Judith’s Blueberry Bramble Coffee Cake

Blueberry CakeThis blog is in honour of my Nana and back in July I was really happy to share my first recipe of her’s, Nana’s Date Squares. When I eat at restaurants, bakeries, friends, or even other members of my family’s, I always love to see people serving their family recipes. I feel that it’s a great way of keeping our loved ones with us, and brings out a sense of pride about oneself and the dish. This recipe comes from my family friend Sharon’s mother and it’s delicious, hope you enjoy! Continue reading

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Nana’s Date Squares

Nana's date squareThis is a special recipe, it is the first recipe of my Nana’s that I am posting on My Nana’s Kitchen. Since I had been baking with her for so long, at one point she wrote down a bunch of her recipes for me, some from even her grandmother. As you can see in the image below, it’s hand written on a cue card in her unique handwriting, and is a recipe that I will always cherish. Continue reading

Auntie Pedie’s Peanut Cookies

Auntie Pedie's CookiesMy great-aunt Pedie is my Nana’s sister and a great baker. I call her Auntie Pedie because I grew up with my mother calling her that, so that’s what I called her and it stuck. Recently, my mom had a craving for a specific peanut cookie and knew it was homemade but couldn’t figure out who made it or what the recipe was. It finally hit her that she had had them as a kid and they were made by my great-aunt, who she called right away to ask for the recipe. After my aunt found the right box that had the recipe (she has 16 boxes of filed recipes!), she called my mom back and we made them. Here’s the result and hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Zebra Fudge Cookies

A zebra fudge cookieIt’s a big week for me: it’s my birthday, I got a new job (soon to be a Brand Coordinator for Lifetime and Food Network!), and I’m a guest blogger for FoodStory – this great startup that provides information on Toronto’s farmers markets and even has delivery if you can’t make it (or can and just can’t carry it all home). I wrote about my why for starting this blog, my love of markets Continue reading

Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheets

For some reason, I can never remember what temperature to cook something at and for how long, so I always called my Nana for the answer, she was my kitchen Google – a resource I miss dearly (for emotional and practical reasons). I stumbled upon the second image, and, while searching for a better quality one to post here, I found the first image. While the second cheat sheet is prettier, the first has the all-important baking/roasting option Continue reading

Knitter Not-So-Anonymous

After writing this blog for a couple months, I have come to the realization that my posts are definitely mainly going to consist of recipes over ‘everything else grandmother’s teach you’, which I don’t think people will mind. That being said, I’ve got to talk about my rediscovered love of knitting, because it’s awesome, not just to add one to the ‘everything else’ category. Continue reading

Why

My Nana and I at my high school graduationI lost my grandmother a couple years ago to cancer, and my life hasn’t really been the same since. She was one of my best friends, someone full of eternal wisdom for every one of my questions and problems (ranging from ‘how to bake salmon’ to ‘how to get this stain out of that fabric’ to advice when I would fight with my mom). She instilled a love of baking in me at a very young age, along with an infatuation for jewellery, a weakness for anything antique, and an inclination towards things that are, as she would say, “funky”. Continue reading