Blueberry Almond Buns

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More blueberry recipes coming your way as we sadly bid farewell to the last of this season’s fruit. But in actuality, not really, since we can freeze them, immortalizing its peak summer ripeness. In other news, mention of “pumpkin spice” has already started, which is not okay in my book. I guess it should be, seeing as it’ll be September in a mere few days… but summer is my favourite season, which makes fall my least favourite by default. Fall is the Mondays of seasons. The back-to-school season.

I’ve been hiking loads and baking loads, so nothing new happening around here. Except these multigrain buns, of course…

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Blueberry Lime Coconut Muffins

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I remember my first time baking with yogurt was to make Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. The excitement of pulling the loaf out of the oven and pouring the glaze on top, the intensity of the lemon flavour, the tender moistness unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. The first few bakes in my life– everything pulled out from the oven was mysterious and magical and sparkly.

Fast forward a decade, and Ina’s recipe is still a mainstay for when I’m looking for an uber-moist cake/muffin.

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Tiramisu Domes

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Do these domes scream WELCOME TO CANADA?!?!???!

Because (yay) it’s been just over a week since meeting my sister in law, and I’m just excited to get to know her and make her feel at home–it’s not often that we’re welcoming a new family member from Korea!

I knew she didn’t have a sweet tooth at all, but the one dessert she does like is tiramisu. Which surprised me, because I think that’s a pretty strong-flavoured, punchy dessert (which means, there may be a potential sweet tooth in there…….). I mean, it doesn’t shy away from anything– it’s creamy, rich, boozy, sweet. Tiramisu as I know it, at least.

But I didn’t want to just leave it at that, because I felt like layering store-bought ladyfingers, soaked with espresso and liquor, with mascarpone cream was the easy way out. And all those Masterchef Australia dessert pressure tests got me thinking about dome molds. They were sort of overused on the show, but I can see why– spherify anything and its fancy factor goes up a few notches.

And with a little last minute Amazon shopping (silicone demi molds are the greatest), googling, recipe-adapting, and substituting later– we have tiramisu domes: mascarpone kirsch mousse with a chocolate-espresso centre, espresso-soaked coffee stracciatella sponge, and a boozy white chocolate glaze.

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Raspberry Financiers

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I don’t know where the time went, but July had been a complete blur, and now we’re almost halfway through August…

I finished Masterchef Australia at my own pace about a week ago, and man, I cried during that finale. I don’t usually cry when I watch things, so it was really good, okay?! Especially after binge-watching the entire season and bonding with the contestants.

The Australian version of Masterchef is by far my favourite out of the ones I’ve watched (ie. compared to American or Canadian). I find that they don’t try to create tension or drama between the contestants, but instead put the drama into the challenges they’ve created, or the complexity of the food, or the chef they have to cook against. It’s just very food focused, and the judges (George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan) are absolutely keen on helping the contestants improve week after week. And the contestants themselves develop amazing friendships and there’s never any spiteful comments directed to each other; it’s all very positive. There are also some heavy-hitters like Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal who make guest appearances and push them a little farther.

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Hazelnut Berry Coffeecake

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Warning: long post mostly of me rambling about instagram and coffeecake and what turned into a mini critique of revolver, (not that I’m qualified of giving any out)– please scroll to the bottom if you’re just looking for the recipe & recipe notes! 

Let’s face it– eating will never be the same as it was before social media. On one hand I welcome it– it’s allowed us to connect with chefs and bakers, and take a “behind-the-scenes” look at the process of creating. Viewing photos on Instagram, for me, is the closest I can get to being there without actually going. We can menu browse before we even step foot in the restaurant– we may feign surprise or pretend to flip through the menu, but let’s face it– us serious diners have already read through every single line, and have already curated the perfect meal. Hardly anything is a surprise anymore, when we’re free to browse through reviews and photos on yelp or urbanspoon/zomato. On the other hand, it’s easy to fall into the trap of paying more attention to our devices than being fully in the present, using all our senses to appreciate our food.

I remember going to camp a long time ago, and being inspired by one of our camp counselors (total nature lover, once sat in a forest for 24 hours– overall awesome person), who ate breakfast outside everyday– no phones, just him, the food, and the environment.

Even though that image sort of stayed with me, I’d say I’m about the complete opposite of that and I eat breakfast while scrolling through my feed. (#sorrynotsorry?) It’s one of my main sources of inspiration for recipes, styling, etc. as well as new food places to try!   Continue reading →