nutella-stuffed matcha oatmeal cookies

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hello hello!

it’s been too long. the paradox of time is that it can fly by, yet my carrot cake post seemed like an eternity ago, not 3 months. but the good news is, over the course of the next few weeks i will be posting lots and lots of travel-related foodie posts in various European cities :))))

for now, i present you this cookie.

the title is not an entirely accurate name of the cookie… i have issues with brevity. a truer name would be nutella-stuffed matcha oatmeal cookies with raspberries with a slightly smores-y feel due to the addition of marshmallows & graham crackers 

but i can’t imagine that catching on.

this creation came about because of something i’ve never done before–making a stuffed cookie. i also had this idea in my head of wanting something well balanced in flavours (sweet and bitter and tart), balanced in textures (creamy, crunchy, gooey, soft & chewy), plus something that i would want to eat and wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. oh, and something that’s not super-duper decadent (hence the addition of oats) so you wouldn’t feel too guilty.

so this cookie was born!

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Strawberry Pearl Yogurt Cake

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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

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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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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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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 →