BAKE CODE Bake Code just opened its first Canadian store in our neighbourhood in Toronto. The Taiwanese bakery is right at home in North York, bringing a nice fusion of Asian and European baking styles. My first visit was pleasant enough, I was just looking to pick up some Mentaiko bread and pork floss bun. Bake Code is a self-serve joint,...
ensaymada recipe
ORIGINAL ENSAYMADA RECIPE I miss ensaymada so much! Ensaymada is a very popular pastry in the Philippines and which is usually part of 'merienda cena' (afternoon snack, en Espanol). It's just one of those days when you crave for a taste from back home. Here's my original ensaymada recipe! Ensaymada is a type of brioche bread that's slathered with butter, sugar and generous amount of grated cheese. Some...
mushroom risotto
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN STYLE MUSHROOM RISOTTO A risotto is a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. Typically, you can use meat, fish or vegetables for the broth.  Risotto recipes can also call for the use of butter, wine, onion or parmesan cheese. Italians usually serve risotto before the main course. Getting mushroom risotto right the first time is...
macarons recipe
FRENCH MACARONS RECIPE I've heard that French macarons are quite difficult to make. I agree, since I didn't get it quite right on my first try. Sharing with you this French macarons recipe. It's been years since my first try, and I remember that it wasn't very successful. I'm not sure whether it was the humid weather, or perhaps over or...
cheese cake
CHEESECAKE I love cheesecakes! Any cheesecake...Any baked cheesecake (I don't care much for no-bake). It's the ultimate comfort food. Sometimes, cake just doesn't cut it. I make cheesecakes quite often and I usually stick to the "normal" cheesecake recipe. It's always a big hit in our household! This time, however, I tried to mix things up a bit by using chocolate chip...
Cake Scraps
Chocolate cake with coffee buttercream recipe How was your weekend? Mine was filled with cake, buttercream, cream puffs, Chantilly cream, topped with tempered chocolate. I had too much fun playing in the kitchen! I was going to make a simple chocolate cake with coffee buttercream. I think I may have overdone it, just a tad. Well, the cake still had my...
zucchini pasta
ZUCCHINI PASTA  I recently purchased a Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer from Amazon Canada (CAD$33.95 + tax & shipping). It's a nifty little device which Paderno says makes quick work out of peeling vegetables. It comes with three different blades for whatever spiralizing needs you may have. Like in this case, Zucchini Pasta. Inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest, I...
rolling pin
It's been raining and it's dreary. The weather called for coffee + pastry, so I decided to go a nearby pastry shop, The Rolling Pin. The shop is quite charming with its vintage chic décor thoughtfully echoing the bakeshop's logo. Upon entering, I was greeted by rows of gourmet doughnuts, cookies, macarons and cupcakes. But I knew exactly what to get:...
chocolate chip cookies
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES Life's simple pleasures - cookies! And this was how I started my weekend, baking Chocolate Chip Cookies because nothing beats home-baked goodies - nothing. Don't you just love the scent of freshly baked cookies? It just evokes happy memories. This also takes me years back to my very first baking adventure. This is where I found my love...
St Lawrence Market
St Lawrence Market My absolute favourite place to visit whenever I'm downtown. St Lawrence Market is definitely a must-visit if you're planning to go to Toronto. It is located in the heart of the city, on Front at Jarvis Streets. I took these photos about a year ago on a Saturday afternoon, deliberately avoiding the crowded market as it usually is...