Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:10:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PEAR, GOUDA & HAZELNUT SPINACH SALAD http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/pear-gouda-hazelnut-spinach-salad.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/pear-gouda-hazelnut-spinach-salad.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:32 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5054 A delicious spinach salad packed with pear, Gouda cheese, toasted hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds, and tossed in a tangy vinaigrette.

Pear Gouda and Hazelnut Spinach Salad

On Tuesday I promised you a salad, and here you go!

Normally I would save a salad for a Monday/Tuesday sort of post, however due to life, you’re getting a Friday salad!  A Friday salad has to be pretty darn special, because let’s face it: Friday is an indulgent dessert kind of day.  This salad has to be really special…dazzling, sparkly life of the party kind of special.

Guess what?  That’s what you’re looking at.


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ROLO-STUFFED PRETZEL TOFFEE COOKIES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/rolo-stuffed-pretzel-toffee-cookies.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/rolo-stuffed-pretzel-toffee-cookies.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:33:59 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5040  The ultimate sweet and salty cookies: stuffed with Rolos, toffee and pretzel pieces.

Rolo-Stuffed Pretzel Toffee Cookies, the ultimate salty/sweet cookie! #cookie #candy

If Fridays call for cocktails, then Tuesdays call for cookies, right?  Actually, if your name is Denise, then cookie day is actually Mon-Sun.  Aka: every day ;)

And yes, this makes two dessert recipes in a row!  I actually had a salad recipe for today but my photos were baaaaad.  So I have to redo my photos, and instead you get more sweets.  Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. <– see what I did there?

OK, OK.  Bad puns aside.  These cookies are awesome and you should make them.  How’s that for a tagline?


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CRANBERRY SAUCE MINI CHEESECAKES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/cranberry-sauce-mini-cheesecakes.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/cranberry-sauce-mini-cheesecakes.html#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:57:29 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5019 Cranberry sauce is swirled into mini cheesecakes and drizzled on top.  The most delicious way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers!
Cranberry Sauce Mini Cheesecakes

So you may have witnessed my cranberry sauce rant in my Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce post.  If not, here’s the summary:  I am a total, crazy, cranberry sauce nut.

Well this year, I went a bit overboard…I made a double batch of cranberry sauce, and ended up with probably a liter of sauce for 8 people…and there were leftovers…oh so many leftovers!

And looking at the leftover cranberry sauce, and a few blocks of cream cheese that just happened to be hanging out in my fridge, this recipe was spontaneously born.


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CRANBERRY GINGER CIDER COCKTAIL http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/cranberry-ginger-cider-cocktail.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/cranberry-ginger-cider-cocktail.html#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:01:32 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5012 This simple drink combines apple cider, ginger beer, and fresh cranberries for a ridiculously easy cocktail!
Cranberry Ginger Cider Cocktail

This week, things started to click.

I wasn’t a Tasmanian devil trying to get myself and Kai out the door in the morning.  Things got accomplished at work.  Things got accomplished at home.  Kai didn’t cry when I dropped him off at daycare for the first time ever.

We are finally settling some sort of routine now that I’m back at work/school after a whole year of maternity leave.  What a relief!

Given that it’s Friday and I’m starting to feel like maybe I can do this whole mom/PhD/food blog thing, I’m in the mood to put my feet up and have a cold and bubbly cocktail.


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KALE, PEPITA & SUNFLOWER SEED PESTO http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/kale-pepita-sunflower-seed-pesto.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/kale-pepita-sunflower-seed-pesto.html#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 03:55:04 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5005 This delicious pesto ‘remix’ is packed with healthy kale and toasted pepitas and sunflower seeds.  Perfect on pasta, even better on pizza!
Kale, Pepita & Sunflower Seed Pesto

Hi hi hi!

I am writing from the depths of a turkey coma.  We had our {Canadian} Thanksgiving this past week-end!  There was turkey.  Sausage, cranberry and cornbread stuffing.  More turkey.  Raspberry Balsamic Cranberry Sauce.

And yes…three days later, a batch of turkey chili and some turkey tacos later and we are still.  eating.  turkey.

I needed a little turkey break…so we had this Kale, Pepita & Sunflower Seed Pesto on some pasta salad, to give ourselves a healthy turkey alternative.


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SALTED CARAMEL TWIX BROWNIES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/salted-caramel-twix-brownies.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/salted-caramel-twix-brownies.html#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:33:45 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=4990 Stuffed with Twix bars, swirled with caramel, and sprinkled with sea salt.  These chewy brownies have it all!
Salted Caramel Twix Brownies

I know I’ve said this before…but there is a time for restraint in the kitchen, when simplicity is the best.  And then there are days where I throw that nonsense out the window and go for more is more!

And I had a bad day this week.  Not like a the sky is falling kind of day, but one of those days where a hundred small things go wrong and it all amounts to general feelings of heavy-hearted, feet-dragging blah.

My saving grace that day was these brownies.  I had a chocolatey, Twix-stuffed, caramel-swirled, chewy brownie to look forward to.  Thank goodness!  It was definitely a day that called for an over the top, super-indulgent brownie.


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JALAPEÑO POPPER CORNBREAD MUFFINS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/jalapeno-popper-cornbread-muffins.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/jalapeno-popper-cornbread-muffins.html#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:59:49 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=4981 Cornbread in muffin form, filled with jalapeños and stuffed with cream cheese.

Jalapeño Popper Cornbread Muffins

You may have noticed that soup and I are good friends these days.

And when there is soup, you can be sure that there will be a dip-worthy something-or-rather tag along.

I can’t seem to eat a stew without a huge chunk of bread to soak up every last drop, and I can’t seem to eat soup without a pile of crackers crumbled in.  And I just can’t…{can’t!}… do chili without cornbread.

Nope.  So after making up a batch of chili last week, I had cornbread on the brain.  But instead of the usual cornbread, I ended up with these Jalapeño Popper Cornbread Muffins…filled with jalapeños, stuffed with cream cheese, and sprinkled with cheddar!


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THAI CURRY LENTIL & SWEET POTATO SOUP http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/thai-curry-lentil-sweet-potato-soup.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/thai-curry-lentil-sweet-potato-soup.html#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:28:06 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=4962 You’ll never believe this comforting sweet potato and lentil Thai curry soup is healthy! 

Thai Curry Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup #glutenfree


It’s Sunday.  Yaaaay, week-end!  I mean it!  I worked a 5 day week for the first time in a year {since returning from my maternity leave}…longest week everrr!

Very refreshing to be back amongst the adults in the land of normal people, but very difficult not to start every sentence with “You won’t believe what Kai did!”, followed by showing off 18,000 photos on my phone.

Or check my phone for an update from our daycare.  Ummm….so my first week back may have been a little unfocussed.

Productive or not, I made it through the week, thanks in part to this delicious and healthy soup, which I enjoyed for lunch several days in a row!


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BROWN BUTTER APPLE CINNAMON CAKE http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/brown-butter-apple-cinnamon-cake.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/10/brown-butter-apple-cinnamon-cake.html#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:00:38 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=4944 This apple loaf cake has nutty brown butter and a cinnamon sugar swirl.  Perfect fall comfort food!

Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon Cake

It’s October.

October!!!  How did that happen?!

October means it’s fall, for reals.  No more debating.  No more Lemon Meringue anything.  It’s apple time!  {And pumpkin, but I think you already noticed that ;) }

And I don’t know about you, but these days, after Kai is in bed and the dishes are all washed up, I’ve been curling up on the couch with a nice warm blanket and some really bad TV.  America’s Next Top Model, I’m looking at you.  Also required: a cup of sleepy time tea, and a big old slice of this Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon Loaf.


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GARLIC & PARMESAN CAULIFLOWER ‘MASHED POTATOES’ http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/09/garlic-parmesan-cauliflower-mashed-potatoes.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/09/garlic-parmesan-cauliflower-mashed-potatoes.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:20:48 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=4939 A low calorie, low carb, healthy substitute for mashed potatoes flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Smooth and delicious, perfect as a Thanksgiving side dish!
Garlic & Parmesan Cauliflower 'Mashed Potatoes': A low calorie, low carb, healthy substitute for mashed potatoes

This week I have posted a few Thanksgiving-worthy recipes, since Canadian Thanksgiving is only two weeks away.

I love Thanksgiving, love the smell of the cooking turkey, the cranberry sauce, the pumpkin pie, the stuffing, the wine, all of it!  I love spending time with family eating…and eating.  And eating.  Unbuttoning that top button.  Eating some more.

Have you seen the episode of Friends where Joey needs to get on his Thanksgiving pants?  Well, I’m a little afraid that’s going to be me this year.  I still have some maternity yoga pants…those might do the trick.

Luckily, this recipe for Garlic & Parmesan Cauliflower ‘Mashed Potatoes’ is one which thankfully won’t contribute to my need for Thanksgiving pants.


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