Road Trippin': Greece Pt. 1

June 24, 2018

There's something about road trips that make you feel like you're in an adventure movie. The kind where a motley crew set out west, east, south or north (and everywhere in between) in search of treasure, equipped with nothing more than each other, a whispered legend and a healthy dose of good old stamina to guide them. (Bonus points if there's a map.)

Albeit, it is a lot less precarious now. Instead of riding horses on beaten dirt trails, we are cruising along paved roads in however much horsepower our trusty car has. Instead of pitching up tents, we make pit stops at various drive-throughs. Gone are the overly complicated maps, now we've got a well-meaning--if not sometimes confusing--GPS lady telling us where to go. But that along with the junk food, the radio frequency as you change from one town's local station to another, and the lack of leg room are all apart of the magic.

We took a lot of road trips in Greece last summer (shoutout to Nicole and Nicoletta and the rest of the gang for all of their help!). The numerous seaside towns, golden fields and emerald green forest canopies tucked in and around various mountain ranges and hills really made the journey to our various destinations all the more fun. I can't wait to go back, and I'm glad that I wasn't too awestruck and was able to take some photos that are worth sharing with you all. 

01/2018: Beats and Bites

June 17, 2018

I know that I am super late in welcoming in the new year, but I'm going to do it anyway. So Happy New Year everyone! Happy 2018! And cheers to any opportunity to bake and eat more pastries. As the holidays drew near, a family friend had suggested that I try and bake some of the traditional Greek treats that we eat around New Years and passed on to me her recipe for delicious Vasilopita. But since it was the holidays, and the festive season (as well as my taste buds) demand chocolate around this time of year, I just had to make something else that was chocolatey. The result was the ever popular, always visually and gastronomically rewarding, Mosaiko. It was my first attempt, and while it definitely doesn't look as neat and tidy as most Mosaiko slices do, believe me when I say that it was just as tasty as when I had it in Greece.

Hazelnut Brittle for Mosaiko

(A broken chunk of) Mosaiko
P.S. I also got in touch with my roots musically, hence many of the Yemi Alade and French songs on this month's playlist. 

04/18: Beats and Bites

May 30, 2018

The best part about April is that its full of ends and beginnings. The month hosts the beginning of the exam season and the end of the academic year. The true end of Winter (because Canada has some very strange weather patterns) and the beginning of the warm Spring days and fresh Spring nights. With each day that the snow melts to reveal the greenery below, and as leather boots are slowly replaced with leather sandals, it feels as if a weight is lifted off of all our shoulders. The more that the sun decides to peak through the clouds and shine down on us again, the more creative I feel and fortunately, the more baking can be done.

Marble Doughnuts 

Salted Caramel Meringue Pound Cake

12/2017: Beats and Bites

April 17, 2018

The year went by too fast, but at times not fast enough. Look up and it's a clear blue sky, look up again and it's covered in snow. One moment you're shuddering at all the spooky Halloween decorations, and the next, you're shivering against the cold winter air.

The holidays slip in and out just as quickly. But the spirit of it lasts a bit longer and it is captured in the little clouds you make every time you open your mouth. It lingers like the smell of freshly baked sugar cookies. It hangs in the air, in excited suspension and in anticipation of all that is to come in the new year.

It's funny how it seems that we need permission to be cheerful. Or at least the boundaries of time, calendars or holidays to tell us when to be overtly cheerful and good-natured even though the cold environment encourages us to be anything but. But I have learned that you can't put a timer on imagination, it moves as freely and looks as different as each falling flake of snow.

Sugar Cookies (made and decorated with my friend Hannah)

Rum Balls

Butter Pecan Meltaways

Marble Pound Cake

11/2017: Beats and Bites

January 02, 2018
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November was full of birthdays, midterms, rehearsals, and shivering with the trees as they lost their leaves to the incoming winter cold. It was spent (im)patiently waiting to flip the calendar from November to December when it's socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music out loud. Most importantly, it was a month of creative expression, through song, dance and notably, baking. A lot of uncertainty went in, but a lot of good came out. And every once in a while, like my mom's birthday cake below, something unexpectedly special.

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Snickerdoodles with Toasted Shredded Coconuts

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Orange Caramel Glazed Pecan Pound Cake

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