delicious I had to share the recipe with you. …

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:16:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Bake these tender and moist Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and experience the delicious combination of pumpkin and chocolate.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip MuffinsFall is in full swing here, the trees are beautiful with golden and crimson leaves. I will never get tired of seeing summer transition into fall, it’s quite a spectacular scene, especially when you are lucky enough to live in an area where an emphasis is placed on preserving as much of nature as possible.

Fall also means an abundance of squash in the markets, pumpkin being the most popular especially as we approach Thanksgiving and Halloween. It also means that bakeries and coffee shops are filled with baked pumpkin goods and pumpkin spiced lattes.  And that’s fine by me as I always look forward to having my first pumpkin latte of the season and love to bake with pumpkin….

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:00:45 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/one-pan-roast-chicken/ One Pan Roast Chicken https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/one-pan-roast-chicken/ A delicious, quick and easy recipe for a One Pan Roast Chicken dinner.

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One Pan Roast ChickenThe smell coming out of my kitchen while this chicken was in the oven was so good and so comforting. I’m not sure why, but there is something about the smell of roast chicken that makes me feel so content. Luckily there is nothing simpler than roasting chicken 😉 ….

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:19:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cauliflower-kale-and-leek-soup/ Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cauliflower-kale-and-leek-soup/ This Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup is nutritious, delicious and simple to make. It’s excellent for warming you up on those chilly days.

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Cauliflower, Kale and Leek SoupThis Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup is a warming and nutritious soup that is both delicious and simple to make. Cauliflower is great for giving soups a creamy texture without actually having to add any cream to it. The kale and leeks add so much flavour and give this soup such a beautiful green colour. Cauliflower and kale are both part of the cruciferous vegetable family which provide us with antioxidants and other fantastic health benefits. …

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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:17:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-maple-pecan-granola-with-dates/ Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with Dates https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-maple-pecan-granola-with-dates/ Homemade granola is quick to make and takes little effort. Try this Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with Dates and you’ll be rewarded with delicious and healthier granola.

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Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with DatesDid you know that you could make the healthiest and best tasting granola right in your own kitchen? This recipe for homemade maple pecan granola with dates is so much better than most granola that comes out of a box. If you haven’t already made your own granola then let me tell you that it’s incredibly easy and takes very little time or effort. It’s also the best way for you to control how much sugar and fat you are consuming with your granola. If you have made granola at home then you already know that it’s a delicious treat. …

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:46:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cara-cara-orange-and-citrus-drink/ Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cara-cara-orange-and-citrus-drink/ This Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink is refreshing on a hot day. A splash of neutral tasting alcohol turns into a delicious cocktail drink.

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Cara Cara Orange and Citrus DrinkA few months ago I posted a recipe for Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits. In that post, I talk about my daughter’s interest in helping me with the food styling and photography for my blog and her desire to help me style a post for lemonade. We never did get around to making a blog post for lemonade, but we did make this Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink and my daughter had a great time styling the pictures here.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:24:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/5-ingredient-date-energy-balls/ 5 Ingredient Date Energy Balls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/5-ingredient-date-energy-balls/ These quick and easy to make 5 ingredient date energy balls are made without refined sugar, make a nutritious snack and are perfect for a quick energy boost!

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5 Ingredient Date Energy BallsThese 5 Ingredient Date Energy Balls are made with healthy ingredients and without any refined sugar. They are naturally sweetened by dates. Dates are filled with beneficial minerals, dietary fibre that fill you up and natural sugars that satisfy your sweet tooth and give you energy without the negative effects of refined sugars….

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-jam-and-hazelnut-bars/ Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-jam-and-hazelnut-bars/ These delicious and easy to make Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut Bars are made with homemade blueberry jam and hazelnuts but you can use your favourite jam and nut combination and put your own twist on them!

Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut BarsI used to think that making homemade jam was too complicated and took too much work. But when I looked into the process I realized that if I made small batches that could be consumed within a few weeks I wouldn’t have to worry about the sterilization process to make the jars shelf stable. All I would have to do is refrigerate the jam jars and since that’s easy enough, I proceeded to make my first jam: Blueberry! I couldn’t believe how delicious it was, and all it took was three ingredients: blueberries, sugar and lemon juice. It only took me 25 minutes to have homemade jam that didn’t contain a ton of sugar! Since then I’ve made other jams, but my favourite remains this Low-Sugar Blueberry Jam from Ricardo (you can check out many more Ricardo Recipes on his website).  I love spreading this jam on fresh bread with a piece of brie or other cheese, the jam is also excellent stirred into yogurt or on top of vanilla ice cream. …

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:59:39 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/watermelon-and-feta-salad/ Watermelon and Feta Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/watermelon-and-feta-salad/ Watermelon and Feta Salad is the perfect summer salad. It’s incredibly refreshing and combines sweetness, saltiness and tanginess all in one dish.

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Watermelon and Feta SaladA few summers ago, I tried my first watermelon and feta cheese salad and ever since I’ve been hooked. It may seem like an unusual combination of ingredients, but in fact, it’s makes for an incredibly delicious and refreshing salad. The combination of sweet watermelon, with the salty feta and tanginess from the lime dressing all in one dish makes this summer salad entirely addictive. …

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:54:29 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-cobbler/ Blueberry Cobbler https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-cobbler/ Jump to Recipe Print Recipe 

Blueberry CobblerDelicious and easy to make, this Blueberry Cobbler is great for weeknight desserts or casual gatherings.  This recipe was inspired by my friend’s blog post of a Rhubarb and Raspberry Cobbler. But since I had no rhubarb or raspberries available at home, I decided to make it using fresh blueberries.  …

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:21:33 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-celebration-cake/ Chocolate Celebration Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-celebration-cake/ Delicious and easy to make, this Chocolate Celebration Cake with chocolate frosting is sure to please all chocolate lovers and is perfect for celebrating any occasion!

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Chocolate Celebration Cake

Hello and welcome to the newly re-designed Sweet and Savoury Pursuits. I’m afraid this process took much longer than I wanted. I thought I would have the new version of my site up much quicker but it turns out life doesn’t always work the way you want it to. Regardless, it’s up and running now and though I’m sure I’ll still be tinkering around with the layout, for the most part this is my new Sweet and Savoury Pursuits!…

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:16:56 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-grape-tomatoes/ Roasted Grape Tomatoes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-grape-tomatoes/ Jump to Recipe Print Recipe 

Roasted Grape TomatoesThis post is more about photography than it is about a recipe. Not because this incredibly simple recipe for Roasted Grape Tomatoes isn’t delicious, because it really is. It’s because as I was shooting the pictures for this post, I thought it would be fun for me to experiment shooting at a higher ISO than I usually do.  Ever since I started taking pictures of food, I’ve essentially shot at the lowest ISO possible. This time, maybe because this was such a simple recipe, I thought it would be a good time to play around a bit.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-parmesan-and-rosemary-biscuits/ Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-parmesan-and-rosemary-biscuits/

Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits

These beautiful and easy to make Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits are tender, moist and just loaded with delicious flavour.

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Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits
These past couple of weeks have been crazy busy with work and life. I spent the past two Saturdays in class, a food photography class! It was amazing! The class was composed of a wonderful group of people and the instructor, Adrien Duey, a well-known food photographer, is not only incredibly talented but is a great teacher as well.  It’s an amazing feeling to be learning about something from someone who is so passionate about what they do. I only wish I had more time to practice and experiment with all that I’m learning. What’s great is that as I practice my photography at home, I’m seeing my eldest (6 years old) take an interest in food styling and photography.  She will often come and peek at what I’m doing and ask if she could help me. In fact, she styled the photo above. And as I write this post she is planning our next food photography project: Lemonade, her favourite beverage.  So do keep an eye out for that post!

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:06:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/irish-soda-bread-with-dill/ Irish Soda Bread with Dill https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/irish-soda-bread-with-dill/ This delicious Irish Soda Bread with Dill is easy to prepare, doesn’t require too many ingredients and is a variation of the traditional Irish Bread.

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St-Patrick’s Day is in a couple of days and though I don’t really celebrate it, I thought it would be fun to try a new Irish recipe. I thought about making a traditional Irish lamb stew, but since my true passion is baking I gravitated towards making an Irish Soda Bread. My version includes dill, and I know it’s not the traditional way of making it, but I wanted to try it anyways….

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:34:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-almond-marzipan-bars/ Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-almond-marzipan-bars/ If you enjoy the taste of almond flavoured baked goods then you’ll love these easy to make delicious Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars!

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Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars

The combination of marzipan, almond flour, slivered almonds and a touch of almond extract included in this recipe ensure the flavour of almonds really shines through in these delectable Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:35:53 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spanakopita/ Easy Spanakopita https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spanakopita/ This version of Spanakopita, a classic Greek dish, is made faster and easier by making it into one large pie.

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Easy Spanakopita
I’m so happy to be posting this Easy Spanakopita recipe today.  Not only is it beautiful to look at but it’s also delicious and so easy to prepare.

Easy SpanakopitaSpanakopita is a classic Greek dish made with phyllo dough, spinach, onions, dill, eggs and feta cheese. I’ve made this recipe several times though I’ve always shaped them into small triangles. Perfect for serving as an appetizer but time consuming. This time I decided to make it into one large pie, and I’m very happy I did.  Much quicker to put together and it turned out amazing….

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:15:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-zucchini-chai-muffins/ Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-zucchini-chai-muffins/

Moist, tender and chocolatey, these Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai Muffins are a delicious way to start your day.

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Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai MuffinsA couple of weeks ago, I read the about the difficulties a mother was going through when it came to feeding her picky seven year old son. She wrote about how hard it was on her and how frustrating it was to have him reject the meals she worked hard to prepare.  But then one day, her son wrote her a letter. In it, he wrote which foods he did like and that he didn’t like the foods that his mother was making for him. The mother was heartbroken but then spoke to her son who explained that he didn’t like being picky and didn’t like that he couldn’t eat all the things that his siblings enjoyed. She came to the realization that as hard as it was on her, it was even more difficult for her son (you can read the article here).

That article really resonated with me. My eldest is also a picky eater, she barely eats any veggies unless it’s cucumbers or they are puréed and unrecognizable to her.  But she does like many fruits, meats, pasta, rice, cheese, and some grains. So after reading this article, I too decided that I wouldn’t stress myself out about it anymore.  I’ll keep cooking the meals that she enjoys and will continue to invite her to try new things. But if she doesn’t want to or does try it and doesn’t like it, then that’s fine….

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:49:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-loaf/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-loaf/

Try slices of this delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Loaf plain, toasted with butter and honey, jelly or for a more decadent treat, Nutella.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip LoafI’ve been looking for some delicious new ways to incorporate peanut butter into my baked goods. After doing some research on the internet, I found this recipe for bread that uses a whole cup of peanut butter. Finally, I thought, there should be some real peanut butter flavour in this. The recipe I found was on the blog She Wears Many Hats. What I found interesting about her recipe is that she mixes her ingredients in the blender. Though the idea intrigued me, I’m afraid my blender quit on me and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it. So I decided that I would make this bread using my mixer….

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:59:16 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-beet-and-orange-salad-with-citrus-vinaigrette/ Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-beet-and-orange-salad-with-citrus-vinaigrette/ This delicious Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette makes a wonderful addition to a special meal.

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Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette I hope everyone has had a good week. I’m afraid mine was challenging and frustrating blog wise, first I spent last weekend making two recipes that didn’t turn out well, one was a real disappointment, the other after having spent considerable time making it was just so-so. Then after having successfully made something delicious and when I was just about finished with writing this post, I somehow managed to erase everything but the pictures and had to start the writing all over again. I’m thinking I may need a real nice holiday in a warm place (enough of the -30C already, yesterday it was -40C with the windchill!). I need some sunshine and warmth! Anyways, enough with my cold weather rant, let’s talk about this amazing salad. …

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:42:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-pomegranate-and-pecan-quinoa-breakfast-bowls/ Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-pomegranate-and-pecan-quinoa-breakfast-bowls/ Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Have you tried quinoa for breakfast yet? If you’re looking for a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast to start your mornings off right, consider making these incredibly tasty and healthy Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls.

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Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast BowlsDid you know that quinoa is rather well suited for breakfast? Its naturally nutty and slightly sweet taste makes it a great alternative to the same old bowl of oatmeal, cereal, or granola in the morning….

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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:37:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/nutella-and-hazelnut-brownies/ Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/nutella-and-hazelnut-brownies/
Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies

These scrumptious Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies are gooey, chewy, fudgy, and loaded with delicious toasted hazelnut pieces.

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Nutella and Hazelnut BrowniesIf you’re looking for an insanely delicious and easy homemade brownie recipe that can be put together quickly, then look no further because this is the one for you! …

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:13:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-and-boursin-crostini/ Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-and-boursin-crostini/ Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini

This Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini has only a few ingredients, can be assembled in minutes and is sure to impress your guests.

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Smoked Salmon and Boursin CrostiniAppetizers made with smoked salmon have always been a favourite with my family and friends and so today I’m sharing this amazingly delicious yet so easy and quick to make Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini….

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 02:11:10 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/browned-butter-whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Browned Butter Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/browned-butter-whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Browned Butter Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip MuffinsLooks like my girls are developing a taste for baking, so when they asked if we could bake something together I thought it would be a good idea to make some muffins for their lunch boxes. For me, this meant the muffins would have to be healthy, for my girls, it meant that there would have to be some chocolate chips in them.

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Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:12:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-butternut-squash-and-pear-soup/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-butternut-squash-and-pear-soup/ This delicious, healthy and easy to make Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup is silky and creamy without the addition of any cream.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear SoupHappy New Year everyone! I thought I would start off 2015 by posting something healthy on my blog. Since it’s so cold outside, I wanted something hot that would warm me up, so I decided on making this Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. I just love the bright colour of this soup and how smooth and creamy it is.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:17:27 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-gingerbread-bundt-cake/ Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-gingerbread-bundt-cake/ This Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake smells just like Christmas. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the perfect cake for the holidays.

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Espresso Gingerbread Bundt CakeThe holidays are fast approaching and one of my favourite recipes for this time of the year is this Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake. Made with fragrant spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the cake that I keep craving every year during the holiday season. …

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:23:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/powdered-sugar-almond-cookies/ Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/powdered-sugar-almond-cookies/ These Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies are made with ground and toasted almonds. They’re a delicate, not overly sweet classic cookie often served during the holidays.

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Powdered Sugar Almond CookiesIf you are planning on preparing a cookie tray for this holiday season, then you’ll want to include these Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies.  Nut cookies covered in powdered (icing) sugar are a holiday classic and are guaranteed to make your cookie tray look festive!

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:13:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-and-cranberry-biscotti/ Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-and-cranberry-biscotti/ If you are going to make biscotti for the holiday season, then let this Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti be the one! It’s the perfect holiday biscotti!

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Pistachio and Cranberry BiscottiThis Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti recipe is a holiday family favourite, not only is it beautifully speckled with green and red but it taste absolutely delicious. What makes this biscotti recipe a winner for me is that it’s full of crunch without being overly hard, the cookies are not dry and remain slightly tender in the middle….

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:04:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-walnut-loaf/ Pumpkin Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-walnut-loaf/ This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is incredibly moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices.

Pumpkin Walnut LoafYesterday was my one year blog anniversary, so to celebrate I made my favourite Pumpkin Walnut Loaf.  I’ve made this recipe several times and it always comes out delicious. So today I’m sharing it with you. This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is incredibly moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Best of all, baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices….

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:11:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-brie-crostini/ Pear and Brie Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-brie-crostini/ Pear and Brie Crostini

Built on the classic combination of fruit, cheese and nuts, this Pear and Brie Crostini is a delicious, elegant and simple to make appetizer.

Pear and Brie CrostiniHave you ever been to a dinner party where all they served were appetizers? Well I love such parties. I think it’s so much fun to be able to sample so many different nibbles and experience all the various flavours and textures….

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 01:52:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spiced-apple-galettes/ Spiced Apple Galettes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spiced-apple-galettes/ These rustic Spiced Apple Galettes makes a perfect fall dessert, they’re light, not overly sweet and are delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Spiced Apple GalettesSpiced Apple Galettes
I love the fall, to celebrate its arrival my family and I went apple picking at a beautiful orchard not far from our home. Apple picking is a really great activity to do with the kids, my daughters and I had so much fun. Some of our favourite desserts to bake and eat are those made with apples, pumpkins and pears. Such treats are abundant this time of the year, and that makes us quite happy. …

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:21:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/quinoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/quinoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious, quick and easy recipe for chewy Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Quinoa Chocolate Chip CookiesMy eldest daughter loves chocolate chip cookies, and I love baking them for her so whenever I have a bit of extra time I like to make a batch of these Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies for her.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:06:59 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/triple-chocolate-brownies/ Triple Chocolate Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/triple-chocolate-brownies/ These Triple Chocolate Brownies are not overly sweet and have a wonderful chewy texture. Delicious served warm with a scoop of ice cream!

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Triple Chocolate BrowniesThis Triple Chocolate Brownie recipe is for all of the chocolate addicts out there.  If you are looking for something to satisfy your chocolate craving then I recommend a batch of these! These brownies are a cross between a chewy and a cakey brownie with an intense chocolate flavour….

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:55:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/raspberry-buttermilk-cake/ Raspberry Buttermilk Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/raspberry-buttermilk-cake/ A delicious, moist and light Raspberry Buttermilk Cake perfect for casual entertaining.

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Raspberry Buttermilk CakeRaspberries are in season! They are my daughter’s absolute favourite berry and she loves to help me pick them and eat them while still warm from the sun. I couldn’t be happier that she loves them so much since raspberries are a great source of dietary fibre, antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:19:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cherry-almond-cake/ Cherry Almond Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cherry-almond-cake/ This beautiful, simple and delicious Cherry Almond Cake is studded with juicy fresh cherries and has a delicate almond flavour.

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Cherry Almond CakeMy favourite fruit is the cherry. I just can’t resist sweet fresh cherries and when I’m at the market I always end up buying way too much. After enjoying many au naturel, I thought it would be nice to bake something with the remaining cherries. I knew that I wanted something almond flavoured since almonds and cherries complement each other so well.

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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:14:39 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-and-lemon-scones/ Blueberry and Lemon Scones https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-and-lemon-scones/ Tender, moist and lemony, these delicious fresh Blueberry and Lemon Scones make a perfect weekend treat for you and your loved ones!

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Blueberry and Lemon Scones
There is something about blueberries and lemon, they just go so well together, so when I came upon this recipe from the Pastry Affair blog, I just had to try it. This past month has been crazy busy, and I’ve really missed my mixer and oven. I’m so happy to have had a small break today so that I could make these incredibly delicious Blueberry and Lemon Scones….

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Sat, 24 May 2014 01:25:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chicken-and-vegetable-lettuce-bundles/ Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chicken-and-vegetable-lettuce-bundles/ Use leftover roast chicken to easily and quickly make these delicious Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles.

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Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce BundlesIt’s getting warmer out there, so lately I’ve been wanting lighter meals with lots of crispy and refreshing vegetables.  Being short on time, I thought I would make use of some leftover roast chicken to make these delicious Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles….

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Mon, 19 May 2014 03:31:53 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-muffins/ Sweet Potato Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-muffins/ This delicious recipe for moist Sweet Potato Muffins yields 6 regular sized muffins, perfect if you’re looking to make a small batch!

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Sweet Potato MuffinsLast night after dinner I noticed I had a small sweet potato sitting on my counter looking rather sad.  Since I did not have any plans or specific use for it, I thought it would be a good time to try out a sweet potato muffin recipe that I had seen on NancyCreative….

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Thu, 15 May 2014 14:54:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/avocado-and-chocolate-smoothie/ Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/avocado-and-chocolate-smoothie/ Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie
I know I posted a recipe for a smoothie last week, but the truth is I’m really just discovering how delicious smoothies can be.  I’ve been experimenting with different flavour combinations, there are so many possibilities! But for today, I’ll be sharing this Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie with you.  It’s so incredibly chocolatey, creamy and delicious its hard to believe that it’s actually good for you! Did you know that avocado is a nutrient booster. Eating avocados actually helps your body to absorb more of the nutrients of the foods that you eat with the avocados. It’s also a great source of dietary fibre, and per gram, contains more potassium than bananas (California Avocado Commission, Live Science)….

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Mon, 05 May 2014 02:44:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-mango-and-orange-smoothie/ Pineapple, Mango and Orange Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-mango-and-orange-smoothie/ This sunshine in a glass Pineapple, Mango and Orange Smoothie is refreshing, filling, loaded with vitamins and can be ready in less than 5 minutes.

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Pineapple, Mango and Orange SmoothieWe’re having yet another cloudy and rainy day here, and I’m really in the need of some serious sunshine. I decided the best way to get it would be to create it in a drink.  So after looking in the freezer and finding some frozen pineapple and mango chunks, I decided to make a Pineapple, Mango and Orange Juice Smoothie. So delicious and refreshing! …

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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:42:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/asian-salad-with-peanut-butter-dressing/ Asian Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/asian-salad-with-peanut-butter-dressing/ The sweet, salty, sour and just slightly spicy peanut butter dressing will keep you craving this Asian salad full of crunchy and healthy vegetables!

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Asian Salad with Peanut Butter DressingThis Asian style salad with peanut butter dressing is so delicious and addictive, you’ll want to have this salad over and over again!  …

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:07:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/coffee-smoothie/ Coffee Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/coffee-smoothie/ This quick and easy recipe for a delicious and healthy coffee smoothie will help you get your day started right!

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Coffee Smoothie
If there’s one thing I love about smoothies is how quick and easy they are. To be honest, smoothies are not my favourite way to get my breakfast but there are days when all I have time for is a smoothie. And if I can incorporate my coffee into a smoothie then I’m a happy woman.   …

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ This moist and dense Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is one of the best carrot cakes you will ever taste, the cream cheese icing is simply amazing!

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingThis is my favourite recipe for Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting. It is by far the most delicious carrot cake I’ve ever tasted.  The cake is moist and dense and the cream cheese frosting has a nice tang to it which makes this cake taste so absolutely amazing!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingThis recipe deviates very little from the original recipe entitled Canada’s Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing from Canadian Living.  I have made the carrot cake from Canadian Living several times just the way it is and always get so many compliments for it. I think sometimes a recipe is so good that there really is no need to change it.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:25:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cheesecake/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cheesecake/ This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake combines two favourite flavours to create one incredibly delicious cheesecake recipe.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate CheesecakeCheesecakes are definitely one of my favourite desserts. I have tried many varieties and as of yet I don’t think I have a favourite, but this Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake is definitely a strong contender. The thing about cheesecakes is you don’t make them unless you have a large group of people you can share it with so it’s really a perfect dessert for a party!

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:07:21 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mascarpone-espresso-cream-and-amaretti-parfaits/ Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mascarpone-espresso-cream-and-amaretti-parfaits/ These delicious Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits taste like coffee flavoured cheesecake but take very little time and work to prepare!

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Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti ParfaitsGrowing up, one of my favourite cakes was a vanilla cake with a coffee flavoured icing that my mother would make for special occasions such as birthdays. This Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits dessert reminds me of that cake. Though these parfaits are more like cheesecake in texture, they are delicious and an easy solution to my cravings for that cake. …

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:15:47 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sundried-tomato-pesto-pasta/ Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sundried-tomato-pesto-pasta/ Ready in less than 30 minutes, this Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta makes a great weeknight meal that everyone will love!

Sundried Tomato Pesto PastaThis Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta is a delicious simple dish with only a few ingredients and is perfect when you need something in a hurry. It makes a great weeknight dinner that can be ready in less than 30 minutes. If you have picky eaters in your household then you know how important it is to have good recipes that are easily adaptable, this recipe is perfect for that….

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:03:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-maple-walnut-muffins/ Banana Maple Walnut Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-maple-walnut-muffins/ Made with whole wheat pastry flour, these Banana Maple Walnut Muffins are delicious, moist and tender. They’re perfect for breakfast or a quick snack on the go.

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Banana Maple Walnut MuffinsMy favourite way to make use of overripe bananas is to make banana muffins or quick breads with them. Muffins are great because they’re already individually portioned, stay fresh for a few days and can easily be frozen for consumption later on. I love to treat myself to a muffin still warm from the oven with a dab of butter on it, yum!…

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:58:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cakey-oat-fruit-and-seed-bars/ Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cakey-oat-fruit-and-seed-bars/ Made with whole grains, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, these delicious Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed Bars make a great breakfast or snack on the go.

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Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed BarsMy weekday mornings are usually so rushed that I rarely have time for a sit down breakfast.  I usually pack one to go, usually boiled eggs, fruit or granola and yogurt. Problem is that by the time I’ve dropped the kids off at school and get to the office I’m super hungry. Not so easy eating granola and yogurt while driving! No worries, I’ve never actually attempted it, I know my limits!  So I like to grab something I can eat on the go, but really dislike eating dry granola bars filled with sugar and not so good for you ingredients. So this weekend, I decided to make a version of granola bars that would be made with wholesome ingredients….

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:23:48 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-and-clementine-salad/ Spinach and Clementine Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-and-clementine-salad/ Baby spinach, crunchy almonds, red onions, and clementines bursting with sweet juice are combined to make this delicious Spinach and Clementine Salad.

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Spinach Clementine SaladI just love this Spinach and Clementine Salad.  In fact, I have become somewhat addicted to it and have had it at least 4 times in the last 10 days! What’s really great about it is that it is made up of complementing flavours and contrasting textures. The baby spinach with the soft goat cheese and the crunchy almonds, the sweet clementines and the sharp flavour of the red onions all come together to make a simple yet yummy spinach salad….

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:54:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/date-and-walnut-coffee-cake/ Date and Walnut Coffee Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/date-and-walnut-coffee-cake/ This old fashion Date and Walnut Coffee Cake is filled with dates and walnuts and is spiced with cinnamon. It makes a perfect treat for tea time.

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Date and Walnut Coffee CakeThis old fashion Date and Walnut Coffee Cake reminds me of something that would be served in the Middle East. It’s filled with dates and walnuts and perfumed with cinnamon. It’s a simple cake, yet sophisticated at the same time and is a perfect treat for tea time.

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:48:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-apricot-and-almond-bars/ Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-apricot-and-almond-bars/ Made with whole grains, nuts and dried fruit, these Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.

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Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsThese Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.  Made with whole wheat pastry flour, oats, apricots, almonds and coconut, they are healthy and delicious.  The chopped apricots make them chewy and sweet and the pieces of almonds gives them a nice crunch.  The flavours and textures come together nicely to create an excellent bar that is quick and easy to make, perfect on its own and even better with a good cup of coffee.

Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsA couple of notes about this recipe: The author in the original recipe calls for a 9×9 baking pan, but when I came to make this I could not find my 9×9 pan, so I ended up using my 8×8.  The bars still came out great but a bit to thick in my opinion, so a 9×9 baking pan is ideal for this recipe.  In an 8×8, the bars took 25 minutes to bake up nicely, I think that in a 9×9, 20 to 22 minutes would be enough time for them.  I also recommend cutting the bars while they are still slightly warm. I found them to be a little crumbly and more difficult to slice after they cooled.

Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsEnjoy!

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Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars

Made with whole grains, nuts and dried fruit, these Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.
Course Dessert/ snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 169 kcal
Author Adapted from Woman’s Day Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 9×9-in baking pan with parchment paper and lightly butter the paper.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add egg, almond extract and orange zest. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Beat until combined.
  5. Add apricots, almonds and coconut. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Spread the dough into the pan and bake for approximately 22 minutes, until top is light golden brown.

  7. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then using the ends of the paper liner, lift out of the pan and transfer on a wire rack to cool a bit more.

  8. While still slightly warm cut bars into desired size and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Potassium 185mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:36:51 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-phyllo-tartelettes/ Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-phyllo-tartelettes/ These delicious and beautiful Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes are filled with sweet caramelized onions and then topped with a savoury goat cheese filling. They make a fantastic appetizer!

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes
Are you looking for something to serve as an appetizer for an upcoming party?  If you like goat cheese then you will love these Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes! They are filled with sweet caramelized onions and then topped with a savoury goat cheese filling. But that’s not all, the shell that holds this delicious filling is made out of phyllo dough which gives these tartelettes a nice crunch and a contrasting texture. And as a bonus the phyllo dough makes these a beautiful appetizer….

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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:24:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Treat yourself and your loved ones with these simple to make delicious and tender Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip CookiesI’ve always enjoyed peanut butter, but I’ve never really had serious cravings for it, well at least not until this winter.  These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies are just what I needed today. They are soft and chewy when fresh out of the oven but start to get crispier as they sit on counter.  Soft and chewy is really my preference, so I always make sure to enjoy a couple while they are still warm….

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:11:14 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-beet-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-icing/ Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-beet-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-icing/ Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Surprise your loved ones with these decadent Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, they’re moist, fluffy and so very chocolatey!

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Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese IcingHappy Valentine’s Day!  This post is very last-minute, but I’m sure you can all agree that sometimes life can get a little crazy. It’s been one of those weeks, but it’s all ok, because these Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing are simply the best chocolate cupcakes ever.  I know it’s a bold statement but I simply can’t help myself, they are that good!…

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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:29:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-cornbread-muffins/ Mini Cornbread Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-cornbread-muffins/ Moist and flavourful, these Mini Cornbread Muffins make a great side to your main dish and are also delicious as a snack or breakfast on the go!

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Mini Cornbread MuffinsThis cornbread is absolutely delicious! Cornbread definitely fits into the comfort food category and is great served as a side dish with a hot bowl of chili or soup on a cold day.  It’s also great as a snack and even good for breakfast. Cornbread isn’t food that I grew up eating.  In fact, I can’t remember having it before last year when I needed something to serve alongside my chili.  Well, it was a hit and I’ve been making it regularly since then….

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Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:23:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-hummus/ Caramelized Onion Hummus https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-hummus/ This Caramelized Onion Hummus dip is savoury, creamy and delicious. Serve it with pita chips, tortilla chips or vegetables for a delicious appetizer or snack!

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Caramelized Onion HummusAre you planning a Super Bowl party?  Or maybe you are attending one and are looking for something to bring.  If you are looking for a healthy snack to serve then you will want to try this Caramelized Onion Hummus. This recipe is already party sized so no need to double it.  If you want to make a smaller batch then I recommend splitting the ingredients in 2.  …

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Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:03:02 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-quinoa-salad/ Southwestern Quinoa Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-quinoa-salad/ This flavour packed vegetarian Southwestern Quinoa Salad is loaded with protein, fibre and is gluten-free. Perfect as a side for dinner or main for lunch!

Southwestern Quinoa SaladI don’t know about you but I’m craving some serious sunshine.  I find that by this time of the year I’ve often had enough of winter, unfortunately we are nowhere near the end.  So to get my little bit of sunshine today, I decided to make this fabulous Southwestern Quinoa Salad. It’s filled with colourful veggies and the citrus dressing brightens up the salad and makes me feel like I’m absorbing some much needed sunshine!…

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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:25:04 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-apple-spice-bundt-cakes/ Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-apple-spice-bundt-cakes/ This recipe makes deliciously moist and light mini apple spice bundt cakes flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg.  

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Mini Apple Spice Bundt CakesToday I baked these Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes. I really wanted to bake something that was somewhat healthy so I knew it had to at least have fruit and whole wheat flour in it.  And since my apples were getting a little bruised, I opted for an apple cake.  I didn’t use just one kind of apple for these cakes, I used a couple of different types, I had Macintosh and Gala apples in my refrigerator, and since I didn’t have enough of just one type I ended up using a mix of both….

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Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:48:49 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/red-lentil-and-cauliflower-soup/ Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/red-lentil-and-cauliflower-soup/ Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup

This easy and delicious Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup is flavourful, nutritious and perfect for warming you up on a cold day.

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Red Lentil and Cauliflower SoupI’ve been wanting to make this red lentil and cauliflower soup for a couple of days now. I decided today was the perfect day for it and I’m glad I did.  It was just what I needed to warm me up and satisfy my craving for something curry-ish. I love the combination of spices such as curry, cumin and coriander and what better way to savour them then in a warming soup on a cold day.  The aromas that filled my kitchen when I made this soup were so enticing that I couldn’t wait to sit down for dinner….

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Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:46:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cocoa-quinoa-puffs-and-peanut-butter-squares/ Cocoa Quinoa Puffs and Peanut Butter Squares https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cocoa-quinoa-puffs-and-peanut-butter-squares/ These easy, no-bake Cocoa Quinoa Puffs and Peanut Butter Squares are chewy, chocolatey, peanut buttery and gluten-free. They make a delicious afternoon snack!

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Cocoa Quinoa Puffs and Peanut Butter SquaresOriginally my plans for today involved me getting out to run some errands.  But then I opened the door, and quickly changed my mind.  You see where I live it felt like -35°C (with the wind chill) this morning.  Nothing I have to do is that pressing, so I decided to stay indoors and try this recipe for Cocoa Quinoa Puffs and Peanut Butter Squares that I’ve been thinking about making….

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Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:11:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-nutella-swirl-cheesecakes/ Mini Nutella Swirl Cheesecakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-nutella-swirl-cheesecakes/ These delicious Mini Nutella Swirl Cheesecakes with a hazelnut and chocolate cookie crumb crust are creamy, smooth and chocolatey.

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Mini Nutella Swirl CheesecakesHappy New Year everyone! My family and I are starting this year off with some cheesecake.  It’s a family favourite and often gets requested when we have a gathering for a special occasion.  For this New Year’s day family celebration I decided to try a Nutella cheesecake recipe from Fine Cooking magazine….

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Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:54:34 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-and-spicy-mixed-nuts/ Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-and-spicy-mixed-nuts/ Jump to Recipe Print Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Mixed NutsThis post comes with a warning: These nuts are incredibly addictive!  They are sweet, salty and spicy so if you like that combination then you will love these nuts!  …

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Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:59:01 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies/ Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies/ The addition of a Reese’s peanut butter miniature cup in the middle of each cookie makes these Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies a real treat.

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Stuffed Peanut Butter CookiesIf you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate then you will love these cookies! They are definitely one of the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever tasted! …

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Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:11:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/vanilla-sugar-cookies/ Vanilla Sugar Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/vanilla-sugar-cookies/ Vanilla Sugar CookiesI only started making cut-out cookies a few years ago.  The kids look forward to using the cookie cutters and then decorating the baked cookies with a variety of candy.  And for my youngest it’s an opportunity to eat more candy, which is really her favourite part!…

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Sat, 21 Dec 2013 05:32:08 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pecan-and-lime-sugar-cookies/ Pecan and Lime Sugar Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pecan-and-lime-sugar-cookies/ Add these delicious Pecan and Lime Sugar Cookies to your holiday cookie tray for a fabulous treat.

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Pecan and Lime Sugar CookiesI love citrus desserts, and on most days, given the choice I will most readily choose a citrus dessert over a chocolate one. I also love adding nuts to sweets, and pecans, because of their inherent subtle sweetness, are an excellent choice for adding some crunchiness to baked goods….

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Sat, 21 Dec 2013 05:17:51 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-and-almond-crescents/ Hazelnut and Almond Crescents https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-and-almond-crescents/ Jump to Recipe Print Recipe

Hazelnut and Almond CrescentsThis is definitely a special occasions type of sweet.  Crescents are a holiday classic for many and they are one of my family’s favorites.  They are rich and buttery, delicious on their own or served with a good cup of tea or coffee.  This particular recipe combines freshly toasted and ground almonds and hazelnuts.  But you can use just about any nut or nut combination you fancy.  If you prefer you can also roll the dough into balls instead of shaping into crescents.  You can roll them into the powdered sugar once you have finished baking them….

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:13:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/my-moms-baklava-recipe/ My Mom’s Baklava Recipe https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/my-moms-baklava-recipe/ This is my mom’s baklava recipe for delicious Middle-Eastern homemade rolled walnut stuffed Baklava.

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My Mom's Baklava RecipeBaklava is a delicious pastry made with phyllo dough and ground nuts. Many variations of baklava exist and depending on what your preference is, you can make it with ground walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios or even a combination of these nuts. My family’s preference is walnuts, and so this week I spent Tuesday morning happily making a large quantity of walnut stuffed baklava with my mother. I love baking, and baking with my mother is always a treat.  She’s not only a great baker, but she’s also an amazing cook!  My mom isn’t a trained chef, but I’m sure she can take on some of the best chefs out there….

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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 02:40:05 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-ginger-cookies/ Chewy Ginger Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-ginger-cookies/ My family can’t get enough of these Chewy Ginger Cookies. Sweet, soft and chewy these cookies combine the flavour of ginger and molasses, a match made in heaven!

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Chewy Ginger Cookies
These Chewy Ginger Cookies have to be one of our favourite cookie recipes, we look forward to making them every holiday season. We have been making them for a few years now and including them on our cookie tray during the holiday season. They’re always a big hit with adults and children alike!…

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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:20:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/ This recipe yields delicious thick, tender and chewy chocolate chip cookies that will stay chewy for days.

Chewy Chocolate Chip CookiesThis is my favourite chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe.  It’s from Anna Olson and she adds a “secret” ingredient, cornstarch, to make the cookies chewy rather than crisp. The great thing about this recipe is that the cookies remain chewy for days after having baked them….

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Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:56:58 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/molten-chocolate-cake/ Molten Chocolate Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/molten-chocolate-cake/ Molten Chocolate Cake is the ultimate dessert for lovers of ooey gooey chocolatey goodness!

Molten Chocolate Cake
Mmmmm, this Molten Chocolate Cake is so delicious. This is one of those desserts that has been on my list of recipes to try but some reason I had never gotten around to it.  Now that I finally have made it, and I know how delicious, easy and quick it is to make, I’ll be making this recipe more often….

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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:55:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-muffins/ Carrot Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-muffins/ Carrot Muffins
These Carrot Muffins are an adaptation of a bread recipe which called for pumpkin purée.  The idea came about from having too many baby carrots in my fridge and the need for me to do something with them before I would have to toss them into my compost bin. The mix of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg used in the original pumpkin bread recipe is a classic one also used with most carrot cake and muffin recipes so it was a natural substitution….

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