Gluten Free and Dairy Free (And Some Vegan) Japanese-Inspired Desserts: Uncle Tetsu’s Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Bananas Foster Pudding Cake, Strawberry Mousse Cake and Chestnut Layer Cake

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For the 9th Annual Volk/Watson Christmas Extravaganza, I kept with the Japanese theme (mostly sushi) and created light-as-air pastries and cakes. That's not easy when you're gluten free and dairy free. I can't remember the last time I ate cheesecake or tiramisu, two of my … [Read more...]

Mountains of Gluten Free Fake Oatmeal Cookies

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It was a lie when I told everyone these were oatmeal cookies. They're actually made with quinoa flakes instead of oats, which are tons more expensive but I can digest them. And I used buckwheat flour in place of all-purpose. They're not vegan though – I used two large eggs … [Read more...]

Masters Sunday Masterpieces and What to Cook for a Potluck

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My dad has an annual tradition of inviting all of his golf friends and their partners over to watch the last day of the Masters, the annual golf tournament that ends with someone wearing a green jacket. It's the only time of the year my dad orders catering – he usually gets a … [Read more...]

Sweet Saturdays: Gluten Free, Dairy Free Cinnamon Buns from Bunner’s Bakeshop


Bunner's was rated the top bakery in Toronto by NOW Magazine in 2015. No, not the top gluten-free bakery – though it is – but the best overall bakery. It just happens to be both 100% gluten free and vegan. The staff can even tell you which items are soy-free, and most are. I … [Read more...]

Nothing to Trifle With: Strawberries, Blueberries, Custard and Cream Make the Perfect Summer Dessert

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When it's so hot your pores are like a swimming pool, you can barely sleep and stepping outside feels like you've been hit in the face with a sauna, it's time for trifle. The light-as-air dessert is served cold and combines sponge cake, custard, fruit, whipped cream and a hit … [Read more...]