It’s the first day of fall. I woke up earlier than usual this morning. The sun was just coming up as I sat down to write this post. I think a small part of me feels like it’s Christmas morning. It’s hard to say but fall might be my favourite season. There are so many things to love about it. The refreshing nip in the air in the mornings, leaves changing colour, Thanksgiving, farmers markets during harvest time, hot soups, and of course the baking. Fall is the season we say goodbye to the warmth outside and hello to the warmth inside.

I’m so excited for the season of baking ahead. I think I started my autumn baking a little early early this year with the Pumpkin Spice Gâteau Basque I made a few weeks ago.


Like many people, I love pumpkin spice. I’m also sort of conflicted because I don’t want to be part of the already saturated pumpkin spice trend, but pumpkin spice is so good! I had a friend in university who always used to say that clichés are overused because they’re so true. Same thing with pumpkin spice, no?

Whatever the case, I’ve decided that this year I’m going to explore other ingredients and recipes that convey the warmth of autumn just as well as pumpkin spice does (maybe). I’m still going to make everything possible with pumpkin spice though – it’s like it’s become a public contest isn’t it? Who can make the most outrageous pumpkin spice thing….

Here are some of my favourite creative approaches to pumpkin spice:

I’m late to the game because apparently there’s already an entire pumpkin spice cookbook too. Also, I posted my pumpkin spice gateau basque on instagram and got likes from more than one pumpkin spice themed account. What!? How is that a thing?

What I was trying to get at was that I’ll be exploring other fall flavours: apples, squash, sweet potato & yams, savoury baked goods – all are really representative of the season and will be making an appearance in the next few weeks.


Happy Fall!

And in case you’re wondering, I used “pumpkin spice” a total of 15 times in this post.



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My name is Cristina. I was born in Constanta, Romania and moved to Toronto with my parents aged five. Growing up I spent every summer at my grandparents homestead in rural Romania, which instilled in me a deep and consuming love for traditional culture. Back in Toronto I made friends from every part of the world, which sparked a longstanding love affair with the complex identities and traditions behind the cultures I encounter. For the last three years I've been getting to know American culture living in Royal Oak, Michigan with my Romanian-Canadian husband Bogdan and our American rescue dog Oliver. Culture and identity has been a defining part of my life and I love sharing my explorations in food and culture here. I also write about managing my multiethnic foodie kitchen, sourcing good ingredients, and travel. If you want to connect the best place to find me is Instagram (I'm always online :P)

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