Monthly Archives: December 2009

Tummy Rumble

As the New Year creeps up on us, it means some sort of celebration must be in order. New Years indicate a kind of fresh beginning, allowing messy people like me to feel like we can be more organized, we can blog regularly, we can bake a wider variety of things, we can wake up early to muster the energy to prepare a home-made lunch, we can!

But zealous thoughts aside, I think we need to focus on the issue at hand- New Year’s dinner. Mom and dad have a function to attend which means me, my sisters and the visiting Fred are left to our own devices. This means dinner is really just my excuse to progress onto dessert.

Here’s my dream menu, if I had the energy to concoct such loveliness. Meh, I’ll muster it somehow-next year maybe.

Appetizer: Mushroom Pate with a side of crusty GF toast

Salad:  Seared Sea Scallops with Lemongrass and Basil Sauce. Because there’s nothing more indulgent than biting into a perfectly done juicy scallop.

Side: Eggplant Chips with a side of lime spritzed mayo edged with crispy sides

Main: Butternut Squash Rigatoni with Prawns (made with GF pasta)!

Dessert: Must I really choose? I’m torn between this White Chocolate Layer Cake and these mmm-good Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars . Oh! and what about this Nutella Rocky Road Tart!? *swoons*

Go on deliciousness, mock my laziness.

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Christmas Love

It’s been a little too long since I last blogged. Holidays have come and gone, my sister has come home, the boyfriend is here. Sleep has been lost over late night partying and earned back through long rainy-day naps. But I’m still here, baking, eating, with an incessant need to buy everything…

Anyway, in the spirit of sharing, here are a few things I got in my big fat Christmas stocking…

1)      The Craft of Baking

I hinted as I walked by again and again. Well, not really. I just told my mom I really wanted this book and so, being the attentive mother that she is, bought it for me on behalf of my dad. J Right now, I have my eye on Karen’s linzer cookies, white chocolate cupcakes and lemon pudding. Say it with me now..MMMMM…

2)      Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brushes

Because they’re pretty and soft and oh-so-luxurious. And, they pick up powders perfectly. No teddies were harmed, don’t worry. I’m all about the anti-teddybear-harming. :) Oh and I can finally get rid of my 4 dollar i-don’t-know-what-it’s-made-of brush I got from a stall in Thailand.3)      Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet Perfume

I was given the original Miss Dior Cherie on my 18th birthday and now I get an update on the classic! It smells much lighter, less sickly sweet, a scent I grew out of. My mom knows a thing or two about a good present! Thanks Mom!

Oh, do share what you got in your christmas stocking! :) We can make believe we’re sitting around the table over tea with linzer cookies, smelling sweet like roses.

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Hey Girl, Drizzle Caramel

Drip, drip, driiippp down caramel, all over the toasty walnuts, down the sides of my banana cake.

Bliss.

Caramel has a reputation. That sweet deliciously buttery confection is known to give a sting. Especially when adding the cream to the amber sugar solution. And I got stung! Oh well, as they say, no pain no gain. Somehow the caramel tastes especially good when I have to nurse my right thumb.

Here’s the caramel sauce recipe from Dorie Greenspan. It was originally used to top her Caramel-Peanut topped Brownie Cake. I merely halved the recipe and used walnuts instead of peanuts.

I’m still waiting on the banana cake to pass the morning after test. The test is to make sure that the cake remains moist the next morning and not a crumbly, dry mess. Gluten free cakes are especially guilty of that. I’ll post the recipe if it’s worthy! J

Til then,

‘fo drizzle my nizzle caramel!

Photo from: http://www.scharlack.com/portfolio/images/caramel.jpg

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Pretty Package

Hi Guys!

Just a short one for now. I am so excited to share what I’ve prepared for my dear, dear fellow earl grey drinker, cupcake eater, interior design lover friend, Audrey. :)

Hey Auds, just for you!


oh, and here’s the other side…


Going to get ready to deliever my love package! And the free cookie giveaway at Cluny Court! :) See you at 1pm!

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Have a Pink Christmas


I think that part of getting inspiration for writing, baking, anything really, is to look at pretty things. So while reading one of my newly found loves, coco+kelley, I chanced upon these rings. They immediately made my day. I showed them to Fred just because I show him all things pretty, but he seemed less excited than I was. Boys. Note to men: Just pretend!

Anyway, back to the rings, don’t you think the ribbon one looks like something the little boy at the playground would have given the girl who always had the pretty flower in her hair? The little boy who wore the overalls and seemed to always have dirt somewhere around his knees? The boy who gave her the ring because he couldn’t reach the one his mommy has sitting on the top of her dresser? Yup, that one.

And, gross thing of the day…I think someone had a sh*t on the office toilet floor. No, seriously. It was very offputting. I don’t feel too good now. So I had to use the one on the other floor which is quite a bummer because I’ve always like the 7 floor toilet and now it’s image is ruined by THAT.

We had an office pizza lunch today because it was a colleague’s birthday. YAY! Unfortunately I don’t eat pizza (for health reasons-gluten…) but I couldn’t resist! So I had a slice, and ate the olives and pineapple. So yummy. Also, it was cookie-giving day after my 100 cookies last night. I had them individually packed, borrowed some gorgeous candy-bag tags from Creature Comforts and had fun with my new sealing machine! The things that make me happy.

Well, this calls for a celebration. Cookie-induced sugar coma. Mango bread anyone?


Dorie Greenspan’s Fresh Mango Bread (Half Recipe, 1 small loaf)

1.5 eggs
1/3 cup flavourless vegetable oil
1 ¼ cup GF flour blend
1/3-1/2cup brown sugar* *if your mango isn’t sweet, use the extra sugar)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup diced mango (about 1 large med mango)
1/3 cup plump raisins
*2-3 tbsp applesauce + 1 tbsp oil

1) Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 180 degrees celcius, fanforced
2) Grease a small loaf tin and line with baking paper
3) Whisk the eggs, oil and sugar together until very very light
4) In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together
5) Tip the flour mix into the liquid mixture, mix well *(Mine became VERY stiff and looked like a cookie dough instead. So I added in the extra applesauce and 1 tbsp of oil)
6) Add in the raisins, stir to mix
7) Tip in the mango and gently fold in. Mixture should be fairly thick but not like cookie dough
8) Bake for 40-45 minutes. After 30 minutes, you may wish to cover the loaf with a piece of aluminium foil to prevent over-browning.
9) Bake until a skewer inserted comes out clean!

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Stuff I Love

I like oogling. Actually, why don’t you let me list my top 3 on the list.

1) CAKE, dear me, if you could just keep stacking on the layers and piping the sides with a teensy bit more ganache. Yup! To the left a little, no to the right, no no, right here in my mouth please.

2) WEDDINGS. No, I’m not getting married but they have a certain happiness around them. A glow that seems immeasurable. A feeling of perfection even in the simplest of forms. But here’s a favourite (i LOVE the slipper idea, THE BEST! She clearly knows a thing or two about painful feet) and another, OH OH and this… (dreamy sigh…everything’s so pretty)

3) INTERIOR DESIGN. I want this room and gosh the nicest purple wall ever!!!

Okay, I’m going back to oogling. You should indulge too! :)

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Inspired Weekend

It’s Saturday, the sky is a light shade of grey, the sun is nowhere to be found. Everyone’s sleeping. Except me.

If our body clock is working, why can’t we re-set it? Why does it keep waking me up at 7.45am?

*SIGH*

So here I am, after having a big cookie for breakfast, with some links I’ve found over the past hour. Maybe you’re up too, for whatever reason, and need some inspiration. Or maybe on your side of the world, you’re just getting ready for bed, got your jammies on and taken your contact lenses off, wearing just those glasses that no one will catch you dead in.

Duck Fat Fried Chicken at The Scent of Green Bananas- Try saying it 10 times, I guarantee your tongue feels like a fat chicken.

Cheesecake Bites at Night Baking- Think cheesecake slices are dense and heavy? Think again!

Rice Gelato at Pink Stripes- Super special! I want gelato for breakfast.

Candy Manor Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Ezra Pound Cake- This would go quite perfectly with my candy cane cookies

Chocolate Lime Madeleines at Vanilla Garlic0- Everything seense much rosier when a dash of chocolate is added. Brightened with lime…need I say more?

Okay folks, enjoy! I’m off for some hair-lovin’. What colour should I get?

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