Happy Halloween!

It’s a perfect night to get your baking on and feed your sweet tooth with a lollipop, cookie or a fun themed cupcake- costume not required!

 

Lollipop from Crate & Barrel

White chocolate ghosts via Martha Stewart

Fondant ghost recipe via Martha Stewart

Scary pear heads recipe via Martha Stewart


20 Below: The Egg Slicer

To ease the work of slicing a hard boiled egg…

OXO Egg Slicer, $19.99


Food: Beautiful Swiss Sweets

One of the things that I love most about my blog is that I have a space to celebrate the talents of amazing people I know. Years ago I worked with Odise in Switzerland but it was only recently that I learned about her amazing talent for cookie and cake design. I love Odise’s work because of her simple design aesthetic and the obvious care she takes in creating her sweets.

cookies, cakes and photos by Odise Mattle

Odise is based in Switzerland so of course it’s a bit of a challenge for me to get a hold of her LoveCake creations. For now, the photos will have to do!

Thanks Odise for sending these photos my way. I’ve been excited to share your work ever since I saw the first photo!


Travel: Boston

I know I’ve already posted a lot from my trip to Boston a couple of months ago (here, here, and here) but I can’t help but post more! I hope you enjoy this series!

A very delicious sandwich with such fresh ingredients! Delicious. From The Italian Cafe in the Financial District. (And yes – I did love the fact that there was a white Mini Cooper right outside the window!)

Logo of Black Ink – a sweet stationery shop in Beacon Hill.

Cheers.

Chanel on Newbury Street.

Harvard in white.

While I don’t love cannoli, I had to give the famous ones at Mike’s Pastry a try. Sweet!

Many thanks to Lisa F. for all her Boston travel advice! Much appreciated!

Photos by Jordana.


20 Below: Breakfast at The Bag Lady

One of my most favourite things to do in London is to have breakfast with friends at The Bag Lady. The colourful kitschy decor always entertains me, the servers are always smiling, and the food is delicious (try the peanut butter cookies – yum!). The plates at The Bag Lady are always mismatched but on one of my last visits I noticed that a collection of white serving pieces formed on our table. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo.

Breakfast at The Bag Lady, price varies but it’s always less than $20

So if you’re ever in London (Ontario), be sure to stop by for a bite to eat at The Bag Lady. Better yet – let me know you’re coming and I’ll meet you there!


Cupcakes on the east side

Jordana and I are just step-in-step this week!

You’ll recall that earlier this week Jordana featured the quaint cupcake shop Sweet in Boston. Meanwhile, here in Toronto I was snapping pics at Desmond & Beatrice, a cute cupcake bakery in the ever-hip Leslieville neighbourhood.

I had the pleasure of sampling the salted caramel and red velvet cupcakes (not shown.. should have taken the pics *before* eating) – the red velvet’s cream cheese frosting took the cake and declared that cupcake a winner!

And, folks, I’m very fussy when it comes to frosting so just so you know, you can trust me here that these are worth the calories, uh huh. (And Desmond & Beatrice also offers icing shots- for real!! Apparently kids love ‘em.. and I really like that idea, myself.)

Q: Are cupcakes the new black? white?- there are cupcake shops popping up everywhere!

The blueberry lemon at Desmond & Beatrice- as if that even matters. Just look at these perfect concoctions.

The Vanilla Latte cupcakes

The Easter-topped Very Vanilla cupcakes


Food: Sweet Cupcakes in Boston

Although lovely Sweet cupcake shop was right around the corner from the hotel I stayed at in Boston, I didn’t have a chance to actually ever make a purchase. I took a few pictures of the white (and pink) shop as I passed by early one morning but I regret not going back to treat myself.

Has anyone tasted the cupcakes from this Boston cupcake chain?

Photos by Jordana.


Food: Honey

Did you know that honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil?

I learned this tidbit of information at my friends’ wedding this past weekend (Congrats Catherine & Steve!). A friend of theirs is a beekeeper and prepared little jars of honey as favours. Sweet, right?


Blog Spotlight: Olivia’s Everyday Musings

Olivia’s blog, Everyday Musings, is just gorgeous. She showcases beautifully her daily experiences with food, travel and photography. I’m completely hooked!

Paris

Monaco

Nice

And yes – it definitely helps that Olivia’s current adventures are in France!


Art & Food: ‘wichcraft

Has anyone been to ‘wichcraft in NYC?

On my last visit to the city this summer my sister and I each had the BLT and it was delicious (although we thought it should have come on a bigger plate and cut in half). Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the BLT, but I do have a photo of the fun piece of art that hung at the top of the stairs (at the Flatiron location if I remember correctly).

art at ‘wichcraft, photo by Jordana

A 24-cup muffin tin. Does one of these really exist?


A head start on Halloween

Okay, so I just can’t resist featuring a few Halloween things event though we’re 12 days away from the big scary night.

(I’m telling myself that you’ll need today’s cookie cutters ahead of time in order to arrive on the scene armed with themed treats.)

Behold- Halloween-shaped cookie cutters ($2.50 – $3.95 at Crate & Barrel), a fun spatula ($9.95), and a really tempting recipe for lemon and rosemary shortbread cookies (to bake with your new cutters!).

And, for the record, I haven’t tried this recipe (yet) but my default amazing go-to recipe for rosemary shortbread is here (I’m thinking that I may just add a few spoonfuls of lemon zest to my tried & true):


20 Below: Cupcake Wrappers

This weekend at Michael’s, I picked up these sweet polka dot cupcake wrappers. Almost too pretty to use, don’t you think?

cupcake wrappers, $3.49, Michael’s

I know I should have used them for cupcakes but instead I opted to make banana muffins (recipe adapted from here):

Ingredients:

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup flax seeds
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Add muffin liners to muffin tin.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, flax seed, baking soda & salt.
3. In another bowl, beat together the bananas and oil. Add the brown sugar & egg and beat until completely combined.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring muffins onto a cooling rack.

Photo by Jordana.


Books: Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter

The fabulous and thoughtful Johanne gave me Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.

In trying to achieve my 2011 cooking goal I’ve been attempting some of the recipes.
Well – let me tell you – I am SO enjoying this cookbook!  It’s not much of a surprise that I’m working through the book in a backward kind of way – I’m starting with the dessert section first. Smart, right?

In recent weeks I made the “healthy” brownies, the thumbprint cookies, blueberry muffins, healthier blueberry muffins and the peanut butter cookies. Two thumbs up for everything so far.


Ice Cream Scoops

A hot summer means I get to eat a lot of gelato! Scoop it and eat it, I say!

Strossel ice cream scoop, $5, IKEA

Zyliss ice cream scoop, 13.50GBP, Summerhill & Bishop

Zeroll ice cream scoop, $16.95, Williams Sonoma

Kitchen Craft, $13.50, Amazon


The Friday Five: Food

I just love when food – desserts especially – are beautifully presented. These five sweets look delicious and are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

by Coco Cake

via Tokketok

Souvlaki for the Soul – Flickr

meringue stack with strawberries, Gourmet Traveller

Lemon coconut cupcakes, Tartelette

Is there any baking on your weekend agenda?