Grilled Cheese with grilled apples and fig jam

Okay, my grilled cheese sandwich is near perfection.  Today I sautéed some apples in butter sprinkled with cinnamon; next I cut some thick slices of medium Canadian cheddar, spread some fig jam on one side of the whole grain bread, added the apple slices and then grilled the whole thing in a pan on the stove.  Wow, what a taste treat.  But I was thinking….what about sprinkling some sliced almonds on the jam?  Tomorrow’s another day.  I’ll let you know.


Chocolate and more chocolate

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark

Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe

By Hannah Ziskin

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown its tendency for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Consumed in reasonable portions, and paired with heart-healthy walnuts, magnesium- and calcium-rich almonds, and potassium-rich dried black currants, this chocolate bark recipe is a perfect excuse for holiday indulgence.


  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ pounds dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried black currants


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread sliced almonds and chopped walnuts on a baking sheet. Bake nuts for 5 to 10 minutes, checking frequently, until golden brown. Set aside.

Meanwhile, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper so that the paper hangs slightly over the edge.

In a double boiler*, melt the dark chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Stir in almonds, walnuts, and currants until combined.

Pour chocolate mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet, tapping the sheet a few times on the counter to release air bubbles and smooth the mixture. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.

Place baking sheet in refrigerator, uncovered until set. Break apart into bit sized pieces and keep in an air-tight container with parchment paper between layers of chocolate.

*If you do not have a double boiler, place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, and set over a saucepan of water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water). Melt over low heat (water should not come to a boil).
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Let it snow, let it snow! A guaranteed white Christmas.

December 1st – if you weren’t thinking about Christmas before, it is now almost impossible not to be caught up in the mad dash to the 24th and 25th.  I’ve started to make and sell some Christmas cards.  It’s always nice to put on some Christmas music to get me in the creative mood.  I’m also hoping to bake and sell some cookies for the holidays.  I’m trying to perfect my gingersnap recipe and want to try to make some savoury shortbread cookies.  We’ve already had some snow in Vancouver – a somewhat unusual site and predictions are that there will be plenty more.  So I don’t think we’ll only be dreaming of snow, but in fact we will see it falling from the sky in all its wonder and beauty.  And if you are in the mood for snow, but none is in sight, you can watch it snow on this blog.