I’ve surprised myself by how diligent I have been with my ‘cook-something-new-once-a-week-from-my-cookbook’ goal. I end up buying a lot of groceries for these one-off recipes soooo.. I’ll be doing this bi-weekly, starting today.
So for this week’s edition of Happy Cooking, I baked an amazing pan of Potatoes Au Gratin. Although I left it maybe a little too long in the oven, the potatoes were buttery, moist and oh so delicious.
It was so easy to make that I think I’ll be making this for a family holiday party this year.
(Photos by Jessica Hoang)
I cannot believe it’s already December.
Truth be told, December is my favourite month for the following reasons:
I’m a little swamped right now, so this week’s edition of Monday Voyages will be short and sweet.
(I want it to snow in Toronto…)
About a year ago, a friend showed me a beautiful necklace he received as a gift. Its’ minimalism captivated me and I was intrigued to learn more about the designer, Brittany Hopkins, of Anice Jewellery.
Inspired by her grandmother, and the desire to create individualism through one-of-a-kind jewellery, Anice Jewellery is a true gem in Kensington Market. It’s here that Brittany offers custom designs, jewellery repairs, and workshops.
What I love most about Anice Jewellery is how vintage pieces are juxtaposed with new materials and pieces. Some of my favourite pieces from Anice, have that eclectic mix, while others have that simplistic element that I adore.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for a loved one, be sure to check out Anice Jewellery. You can visit Anice Jewellery in Kensington Market (167 Augusta Avenue – Located in the Kapisanan Centre), or shop online. I have yet to visit her storefront or try a workshop, but I’m hoping I’ll have some free time to do so.
[Photos by: Anice Jewellery]
I think it’s safe to say that winter has arrived in Toronto… and I will not be biking for the rest of 2013. Sad to admit but last Saturday was definitely my last real biking day. It was nice to bike while the snowflakes were gently falling but the gust of wind really killed it for me. Not only did I almost fly away, but my muscles were also tired and cold from biking uphill and against the strong winds.
So yea, I’ll be retiring my black bike and putting away my bixi key until spring 2014. I can’t wait to bike again though. I love it.
I was pretty glad to see a chicken pot pie recipe in my cookbook and knew I had to make it. For the most part, the recipe was pretty simple and it actually tasted really good fresh out of the oven. I made a few mistakes but it’s okay, because the next time I make it, it will be perfect.
I followed the pastry recipe from the cookbook, and quite frankly, I was disappointed. I had a lot of trouble kneading the dough and I felt frustrated. So I ended up making the pastry using my recipe from my butter tarts, which worked out much better.
It was a good experience making the chicken pot pie, and for next time, I know to:
• Have less flour in the chicken mixture.
• Exclude salt in the pastry. I use salted butter so that’s plenty.
• Use all-purpose flour for the pastry.
[Photos by Jessica Hoang]
I don’t always get to read because I’m busy doing a million other things… but I thoroughly enjoy it and try to make time for it. Unfortunately, as a designer, sometimes I do judge a book by the cover but I know that the content is much more important than the cover aesthetics. That being said, below you’ll find a small selection of my favourite Penguin Books covers (classic designs that will stand the test of time).
I know I write a lot about Toronto on L+W… and that’s because Toronto is my hometown. I’ve been here all my life, and I’m still in absolute love with the city, the people and all it has to offer.
Whenever I tell people that there are pockets of the city I have yet to visit, they are more than surprised. So I made it a point for 2013 to actually go out and explore new areas of the city… starting with HIGH PARK. It’s true, I have never stepped foot into High Park until May 05 2013.
I went to see the beautiful cherry blossoms with my little love, Pepper. By the end of the day, his little paws were brown and dusty. It was great seeing so many people enjoying the cherry blossoms but it was sad to see a small group of people being disrespectful to the property and trees.
Even though the cherry blossoms were the main attraction at High Park, my little Pepper was admired near and far by other park goers. He may act shy but I know he loves the attention.
[Photos by Jessica Hoang]
Happy Monday, friends.
I think I surprised myself by actually following through with making something new from my cookbook this week (see last week’s first post on the start of my cooking adventures from The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook).
I chose a broiled lemon chicken recipe that was easy to make, and absolutely delicious. I was worried the chicken would be dry but since I was constantly basting it, the chicken came out tender and succulent even when I had it for leftovers.
The broiled lemon chicken accompanied my not-so-exciting pasta with its’ basic pasta sauce. I regret not using my original pasta sauce recipe so I’ll be sure to stick to it next time.
I can’t wait for next week’s edition because I really don’t know what I’ll choose…
[Photos by Jessica Hoang]
I have not travelled out of Canada for almost a year now, and I find myself entertaining the idea of travelling solo to Boston, Chicago or NYC for a couple of days. We will see, we will see…