Tons has happened. And I can’t believe it’s almost February! I’m halfway through an Art of Pastry course, and just had my first winterlicious dinner of the year! It’s cold and snowy, but my apartment is being redecorated and reenergized. I’ve been doing plenty and baking lots! And most recently, I got an iPhone, so there are so many unnecessary photos being taken. Rather than splurge a whole whack of life deet’s, I’d rather share via foto. Here we go:
On my most recent visits home I had to take this photo – this is one of the busiest channels in Georgian Bay, so cool to see it frozen!
Another one of my favourite reasons to visit home: my dad’s breakfast – french toast with fresh strawberries is my new Sunday favourite
In my pastry class we made puff pastry from scratch. It was a lot of fun – we made tons, and used it for turnovers, apple strudel, palm leaves, and my personal favourite: Strawberry Napoleons. These were amazing – fresh strawberries and homemade pastry cream was used to sandwich these together.
Thanks to my friend Adelle, I have a new favourite snack. Heat your oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit, line a baking tray with parchment or silpat – evenly arrange salted pretzels, until sheet is covered. Place either a rolo or slice of snickers bar on the top of each pretzel, bake for 4 minutes. Remove from oven – press a pecan into each rolo, use another pretzel (or just leave as is) on top the snickers bar. Let cool, and enjoy or store in air tight container.
Things have been hectic as per usual, and I can honestly say that June will be even crazier. There are plenty of exciting parties, BBQ’s and other fun things to do this month, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for plenty ‘o sunshine. I am currently recovering from a mild sunburn, as a result of my most recent trip up north (aka home) We had a lovely long weekend of kayaking, swimming, boating, BBQing, fish frying and of course, celebrating my mama’s 50th birthday. For obvious reasons I wanted to spoil the woman and make her a decedent and sinfully rich chocolate cake, so that’s just what I did. A double layer devil’s food cake covered with whipped ganache and then drenched in the remainder of the chocolate and heavy cream mixture. I topped this cake off with some beautiful Ontario grown strawberries, it was amazing… ‘cause how else can you describe a cake with over 2 pounds of chocolate in it!? The sweets were quite honestly the least of my excitement – we had an amazing sirloin roast with plenty of fresh salads, rolls and apps. And then there was the fresh battered pickerel we had, which was absolutely perfect. Let’s just say I arrived back in the city well fed and rested! Another exciting bit of news… I got a sewing machine, FOR FREE! (Thanks Holly!) So here comes a whole new ballgame of ideas and crafting… I have a Darkthrone T-shirt at home waiting to be altered, so that’s on my list of this evening’s to-do’s… tomorrow I get to prepare some tasty coconut cupcakes, so check back soon for yummy pics and details!
Baking and blogging have been put somewhat at a halt as a result of a super busy week! I spent last weekend up north, and it was absolutely fabulous. I got to lie in the sun, visit family, have a couple BBQ’s and even ventured out onto Georgian Bay! Let’s not forget copious amounts of alcohol consumption, but that’s an entirely different story. I’ve been back in the city and busier than ever at work! Plus I’ve been working on a super cool birthday project for my mom’s 50th!
Tonight I prepared a fondant birthday cake for my friend’s boss’ daughter (whew!) Once I got home from work, it was straight to the kitchen to prepare a double layered chocolate and vanilla cake covered with purple fondant and colourful flowers and butterflies. This gave me an excuse to visit bulk barn, so I purchased a few goodies there too! So the cake has been made, delivered and enjoyed, it’s a full day of work and then I’m heading up north again until Tuesday. Sometime in between now and Saturday I have to find an amazing, show-stopper of a dessert for my momma’s birthday! Better get thinking…
Alas! May 2-4 is just around the bend. Although relaxation sounds tempting for a long weekend, mine will contain little (if any) of that nonsense. The celebration kicks off with a Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper concert, which will be out-of-this-world-insanely-good-holy-crap! And then Saturday morning we’ll pile into a car and head up north to cottage country. I anticipate BBQ’s, beers and blackflies… can’t wait!
Of course, I will absolutely, positively participate in some baking. My future mother in-law deserves a big batch of red velvet cupcakes, so that’s just what I’ll do. The best part of the weekend festivities at my parent’s house is the food – my mouth is watering just thinking about it, and I can’t wait to bring along my camera to capture the deliciousness. Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend! Happy Victoria Day!
I needed a break from the city bustle, so I took one. This past weekend I went up north with a few friends to go ice fishing. Although our luck wasn’t the greatest, we did get a few nibbles… there was no loot (or I should say Trout) to bring home, but we had a great time rippin’ around on ATV’s on a frozen Georgian Bay (and drinking cabernet sauvignon by an outdoor fire!) We even celebrated winter glory the next evening by going tobogganing. The food situation was incredible, courtesy of my parents. We ate homemade soup, sticky buns, 20 pounds of chicken wings!!! Homemade vanilla ice cream with blueberry oatmeal cookies and a drizzle of caramel. (Mmm…) All in all, it was an awesome time.
This week I’m stuck in rut – winter in the city can be somewhat depressing, but that’s why I bake! To bring smiles to mid-winter frowns. I’ve got a whole whack of pie filling in the fridge still from my pie-pops, so I need to find a good use for it. Brainstorming session begins… now.