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Ah, la dolce vita. We love a balance of familiar sweets and classical european desserts using wonderful local and organic ingredients.
Chocolate truffle tart with house-made pistachio gelato and rose marshmallows.

Chocolate truffle tart with house-made pistachio gelato and rose marshmallows.

Semi-freddo di torrone with roasted almonds, crack caramel, and cointreau soaked apricots.

Semi-freddo di torrone with roasted almonds, crack caramel, and cointreau soaked apricots.

A black forest cake for an Oktober Fest celebration.

A black forest cake for an Oktober Fest celebration.

In celebration of GIS day, a delicious earth cake fit with edible satellites.

In celebration of GIS day, a delicious earth cake fit with edible satellites.

Local to the max for the NALT Wild Food Festival 2010. Local wild violas, local candied hazelnuts and paste with a vanilla genoise and ecuadorian chocolate ganache.

Local to the max for the NALT Wild Food Festival Local wild violas, local candied hazelnuts and paste with a vanilla genoise and ecuadorian chocolate ganache.

I decided double stuffed would be a great way to make the orange-creamsicle macarons I'd been imagining. Here they are with tahitian vanilla butter cream and our house-made citrus preserve.

I decided double stuffed would be a great way to make the orange-creamsicle macarons I'd been imagining. Here they are with tahitian vanilla butter cream and our house-made citrus preserve.

Not Your Average Nanaimo Bar. Why? From the top down: single origin Ecuadorian chocolate ganache, real butter and tahitian vanilla cream - light as a feather, and the base filled with pecans, almonds, and coconut. (Riso - gluten free options.)

Not Your Average Nanaimo Bar. From the top down: single origin Ecuadorian chocolate ganache, real butter and tahitian vanilla cream - light as a feather, and the base filled with pecans, almonds, and coconut.

Rhubarb soup with Lillet sabayon and coconut tuile.

Rhubarb soup with Lillet sabayon and coconut tuile.

A cake to celebrate fathers' day. The inscription reads: Dad, you're stellar.  (Riso - gluten free options.)

A cake to celebrate fathers' day. The inscription reads: Dad, you're stellar.

A chocolate beet cake make with ingredients from the Lantzville Farmers Market to celebrate the self-same market. The beets' tops are mint, and the butter cream is coloured with beet juice.

A chocolate beet cake make with ingredients from the Lantzville Farmers Market to celebrate the self-same market. The beets' tops are mint, and the butter cream is coloured with beet juice.

Every winter season I make a fruit cake that I adore - chocablock full of fruit, nuts, chocolate and a little bitter orange. Such a great hostess gift, or a treat to hoard away for later. (Riso - gluten free.)

Every winter season I make a fruit cake that I adore - chocablock full of fruit, nuts, chocolate and a little bitter orange. Such a great hostess gift, or a treat to hoard away for later.

Jammy macarons stuffed with raspberry, and chocolate-espresso macarons featuring Drum Roaster single origin espresso.

Jammy macarons stuffed with raspberry, and chocolate-espresso macarons featuring Drum Roaster single origin espresso.

French Macarons are just beyond compare. Tricky to make, sumptuous to eat - a real indulgence.

French Macarons are just beyond compare. Tricky to make, sumptuous to eat - a real indulgence.