Friday, March 15, 2019

A Collection of Cakes!

Okay, I'm just going to start posting anything just to get going again. And I definitely am not cut out to be a mommy blogger, so instead of me ranting about how social media is set up to make parents feel inadequate no matter what they do, here are some cakes that I've made in the semi-recent past.

I think this guy was made to use up some extra royal blue buttercream. Did you know that it takes like, a crazy amount of food coloring to make royal blue buttercream?  

Okay I still think this cake is pretty good.  My chocolate writing has improved since then! And who doesn't love Pusheen?

A wedding cake that nearly gave me a heart attack. It was raining when we delivered this, and one of us (the record shall remain silent on who exactly) allllllmost slipped while carrying part of it.

And a more recent guy. See?  Better chocolate writing. Or is it? Hmm...better go practice.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Just testing out inserting images, now that Flickr is limiting the number of images you can store. Is there anyone even still out there?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Greetings, earthlings.

Ok.  I know, it's been approximately forever since I posted here (a year and 2 months and 1 day to be precise!) but I have a good reason.  (Well for the last couple of months anyway.  I'm not sure what happened before that.)  My latest project:

So I guess posting won't be regular for a while yet (if ever).  But hey, baking life continues in the meantime, so there's hope yet, right?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015



The first year I lived in Vancouver, my friend and I went blueberry picking (my first time ever) and I went a little nuts and came home with something like 40 pounds of blueberries. Which I proceeded to eat all of, over the course of a week. I almost od'ed on blueberries, so you would think I'd have learned my lesson. Last week, same friend and I went strawberry picking (my first time ever!) guessed it. I came home with waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many strawberries. I've been eating a giant bowl of strawberries for breakfast all week, which is barely making a dent in my bounty. I hate to say it, but I'm starting to get tired of eating strawberries (I KNOW I'm going to regret saying this when the season is over and we're back to crappy imported fruit.)

Early morning #baking. Homemade puff pastry strawberry tarts for #breakfast. Now off to work for more baking wheeeee

Fortunately strawberries lend themselves to being cooked. I had some leftover puff pastry in the freezer (one of the perks of being a baker!) so I threw together these strawberry puff tarts. (Actually--they were meant to be turnovers, but I was um, having some shaping problems, so tarts to the rescue.) That used up oh...only a cup or so. Damnit.

I just made strawberry sorbet base, which is chilling in the fridge as I type, getting ready to be churned. That took care of a pound and a half...only another 5 pounds or so to go...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Good morning

#strawberry mousse #tart.

Hello there. I've decided to try to resurrect my blog from the dead, now that I have a tiny bit more free time. So to that end, it's strawberry season here in beautiful British Columbia, and I went a bit crazy last week and bought a full flat.* Which I then carried 1.9 km home in my arms, while fending off marauding crows and seagulls. Worth it, though! After wallowing around in piles of strawberries, I decided to make a tart. There she be, in all her moussey, jammy glory.

Okay well, time to go layer a cake! If there's enough light when it's done, I'll document it on film--this one's a chocolate toffee crunch cake. Mmmm, toffee. And then to work. So let's see if I remember to come back and post some more. I actually have lots to say, mostly things about how my life's changed since I gave up the glamorous life of a compliance officer for the glamorous life of a baker...

*Don't worry Mr. Strawberry man, I will bring the flat back next week. Promise.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Salted toffee chocolate cookies

OH LOOK FIRST POST IN FOREVER. Can't stop to chat though because now that I'm an actual professional baker* sometimes I get to start work at stupid o'clock (not that today is one of those days--6:30 is totally a late start compared to 4:00 a.m.!) Anyways, before I head off to go roll my daily allotment of croissants**, here is something I baked at home. Mmm, melty chocolate and toffee pockets in delicious chewy cookie...

And guess what! For all you people who have read food blogs and thought 'Damnit, I wish I could eat that'--YOU CAN. This cookie (and its brethren) will be available for sale today at the Baker's Market. Stop by and say hi to my partners at the Petit Four Pastries table and check out all of our goodies. Samples will be available and admission and parking are free!

*Some day I may get around to filling in the gaps, but the short version of the last yearish of my life--I went to culinary school! I moved to Canada! My compliance days are behind me, and now I'm paid to bake! You might guess that this is infinitely more soul satisfying than working at a bank. You would be right.

**My coworkers at the bakery and I figured out the other day that I've made somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 croissants already. You'd think by now they would be consistently shaped, but no, I still get the odd mutant....

Monday, September 30, 2013

Out of the Abyss

Sous vide venison

Well, this has been the longest case of blog deliquency, ever (a year and 17 days, not that anyone's counting). In my defense, it's been a very eventful year and 17 days, which I am determined to start writing about before I forget it all (one thing that has not changed is the sieve-like state of my brain). So anyway, yeah. Until next time (which will be soon! I swear!) hHere's a photo of one of the courses that my class and I served on the second to last night of culinary school--sous vide venison. Yeah, that's right--I'm a culinary school grad!