Thursday, 19 April 2012

see you soon

I've moved! 

I even did a bunch of CSS fixing which, for someone like me says I mean business. Blogging business that I don't get paid for, that is. See you soon!

Monday, 2 April 2012

sunday baking

Now that I'm older (wiser? Debatable.), there are certain things I remember from childhood, and many memories I can no longer access as easily. For some reason, the images and memories that do stick out tend to be food or craft-related. There were so many times when I would see something in a book or on a TV program and I would immediately think in my eight year old brain, "I NEED TO MAKE THAT." Thanks to the Internet, this now happens almost daily. But even now, particular images from my childhood of potential things to make will resurface, until I do end up making them. 

These cookies are a good example. My sister and I shared a Gameboy in the early 90s, except I only ever played one game, Yoshi's Cookie. And even though the game was black and white and fairly fuzzy, those checkerboard cookies haunted me for years.

At least until now, because I made them yesterday and the mystique and wonderment is pretty much gone; but they still taste really good and impress the hell out of people, the two most important criteria when baking anything.  

Recipe is Michel Roux's pâte sablée dough, divided in two, with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder replacing the flour in one half of the recipe (extra flour is needed for the correct consistency; add less cocoa if you want less chocolate). Unlike the original recipe, I've started making this in a bowl with a spoon; it's a lot easier in terms of cleanup and doesn't waste as much dough. 

Thursday, 29 March 2012


Obento! A box full of crazy edibles cooked and styled by me, and photographed so amazingly by Cathlin. It was taken with a Hasselblad camera with a digital back; sometimes I think we live in the future, if only because I am so un-tech-savvy. 

This was our contribution to AKA Studio's food-themed Buffet show last week, which had so many great pieces (more photos here). My favourites were the hand-sewn fabric dim sum. :-)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

day off

A very busy week. Bad and good in equal proportions: I have five packages of raspberry marshmallows and a few cookies and cakes left over--bad (because I didn't sell out at the market on Sunday) and good (because I can eat them). 

  1. Rice pudding for breakfast. 
  2. Left over cookie dough. 
  3. Hedgehogs! (See if you can spot more than one.)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

to market

More good news! I'm selling some things at this month's Blim Community Market on Sunday, March 25th.  

If you're not familiar with BLIM, this little blurb's for you:

BLIM is an independent, family-run art and craft facility now conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Our aim is to help build community through the spirit of fun and creativity, making the arts and crafts accessible to a wide range of skill sets and aims.

Along with selling locally made goods, they host a variety of workshops, from screen printing to gourmet soap making to the hugely-popular moccasin workshop. They're also right next to New Town Bakery, which is a plus for me (although I think they've stopped making their deep fried taro dumplings, which is a negative). 

Some photos from this afternoon; getting everything ready for the weekend:                                   

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

web things 02

I like these paper string-tie envelope templates, especially the brightly coloured string.

I want this for dinner: beet pasta with ricotta.

I have watched every single episode of Heston's Feasts...on YouTubeThis is possibly one of the greatest food series out there, but there are a lot of other gems on that channel, too.

It snowed this morning, and now there's freezing rain. This hat in navy is keeping me warm! Grab some stickers while you're at it.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012


Near the end of February, I was asked by Carolyn from AlsoKnownAs to participate in this show centered around FOOD. At the moment I'm trying to pursue cookbook design/illustration, so I would have been cuckoo-crazy to turn this opportunity down. 

I teamed up with an amazing photographer, Cathlin, who today helped me realize my bento box dreams.
You'll have to come to the show to see the finished image. :-)