It’s always bittersweet visiting Canada now that my parents have passed away, but we really did have a wonderful visit this time, and I so enjoyed catching up with so many friends and family. The photos above were taken in Victoria Park, a place I spent a lot of time in when I was growing up. It’s gorgeous in the summer, and there is a fantastic play area for kids, with a mini water park and adventure play area as well as swings, slides etc. In the winter, when the lake would freeze, we would go skating on it. I vividly remember the coat my Mom used to wear and how tightly I would hold her hand.
Of course, my home is very definitely England, now that I have lived there literally half my life, but while you can take the girl out of Canada, you can’t take the Canada out of the girl! I’ve enjoyed remembering so many good times and reminiscing with friends and family this week. Of course, memories of the past so often involve food, and I was reminded of these muffins my Mom used to make after we came home from a cold afternoon’s skating. They tasted so good with a mug of hot chocolate! They are also delicious with coffee or tea too, and perfect for breakfast. My Mom used to use all whole wheat flour, and of course you are welcome to do so, but I prefer the lighter texture achieved by using half whole wheat flour and half white. As for the jam, the original recipe called for cherry, but you can use absolutely any flavour you like. I have yet to find one that isn’t delicious!
For the recipe please click here.