Monthly Archives: August 2009

  • My little cupcake My little cupcake

    My little cupcake

My little cupcake

Baby A entered the world August 15 at 5:58 p.m. weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. And boy oh boy did he take his sweet time getting here. I heard his first cry after 24 hours of labour and a C-section. My little cupcake is taking up every waking, and sleeping moment, of my time. Some days, this house feels like milk central with the amount of baby bottles, formula, and random paraphernalia lying around. But experienced mothers tell me it will get better, and maybe I will even have the time to bake something yummy soon. In the meantime though, do check back, and Baby A and I promise to cook up a storm together soon!

  • Company’s Coming: Top ten last-minute desserts Company’s Coming: Top ten last-minute desserts

    Company’s Coming: Top ten last-minute desserts

Company’s Coming: Top ten last-minute desserts

  We’ve all experienced the familiar panic of an unexpected visitor. The phone rings, so-and-so is in the neighbourhood, and they’d like to drop by later in the day. “Only for a coffee,” they insist.But if you’re anything like me, serving only coffee would go against every hostess philosophy I’ve ever subscribed to.If you have a few tricks up your sleeve, your guests need never know that you were sweating under pressure.First and foremost, before you start to hyperventilate, open up your pantry and freezer and see what you have. Vanilla ice cream is a great start, as you’ll see from my top ten list below. Or maybe you have a box of cake mix. Why not use that heart-shaped muffin tin you bought ages ago and make mini cakes? Sprinkle them with confectioner’s sugar, carefully place a couple of ripe raspberries on top, and no one will be the […]

  • Slave to my pregnancy cravings Slave to my pregnancy cravings

    Slave to my pregnancy cravings

Slave to my pregnancy cravings

  I am officially 39 weeks pregnant and ready, oh so ready, to pop this baby out.Considering people keep asking me if I am carrying twins, you can imagine how big I’ve gotten. This means sleeping, walking, standing have gotten increasingly harder.Baking and cooking are taking a back seat (right next to my Graco baby car seat), and probably will for a while.Not to fret, I will try to keep blogging, at least until I go into labour and settle in with the new baby.In the meantime though, I will answer one of the burning questions that people keep asking me. What did I crave during my pregnancy? The shameful list: Yes, ice cream and pickles: But not together. Any dairy product that was cool and slid down my throat, be it milk, yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, frozen yogurt, pudding (does that count as dairy?) was A+ in my books. […]

  • Lemon meringue cupcakes Lemon meringue cupcakes

    Lemon meringue cupcakes

Lemon meringue cupcakes

  I am the first to admit I have avoided making lemon meringue pie all my life out of fear of using a culinary torch, and also of making a meringue. Past attempts to make meringues have been unsuccessful and resulted in goopy masses of egg white and translucent liquid. However, with my trusty KitchenAid mixer, a new torch and a butane refill, and oodles of spare time as I wait for my baby to arrive, I decided to make a go of it. Yet again, this is another recipe from Martha Stewart’s “Cupcakes” book , as were the tiramisu cupcakes from a previous post; and the chocolate-spice cupcakes as well.I made this recipe in two parts; I made the lemon curd one day before the cupcake and frosting and let it chill in the refrigerator.A friend of mine came over to make the cupcake batter and frosting with me, […]