Ladybugs – Coccinelles


1 pint of cherry tomatoes

a bag of spinach, or arugula salad

1 small can or jar of black, small olives

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp corn starch

8 oz feta cheese

Cut one end of each tomato, to leave place for the head. Cut them in half lengthwise, cut half of the back as on the picture.

Cut one end of each olive, then cut in half to make the head.

Cut 1/2″ slices in the cheese. Depending on the size, cut in 4, 6 or 8 wedges.

Put a leaf of salad on each wedge, a ladybug on top.

Dilute the cornstarch in the cold vinegar. Bring to a boil, stir for about one minute until the liquid is more like a cream. Let this cool down, then place in a ziplock, cut a corner and make the dots on the tomatoes.

Voila, bon app├ętit !



Crystallized Cranberries


2 cups granulated sugar, preferably cane sugar

2 cups water

2 cups fresh cranberries

1/4 cup superfine sugar or granulated

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Combine the 2 cups granulated sugar and water in a saucepan on low heat, mix until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer, until it becomes syrupy. Remove from heat and let it cool. Stir in the cranberries, cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Drain the cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving the liquid that you can use later. In a coffee grinder or blender, grind the shredded coconut and 1/4 cup sugar if it’s not superfine. Place this mix in a shallow dish. Roll the cranberries so they are totally covered. Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet; let them dry at room temperature for 1 hour.

Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.

I added them on a cranberry ginger coconut bundt cake. You can find the recipe in the gluten-free holiday baking eBook from the store Abe’s Market. Download it for free at