Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup

July 31, 2014

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

Stone Fruit Tarts with Honey Coconut Syrup via Artful Desperado

If you – just like me – are suffering from having an almost-out-control abundance of summer fruit that’s on the verge of going kaput!, then you’ll dig this recipe. I mean, even if you don’t have the fruit and you gotta buy it; you’ll still dig it!

Cue: stone fruit- the best reward of summer. Juicy, plump, sour, sweet goodness. It’s almost like 50 Shades of Grey: The Orchard Edition, ama rite?!

I saw quite a few recipes popping out around the interwebzz for easy summer tarts, so I decided to try making a few. In addition to the traditional ingredients I wanted to add something custard-y, and what better than a honey coconut syrup! It’s tropical, it’s Maui on your plate, with the touch of a hot local farmer. Bam! Sold.

Shall we get in the kitchen? Get the full recipe after the jump!

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Styling by Gitte Christensen

July 29, 2014

Slow Living // Photo by Pia Winther // Styling by Gitte Christensen

Styling by Gitte Christensen

Are your eyes going all googly? Yap. No worries, it’s not that someone slipped some mushrooms in your tea, it’s simply you freaking out a bit due to these styling skills. It happened to me too.

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Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

July 24, 2014

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Beautiful Ceramics by Studio Arhoj

Oh lawdy lawd. If I had enough benjamins in my wallet (well, more like royal beavers here in Canada) I’d sweep the entire shop at Denmark’s finest studio: Studio Arhoj. Duh! They’re Danish, no wonder why the radness factor is off the charts. You gotta check out the rest of their – awesomely quirky – work after the jump!

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Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries

July 22, 2014

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries via Artful Desperado

I’m fo fancy, you already know….If loads of chocolate, meringue, and fresh farmers’ market berries is being fancy, then yes, we all are.

Have you ever bought a bunch of ingredients that look super pretty and then you wonder: umm..now what? Ok so last weekend I was walking by the market when I saw all these mountains of stacked local berries just sitting there, winking at me, asking me to take them home. So I did. I basically bought my own weight in berries and decided to figure out what to do with them later.

The ah-ha! moment hit me when I saw the cover of may’s issue of Donna Hay (yes, I admit it, I’m a donna fan – the woman knows how to style!) and saw this freaking fantastic chocolate meringue cake. I then knew that these berries needed to marry this cake. Done and done.

Such a beautiful summer love story, right?

This cake is served chilled, which still makes it appropriate for the season – though if you make it later in the year you can serve it at room temp and it’ll be just as amazing. It’s messy, fudge-y, and lusty!

Nuff talkin, more eatin’. Full recipe after the jump!

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Local Folks: Johnny’s Pops

July 17, 2014

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Local Folks: Johnny's Pops / Photo by Tomasz Wagner

It’s time for another instalment of Local Folks: a collaborative series between Amy and Tomasz of Tomasz Wagner Photography and yours truly.

It’s no secret that we all are obsessed with popsicles. I mean, lickable dessert? Yes and yes. And who better to show us the art of the pops than the man himself; Johnny of Vancouver’s very own Johnny’s Pops. Read the full Q&A after the jump!

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