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db profileHey there!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet.

I’m Denise, the girl behind Sweet Peas and Saffron.  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, but I now live in Calgary with my partner in crime, Ben, and our little chubster, Kai.  I’m on maternity leave from my PhD program.

I named my blog Sweet Peas and Saffron because I had initially intended to blog about cooking stuff that I grew in my garden.  That was great for the summer, but I wanted to keep going in the winter!  Naturally the cooking part took over {plus it turns out I have a bit of a black thumb}.

 My cooking philosophy…

I have no culinary training, but I love food, and I love to experiment with recipes of all kinds.  I pretty much can never just stick to a recipe!

I also love trying food from around the world.  In a former life, I was fortunate enough to visit Australia {where I lived for nearly two years and picked up a souvenir in the form of a fiance}, New Zealand, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Croatia, Nepal and Norway.  I LOVE experiencing different cultures and trying different food, and try to incorporate that ‘thrill’ into my cooking.

I used to have all the time in the world to putter in the kitchen, but now with a baby, my recipes must be do-able during nap-time, or that magical 30 minutes in the morning where he amuses himself in his exersaucer.  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.  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 don’t take my food {or myself} too seriously.

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