Chunky Monkey Muffins

Once a month I engage in a standoff with the bananas on my kitchen counter. I spend up to 2 weeks waiting for them to reach the perfect ripeness (mostly brown spots with only the tinniest bits of yellow left) which lasts for a short period of time before they turn to the dark side and begin to resemble compost. I get a bit obsessive, daily monitoring their progress and yelling at anyone who even thinks about eating one. I am generally not an angry or violent person, but eat one of the four … [Read more...]

Fig Newton Energy Balls

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Since starting Every Last Bite almost 7 months ago I am quite proud of the varied selection of recipes I have posted. There have been salads and soups, starters and dips as well as breads, bars and cookies. No matter how creative or delicious each recipe is, week after week the most popular posts are my Apple Pie, Coconut & Ginger and Banana Bread Energy Balls, not that I'm judging you guys for checking them out, they are seriously good. I think its fair to say that energy balls are … [Read more...]

Grain Free Pumpkin Risotto

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My family came to visit a few weeks ago and we decided to go to Bordeaux for the weekend. Whenever we are together good food and lots of wine is a given, but put my family + SA in Bordeaux and the good food and wine hits a whole new level of indulgence. We spent 2 days in the town of Bordeaux which has officially become runner up on my list of favourite French cities (don't worry Paris, your position at the top is safe!). Bordeaux is a picturesque city with beautiful old buildings, quaint … [Read more...]

Asian Salmon Cakes with Tropical Salsa

Whenever I see a recipe for prawn, crab or fish cakes the words "guaranteed disaster" cross my mind. This is primarily due to a crab cake incident at a Christmas party we threw a few years ago. I had never made crab cakes before but after looking up a dozen or so recipes online I figured, how hard can this really be? I'm a good cook, I can wing this. Fast forward to the night of our party; 20 hungry guests, a small fortunes worth of fresh crab meat and 2 hours of mounting anticipation due to … [Read more...]

Lemon & Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies in October? I know, sometimes I confuse myself too. I spent most of the month of September posting summer recipes as I was convinced it was still August. A week later and I have skipped right over the entire season of autumn and moved straight into Christmas. Although usually served ¬†at Christmas, I decided to freshen up the flavours of the traditional thumbprint cookie. Lets be honest, who eats a thumbprint cookie for the base and edges, everyone knows that it's all about … [Read more...]

Raspberry Jam

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During my first year in London I had a never ending stream of guests who came to stay with me. As I had just graduated from University, most of my friends from Canada were keen to travel and low on money so a free couch to sleep on in central London was an opportunity few could pass on. As well as running a bed and breakfast I also provided tour guide services to those sleeping on my couch, who knew having a comfy couch resulted in a full time hospitality job. Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash, Feta & Pumpkin Seed Salad

SA is one of those people who could eat the same chicken salad for dinner every night for a year and never get bored (i think his current record is 10 nights in a row, seriously weird right?) I on the other hand start to lose my mind by day 2 and by day 4 am contemplating a hunger strike over eating the same salad again. Now that summer is over I was hoping to work a new warm salad into our weekly dinner routine, the requirements: less than 10 minutes of preparation and filling enough to not … [Read more...]

Easy-Peasy Pickles

I think I'm pushing it a bit on the timing of this post. Summer has passed and the leaves are changing colour which means cucumber season is officially over but keeping this recipe to myself for another 9 months just seemed unfair. So ladies and gentleman, may I present to you worlds easiest homemade pickles. I absolutely love pickles and can mindlessly eat my way through a jar in the blink of an eye. There is always a jar in my fridge and one or two backups in the cupboard to ensure we … [Read more...]

Herb Flatbread with Roasted Veggies & Pesto

When people find out I love to cook one of the first questions they often ask is "whats the hardest thing you make". Through practice I have discovered that if you add a few specific words to any dish you can make it sound impressively complicated and gourmet. Words such as braised, emulsion, puree and reduction are almost guaranteed to be met with an impressed "wow" response. Truthfully that's all a lie, but lets be honest, how impressed would you be if I told you one of the hardest things … [Read more...]

Banana Bread Energy Balls

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Do you have any secret food indulgences? Something you eat when no one is looking? I'm hoping that at least one person is answering yes to this question so I don't feel like a complete food obsessed weirdo. My secret food indulgence is uncooked dough and batter. I like cookies but I LOVE cookie dough. Usually if a recipe makes 24 cookies, only 12 will make it into the oven while the rest will be eaten in spoonfuls from the mixing bowl. Sadly that's not the embarrassing part, I'm about to take … [Read more...]