Baker’s Krate-Subscription Dessert Box Review

My friend kindly sent me the Baker’s Krate box last month for my birthday and boy was I excited to receive it! To be fair, it was sitting at the post office for a few days before I went to pick it up because I missed it at my house…

Baker's Krate

Baker’s Krate selects different hand-crafted baked goods from all across Canada to ship to you every month. Sounds delicious already right? The treats they selected for August were right up my alley!

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Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sharing another lazy girl recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction! My parents recently bought some almond butter and we’ve actually never tried it before. I don’t think I like it as much as peanut butter or maybe it was just the brand we bought? It’s the Kirkland brand from Costco. It just wasn’t as smooth as the peanut butter we have. However, I realized that the almond butter could be turned into cookies! Specifically, flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookies.

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

All you need for this recipe is egg, almond butter, brown sugar, baking soda and chocolate chips. You can mix everything together in 1 bowl and no equipment is required! I like my cookies really soft and these were perfect! They also tasted good several days later. Probably because they’re full of butter haha I baked mine for about 8 mins because they looked pretty small. I think another minute or two wouldn’t have hurt though, it’d just be a bit crunchier.

So if you have any extra nut butter lying around, try turning it into cookies!

PS. the almond butter I got needs to be refrigerated. We did not know that for a few days! Oops!

Chachi’s-Sandwich Mania!

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

Sherman (Sherman’s Food Adventures) was organizing a tasting for Chachi’s at Metrotown and kindly invited me to come along. =)

Chachi's Metrotown

Chachi’s is a chain restaurant from Calgary and the Metrotown location is their first location in BC. They are located in the food court and the sandwiches are better than expected considering that they’re in the food court! Keep reading to find out which ones were my favourite! Continue reading →

Cookies By George-For the Cookie Monster in Your Life

Cookies By George is located on the lower level of Royal Centre. I had never really been through Royal Centre before I started working downtown but I’m so glad I discovered Cookies By George!

Cookies By George

They have a great variety of cookies (e.g. reverse almond chocolate chunk, chewy ginger, macadamia nut chocolate chunk etc.) and they’re always freshly baked. The cookies are also available as gifts in gift boxes or tins. Food gifts are the best gifts! Continue reading →

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

I’ve been meaning to make shortbread cookies for a while and I finally got around to it. I even added some matcha powder to make them more special =D

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

To make these buttery cookies, you only need 4 ingredients: butter, powdered sugar, flour and matcha powder. I rolled the dough into a log and then just cut them up into circles since I was too lazy to use a cookie cutter. Also, my cookies were pretty small so I ended up baking them for 8 mins only and the bottom was still slightly burnt already =( The recipe says to bake for 16-18 mins but I’ve learned long ago to always bake less than what they say!

Check out the recipe I used from The Comfort of Cooking. The recipe is just for regular shortbread cookies but I added two tablespoons of matcha powder to mine.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Yew Seafood and Bar <3

For Valentine’s day, I decided to go all out with my boyfriend by having dinner at Yew Seafood and Bar. They had a 4 course set dinner for $89. Yes that’s an exorbitant amount to me too. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD!!! (I’m a crazy person…) Read on to find out more (or just look at the pictures)!

Yew Seafood and Bar

Here was the menu! It was a 4 course menu but we both get the milk bun and then for the other 3 courses you get to choose what you want. I like how they named each course! Very appropriate.

Yew Seafood and Bar

First we started with some complimentary savoury scones: Smoked Salmon and Cheddar and Chive. Both flavours were flaky and warm and buttery!!! The smoked salmon was my favourite although it was a tad salty. These might be some of the best scones I’ve had! I knew the meal was off to a good start. =)

Yew Seafood and Bar

This was the Milk Bun with a haskap berry ham, tiger blue cheese and hazelnuts. The milk bun actually didn’t have much flavour by itself. I was expecting it might be sweet like a Chinese bun but that was ok since the blue cheese was very strong! This might actually be the first time I’ve had blue cheese and it felt a bit overwhelming for me. I thought about eating this like a sandwich but decided to just eat the two halves of the bun separately with the blue cheese.

I think the haskap berry jam was suppose to help balance it out but I probably needed a lot more jam! I’m not even sure what a haskap berry is… Nonetheless it was an interesting creation and if you like blue cheese, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it more than me. Funny thing is, this course is called the “Flirtation” and it turns out flirting with blue cheese doesn’t work on me.

Yew Seafood and Bar

For the first course “Temptation”, my boyfriend had the Black Pearl Oysters with northern divine caviar served with a dollop of creme fraiche. These were so remarkably fresh and tasty it didn’t even feel like I was eating an oyster!!! I can’t even describe the flavour going on here it was kind of acidic from the lemon juice and slightly salty. I’m not an oyster expert since I actually only had my first raw oyster last year. Yes I don’t know why it took me so long! The caviar is a nice touch but I don’t think I’ve learned to appreciate it yet since it didn’t actually taste like anything… or did it contribute the salty flavour? I have no idea.

For my first course, I had the Outlandish Scallops with kelp and sea lettuces and lime vinaigrette. I was so busy taking pictures of the oysters I forgot to take a picture of my own dish. FAIL. =_______= Anyway I will try to describe it for you. There were 3 medium sized scallops cooked to medium and they sat in a cauliflower puree. The scallops had a nice seared flavour on the outside and it was a bit salty and you can taste a bit of the lime vinaigrette. The inside was still slightly firm and pinkish. The cauliflower puree was very smooth.

Yew Seafood and Bar

My boyfriend had the Maple Apple Cider Glazed Kurobuta Pork Chop with wild mushroom composition and truffle jus. Based on the description, we were not expecting such a large and thick cut of pork chop! It even had the bone in. Our server let us know beforehand that the inside would be slightly pink due to the nature of the pork chop and we were fine with that. From the two bites I had, it was a bit on the chewier side for me even though at this angle it looks like there should be enough fat on the pork chop for it to not be chewy. Also, I thought kurobuta pork was suppose to be really soft but I’m not sure.

Yew Seafood and Bar

For my main, I had the Red Miso Glazed Sable Fish with butter milk potatoes and cloud berries. I love sable fish so this was the perfect dish for me. The fish was perfectly cooked and very flaky. I wasn’t sure what red miso is suppose to taste like but the glaze made the edges of the fish slightly crispy which was nice. The butter milk potatoes were notably smooth and creamy. They also had a sweet chili type of sauce on the side of the dish. Not sure what the crispy chips were but they were a nice touch and provided some contrast to the smooth silky fish. I loved every bite of this! It was just so juicy and moist! I was undeniably infatuated! ;)

Yew Seafood and Bar

Finally we have dessert, “Sweet Enough for Two”; dessert is my favourite part of any meal! Yes I still had room for this. I loved the beautiful plating here and I was practically drooling as our server described each dessert. In fact I wanted to jump in before he finished talking haha I really appreciate how they take the time to describe every dish though! I wish more servers/restaurants did this.

On the left we have the Chocolate Bambolini with red velvet ice cream. The bambolini is a type of Italian doughtnut cream puff with powdered sugar on the outside and cream on the inside. The main attraction was the raspberry coulis covered chocolate pate surrounded with chocolate cookie crumble. The chocolate pate was rich and creamy like a mousse but heavier? It was very chocolatey! The red velvet ice cream had red velvet cake crumbs in it and helped make the dessert less sweet. At the back of the dish there is also an edible candied rose petal which tasted like sugar basically.

On the right we have the Passion Fruit and Vanilla Vacherin with lychee sorbet on a candied rose petal. I’m glad we had the Chocolate Bambolini first because this dessert refreshed our palates after. The frozen dessert was basically like ice cream so it was cold vanilla cream on the bottom and a very intensely flavoured passion fruit sorbet? on top. I forgot what it is but it’s similar to the sorbet but more dense and creamy? Then the top was decorated with cream and a meringue stick. The cold tart flavours were absolutely refreshing after the sweet chocolate dessert! The ball of lychee sorbet was also very flavourful and tasted exactly like eating real lychee.

DESSERT WAS DIVINE. *DROOLS*

These desserts were just the perfect way to end the night! The desserts were so good I couldn’t stop gushing about them and I’m pretty sure the tables besides us were looking at me weirdly… I don’t fine dine very often so this was all new and exciting to me! We also devoured dessert really fast!

Yew Seafood and Bar

But wait! There’s more!!! We were also served complimentary heart shaped shortbread cookies after. These were adorable! They were buttery with a hint of lemon in the icing. I was waaay too full at this point so I just had a few bites of my cookie. When the server brought it over he was like “You don’t need to chase the crumbs off [the dessert plate]!” *BLUSHES* I was trying to eat the rest of the cookie crumble hehehe ^^” I was really stuffed though! It was basically a five course meal + cookies. My wallet and waistline probably hate me.

This is the most expensive dinner I’ve ever paid for in my entire life but I feel like it was worth it for the fantastic food and service! On the other hand, I can’t afford to do this often so this is probably going to be a once a year experience for me but it was really good!!! Our water glasses were filled constantly and service was very friendly. I highly recommend visiting at least once! Except I still haven’t tried their regular menu yet soooo guess it means I’ll be back!

Thanks for reading if you made it to the end of this post!

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

I bought three boxes of cake mix last year when they were on sale at PriceSmart and then I never felt like making cake after. I just wanted cookies … good thing there are recipes for cake mix cookies! Last month I made some gooey butter cookies and this time I turned my Devil’s Food Cake into some chocolatey and moist cookies!

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

All you need to do is get a box of cake mix of your choice, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs and beat everything together! It really doesn’t get any easier than that. Then you just spoon it onto your cookie sheet. The batter is very sticky and spreads a lot so I came out with larger than expected cookies.

When they came out of the oven they were very soft and cake-like. After they cooled down though they were more chewy and still moist. I noticed some recipes used oil instead of butter but I think that makes it less chewy. My cookies were big so I baked them for 12-13mins instead of 10mins. I ended up with 21 cookies but could’ve had more if they were a bit smaller.

Check out the recipe here.

By the way, the cake mix brand I always use is Betty Crocker in case you were wondering.

Terra Breads: Hot Chocolate Festival 2015

The Hot Chocolate Festival has been on for a few years now but I’ve never actually tried anything despite being a fan of hot chocolate or anything chocolate really. This year I decided to try Terra Bread’s hot chocolate since I work near them. Actually I work near both of their locations, the one in Olympic village and the one on 5th and Ontario St. They have two hot chocolates to choose from: Stollen Kisses or Balsamic Desiderio.

Terra Breads Hot Chocolate Festival 2015

This was the Stollen Kisses Hot Chocolate prepared with Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder, spiced orange and almond syrup. The whipped cream is sprinkled with crumbled macaroon. Right away I could smell the spiced orange flavour! The hot chocolate was rich in chocolate flavour and you could really taste the spiced orange and almond flavours. I found the drink to be a little too sweet though (even for me!).

On the other hand it was a bit weird to be drinking chunks of the coconut and almond macaroon mixed with the hot chocolate but it gives you something to chew on. I just thought of it as like chewing on pearls in bubble tea. Also I’m not sure why my cup wasn’t filled all the way up?

Terra Breads Hot Chocolate Festival 2015

The hot chocolate is also suppose to be served with a stollen kisses macaroon but sadly they ran out for the day. However, they did give me the Maldon Salt Truffle Cookie which was served with the Balsamic Desiderio Hot Chocolate. The truffle cookie had melted chocolate in the centre and was amazingly chocolatey. There were also hints of saltiness to offset the sweetness of the soft chewy cookie. I gobbled this up really fast!

The hot chocolate festival ends Feb. 14th this year.

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Christmas Baking: Gooey Butter Cookies

As usual, I have another lazy baking recipe that I’ve just tried for the holidays. They were a big hit in my house though! They’re called gooey butter cookies and they’re made with cake mix! It’s super easy! All you need is a package of cake mix (I used butter pecan), 1/2 cup butter, 8oz of cream cheese and 1 egg.

Gooey Butter Cookies

The batter ends up being VERY sticky. That is why you need to chill it and then roll it in powdered sugar before baking! It’s kind of like rolling in flour but instead you are using powdered sugar.

Gooey Butter Cookies

Tada! Here is the final product! The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies and I ended up with 25 cookies actually. Mine also seemed a lot bigger than the ones from the recipe so I had to bake mine slightly longer (about 12-13 mins instead of 10mins) because the top parts just didn’t look cooked enough to me. The bottoms were a tad more brown than I would’ve liked though so maybe a flatter smaller cookie would work better.

Also you can use any flavour of cake mix you want for your cookies! The cookies were soft and gooey as advertised. It felt like they were slighty under-cooked though so you have to decide between how “gooey” you want them to be… They solidified a bit more the next day though.

Check out the super easy recipe here!

Chocolate Chip No Mixer Cookies

It was a lazy Sunday and it felt like it was time to bake something. I’m a lazy baker though so I was looking for some easy and fast cookies and I found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with oil and no mixer! Sounds like a lot less clean up already!

I wasn’t planning on blogging about it but it turned out surprisingly well so I had to talk about it. Basically since you don’t need to beat the butter and sugar, you just need to mix all your dry ingredients together and all your wet ingredients together and then combine them. No mixer necessary! I just don’t like dragging mine out and then cleaning it after.

Chocolate Chip No Mixer CookiesI don’t make chocolate chip cookies that much but it seemed like they didn’t flatten out as much and weren’t as chewy? It was thicker and still moist though. Also, it took me less than an hour to make them and clean up too! Usually it takes me way longer.

They were a bit harder the next day but not bad so I should figure out how to make them chewier…

Find the recipe here if you need chocolate chip cookies in a pinch and you don’t have butter on hand. The recipe does have rave reviews! I halved the recipes to make 12 cookies but ended up with 15.