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)

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.
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