Author Archives: thegildedsprout

Maple Quince Tarts

Maple Quince Tarts

If your first question is “what on earth is a quince?” then you need to keep reading.   If you have never had a quince, then you are exactly where I was about 10 years ago before moving to Australia.  When first presented with these wobbly looking fruit, I was curious when the first thing… Continue Reading

Dream Bars

Dream Bars

  Time and time again, my Australian husband informs me that Canadians and Americans just don’t appreciate a good slice. He may be right… He may also be wrong! I like to point out the nanaimo bar. Is this not a slice? What defines a slice? There have to be layers but are there other… Continue Reading

Vegetarian German Potato Salad

Vegetarian German Potato Salad

It’s football season so let the potluck game nights begin! Need a winner? Go vintage with this Vegetarian German Potato Salad.  What happened to German potato salad? When I was was a kid in the 80s, it was a staple in my house and a must for a potluck.  My Dad would make it in… Continue Reading

Garlic and Rosemary Mustard

Garlic and Rosemary Mustard

Warning! I was dangerously low on mustard as i searched around in the fridge to make sandwich.  Luckily, I had just enough to scrap out of the jar and a cupboard full of seeds waiting to be made into more. Mustard is one of those things that is ridiculously easy to make and yet time… Continue Reading

BFF Spicy Pickled Beans

BFF Spicy Pickled Beans

Somethings are hard to find in life and two of those things are a good best friend and some good spicy pickled beans.  Lucky for me, I happen to have both! For ages now my Best Friend has been wanting to pickle beans.  She has a love a a good Ceasar (very Canadian huh?) and… Continue Reading

Mouse Melon Pickles

Mouse Melon Pickles

Mouse Melons, Mexican Sour Gherkins, Cucamelon, whatever you call them, these little beauties certainly are unusual and well worth a place in your kitchen. All of a sudden these little vegetables are getting popular.  I had never seen one until a few months ago when the lady who runs my child’s daycare handed me one.… Continue Reading

Three Bean Tempeh

Three Bean Tempeh

Don’t know about tempeh yet? It is coming and it is going to take the world by storm! Get ahead of the game and into the action with this three bean tempeh! A couple of years ago I was introduced to kefir and have been using it in absolutely everything possible.  Whenever I would tell… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins

Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins

Another week and another awesome muffin.  These Pumpkin breakfast muffins are a winner! As I continue my crusade to have muffins ready every morning to grab and go for a healthy breakfast, this week I finally got around to pumpkin muffins.  I generally think of pumpkin as a fall treat but there is absolutely no… Continue Reading

Garlic and Sage Focaccia

Garlic and Sage Focaccia

I am not going to sit here and go on and on about baking your own bread. But seriously, this garlic and sage focaccia is worth the effort. If you don’t already love it, then it is going to be a hard sell to convince you to get going on a focaccia but I am… Continue Reading