Red Velvet Cake

MY FIRST CAKE! (Not including the chocolate one. That one was kind of a gigantic brownie so it doesn’t count). I originally wanted to pipe roses all over the cake but after scouring both the Bulk Barn on my side of the city, then the other side of my hometown(city?), unfortunately I couldn’t find the Wilton 1M tip required. I had my other Wilton tip that I used for churros and piping the lemon cupcakes, but I left that in Ottawa. Drat.

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Lemon Poppyseed Loaf

Let’s step back and admire how fluffy that looks. You can’t see it, but there’s also the most delectable lemon syrup glaze all over it that gives this slice of heaven that nice citrus kick with every bite. It keeps it moist, tangy, and oh so delicious. I mean, come on, you know by now how much I loooove lemon. I’m pretty sure I’ll be attempting a batch of lemon poppyseed macarons soon.

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Soft Ginger Cookies

So I just completed my third and fourth exam of the semester (out of five), and I’m honestly not sure how they went. *writing stuff then a ton of backspacing happened* I started writing out how I felt like they went, but then I remembered this is a food blog, not an LJ (oooh teenage angst). Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve all realized, baking is my method of relaxing and de-stressing….and procrastination, but that’s basically de-stressing from exams…right? But more on cookies. I’ve made these a ton of times before. I don’t really think they ever get old, cause they’re super soft and delicious.

When you don’t burn them anyway. (Oops.)

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Shortbread Cookies

First things firsts: Happy Birthday to my cousin Leena! She asked me to make something for my food blog and post it on her birthday so here it is =) She asked for something with blue, so I made blue royal icing for shortbread cookies. I think everybody associates shortbread with the holidays, why is that? Is it because it’s only socially acceptable to eat cookies that are basically 50% butter during the season where we gain all that weight anyway? Or is it because they take little to no effort to crack eggs or add milk and baking powder?

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NYC-Style Chicken on Rice

Today, I learned what exactly “halal” meant. Living in Ottawa, you see a lot of restaurants (generally shawarma) that have “HALAL” written in English (and I believe Arabic?) all over their windows. Call me ignorant, but I only vaguely knew it was similar to Kosher and Judaism. Barrie doesn’t have a lot of diversity when it comes to religion so I honestly had no idea. Thus, I asked a fellow foodie and new AWESOME friend of mine, Maryam, and she answered allllll of my questions =D.

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