Ice Cream Hearts

Photo by Caroline West

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day.   The stores are decorated with cardboard hearts, half-deflated balloons and flowers that might not last the ride home. The aisles are lined with plush I-wuv-u puppies, cheap chocolate and Justin Bieber Valentine cards.  And every cupcake, brownie and cookie in sight is covered in a thick layer of florescent pink frosting. I absolutely […]

Chocolate Mousse

Photo by Caroline West

This cool, rich, melt-in-your-mouth mousse contains only two ingredients: chocolate and cream. I first made this at culinary school as a filling for a decadent Marquise cake — I’ve been making it ever since, with or without the cake. I’ve added pear chips and chocolate leaves for textural contrast and height. A thin cookie perched […]

Homemade Ice Cream

Photo by Caroline West

Tossing a carton of ice cream in your shopping cart might be second nature, but making your own can spark your imagination with endless possibilities.  Ice cream, after all, is but a cool ivory canvas, waiting to be flavoured with your favourite ingredients. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the effort, you’ve probably never tasted […]