Tales from the Oasis

One night as we sat around a camp fire drinking tea which had to be smuggled in from Libya because it was illegal in Egypt, the English speaking guide regaled us with stories of Bedouin life.


Almond Torte with Cream & Cherries

Last night I decided to try an almond torte with cherries and cream. The BC cherries are fantastic and I get raw cream from our local herd-share fresh every week, in fact I have just gotten back from picking up my share.

The almonds probably come from California. I did find a online farm-stand that would ship me nuts from the farm in 30 lb boxes, but I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet. Most almonds are pasteurized these days, unfortunately. As usual my oven burnt the hell out of my tortes. As a result I use a lower temperature for a longer time that might normally be used for a torte, feel free to experiment with the temperature.



Bread and Butter Pudding

This makes a delicious holiday dessert, warm, rich, moist nourishing and comforting.

  • 1 loaf Panatone bread
  • 250g softened butter
  • 1/2 liter cream
  • 1/2 liter milk
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 2 t vanilla essence or 2 vanilla beans
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt

Warm the cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs and cinnamon gently on the stove-top. Do not allow to boil.

Slice the Panatone and thickly butter each slice.



Fruit Soup

3 c dried prunes 1 c pearl barley 1 c raisins 2 sticks cinnamon brown sugar cornstarch or arrowroot 1 t cut lemon peel 1 ½ T lemon juice Method: Cover prunes with cold water and let stand overnight. Wash pearl barley, cover with cold water and stand overnight. Add raisins to prunes and add more cold water if necessary.…

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Kutia Pudding

From Russia, this is a traditional sweet pudding that is served at Christmastime. 2 c cracked wheat ½ c sugar ½ c honey ½ c chopped walnuts ¼ c poppy seeds Method: Rinse wheat. Cook in water until done, about ¾ of an hour. Add water during cooking if necessary. Stir during cooking so that wheat will not stick to…


Paska Easter Cake

Traditional Russian Orthodox Easter Cake

  • 2 ½ lbs ricotta
  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c fine sugar
  • 1 c glazed fruit
  • 1 c golden raisins
  • ½ c blanched almonds
  • 1 ½ t vanilla

Have all ingredients room temperature. Break ricotta into small pieces. Add alternately butter and heavy cream to cheese and beat with a wooden spoon until soft and smooth.

Beat together eggs and sugar until very light. Add to cheese mixture gradually and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add all but ¼ c glazed fruit and ¼ c raisins which will be used for decoration later.