Chocolate Violin

Backstory: During the first COVID lockdown, with the stay at home order, I thought it would a good idea to improve my chocolate skills by making multiple showpieces at home: an iceberg with a polar bear, a queen bee on top of her honey box, and a large chocolate animal. Most of the showpieces were not as good as I’d imagined them to be, but with each of these projects I was able to learn something and improve my skills a little along the way.

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Dumplings With Crispy Lattice

With the stay at home order and the move to working from home, we jumped on the at-home dumpling bandwagon back in April of 2020. I have been eating dumplings for the majority of my life, but had never seen the crispy lattice/skirt (sometimes called wings) until I saw it on Instagram around the same time.

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Lemon Squares

This lemon square has a soft texture, tons of lemon flavour, and just the right balance of sweetness and tartness. The graham crust adds a nice complimentary flavour and texture, and as a bonus it is quicker and easier than a typical shortbread crust.

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Mint Chip Ice Cream

Mint chip is hands-down one of our favourite ice cream flavours. An added perk of this recipe is that it calls for fresh mint, which is basically a weed so it is easily available in our backyard all summer long!

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Calamansi Tart

When we moved into our first house in September of 2017, we were gift a calamansi tree from Queenie’s breeder. Admittedly, after falling into our care the tree didn’t bare any fruits for several years, and when it did, they only grew to the size of dimes, rotted, and then fell to the ground. With a little time and TLC, we got a better handle on caring for our tree. This year, we had our first true “harvest” and were able to make something with it for the first time.

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