Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Smarties Brownies (aka Leftover Candy Brownies)

What do you do when you're sick of eating candy?

Turn it into a new kind of candy and eat more of it.

We're just stepping (lumbering?) out of our post-Halloween sugar haze, and the treat bag pickings are slim. Aeros, Smarties, and those little wrapped rice candies abound. The boyfriend circles our son's candy bag like a chocolate vulture, but we're all kind of over what's left. Desperate times.

This recipe is kind of like chocolate upcycling. First we have the fudgiest brownies, baked in muffin tins and drizzled with a thin black cocoa glaze (you can use regular cocoa--no big deal). Top them with Smarties (kind of like M&Ms to you non-Canadians) but any leftover chocolate will do. Just bake, glaze, and sprinkle your way to a dressed-up treat. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

On Where We're Going and Where We've Been

Oh, hey! Bet you think I've forgotten about you.

I haven't. I've been thinking a lot about this space lately. About why I started it, and where I am now. About what it's done, and what I need. Things just weren't working out the way they used to.

So I've decided to make some changes.

When I started this blog I was still a student, bleary eyed and tired, single parenting a small child while in university and working full time. I was a little bit lonely, a little bit bored, and had discovered something new I wanted to share.

Years later, I was writing cookbooks, creating recipes, snapping photoshoots, working with some amazing people on incredible projects, and all of a sudden I had to stop and think -- how the fuck did I get here? I've always been ambitious. But sometimes that can catapult you in a direction you didn't intend. So I stood back and gave it some thought.

And what did I find? That after 5 years, a few different relationships, a new career, and some budding hobbies, things just weren't the same. Coupled on top of that, a hip injury from a car accident made everything hurt and had me realize where I wanted to spend my time.

So what will be here now? I'm not quite sure! Recipes, pottery, household projects (maybe some drop ins from friends) and a much more rounded approach to everything. 

Let's see where we can take this. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Triple Chocolate Cake

This cake takes me back.

One of my favourite pre-career jobs was working at a coffee shop in a kind of transitional area of downtown Vancouver. Not quite nice, not quite terrible. Our customers were a mix of vagrants, office workers, people who were just sort of around, and bands in town for shows. I was your typical barista, young and full of ennui, and rattled off customer's orders while counting down the hours to post-work drinks or my resentment of the skytrain ride home to the 'burbs. Youth.

Coffee shops here are painfully and pleasantly common, but our chain crafted uniquely fantastic hot chocolates, made with real chocolate blended into steamed milk. They came in three flavours: dark, milk or white chocolate.

Inevitably, every time a hot chocolate was ordered, it went down something like this:
"So, do you want that to be dark, milk, or white chocolate?"
"Oh, uh, dark milk."
"That's not a thing."
"Dark milk. There's a comma. It's either/or"
"Oh, dark then, I guess."

I could have reworded it, sure, but this small, constant misunderstanding brought me a lot of joy. I like to think it snapped people out of autopilot and made them listen a little closer. This is probably not true.

If I could time travel, I'd go back to those moments. I could groundhog day that job.

So, let's reminisce together: How do you want your cake?

Dark, milk, white, please and thank you. Layered and blended into an orchestra of cocoa.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Half and Half Cookies (aka Hybrid Chocolate Chip and Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies)

I've been sitting on this recipe for a while, even though my family unanimously agrees they were the best thing to come out of the oven in 2014.

It feels unfair to not start out the year by posting them, then, so you can get the best thing that will come out of your oven all year out of the way in the first few weeks.

Less to worry and plan about and all that. 

This may all sound ridiculous but these cookies are not your grandma's humble chocolate chip. A hybrid of chocolate chip and reverse chocolate chip cookies, the equally chewy, dense halves finally put an end to debates about what should be baked and for whom. You can munch on one side, both sides, or spilt them apart to share.

They're a bit more work than your standard mix-and-drop chocolate chip cookie, but so good and so worth that little extra effort.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Star Cookie Sandwiches

Are you feeling all holly jolly?

We're totally in the spirit around here, despite the fact that we don't have our tree up yet. We've had a few health setbacks (hello, colds and oral surgery!) and plus our tree is incredibly fake and the storage unit is a pain to get to. But that will change tonight, when we unwrap that sucker and get it all set up.

Of course, trees are great and all, but the one thing that really makes a home feel ready for the holidays is baking.

There's nothing like our little apartment smelling like spices and sugar, and a counter full of special baking to grab and nibble on.

These cookies are inspired by Oreos and shortbread, combining the two into a little holiday cheer. Creamy butter icing sandwiched between bright red shortbread stars -- perfect for Santa or a cookie exchange.

What will you be leaving for Santa this year?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ginger Cranberry Oat Cookies

Have the thermostat wars started in your home?

I swear, the only thing that gets more heated around here are debates about toilet paper consumption.

I like the warm. Jay likes things cold. Freezing cold. Like, all windows open while it's snowing out cold.

Sometimes I think the greatest gift I could give my boyfriend would be to set him adrift on an arctic ice floe, with a sack of quarter pounders, and wave as he gently floats away into the frigid sea.

Thankfully, I can distract him with a big plate of cookies while I crank up the heat -- and then everyone's happy. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gooey Espresso Chocolate Marshmallow Cakes

I was worried these were maybe going to be a little bit too much.

Too much chocolate, too much sweetness, too much all at once, too much too close to Halloween candy hangovers -- but once they came out of the oven all I saw was mocha-y perfection.

Delightful little mocha cakes with a soft centre topped with an Espresso Crunch marshmallow from Kimberley's Kitchen.

Kimberley is BC's resident marshmallow queen. But to bring everyone more handcrafted marshmallow goodness, Kimberley needs to expand her kitchen. She could use a little help with fundraising to get the perfect workspace to bring her marshmallows to the people.

Your donation doesn't go without a little swag -- check out the different gifts for each donation level (one of which is a recipe book which includes a special treat by yours truly!)

Check out how to donate here and keep on scrolling for the recipe for these gooey masterpieces.

*This is a sponsored post, but my love for these delicious marshmallows is all my own.


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