March 2017 desktop calendar

There are a lot of changes coming. Yay? They aren’t happening right this minute, but soon. I’m selling my apartment that I’ve lived in for the last 10 years and I’m moving, probably in September if all goes according to plan.  New space, new building, and even new neighbourhood! I know I need to move on, and to […]

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Irish soda bread with raisins

Irish soda bread with raisins

If you want to make bread, but you are a little scared, I suggest you start with this Irish soda bread with raisins. Or you could also try my recipe for no knead cinnamon raisin bread. Both recipes are essentially no knead raisin breads. But the Irish soda bread has no rest time so it’s much […]

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Matcha tarts with passionfruit curd

Matcha tarts with passion fruit curd

There was a time, at the very beginning of this blog, where I sort of threw things together. Kinda like my early days as a chemist. I wrote out my recipes (reactions) after the fact, from memory, guesses, or the scraps of scribbles I took while working. It was a mess, disorganized, incredibly stressful and, let’s […]

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February 2017 desktop calendar free download

February 2017 desktop calendar

In January, I did a lot of travelling, which I totally wasn’t expecting. I went to Toronto for 2 days for a photoshoot. I had to set my alarm for the ungodly hour of 5:15AM to catch a train. It was rough, but I made it. Then just a week later, I found myself again setting […]

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Baked cranberry chestnut financiers

Cranberry chestnut financiers

The first week of 2017, I felt paralyzed. I hid behind accounting and computer work for an entire week. Don’t get me wrong, this was work that had to be done. There’s no avoiding the accounting part when you are running a business. You have to “close the books” for the previous year and get […]

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January 2017 Desktop calendar

January 2017 desktop calendar

Happy New Year! 2017, eh? I honestly thought we’d never make it through 2016 to the new year. Somehow the year seemed never-ending. Yet it flew by, and now it’s over. I can’t say I’m going to miss 2016. I panicked halfway through the year that I was failing miserably as a human and as an […]

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chai-biscotti spiced with anise seed and ginger

Chai biscotti

The good thing about biscotti is that you can make a lot of them without the work of having to rolll and shape or cut out individual cookies with cutters. Of course, you still have to slice the log of biscotti, but with an electric carving knife, it’s a breeze! We use a Cuisinart knife from […]

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matcha gingerbread cookies

Matcha gingerbread cutout cookies

I love tea and matcha, and tea- and matcha-flavoured things. Don’t you? This year, instead of making traditional gingerbread cookies, I opted to try something different by adding a little matcha powder to the mix and playing with the spices. These gingerbread cookie cutouts are still a good cookie to have with a cup of hot […]

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rugelach made with a cinnamon cranberry filling and cream cheese dough

Cinnamon cranberry rugelach

These cinnamon cranberry rugelach are extremely popular this time of year. The dough is easy to work with and so forgiving. And the filling with cinnamon and dried cranberries is downright festive without being fussy or overthought. My mom and I have made this recipe (from Anna Olson) a lot of times (like for the last […]

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Crystallized ginger cookies - an easy slice-and-bake cookie recipe

Easy crystallized ginger cookies

The holidays are hectic. Slice-and-bake cookies (also known as icebox cookies) are one way to keep up the baking without adding to the madness of your schedule. You can make the cookie dough several days before you bake them and even freeze it. Then defrost in the fridge overnight before slicing and baking. Chopped crystallized […]

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