August 07, 2016

Bolo Bao (Pineapple Bun) Ice Cream

The bolo bao or pineapple bun is a confusing pastry.  Mostly because there’s no pineapple in it at all!  The Chinese bakery we get ours from actually specifies this on the sign, probably so that customers don’t complain about the lack of fruit filling.  It’s actually called a pineapple bun because the crunchy, yellow topping that sits on each bun kind of, maybe, looks like a pineapple… if you squint. 

I love bolo bao – that sweet, dense pastry.  My favourite are the ones filled with coconut.  So clearly, I made it into an ice cream.

July 17, 2016

Cereal White Russians

Cereal has been on my mind ever since I had a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Sweet Jesus cone at Home of the Brave.  So good.  So genius! 

Then came the ideas. 

I should make cakes with cereal!  (Still in the works..)

I should make cocktails with cereal!  But what kind of cocktail would be good with cereal?  The White Russian of course!  I always wanted to try the Froot Loops with White Russian that they serve at Clark Hall Pub at Queen’s.  I should make something like that… except better!

July 10, 2016

The Crumble Pie (aka Two For One Pie!)

I’m one of those weird people that actually likes the pie crust more than the filling.  Especially when it’s this all-butter version.  When I’m eating a slice, I usually get rid of that annoying fruit first and then enjoy my crust and ice cream.

Most people don’t share my crust love, but they love crumble.  Enter the crumble pie.  Part pie, part fruit crumble, it’s the best of both worlds.  Another bonus: you get two pies out of one crust recipe because you don’t have to worry about top crusts! 

July 04, 2016

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream

I’m coming back with a bang!  The kitchen is mostly done but completely functional, and this is the best thing I have ever made.

I was trying to judge whether that’s an exaggeration, but I actually don’t think I say it a lot.  So please, please try this.

It’s basically an oatmeal cookie in ice cream form.  The idea came to me when we were eating ice cream one day (duh) and wondering why they have chocolate chip cookie dough, cookies and cream, but nothing oatmeal cookie-like.  Clearly an oversight. 

May 08, 2016

The Paraglider (Not Quite Aviation)

Our kitchen reno is in full swing!  There are many holes in the walls and the floor is bare concrete.  But we’re getting by. 

Since there is literally nowhere to cook, we’ve been on a forced raw food diet.  Some days have been better (sourdough with ricotta, sea salt, honey, and a sprinkle of cayenne) than others (bag of chips), though it depends on your definition of better (the chips were very good). 

One silver lining is that drinks and cocktails rarely require the use of a stove!  And though I won’t go into reno details here, suffice to say there have been several times already where a drink was deemed necessary. 

The Aviation is one of my favorite cocktails to order when we go out, mostly because it’s delicious and almost impossible to make at home given the lack of Violette availability.  But one missing ingredient isn’t going to stop us!