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  • Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

    Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Dearest friends, family and blog readers (Are there any of you left? ‘Cause I’m hearing an echo in here), let it be known that for me, baking, 0ffers a brief escape. If I bake you something, it’s because I am inspired to use my hands, or perhaps it’s because I need a break from the hard news that comprises my day-to-day life as a journalist, or because it’s simply because I love you. No, I don’t have more time than you. In fact, I probably have less time than you. And that will be the case until my two boys are a bit older. So for me to fit in a cake or cookies, or cupcakes, I had to give up some much-needed sleep or some precious TV time. So just say thank you, and bask in the fact that I have special feelings for you. With that said, I bring to […]

  • Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

    Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Forest Cake

This ain’t no Black Forest Cake recipe. Just saying, before you freak out… ‘Cause anytime I tell someone I Black Forest Cake I’m met with horror and disgust. Am I really the only thirty-something in North America who will admit to loving Black Forest Cake? Hands up if you’re with me… *Crickets* Anywho, let’s move on. But before we do I need to warn you: this is one heckuva multi-layered, multi-step cake. Give yourself some time. I decided to make this for the holidays and it’s a good thing I started a few days early because there is no way I would have completed this in one day, or even two days. I wanted to try this for Christmas as it would be a refreshing alternative to those typical flavours we encounter over the holidays: pumpkin, spice, peppermint, peppermint. And to be brutally honest, I just wanted to make those […]

  • Hungry Rabbit's pistachio baklava cake
    Pistachio baklava cake Pistachio baklava cake

    Pistachio baklava cake

Pistachio baklava cake

Baklava for me was always an indulgence. Something to be eaten at special occasions and in small quantities. Whether it was the Middle Eastern type with pistachios, the Bulgarian variety with walnuts, the Armenian kind – scented with cinnamon, honey-drenched Greek baklava or modern interpretations that involve chocolate – I love baklava. And when the Miraj Hammam spa at the Shangri-La hotel greeted me recently with a bite of baklava and grapes after my recent hammam and gommage treatment, it was like a salve to my weary soul. Still, despite my comfort in the kitchen, making baklava always felt like it was out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure why. Even my mother, a working woman who always felt more comfortable talking about Balzac than clarified butter, made a delicious Bulgarian-style baklava for special occasions when we were growing up. And still, I always felt that it was better […]

  • Skinny strawberry shortbread trifle Skinny strawberry shortbread trifle

    Skinny strawberry shortbread trifle

Skinny strawberry shortbread trifle

Well, hello, hello, hello. A colleague asked me the other day if I was still baking… and I had to confess that I hadn’t really baked very much since I returned to work from maternity leave in January. With a 4.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I’m not quite at the point where I can leave my little one to be independent and have an extra 15 minutes here and there to get to some baking. Since I’ve been down this road before, I know full well that this is temporary and things will get a bit easier, so I’m being patient. Besides, after a full day’s work, and then coming home to prepare dinner, bathe the kids, attend to some piano practice or basic homework, tidy up, all before my husband gets home, I’m absolutely beat. And I can’t muster up the energy to speak, much less […]

  • Nutella banana loaf Nutella banana loaf

    Nutella banana loaf

Nutella banana loaf

Following the Weight Watchers program really underscored my weaknesses: Cake, chocolate, cookies. Dense, moist, chewy, gooey, calorie-packed, carbohydrate-embracing yummy stuff. Sometimes I would overcome my cravings by allowing myself to have just a little bit everyday, other days I would experiment making Weight Watchers versions of sweets, but they never quite hit the spot. Until this recipe. Each serving of this banana loaf is only 4 Weight Watchers points plus – fantastic! I can eat three satisfying meals, and have my cake too! Only two tablespoons of butter! I will stop using exclamation marks now. But even if you’re not on Weight Watchers or watching your weight, this Nutella banana loaf is utterly delicious. Decadent, moist, and it even seems to improve in flavour after a day or two – if it lasts that long. This banana bread is on the moist side, as op There was not one person […]

  • Pretty posies and vintage tea cups: My birthday tea party Pretty posies and vintage tea cups: My birthday tea party

    Pretty posies and vintage tea cups: My birthday tea party

Pretty posies and vintage tea cups: My birthday tea party

About five years ago, I wandered into an antique shop and picked up a couple of lovely china tea cups. At the time, we were living in a townhouse and had no extra room for any tchotchkes, so I put them back. But I thought about them day after day until one day I returned and I bought those two tea cups. That was the beginning of my vintage china tea cup collection. Since then I’ve amassed some 15 tea cups, hunting for them online, in consignment shops, antique shops, yard sales. My favourite brands are Royal Albert, Aynsley, Paragon but really I’m just looking for vibrant colours that will stand the test of time. Then the collecting moved on to dinner plates and dessert plates and I realized it wouldn’t do to just let them collect dust, I had to put my china to good use. So I decided […]

  • Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes
    Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes

    Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes

Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes

This might come as a shock to some of you considering my love for all things sweet but I’m on Weight Watchers. The first time I joined Weight Watchers, it helped me lose the weight from baby number 1. In fact, after giving birth in 2009, I lost a total of nearly 70 pounds thanks to the program and exercise. A few months after having baby number 2 in November of 2012, I was eager to join Weight Watchers again to get myself in shape. And now, I’m just a few pounds from my goal weight. I’m a real believer in the program…I love it because I can still fulfill my sweet tooth – but within reason. And this works for me. Sometimes, however, I do try a lighter version of a classic just to give me my sugar fix. I made this recipe a few months ago when we […]

  • Glazed lemon pound cake Glazed lemon pound cake

    Glazed lemon pound cake

Glazed lemon pound cake

It’s about that time of year when my after-dinner cravings are for something a bit lighter, tangier, fresher. I’m not as likely to reach for the dense-chocolate cake or the decadent cheesecake, the fruits are plentiful and ripe and in abundance. Still, sometimes you want to have something on hand for when company comes over on the weekend, and this recipe perfectly fits the bill. This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, a publication I am often ripping pages out of due to the high success rate. Substitutions: I didn’t make any, but I would have no hesitation in using lower-fat Greek yogurt. Would I make this again? Certainly, the tang of the lemon pairs nicely with the sugary glaze and it’s just the thing to serve alongside a double long espresso. Grade: Five stars out of five. Simplicity rules here and this recipe is hard to mess up. (Do […]

  • Pink rose ombre cake
    Pink ombre rose cake Pink ombre rose cake

    Pink ombre rose cake

Pink ombre rose cake

It’s been a while I’ve blogged and that’s because I wanted to make sure my new site looked just right before I unveiled it to the few of you who are still reading! While I have a series of draft blogs I’m holding on to, I thought I’d start with this one – the pink rose ombre cake. Isn’t it just lovely? And it’s so, so much easier than it looks. I made this for my husband for Valentine’s Day as we had a 3 month old and 3 year old at home and the chances of going out for dinner were slim to none. All the Pinterest posts seemed daunting, but I turned to Youtube and watched some tutorials before venturing out on my own. I found the following one helpful: How to frost an ombre rose cake It’s dead simple. You just need a steady hand, steady nerves. […]

  • Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

    Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

Pumpkin bread with dark chocolate and pecans

  When I saw this recipe come across the wires at work from The Associated Press, it had me salivating. By the time the holidays have rolled around, I’ve usually made at least two or three pumpkin-based desserts so I had this high on my “To Do” list despite the fact I was heavily pregnant at the time I made it, and in no mood to tend to any housework. In any case, I figured this would be quick to whip up as it was a one-bowl recipe and I was right. If you’re like me and you always have a can or two of pumpkin puree, this should be a cinch to prepare. Within a few minutes of mixing (provided you have the ingredients measured out on your counter ahead of time), I had two loaves ready to bake. I froze one and served the other to some company. […]

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