07/18:Beats and Bites

August 13, 2018
The mood for July was slow and steady. No muss, no fuss. With summer school finished I wanted to do absolutely nothing. And nothing is what I did. Well, almost nothing. Actually, I did a lot of little somethings that made the month fly by in a wink. It is crazy how quickly the end of the month sneaks up on you. 

As I crossed off the days on my calendar, I couldn't help but wonder where all the time had gone. I would think:

"Where did that tan come from ?" True, we did go on a super long hike through the woods last weekend.

"Why is there so much sand in my backpack?" Oh yes, I forgot to shake it out after going to the beach yesterday. 

"Why don't we have any pastries?" Oh. Um...I haven't made any yet. 

This is where Streudel comes in my friends.

For the Not So Hopeless Romantic: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

August 06, 2018


I'm typically not one for romance novels. At least not ones that don't involve some sort of adventure or fantastical element, and most certainly not one centred around high school. But this book has been on my radar for years and with the arrival of the theatrical adaptation this August, I knew that I just had to read it before it was released.

To my surprise, one sleepless night, I poured through half of the book and became completely immersed in the heart-racing drama, budding romance, friendship blunders, underlying suspense, and the all too familiar sister squabbles that make this story a super great read. I have not related to a character so much before, nor have I ever felt such pure levels of stress, second-hand embarrassment (I was cringing and reading in between my fingers for a good chunk of the novel and smiling goofily for the rest of it) and pride for one.

For the Sweet Tooth: Marble Doughnuts

July 22, 2018

Easter always seems to spring up on my family. Food-wise we're always on point, but decoration-wise we're always a little bit late. To be fair it is at the height of final projects so, it can be a bit hard for me--the designated resident pastry chef (in training)--to whip up something new all month long. So this year we decided to forgo the traditional colourful egg route--there's only so many hardboiled eggs one can eat-- and made colourful donuts instead.

My initial plan was to make several solid coloured doughs. so the doughnuts would be a single colour throughout. But impatience and a pure craving for doughnuts overcame us all, and the result, was to our surprise, a whole lot better.

*Drum rolls* 

So I present to you all, "Marble" Doughnuts. They're fun to make, fun to eat and fun to take pictures of. And they require very little effort to make their insides look fabulous. Just drip the food colouring on the dough when you're about to roll it out to cut out the shapes and voila!

Enjoy!

Pssst! For those wondering, here is the recipe that I used: Polish Pączki (Doughnuts) Recipe














Winter Wonderland

July 15, 2018

Canadian winters are truly unique. This past one (no doubt amplified by climate change) threw at us every possible type of weather possible. But amidst the brain-numbing cold, there were often moments of beauty and bliss that were revealed as Toronto was turned time and time again into a giant snowglobe. Sometimes it felt like the snow had magical properties that turned seemingly regular buildings into charming backdrops, allowed the sunlight to shine through a little brighter than usual, and most importantly turned regular hills into slopes where sledding contests were won and lost with a smile. So here are a few of those moments that I was hastily able to capture before my fingers froze from the cold air.







Photo taken by my friend, Printsessa





05-06/18: Beats and Bites

July 08, 2018

May and June were synonymous with chocolate chip cookies and do nothing days. May marked the end of the very long rat race that was the academic year. But like any good race, it was celebrated with great fanfare. And by fanfare, I mean sleeping in, actually enjoying the weekend, leaving the house during the day hours for something other than class, meandering through forests, and of course, chocolate chip cookies.

This the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that I've succeeded in a long time. And by a long time, I mean ever. (It turns out that the secret, after all, was just butter). So, May and June were devoted to cookies and to eating lots of them to help me recover from the ending of Avengers Infinity War, to carry me through sleepless nights of binge-watching Downtown Abbey, and to give me the strength to start and finish summer school.

Each crunch was an ode to childhood and each munch a promise of happiness and bliss.











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