Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged- as usual. I get into a swirling habit of allowing life take control. I recently celebrated my 29th birthday, and it was a memorable day. I happen to find that the more I flow through the river, the quieter my arrival to stillness and calm becomes to be. That…

A Crowd-Pleasing Chocolate Cake (Truly, truly)

From all the recipes I have blogged, and without meaning to deter the value of any, this chocolate cake recipe is truly the winner. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you have a recipe that pleases all (or at least avids’ of chocolate cake). I have baked this cake about six times so far and…

Hershey Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Summer Pie

Every time I say I want to post a recipe, I get carried away with fictional writing. Seven recipes behind and my eagerness to archive them has recently turned a thrilling habit into one that resembles procrastination combined with the feeling of dreadful effort…you know, the feeling you get when you’re actually at work. So…

Low-fat Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

A great time with great food is what a dough hook is to a stand mixer: necessary. This sums up the last couple of days for me. We had a great event come to Ottawa last Friday- RedBull’s Crashed Ice – that seemed to be primarily hosted by Fairmont Chateau Laurier (only one of the most exquisite hotels…

Dates & Banana Oats Bar

I once made my fiancé a dates and oats bar recipe that he absolutely loved. I mean, he truly loved it. I remember as I was mixing the ingredients, I would eat bits and pieces before even baking it, absolutely blown away by how delicious the recipe was. Sadly, I never saved the recipe. And ever…

Butter Rose Cookies

I found this recipe last night while I was taking a break from my research paper and randomly filtering through Pinterest’s baking posts (which could be really addicting): I came across these beautiful rose cookies. After I made them, I was blown away by how easy the process was, yielding such delicious (buttery, crumbly, tasty) cookies. I…

Sweetest Birthday Cake

Today is my finance’s birthday, and this is the first time I make a fondant-covered cake! I do believe in the corny saying of, “cooking requires love”. It’s often things I make from love that yield me the best results. I didn’t overthink the process of working with fondant, I was enjoying my time of…

Croquembouche Cone

This morning was a beautiful morning. It’s incredibly frightening to experience 8 degree weather on December 25th, but with that in mind, I could not pass up the crisp, yet warm breeze I received from a very transparent sun. I opened my bedroom door that faced my backyard, and I pulled up a chair with a coffee in…

Holiday Cookies

I am in a very serious stage with my research paper with submission date closely creeping around the corner. But I am enjoying every bit of this process, and all its forms of self-doubt. It’s somehow liberating, really.:) Once I grabbed hold of a solid routine, I began using my breaks for things that I enjoyed doing (like…

Middle Eastern Butter Cookies with Dates and Pistachio

I really love this season. Not only do I get an incredible sense of comfort from chilly weather and warm feet, but it’s cozy in my kitchen when the fire is on, and the house smells like sugar cookies. Baking for my fiancé is probably one of my favourite things to do in the world; and…

Delicious Lemon Loaf (maybe as good as Starbucks)

I’ve been thinking of going back to writing lately (professionally). I used to be a freelance writer, and I published a couple of articles here and there, and wrote for the university’s newspaper while I was doing my undergrad. I remember the rush. The deadlines. The spontaneous creativity. The endless writer’s block, and the extreme…

A ‘Dates Cake’ recipe that is like no other!

My (future) sister-in-law gave me this recipe the other day and I just couldn’t wait to try it. But I knew that would be a little difficult considering the fact that my oven is currently not working. So, a little problem, right? A thought outside of the box wouldn’t hurt. I have decided to put…

No-Bake, Non-fat, Super Addictive Cheesecake

THIS CHEESECAKE RECIPE WAS HEAVENLY. I am so extremely excited that I have found a super delicious non-fat cheesecake recipe. I LOVE that this recipe was super easy to make, and was gone (entire plate empty) within a few hours. A FEW HOURS. Insanely good. Time to make: 10 minutes, then 30-40 minutes to chill…

French Macaroons

I AM DONE ALL MY RESEARCH PAPERS!!!! I really do feel like breaking into dance after such a long, long semester. But, I did something better, I made these beautiful french macaroons:) They came out tasting just perfect–crunchy on top, soft in the middle, great taste overall! I have to say, while I was researching…

Rosebud Cupcakes

I am just about done my second research for the summer. I am at that editing stage–feels amazing–and a little sad! But…this means watching more classic films! I literally have been finishing one and starting another. I just finished Roman Holiday yesterday with Audrey Hepburn and I absolutely loved it (yes, I never saw it…