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On Being Popular: Pistachio Almond Cardamom Cookies

If youre anything like me, youll immediately hear Kristen Chenoweths voice in your head whenever you read the word popular. No? I guess its really just me then. Read more

Re-emerging: Almond Biscotti

Yes, its really me. Ive been ignoring this space due to those twin drains on my time, work and school, but Im still kicking. Unfortunately, my foodie life has been suffering somewhat. Meals over the last couple weeks have tended toward quick and easy, and baking has been thin on the ground. Thankfully, my end-of-term project was due yesterday, so hopefully the coming weeks will offer a little more blogging fodder. Read more

Chase away the greys: Orange-scented Financiers

Do you know financiers? The almond-laden French treat, so named either because of its traditional bar of gold shape, or because it supposedly originated in the financial district of Paris? There is a bakery near me which makes wonderful ones, so moist and rich that its quite dangerous for me to walk by on an empty stomach. Luckily, this bakery a good 20-minute walk across the park, so I dont find myself at its mercy too often. Read more

Battle of the Biscuits: Mint Chocolate Cookies with Optional Ganache

In a weeks time, Ill be flying home to Canada to attend the wedding of a very dear friend. Ive known Margaux since we were 14 years old, and not only is she talented, sweet and beautiful, but shes extremely organized, and Ive no doubts that shell throw a damned good party. For obvious reasons, Im incredibly excited about this trip- I get to see my friends from high school, watch one of them get hitched, hang out with my parents and generally soak up the hometown love. Usually these trips home offer me  a brief respite from cooking, but not this one. At least, not entirely. Read more

Led astray: Chocolate, Strawberry and Ricotta Galettes

Good morning, friends- care to take a little trip with me? One that starts with butter and flour, and meanders through strawberry fields bordered by chocolate woods, perhaps dusted with a little sugared snow? Come along then, well be travelling photojournalist-style.

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Cute with Fruit: Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Im not terribly fond of cute things. Babies, puppies and Emperor penguins notwithstanding, I tend to prefer modern, rustic or retro aesthetics over twee and girly. The same goes for the food I make, which is why this is the first time in my year-plus of blogging that Im posting a cupcake recipe. Read more

The Best of Both Worlds: Homemade Custard Creams

Custard Creams

What is your favourite cookie? No, I dont mean cookie recipe (though Ill take those, too), but your favourite commercial cookie. That four-letter word is one us home bakers are reluctant to utter, but lets be honest with ourselves- everyones got one. Read more

The hippie in me: Oaty Date Squares

Oaty Date Squares

This post is the first in a series Ill be writing on food, social stereotype, and the cultural context in which they coexist. Ok, not really. But I do need to get some stuff off my chest. Read more

For a Journey: Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies

Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies

Sometimes, only chocolate will do.

Though Ive never been as enamoured of chocolate as some, this was my thinking last Friday. Andrew and I were going away for the weekend to visit his newly-relocated parents, and I was having some difficulty coming up with a train-friendly meal for us. The nearly four hour trip up north, combined with the time frame (after work) and horrible train food made a gourmet, mobile picnic necessary. Read more

Hoard-worthy: Brown Sugar Biscuits with Chocolate, Toffee and Sea Salt

Brown Sugar Biscuits with Chocolate, Toffee and Sea Salt

In my experience, there are two kinds of people: the shedders and the hoarders. Shedders like to live simply and modestly. Too many possessions weigh them down, and spring cleaning is like Christmas come early to them. Hoarders, on the other hand like to be prepared, and can often be heard uttering the phrase But I might need this some day. Read more