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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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