A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    Toronto Bakes for Japan

    Filed under :Baking, brownies, chocolate, Cinnamon, Desserts, Holidays, Toronto Bakes for Japan, walnuts
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    Thank you so much Heena of Tiffin Tales and Niya of Destiny, Domesticity and Dirty Secrets, who organized the fabulous Toronto Bakes for Japan Bake Sale.  As Japan was hit with several disasters in a row, Heena determined to help in any way she could.  In answer to why we should have this bake sale, she eloquently and succintly wrote:

    Because we can.  We must…. Japan had been hit by a massive 8.9 earthquake. Over the next few days, I watched as the country was hit by one disaster after another.  My heart broke a little each time I saw the images of death and destruction, of kids being scanned for signs of radiation, of rescue workers searching for the bodies of victims, of survivors trying desperately to find their loved ones.  I sent up a silent prayer each time, but I wanted to do more…. I bake almost every week, and I know so do hundreds of passionate food lovers all over Toronto. If we all put our efforts together, can we make a difference? I really believe we can.

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    Roasted Apple Tartlets

    Filed under :Apples, Desserts, Halloween, Holidays, Tartlets
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    With the New Year fast approaching, I figure it’s time to post the last two outstanding recipes from my Hallowe’en Murder Mystery Party- they’re good for any occasion, really, and I’ll be making them again.  The first posted here is for Roasted Apple Tartlets.  The second, which I’ll put up later this week, is for the delicious pumpkin pie from Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein’s Ultimate Cookbook.

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    Roasted Leg of Lamb

    Filed under :Halloween, Holidays, Lamb
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    The piece de resistance at my recent Hallowe’en Murder Mystery Dinner Party was the roasted leg of lamb.  I decided to reach out to a new butcher, and after explaining the situation (I had never made lamb before!), Tony’s on the Block really came through.  Not only did they give me valuable advice (lamb shoulder is best for stewing meat; if you want a roast, you want the leg), they de-boned it, stuffed it with garlic, rosemary, oregano and thyme, and rolled it back up.

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