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15 Jun

Where do I start?

Since we last talked I have been busier than I have ever been. I had my last few weeks of school which were jam-packed with stress, tears, and hugs. After finishing school on June 2nd, I came back bright and early on the 3rd for a breakfast and the senior assembly. I received a cord for NHS earlier that week, and at the assembly I received a cord for completing my Human Services career pathway, a stole for the Honors Diploma I earned, and an award from the Child Development Department at the school which I had no idea I was getting. After that madness I went home to pack and bake a batch of insanely good “Monster Cookies” for my friends and I for our senior camping trip. After a few days filled with sunburns, late nights, s’mores, bug bites, eating gumbo on the beach, and lots of time spent enjoying each other’s company I cam home in time for graduation! The day before graduation I went out with my besties to find a dress and we discovered lavender lemonade which I’m dying to make. I went to my favourite Thai place for dinner before graduation with my parents and neighbours, and then we got stuck in the biggest traffic jam of the century which prompted us to take an alternate route which allowed me to get to the Chiles Center about 15 mins before the ceremony was going to start. After graduation I went to grad night where we partied it up until about 4:30am. After spending the next day sleeping/sleepwalking I had a few days to make a cake for a friend’s grad party. I ended up making a cake, 18 whoopie pies, and 20 cake pops in the shape of graduation hats. ย That weekend (last weekend) I went grad party-hopping and enjoyed some more good food, and got to spend time with some great people. Monday felt like my first real day of summer vacation and I spent most of the day doing chores and watching reruns on tv. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing my optometrist for my yearly checkup where he dilated my eyes which completely blurred my vision and required me to wear sunglasses indoors for 4 hours. I still managed to help a friend clean her room (I think? Couldn’t really see well!) and then I came home and waited for my vision to come back fully. Today I spent the day with my mum in downtown Hillsboro where we went in all their antique stores and had lunch. Unfortunately I did not find a cake stand with a cover, a functioning vintage camera, or candy jars like I had hoped. It was really fun though, and we ended the day with a stop at Burgerville for some delicious fried asparagus spears which I absolutely LOVE. Anyway, the long and short of it is, I have been busy, and now I will not be as busy. This weekend I have a day of work and a grad party, and next week I work for 4 hours a day, but other than that, The whole summer is at my disposal. My mind is a whirlwind of recipes, images of food I had recently that I want to recreate, the smell of the Garam Masala I bought the other day to make a curry, and the plans for many trips to the Farmer’s market for fresh produce. Tomorrow I shall get some blog posts lined up as I have just transferred over 500 photos from my camera to my laptop just for the blog. The only problem is, Where do I start? ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m Still Alive…Barely

25 May

Since I last blogged, I’ve accumulated hundreds of food pictures in my camera of everyting from caramel-filled brownies to alien sugar cookies, birthday mocktails to hot cross buns, tesselation cookies to a fractal cake. Why, you might ask, have I been AWOL for the past few weeks? The long and short of it is that I am going insane with the stress of final projects, graduation and trying to find a job. Have no fear, once I graduate I shall be back in that kitchen as often as I like, not a care in the world for a few months at least. I already have plans to visit the farmer’s market for fresh produce and to go berry picking for some desserts I am dying to make so I can’t wait to get to it.

Another big project I have in mind is to enter the Threadcakes contest for my second time. Threadcakes is a contest put on by the t-shirt company Threadless. All cakes must be based on a Threadless shirt design which is great because there are thousands of wacky designs to choose from! So last summer I entered my interpretation of a shirt design called “A Vehicle Built For Dreams”. I chose it not only because it was beautiful, but because I really wanted a pair of TOMS shoes. (This was before everyone started wearing them…)

While I did not win, I was mentioned in one of my favourite blogs “Cake Wrecks” in a “Sunday Sweets” post about really amazing cakes (since all other cake wreck posts are about cake wrecks) which was enough to make me feel like a winner. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year we can start submitting cakes June 13th, so I’m frantically trying o pick a design. I might even end up doing a couple instead of just one since I’m having trouble picking. Another thing I decided was to ask all of you to vote, and I will use the results to help my decision on what to make. I have a few that I really like that I’ll post below, but feel free to go here and look for something else. Keep in mind I’ll be doing a 2D design and I specialize in handpainting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Storytellers” Because I’m a book geek, because I love the fact that there’s a sparkly Edward book, comatose Sleeping Beauty and a Little Mermaid book, because I am a sucker for adorableness…I love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

“Peacock at Night” I’m thinking of doing this on white fondant and making the feathers colourful.

“It’s So Simple” If you look carefully, those are all letters. See it? Mind Blown? Now imagine this on 12 mini cakes.

“Captain Obvious” I love this because it’s colourfull, satirical and I think it’d be a great challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to see a bigger, better quality photo to better judge which you want to see in cake form, search the titles on the Threadless website.ย 

Happy Voting! ๐Ÿ™‚

1,000 views and 1 stupid thing to do in a kitchen

20 Apr

I just logged on to WordPress and I saw I had 999 site-views. I had hardly told someone about it before I came back and it had passed the 1,000 mark! While this may not seem like much compared to sites that get thousands of views a day, I can appreciate it. I mean, I thought this blog was going to die before it ever hit 500 views due to the fact that most of my traffic comes from Facebook and I had little faith that my friends would actually read a baking blog! I see this accomplishment as a reason to keep going and persevering and motivating myself to keep working in the kitchen.

As a little reward, I’ll put together that “Epic Fail” post that I mentioned a while back. I definitely have plenty of stories to tell about things that go disastrously wrong (at least in my opinion) like exploding piping bags, dough that won’t rise, and burned chocolate. The little things have nothing compared to the entire recipes that fail epically though…There was the broccoliย beef that tasted like a salt lick, the fresh noodles that I forgot to stir that formed into an inedible brick, the naan bread pizza with store-bought naan that was like eating 12 cloves of garlic, the frosting that looked like vomit, the gritty homemade Nutella and that time last week when I almost set myself on fire. The fire thing? It involved me attempting to pour water into a pot with a tablespoon of hot olive oil in it. My excuse was that I was stressed and seriously sleep deprived and should not have been near a kitchen.

Here’s what happens when hot oil and water mix by the way (there is a woman with burn scars on her face, so be forewarned):

Please don’t mix hot oil and water. EVER. Don’t be an idiot like me, as I was lucky and stopped pouring before anything too bad happened. This has been a public service announcement from Meet Me In The Kitchen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So you see, I may seem like I know what I’m doing, but I’m just a novice, and I definitely have my disastrous moments. Anyway, thanks for the continued support and I’ll get to work on that post so that you can all laugh at my pain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Powdered Sugar

24 Feb

So yesterday in school we saw some snow flurries and some sleet but nothing really stuck. The weatherman had been promising a lot of snow and a “Winter Storm” but my confidence was waning. By about 10pm I was tired of watching the news and seeing light snowflakes outside so i went to bed. Fast forward to 5:30am this morning about 15 minutes before my alarm was set to go off I woke up and told myself “go back to bed! you’ll need as much sleep as you can get for school today!” but the 5-year old inside of me decided to roll over and look outside my window. Boy, am I glad I did.

Everything was covered in about 1-2 inches of snow! Of course I leapt out of bed, grabbed my laptop and huddle back inside my comforter as I checked the school district website…SCHOOL CLOSED! ย I ran downstairs and told my mum (who’s birthday it happens to be today!) and got excited that I would get to spend the day at home with her. Even my dad decided to stay behind and work from home today rather than risk the trip to Vancouver. I only wish that I didn’t have a big research paper due tomorrow so that I could actually enjoy the day off with my mum. Oh well, there’s no rest for a high school senior is there?

Anyway, there isn’t really a recipe or anything to share, but I do encourage you to keep asking more questions about skills you’d like to learn or recipes you’d like me to post. I might post something in the next few days as I’m got a recipe in my head that keeps pleading to be tried out. For now I shall leave you with some pictures for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

That barbecue really makes me want some grilled asparagus and broccoli…

My kitty asleep on the top of my couch…

It must be nice to nap whenever you want to wherever you want to!

Here’s a recipe for you:

How to make writing a research paper slightly more bearable

1 snow day

1 mug of hot chocolate

5 vanilla bean marshmallows from a candy store on 23rd (which I’m in love with!)

1 comfy comforter

1 pair of comfy sweats

Mix until combined. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚