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It sure has been forever and a day.

I’ve been cooking – I promise!

I’ve even been photographing!

(just not posting anything.)

More importantly – I’ve been working and saving and WE BOOKED OUR FLIGHTS TO EUROPE!

Funnily enough, our mainly Europe trip has ended up consisting of:

  • 5 weeks in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • 2 weeks in India and Nepal (my heart flutters for Nepal)
  • 2.5 MONTHS in Europe
  • 3 days in NYC (hehehe – this is solely for us to ice skate at Rockefeller Centre at Christmas time!)
  • and then back to Canada to live for a year or two or 5 million, who knows.
So throw any food/restaurant/cafe ideas my way for any of those extremely vague travel plans I have given you!
To keep your tummies rumbling, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately..
Moroccan Chick Pea and Vegetable Curry. Served with cous cous and yoghurt.

A sneak peak into my quest for the perfect flatbread! Tomato, Basil, Onion, Caper and Cheese Flatbread.

Chilli Soy Hokkien Stir Fry.
(I work near an Asian cafe’ and have been stealing stir-fry tips to get the smokey flavour!)

Pizza pizza maaaaan!

What you will need…

FOR THESE RAINBOW CUPCAKES!

Creating some artwork with food colouring and a handy-dandy toothpick!

Fresh outta the oven.

Rainbow Delights!
Both cupcake AND icing recipe are from JoyofBaking.com – I’m really enjoying this website, it’s so easy to find good basic recipes. Everything I have tested from it has turned out great!


CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE.

Nom Nom Nom Nom.

pssst, this is mah new do. Ya dig?!



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I realised that I never posted photos of my beetroot cake after I cut into it!

Nor did I ever mention that it was seriously the greatest chocolate cake I have ever made (and I make cakes VERY OFTEN)!

Imagine the most moist, chocolatey, sweet, perfect cake ever – and you’re a little close to what it tasted like :p

After I ate my first piece I was just in shock from the beauty of it!

So moist!
Now.. some food I’ve made lately: 


Burger of doom. Cracked wheat rissole on a toasted turkish bread roll, with tomato, avocado, mushrooms and baby spinach. BIG!

A big fresh salad with a cuppa vanilla t, and crackers spread with pesto, olive tapenade and walnut “pate”.


Spicy soy hokkien noodles for mah muffin.


Home-made laksa for the bug (muffin isn’t a lover of coconut like me! hence his soy noodles)

 

Side by side dinners. I fried the tofu, onion, garlic, lemongrass, chili, capsicum, tomato, mushroom etc all together and then separated the noodles and made the soy sauce in one pan and the laksa in another –

THATS HOW KIND I AM!
TWO DINNERS!
(just kidding, my mum used to do that allllll the time hahaha)



The beginning of perfect tiny scalloped potatoes in my perfect tiny pots.


Perfect pots baked fresh outta the oven!


Just like popart!

Perfect mini scalloped potatoes.

Makes four mini pots.

3 large dirty taters (starchy ones), sliced super thin
1 small onion, sliced super thin
1 sprig rosemary, finely smooshed
1 vegie stock cube
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup (ish) skim milk
1 Tablespoon cold butter
S+p
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Preheat your oven to 200C.
Rub cold butter around the edges and bottom of your ceramic pots.
Slice taters and onion super thin. I used a food processor with a slicing attachment, although a mandolin or a knife would do!
Heat the water and stock cube in a saucepan until dissolved. Add milk, rosemary and salt and pepper – bring to the boil and switch off.
Layer your taters and onions alternately and top with a little extra butter and the grated cheese.
Pour the hot liquid into the pots, don’t worry if it doesn’t fill it – half way is fine.
Put the mini lids on and bake until soft (but not mooshy) … about 45 mins… to be honest I didn’t pay attention and just baked with mah nose and sense of smell!You’ll know.

EAT! 

Nom. Nom. Nom.


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Baking really does make my day.

 

 

I feel like somewhat of a housewife… but I really do love to get into mah polka dot playsuit, don an apron and get my bake on!

less this.

 

more this!

 

And that’s just what I did today! Muffin and I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary on Thursday so I guess this is more so for that than for Valentines Day.

 

Or to be honest, more so just for the sake of baking than anything else; as it’s what I love!

 

 

This was my very first serious go at piping my icing and I sure as hell did enjoy it. My dream would be to be a pastry chef! I just love it. I can’t explain it.. but every thing cakey and cute is right up my alley 😀

 

 

(with that said.. theres only so many cute-cupcake-themed things you can receive for birthday – yaknowwhatimean?!)

 

This cake I have baked before with both success and failure. I think today was a success.. but I haven’t eaten it yet – it just looks pretty! (I always end up cooking it for about twice the amount of time the recipe says however..)

 

I watched many videos and found them super helpful for my icing-confidence-building.

 

I went with this icing recipe and it worked perfectly for piping. I still had some left over at the end too! I added beet juice as dye and a little red food colouring for the writing at the end.

 

 

Anywho. Bliss. What a day. Enjoy your Valentines, peeps!

 

 

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The other day I went on a baking rampage and baked:


oreo cupcakes


chocolate beetroot cake


vanilla rainbow cake.

all vegan. all a delight to bake.

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Turtle Power!

It was my Muffin’s birthday on Monday so we had a secret teenage mutant ninja turtle themed party! We made turtle shells to wear and wore coloured ribbons on our heads for masks! I took on my first giant piping task when I decided I would bake a cake in the shape of Raphael (his fav one!). Boy oh boy did I have cramp.

Note to self, these babies RISE.

the look of utter piping concentration.

TADAA! three hours later and this was it. He loved it and we all managed to devour at least half of it, so that’s all that really matters 😀

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