Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sweet and Black Pepper Truffles

I will be the first to admit that my desserts tend to lean heavily towards baked goods.  Portability is a big thing for me – primarily because (as I’ve said previously), I give most of my desserts away, so they need to be able to be transported.  This means that it’s rare that desserts I’m […]

Chocolate Merengue Pie

Valentine’s Day is basically the day where anyone who has ever baked decides to give it another go.  After all, how hard can it be to whip up a little something to show your love and affection?  London’s Hummingbird Bakery has said it’s their busiest day of the year, showing that some people settle for […]

Keep Calm and Bake Cake: Bourbon Salted Caramel Brownies

I love cute little baking books.  I mean, obviously it’s clear that baking books in general make me happy, but give me a creative and innovative design, and I smile a bit – so when I first saw Keep Calm and Bake Cake, I was pretty excited.  This cute little pink book is broader than […]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I really wouldn’t consider myself a Valentine’s Day person.   At all.  I’m the cynical person who goes on rants about how the entire holiday was created by Hallmark and the chocolate companies to sell stuff.  I tend to spend it with Beardy Bestie Fran (and I can’t even go into how heartbreaking it’s going to […]

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies and Like Mam Used to Bake

I’ve written before about the oddness of being so assimilated into Irish-ness (Irish humour, Irish references) while not being Irish.  There’s been a real resurgence in classic Irish baking lately, which is quite humourous after Irish food was so generally looked down on by the rest of the world for so long.  Popular blogger Rosanne […]

American Hustle and Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

I had high hopes for American Hustle.  Partially because I loved the Philadelphia-based sentiment of David O. Russell’s last movie, Silver Linings Playbook and partially because I have a bit of a crush on Jeremy Renner (or I did, until a colleague pointed this out to me.  The crush cannot be recovered.)  And I love […]

Banana Chocolate Chip Brownies

At one point in Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler points out that London is January can indeed be very depressing.  Not that she pines away for her native New Jersey, but still – she’s right that without the charming Christmas decorations which made London look so cheerful during December, the bad weather and short days make […]