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One-Bowl Fudge Brownie Recipe

One-Bowl Fudge Brownie Recipe

  • February 04, 2020
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Do we  need another fudge brownie recipe? The better question is—Do you love brownies? 

If yes, then you owe it to yourself to bake this. Made with bittersweet chocolate, this gooey-in-the-center and crisp-on-the-outside brownie is the perfect combination of everything.

Why I love this brownie recipe: It doesn’t require any special equipment. You effectively* only need one medium heatproof bowl and a spatula to prepare this. [Unless you like to prepare the mise en place for a few ingredients like below. But really, you don’t need to.] This is perfect for last-minute brownie cravings because it...

Pierre Hermé’s Madeleines

  • February 01, 2020
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I love madeleines. It sounds so cliché. Nevertheless, each freshly baked piece simply brings me so much joy. They’re the right touch of sweet and adorable (hah) that I need in my day. Pierre Hermé’s Madeleines are terrific—delicately light with crisp edges. They are deceivingly simple to make with accessible pantry ingredients. The most “difficult” part of the recipe, really, is the wait.

This already a great recipe to start with, however, here are a few tips that can help guarantee consistently good results:

1. Use a good pan. The Williams Sonoma...

Switch to Safer and Cleaner—Better—Beauty

  • January 30, 2020
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Cleaner, safer and better beauty? What’s up with the switch? I know it sounds fad-ish, but stay with me—it’s not. You’ve probably heard from recent news about products that have caused major health issues. From carcinogenic ingredients to hormone disruptors, it’s hard to ignore the growing concern over what goes into the products we use and why we should be more vigilant about it. 

What is Clean Beauty?

Simply put, Clean Beauty is cosmetics—and that includes skin/body/hair care products—formulated without ingredients that are toxic, harmful or potentially harmful to the body. To me,...

Winter Clean Beauty Essential: Do-It-All Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm

Winter Clean Beauty Essential: Do-It-All Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm

  • January 15, 2020
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We are in the middle of snowmageddon here in Vancouver. I’m enjoying the 10-inch helping of snow in our neighbourhood and the outdoors is anything but fun for me. It might be freezing, but I couldn’t think of a better time to talk about one of my favourite clean beauty products to help during the frigid conditions**: the do-it-all moisturizing Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm. [** You can laugh at me now, East Coast friends.]

Counter+ Cleansing Balm

Do not be fooled by the “cleansing” part of the name. It is anything but just...

Keep Christmas Green: Advent Calendars

  • December 12, 2019
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I’m trying to keep Christmas green this year and as much as I look forward to them, I decided to skip buying advent calendars for myself or others. It’s all about having less waste and avoiding excess.

Advent Calendars were not a thing when I was growing up and it was not until almost a decade of moving to North America that I had given them to friends’ kids. I have even made a few elaborate ones for my partners’ kids when they were younger. As for myself, DavidsTea’s 24 Days...

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

  • November 17, 2019
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Sweet Shortcrust Pastry is delicious, easy to make and it comes out of the oven looking like you put in more work than you did. It helps to have a go-to recipe for last minute needs and I’m excited to share mine.

A decade ago, I was a member of the now-defunct food community called the Daring Bakers. As you can tell from the name, this was no ordinary group. We made a lot of things from scratch, some calling for days of preparation. Monthly hosts go into great lengths to research recipes,...

Charcoal Mask: Glamglow and Beautycounter Counter+

Charcoal Mask: Glamglow and Beautycounter Counter+

  • November 13, 2019
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Mention activated charcoal and most people who are into skincare will tell you favourite charcoal mask. Earlier in the year, mine had been Glamglow Supermud until it started leaving me with redness and inflammation longer than usual. [Their website’s “Glam Tips” says that it “tingles to let you know it is working. Skin may appear flushed for a short time. This is normal!”] There goes my sensitive skin again…

For the past two months I’ve been sharing about my Fall skincare purge-and-replace on Instagram Stories. I usually do this twice a year, coinciding with...

German Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)

German Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)

  • September 11, 2019
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It’s that time of the year again when we trade in our shorts, tank tops and flip flops for light coats, cardigans and socks. I can feel it in the air. Fall. Rather than fighting it, I happily relinquish summer with baking. And nothing says Fall to me than a German Sunken Apple Cake coming out of my oven. Seven years ago, I discovered this German afternoon cake from a cookbook, Unser Kochbuch No. 1. Das Kompakte Universalkochbuch, given to us by J’s mom (she loves...

Peach Focaccia: A Peak Summer Bread (Vegan Recipe)

Peach Focaccia: A Peak Summer Bread (Vegan Recipe)

  • August 26, 2019
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Peach Focaccia. I wouldn’t have thought of it!

Following the New York Times Cooking page on Facebook is a dangerous yet awesome thing. I’m inspired and often end up with an urgent need to make what they post. Cloudy Vancouver skies will push me to bake anything that looks bright and tasty, really, and that’s what happened when I saw this on my feed. On a cold summer weekday, I had hoped that the sunny peach-topped focaccia could help lift up my spirits. (And it did.)

Keeping peach...
Blueberry Crumb Cake (Czech Recipe)

Blueberry Crumb Cake (Czech Recipe)

  • August 22, 2019
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It only took four years, but we finally made it back to the Okanagan to celebrate our friends’ wedding last month. We enjoyed another summer visit, despite the peak tourist season.

As it wont to be, I’d be inspired (and haunted by) a dish or baked good/pastry from our travels. I would get home and obsess about recreating it, of course. After weeks spent on this, I can truly say that the Blueberry Crumb Cake was my Penticton 2019 Food Fixation.

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