Easy Peasy Apple Crumble

I hate apple crumble. I really do. But this apple crumble is different. Its sweet, soft, crumbly and gooey, and it’s so easy to make! I’m eleven years old and I made it by myself at … [more]

Tangelo Pudding

Oct 1 used to be the official start of ‘pudding season’. Actually they were meat puddings, as autumn was the time to kill meat for winter, but it seems a very good festival to revive! So … [more]

Thanksgiving Turkey or Chicken

Hi guys! - I’m back from my travels, which means it’s time for some more recipe videos… Here’s one that gives you something different from the regular roast turkey, without … [more]

Banana maple cream dream (with fruit)

My dad, my sister Eliza and I made a scrumptious pudding. It was one of the best pancake dishes I have ever had. It’s sweet and you can use cream or ice cream, depending on which you prefer. [more]

Barbecued banana

The coals are dying down. The last remnants of charred meat are removed from the barbecue and you are wondering what to do with that glorious, fading heat. There is only one thing to do. Indulge … [more]

My friend Brenda's Ambrosia

This is a very easy recipe for Ambrosia, a dessert which frequented my Grandmother’s table after Sunday dinner for years when I was growing up. Every Sunday, my 6 Aunts and Uncles, their … [more]

Grandma’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The combination of the sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb makes this a classic in country fare. [more]

Peppered Cantaloupes

Pepper and fruit has always had a great relationship, just like chilled pear pepper soup . The pungency of the pepper and the sweetness of the fruit is a unique blance. I ran across this in my old … [more]

Mushy orange and grapefruit

I was reminiscing with my family recently recalling tastes from our childhood. It still amazes me how my mother managed to feed us so well given that there were five of us each with voracious … [more]

Acidulated water (applying)

If you are cutting a lot of fruit such as apples and don’t want them to brown, dip in acidulated water or use a spray bottle with acidulated water, to spray on surfaces. [more]

Passion fruit

This edible fruit of the passion flower has a delightfully sweet acidic flavor. The orange yellow flesh contains small but edible crunchy black seeds. For many dishes such as passion fruit sorbet and … [more]

Passion fruit tea

I was at the farmers’ market this past weekend chatting with one of the farmers. The passion fruits looked dried out as it is the end of the season, but it turns out they are still quite tasty. … [more]

Bartlett pear

This sweet and juicy pear is not only beautiful, but delicious as well. The Bartlett has a large bell shape and a yellowish green skin. Although is was developed in England in the 17th century by a … [more]

Queer plum cake

It’s not queer, plum or cake, but it is really easy and really good. Dads who are afraid of the kitchen, this one is for you. The kids love making this one too. So, what’s with the name? … [more]

Skillet fried apples

This very ‘country’ dish is a family tradition. It is a sweet-tart and colorful addition to any meal. Great for using those tart apples that are delicious in cooked recipes, though any … [more]

Pink Lady® Apple

This apple is a delight! I can never eat too much of it. The aromatic, crunchy flesh fulfills everything I expect from a delicious fruit. Works great in cooking too. The Pink Lady® is an new … [more]


Zest is the outer, colorful skin of citrus fruit and is often used to add strong flavor to foods, such as lemon meringue pie, sorbets and salads. Zest has become a synonym for spice, strong flavor or … [more]

Baked apple

My father’s greatest love (beside his wife and children) is his garden. It is a wondrous place. From the kitchen window (the heart of the house) the garden beckons you. It sort of mirrors the … [more]

Caring for fruit

Most fruits are delicate creatures and need to be handled with care. Always wash them individually and with a low flow of water to prevent bruising. To ripen fruit, be it avocados berries, melons, … [more]

Fruit and pepper

I am fascinated as to why black pepper seems to work so well on some fruit.

I think it is reasonably well known that black pepper on strawberries brings out the taste. It is also customary to pepper melon and parma ham. I just discovered it works well with pear too - I ate a pear after a somewhat peppery lentil pate. My guess is it would work on grapefruit or orange too, but my question is why does it work? [more]

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