Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Carrot Ginger Layer Cake - for a Summer Pot Luck

With summer coming to a close we were invited to a work colleagues home for a pot luck supper. These are always great fun!

I was requested to make a carrot cake. A favourite around our house but there is always way too much for the two of us to enjoy - responsibly.

Below are the glory shots of the cake. Sadly I ran out of time to complete the decoration. Not sure anyone but me was worried about it. The recipe can be found here.

Carrot Cake
More after the jump....

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nando's - Vancouver Davie Street

Lunch at Nando's

Last week a few friends and I got together for a last summer lunch. Two friends were on their lunch hour and the other two had the day at leisure. Nando's was close for all on this day.

I won't go into the meal.  It was typical Nando's - good for its type.

I decided to buy a couple of Pasteis da Nata - Custard Tarts to finish off our meal over coffee.

They arrived at the table looking pretty great. The shell looked nice and flakey and the edges of the custard were lightly browned.

We dug in! Nice and crispy and a puddling like inside. A nice end to a meal.

Value - 3 stars out of five (a little pricey at @2.50 each)

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 2015

Well it's certainly been a long time since I made a regular post on the blog....

It's been an insteresting  year and a half dealing with a health issue. While I have been active and continued to be able to travel, finding the energy to create a coherant blog post has been challenging.

Having said that, Thank you for continuing to check out the blog and leave your helpful comments and requests for recipes.

What I've been up to:
 - over the last 2 Christmas seasons I continued to bake mountains of cookies for family, friends, and a few of you that ordered some seasonal creations
- lots of travel!
  • a winter vacation to Southern Florida
  • an Easter trip to Portland
  • a pre summer trip to Phoenix and area
  • a weekend in Seattle with a friend from Europe
  • a long trip to Toyko - Munich (Oktoberfest)and back through Seoul
  • Victoria BC with friends from OZ
  • a mid-winter tript to Las Vegas
  • a cruise from Florida to Spain and then on to Keukenhof, NL and further stops in Mannheim and Munich in Germany
I have a ton of material to post! If you have been following me on Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest or  Ello you will have kept up with some of my kitchen escapades. I have recently re-activated Facebook. If you have time, please add me to your social media feeds!

All during this time I piked up a ton of inspirational reading material!! I mean a ton! I hope to wade through it and share a bunch of new creations.

Is there anything you would like to see? Anything you don't want to see? I always love to hear from you!

Happy Baking

Holiday Baker Man


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas Baking 2014 - The Planning

It's mid to late October and it's time for me to get onto deciding what my Christmas baking list will look like. A few days of work ahead of me.

Do you plan out your baking? This far ahead? Would love to hear from you.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Just Back....

Just back from almost a month of travel.

I was fortunate to visit Munich & Area in Germany. Barcelona, Ibiza, Cartagena, Malaga, & Cadiz in Spain. Bridgetown in Barbados and Toronto on the way home to Vancouver.

One of my guilty pleasures is to shop in bookstores and supermarkets when I am out of the country.

On this trip I was able to pick up some books, magazines and other local specialties.

Supermarket Finds

In the Munich area I picked up: Fuchs Brand Spices, some Dark Gravy maker helper, Spicy Mustard, Lebkuchen Spice, Oblates (for Lebkuchen), Spicy Mustard, a package of White & Milk chocolate torte topping. In Spain I picked up some Fleur de Sel, Smoked Paprika, and Spicy Pepper sauce.

Bookstore Finds
In a German book store I picked up an amazing Book - Patiserie-Christophe Felder (German Version). I also picked up a German Christmas Specialties book. In the magazine section I picked up an assortment of 5. All look great. I did try to pick up a Spanish baking book but I couldn't find a comprehensive one. A link to Patiserie in English can be found here.

Can't wait to give a test run to everything!

Hanging on the door when we arrived home from our Neighbour!
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