August 02, 2015

Mix And Match Pesto

I always have leftover greens.  I buy a bunch of parsley, use a few stems and then watch the rest go bad.  I buy a box of arugula, because of course it only comes in giant boxes, use some in a salad, and then the rest just sits there forgotten in the fridge.  

July 13, 2015

Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Pie (With Candied Pistachios)

We were getting strawberries and rhubarb in our veggie bag again this week.  Last time I had made a strawberry rhubarb crumble pie for our camping trip.  Everyone loved it!  I was going to make another one of the same, but if you’ve learned anything through this blog, I don’t usually like doing that.  And then Alex found this blog post from Bellwoods brewery.  They had a new dessert on their menu to pair with their Omerta beer: a strawberry rhubarb shortcake with cardamom-scented pastry cream and candied pistachios.  

That sounded so so good.  

July 09, 2015

How To: Always Get The Cake Out Of The Pan

I bake a lot (in case you haven’t noticed), so sometimes I take some things that I know how to do for granted.  A while ago, I had a friend tell me that she hated baking cakes because they always stuck to the bottom of the pan.  I was shocked.  I actually didn’t realize this was a problem for people! 

But if I think back, I used to have this problem too.  At some point between countless cakes, I learned a foolproof method for getting them not to stick, and then I forgot about everything else.

Today, I’m sharing my secret (not so secret) with you.  Because no one should ever be afraid to make a cake! 

July 05, 2015

Crema (Ri) Cotta

One of the things I love about living in Toronto is the number of great places to eat.  Alex and I have an ongoing list of restaurants that we want to try and it just keeps getting longer.  It seems that for every place we visit, two more come up.  And that doesn’t even include the places that we go off-list that turn out to be amazing.  Let’s just say everyone should go get a cubano sandwich from La Cubana on Ossington. 

June 28, 2015

Cookie Crumbs /4

Went to Round 5 of the Dillon’s Cocktail cup at the Home of the Brave.  Alex James won people’s choice with his “A Hip Hop, A Rhubarb Delight” while Tyler Newsome won the judges over with his “Cinnamon Toast Punch”.  Stay tuned for my recreation of a different cocktail that Alex made for us that night!
Also, the buffalo cauliflower at the Home of the Brave is amazing.  Probably gonna toss some roasted cauliflower with buffalo sauce tonight and eat with ranch dip.  Dinner win!

I made gin and tonic popsicles and you should too!

Our cilantro has gone out of control and started growing flowers.  Apparently this happens when the weather gets too hot.  Guess the cilantro is feeling something that I haven’t yet this summer. 

Made this cake from Sweetapolita except with strawberries for a friend’s birthday.  I’ve made it before, so I knew it would be good.  Used strawberries and dahlias from our balcony garden to make a simple topper.  It was a hit!

Definitely going to check out Magic Mike XXL with the girls in the lab.  This skit with Channing Tatum from Jimmy Fallon is hilarious.  

On Friday, a couple of girls and I went to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies event at The Monarch Tavern.  My fave was probably the Belgian IPA from Indie Ale House.  Surprise surprise, it was very bitter.    

Made these strazzate cookies for an Italian afternoon get-together.  I loved how complex their flavour was, with a moist inside and a chewy outside.  It always amazes me how regional the food in Italy is.  Despite there being 4 Italians there, no one had ever heard of these cookies! 

On any given day, chances are I’m singing this song in my head.  

And that’s the way the cookie crumbled this week!  Have a great Sunday!