the Ariel Tart


Hello… it’s me. I’ve been wondering why I’VEBEENSUCHABADBLOGGER. I have returned from my winter slumber! Just like methicillin resistant staph aureus, I’m not very easy to inhibit my proteins ain’t like all the other staph aureus…es….’

ok that was awful as you can see i don’t even understand infectious diseases well enough to formulate a joke

let’s try again…

It’s my friend Ariel’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARIEL!!), and I wanted to make something sunshine-y, like her personality. Hi Ariel, if you’re reading this, I know you said your favourite dessert is mille crepe cake and I want to make that happen but gurl that’s a lot of crepe flippin’…. I mean, I’ll flip a thousand crepes for you any time*

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Strawberry Pearl Yogurt Cake


The fact that it’s now October makes the whole denying-summer-is-over a bit rougher, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Actually, I’m surprised at how many nice, sunny days we’ve gotten so far (good job, Raincouver)…I went on a quick hike just this past Sunday. That being said, the beauty of fall foliage is undeniable, especially as I walk down Main Mall on my campus. I’ve always thought it a bit Central Park-esque with its impressive trees.

Well, I’m not quite ready to usher in pumpkin spice er’thang yet, but this spiced strawberry pearl yogurt cake is a nice compromise.


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Peach Blackberry Crumble Pie


The weather’s chillier, PSL is already making its appearance, but I will still forever be in denial! #suMm3r2015 4ev3Rszzz. Summer has been and will always be my favourite season for several reasons– being outdoors, the hot weather, daytime extends into nighttime, the fresh produce, the abundance of farmers markets, and everyone seems generally happier and more smiley when the sun’s out.

Let’s be in denial together with this peach blackberry crumble pie. Inspired by my trusty Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie book and urged on by my quickly ripening flat of sunshiny peaches, the pie is more than an apt farewell to the fading summer season.


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Cherry Kirsch Crisp


A large part of the joy of cooking is witnessing the perfection of nature.

I believe in respecting the integrity of foods– as Brooks Headley so eloquently put it, above. He also said, “the key to making great food is to get the best possible stuff and avoid fucking it up”. Okay Brooks, simple enough.

His cookbook Fancy Desserts is a real pleasure to read. It’s one of the quirkiest, unique, personal, thought-provoking, and creative-juice-stimulating ones I’ve ever read. (“I genuinely love holding a piece of fruit in its perfect state, barely able to contain its own fragile insides, a few hours away from rot. It is magic.”)

Although I haven’t gotten around to making anything from it yet (chocolate eggplant sounds a bit far fetched, even for me…), it just reminded me again how lucky I am to be spoiled by the bounty of local, fresh summer fruit.

For me, there’s a sort of default dessert they’ll be siphoned off to– a crisp. It always goes back to the crisp. It’s quick, easy, simple, versatile, and respectful. You’re fully in charge of how much or how little sugar to add, the combination of fruits, how “whole” you want to leave the fruit, the types of oats and nuts in the topping. Whether or not you want an element of surprise. Black pepper and strawberry, perhaps. A bit of herb in the topping, like thyme, perhaps. It’s easier to make than a pie, since there’s no waiting for the crust to chill, no need to dirty your counters rolling out the crust… it’s pretty much a mix-and-dump type deal. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being able to sneak in oats, your choice of nuts and seeds, and even almond flour into your crisp topping, so you can convince yourself it’s breakfast food. Serve it à la mode, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer dessert.  Continue reading →

Mother’s Day Ginger Mango Tart


For Mother’s Day, I’ve always baked something and wrote a card for my mom, which I realize is very predictable, and considering the fact that I bake all the time and my parents are always eating what I’ve baked– it may not seem that special. So I wanted to take my mom out for high tea (she’s always been intrigued by it, especially after seeing pictures on social media), or treat her to a massage at a nice spa. Also very predictable, but my mom’s the type of person who doesn’t treat herself that often, so I knew the new experience should be fun for her.

In the end, not much happened because my mom ended up working most of the Sunday and Monday. So instead, I was planning to do a mini high tea at home– I was thinking earl gray madeleines with citrus glaze, matcha scones, a mini jasmine tea cake with honey… which, I realized, with 3.5 hours until she returned home, that it would be a time crunch, factoring in all the dishwashing. So this tart was conceptualized: a sweet tart shell, a rich ginger pastry cream, ripe mango slices, and some berries.   Continue reading →