Sunday, December 21, 2014

Homemade Candied Cranberries Step by Step

Bowl of homemade candied cranberries that look like ice-frosted berries.

Here are some neat treats to make for others, to serve at gatherings or to bring to potlucks that we have been making. These are essentially "raw" cranberries that have been candied. Think of them being a cranberry center with a crispy sugary shell.

I brought some of these to a work potluck and they were very well received! So, here is the recipe as even those that don't bake can make these creations! 


  • 2 Cups of fresh (never frozen) Cranberries
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup + 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest

Mise-En-Place: A cup of fresh cranberries, a cup of sugar, and a cup of water.
*We bought our fresh, never frozen cranberries from Costco! They had the best looking cranberries around!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted chocolate chip cookies from BeyondUmami
The above picture represents the end result of me baking three different batches of salted chocolate chip cookies over a period of a week. Yes one week! Thankfully we didn't eat them all ourselves as we had people over for dinner and I dutifully brought them with me to potlucks, work meetings and get-togethers. Back in November, I was on a search for a chewy salted chocolate chip cookie that has a slightly crispy outside.  

Two different cookies, two different recipes.
I tried various butter to sugar ratios, different sugar amounts, sugar-butter whipping methods, baking soda vs. baking powder and even baking times. I charted everything! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Duchess Bake Shop Memories and a Giveaway

A close up shot of Duchess Bake Shop's mini Paris Brest.
Mini Paris Brest Pastries from Duchess Bake Shop.

Duchess Bake Shop is our favourite place for fine French baked goods and pastries in Edmonton. Dan and I have visited since Duchess opened, and have brought many friends, family, and out of town guests for a taste of France in Edmonton.

Back in 2009, Dan and I had been attempting unsuccessfully to make macarons in my small galley kitchen. When Duchess opened in October 2009 to great fanfare, we were very keen on visiting specifically because of their macarons. We learned that one of the owners, Giselle, had become fascinated with macarons while in Japan and had spent time perfecting the homemade macaron. This inspired me in my pursuit of the elusive homemade macaron. If you've followed along in my journey, you would definitely see all the different macarons I've baked.
Behind the counter at Duchess Bake Shop in 2010 

Even though we visited Duchess many times over the following months, it played a special part during a memorable day in May of 2010. We were invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the kitchen before the doors opened. Little did I know that the invitation was just part of a series of special surprises Dan had planned before he proposed to me!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Made in Blog Awards 2014

Hello everyone! The Made in Blog Awards 2014 is here! The Made in Blog Awards are all about promoting Canadian bloggers, so it is a great way to look out for new blogs and content in a range of different areas! If you have the time, please do me a big favour and click on this link HERE, to vote for me in the "Cooking" category. All you need to do is click the blue "Vote for Me +1" button. No registration is required and anyone can vote. You have until November 26, 2014 to vote. After that all blogs with the most votes are then judged by a panel. Thanks so much for the support and I really appreciate it! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Easy Crustless Quiche Recipe & A Giveaway!

When my husband and I made the Taiwan Red Bean Wheelcakes back in September, we were trying out various recipes that could be used on the Nordic Ware Eggs Plus Pan. One thing that you should know about my husband is that he is a huge proponent on ensuring that every single one of our kitchen gadgets must not be single function kitchen tools (with the exception of a can opener). This means that any kitchen gadget that lives in our kitchen must be able to be used for different recipes. 

The first recipe we made with the new pan was actually not the Taiwan Red Bean Wheelcakes but instead Crustless Quiches!

So below is the recipe for the Crustless Quiches. Make sure you read all the way to the end for exciting details on how you can win the Eggs Plus Pan for yourself!

Crustless Quiches

  • approx. 1 cup of milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-4 filling ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, cheese, spinach etc.. The sky's the limit!

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