I didn’t intend to make this cake. This week’s post was supposed to be cinnamon buns, but life got in the way, and at 11pm on Friday night I found myself reading over the recipe for the cinnamon rolls and being like “let the dough rise for 2 hours?! pffft!”. I was under the impression that you made the dough, then let it rise in the fridge overnight. I forgot about the first rising. Oops. Anyways, hopefully I’ll be better organised next week and I’ll actually be able to bake what I had originally planned.
February 13th, 2014 § 0
Let me start off by admitting that this cake is blatantly for Valentine’s Day. It’s cute and frilly and I shamelessly don’t care. :) I’ve always had a laid back attitude towards Valentine’s Day, even when I did have a boyfriend to celebrate it with. I still largely believe it is heavily encouraged by companies that what you to buy their products, but I don’t mind the concept of picking a day to express our feelings to our loved ones. I know, I know – why just Valentine’s Day? You should show your loved ones they’re special every day of the year. Yes, I agree with this but I also think that it’s a bit of harmless fun. Anywho, I’ll quit rambling now and regardless of your views towards this “holiday”, I hope you’ll enjoy this cake!
February 8th, 2014 § 0
As I write this, I’m watching the Team Figure Skating competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Figure skating is one of my favourite events at the Olympics. There are of course many other events at the Olympics, such as speed skating and hockey, that require a great deal of skill, strength and co-ordination. Yet in these sports, you’re allowed to look a bit haggard and like you’re really trying hard. Like gymnastics, I find it so incredible that these athletes make it look effortless. The costumes, the music, the artistic touch – to me that is what takes figure skating up to the next level. All of this, plus the Canadians are doing pretty darn well at the moment! GO CANADA!
February 2nd, 2014 § 0
I have just come home from a pretty wonderful weekend! I saw the amazingly talented Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in London with a friend on Friday night. It was a high energy fusion of hip hop and really tight jazz. They were all phenomenally talented musicians and I can’t recommend them enough!
January 27th, 2014 § 0
It’s almost the end of January and I’m only now publishing my first post of 2014. Eep! Where does the time go? Well, I hope this cake makes up for it!
This post almost ended in tears. My beloved cake stand broke yesterday. Thankfully I managed to save the cake so it was (almost) in one piece – otherwise it would have ended in tears! This is a white chocolate raspberry streusel cake – or at least it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, I’m starting my 2014 blogging off on the wrong foot by being a johnny-come-lately, breaking my favourite cake stand AND slightly botching up the recipe. /sigh.
December 31st, 2013 Comments Off
It’s New Year’s Eve! Traditionally one looks back on the past year and looks forward to the year ahead. My 2013 certainly has been full of change and new experiences! I am in my penultimate year of medical school and I have continued to do my specialty placements. I visited Vancouver and saw Canada’s West Coast for the first time this past summer. I presented a poster at my very first conference in Berlin. Finally, in about a week’s time my parents will be moving from the family home that I have lived in all my life.
December 9th, 2013 § 2
I had some friends over for dinner yesterday. It was such a lovely evening although I felt like such a glutton at the end of it! For starters, we had this cheesy Mexican refried bean dip. Then I made pulled pork which had slow cooked for 8 hours to the point where it felt to pieces when touched with a fork. Then for dessert, by special request, we had a brownie bottomed millionaire cheesecake. What on earth is that? I hear you cry. Well, let me tell you, this is no ordinary cheesecake. Instead of a biscuit base, it has a fudgey chewy brownie layer. Sitting on top of that is a thick, creamy layer of baked vanilla cheesecake and to make it even more over the top it has a thick layer of dulce de leche spread over it. Finally, the whole thing is smothered in chocolate ganache. That is a brownie bottomed millionaire cheesecake. As this is a baking blog, I’ll only be posting the recipe for the dessert but both the bean dip and the pulled pork were ridiculously easy to make. I can see myself dreaming up excuses to make them again some time soon. :P