Three seed brittle with coconut

three seed brittle with coconut

three seed brittle with coconut

three seed brittle with coconut

three seed brittle with coconut

three seed brittle with coconut

Here’s where we’re at with our bathroom revamp:

bathroom revamp

In the meantime, let me tell you about my latest favourite snack, three seed brittle with coconut.

It’s more fuel than snack because it’s made with nutrient-dense ingredients: pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds, and dried coconut.

It’s different from the sticky buttery sweet peanut brittle we had when I was a kid. Yet it has the same saltiness and sweetness and delivers a satisfying crunch without threatening to crack a tooth or mess too much with your blood sugar levels.

It’s easy to make in less than 40 minutes, start to finish. No need for the constant attention required for traditional stove top brittle.

My first batch turned out great, although I kept a close eye on it to make sure it didn’t over cook and burn on the edges.

For the second batch I omitted the dried fruit that was listed in the original recipe. I find dried fruit gets a little too tough after it’s been baked (with granola, I always add the dried fruit after it comes out of the oven). For those of you who want to give the dried fruit a go, add a 1/2 cup dried cranberries, cherries or raisins to the mixture.

Break it in large pieces for a hiking or travel snack, or serve several on a platter with a soft goat cheese and other crudites.

When broken in smaller pieces, it’s perfect for sprinkling over salad or a bowl of fruit and yogurt.

Smartly packaged, these would also make an excellent hostess gift.


three seed brittle

Three seed brittle with coconut

Here’s my take on a recipe from Sara Britton’s book My New Roots:

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

scant 1/2 cup brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir well.

In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Add the syrup and whisk until uniform. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and fold quickly to incorporate it before the mixture becomes too sticky.

Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and smooth out the top with the back of an oil-greased spatula.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Crack the brittle into pieces and store them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two weeks.


Bathroom revamp

bathroom revamp

My next blog post was going to be about a beautifully designed chair I’ve been admiring. But Simon suggested I write about how we’re fixing up the upstairs bathroom. “People love before and afters,” he said.

So here’s a sneak peak as we revamp one of the smallest albeit most important rooms in our more than 125 year-old home.

Perhaps you think the bathroom looks fine as is. True. But a closer inspection would reveal tired, chipped and peeling fixtures. Even though we invested money and endured toxic fumes to have them resurfaced and painted, they became chipped again. The sink is an eye sore, the bathtub is dangerous to our bottoms (ouch!), and the toilet wobbles.

Since it’s one of the most highly used rooms in our home it deserves to be a priority, don’t you think?

So a few weeks ago, after carefully measuring the space, Simon set off to a local hardware store and picked out a new bathtub and faucet, sink and toilet. When he saw something he liked, he sent photos with a text message for approval. And that was that.

Now to find the right attitude while we deal with the disruptions. For example, when we have to pee in the middle of the night we have to travel down two sets of stairs and back up again. By the time I get back into bed I’m wide awake! No more herbal tea before bedtime, I guess.

But it’s a first world problem and I’ll avoid complaining. Given all the homeless and refugees of this world, I’m grateful for our cozy home and that we have the means with which to renovate it.

I can’t wait until it all comes together. Stay tuned!


bathroom revampAbove: We love the brick chimney. The plan is to remove and use the wainscoting that’s covering it up to repair any damage that needs to occur to the wainscoting in the rest of the bathroom. We talked about removing all of it and tiling instead, but it’s in such good condition and suits the character of our home.

bathroom revampAbove: We need to replace the old pine floor as it needs to be torn up to deal with the plumbing. We’re going with this tile. The colour was inspired by a colour pulled from the bricks in the chimney.

bathroom revamp

bathroom revampAbove: See what I mean? Eye sore.

bathroom revampAbove: This cabinet, which must be as old as the house, needs a little love and care but it stays. Out with the old and in with the new, but not all the time.

bathroom revampAbove: Renovation is underway. I have some painting to do!

bathroom revamp

Above: Three hundred pounds of cast iron sitting in a snowbank waiting to be picked up. We offered it for free on kijiji and had loads of interest.