db profileHello!  Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

I’m Denise, the girl behind Sweet Peas and Saffron, and this is where I like to share my love for simple, delicious food.

A bit about me…

I’m a small-town girl from a teeny-tiny town in northern British Columbia (Canada), but I now live in Calgary with my partner in crime, Ben, and our little trouble-maker, Kai.  I’m on the home stretch of my PhD program {Yipee!}.

I named my blog Sweet Peas and Saffron because I had initially intended to blog about cooking things that I grew in my garden.  Turns out, I don’t have a great knack for gardening…aka: black-thumb.  But I decided to keep the name, ditch the garden, and get to work in the kitchen :)

My cooking philosophy…

I have no culinary training, but I love food, and I love to experiment with recipes of all kinds.  I a hopelessly picky eater, and the recipes you will find here have been tested and retested until I am completely happy.

My favorite recipes to cook are inspired by my travels.  I LOVE experiencing different cultures and trying different food, and try to incorporate that ‘thrill’ into my cooking.

I try to keep things healthy, but I do have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied every now and again.  I love salads…and cookies.  Hummus…and brownies!

Whether healthy or indulgent, my recipes must be do-able during nap-time or in the evening.  My focus is 100% on fast, simple, and delicious food.

I have very high standards and don’t post any recipes on my website that I wouldn’t make again and again.  The recipes that make the cut are truly recipes that I adore!

That being said, I think that eating {and cooking} should be a fun experience, so I try to incorporate a bit of playfulness into my recipes.  You may also notice that I don’t take myself too seriously…I am a total self-deprecating goofball.

Thank-you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy Sweet Peas and Saffron :)

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My future sous-chef


My three most popular recipes:

1. Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

2. Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus

3. Apple, Pear & Pomegranate Sangria 

My three favorite recipes:

1. Slow Cooker Caribbean Jerk Beef Tacos with Spicy Mango Salsa

2. Spicy Mango Margaritas

3. Key Lime Pie Sandwich Cookies