Thursday, March 24, 2016

Christmas 2015

Cookie tray put together by a recipient

Every year I put together a Christmas Cookie Box for friends and family. This past Chrismas they were sent out the last weekend of November for deilvery before Advent.

The cookies sent out were:
  • Current Gingerbread Cookies
  • Mincemeat Pinwheels
  • Clove Sugar Cookies
  • Cherry & Nut Biscotti
  • Speculaas
  • Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • Christmas Balls
  • Gingerbread Hearts
  • Braune Kuchen - Brown Crisp Baltic Cookies
  • Lemon Butter Cookies

Over the next couple of weeks I'll publish each of cookies individually. You want some right?

The Pre Baking Ingredient Table

Current Ginger Shortbread

Mincemeat Pinwheels

Clove Sugar Cookies

Cherry and Nut Biscotti


Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Christmas Balls

Gingerbread Hearts

Braune Kuchen - Brown Crisp Baltic Cookies

Lemon Butter Cookies

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hazelnut Cake

We were haveing some friends and a neighbour over for dinner one evening we needed a dessert. Cake!

Utilizing cookbooks seems to be a  challenge foe me lately. With the web always close at hand, in my mind it can be easier to go and print something off. One of my ongoing goals is to use our large collection of cookbooks more often. After all , they are already printed.

A few years ago I was given John Barricelli's book - The SONO Baing Company Cookbook. I can't get over that it was published 5 years ago! I haven't made too many things from the book, but the Hazelnut Cake recipe always interested me.

This recipe uses:
For the sponge:
- 1/4 Cup Hazelnut flour
- 3.4 Cup Sugar
- 9 Tablespoons Cake Flour
- 6 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
- 3 Large Eggs
- 3 Large Egg Yolks
- 1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Almond Extract (see note)
- 3/4 Cup of Vegetable oil

For the Butter Cream
- 5 Large Egg Whites
- 1 1/3 Cups of Sugar
- 1 Pound of Unsalted Butter
- 8 Ounces of chopped Milk Chocolate
- 2 Tablespoons of Dutch Cocoa
- 1/4 Cup of Praline Paste (see note)

More after the break....

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2015

It has been a long while since I posted on a regular basis. It's been a couple of years getting over a heart problem and getting back to a reasonable facsimile of health. With that out of the way I am going to try and get back to posting.

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to travel to Las Vegas and take a European holiday. We travelled to Barcelona on a cruise that departed Ft. Lauderdale and made its way to Funchal, Portugal and then along the Southern Spanish coast to Barcelona. An excellent 2 week journey. After a few days in Barcelona we headed to Amsterdam for the tulip fields. Then it was off to the Mannheim area to visit friends and then to Munich to spend some time with family before returning home to Vancouver.

But I digress....

Back to baking adventures. I am going to try and change things up a little. We all read foodie blogs that show step by step showing how someone produced something spectacular. I look for hints and tips to making my baking experience better.

With that said, I am going to post my final pictures of what I was able to make along with my comments with a link to the original content. I'll follow that main page with a jump to the progress pictures. Hopefully this change will be a good one. In the case where I am making an original recipe, or substantial changes to an existing recipe, I'll be sure to list the whole recipe so that you can try it too!

Below is a picture from the recipient of a Christmas cookie box that I send out every year. Thinking back I have made at least 30000 Christmas cookies to send out over the years.

As always I want to hear your questions and comments.

Bon Appetit


Ps. if you are able to check out the gofundme page in the top right.. This little guy needs some help

A Tray of about 1/2 of the Cookies in my Annual Christmas Cookie Box

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)

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