Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Foodie Find - My Next Birthday Cake

Photo Credit - Apron of Grace
This is going to be my next birthday cake! How pretty is this cake? Could it be any more perfect? Check out Apron of Grace's blog to not only see more pictures of this beautiful piece of work but also to read about how it's done and the delicious strawberry cake recipe. 

Foodie Find - Macarons

Photo Credit - These Peas are Hollow
This past weekend I had my very first pistachio macaron. Please note this is a macaron not a macaroon. Macarons have no coconut in them and are made with ground almonds and egg whites.

I'm warning you now. I just bought a book on making macarons... I'm a little obsessed. I think we may have a problem. Stay tuned to find out what happens!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fondant Cutout Cupcakes

Here are some cupcakes that were made this past week for birthdays at work! We had two lovely ladies who were celebrating their special days and I really wanted to make something nice for them.

Mini-Getaway meets Foodie-Filled-Weekend

Happy Sunday!

I keep reminding myself that I have tons of things that I want to post and then time keeps slipping away! Thus, now I'm playing a little bit of catch up!

Last weekend I escaped Oakville/Toronto for a mini getaway to Kemptville, ON to visit my darling friend, JP! (I'm searching for a photo of us but I think it's on my external hard drive... stay tuned - I WILL find it!) JP and I have been friends for about 10 years now and we met while our younger brother's played baseball together.

**UPDATE** I found the photo!
 JP, along with his amazing (!) sister, Gianna, and I became friends because we were always at games together and it was just nice to have someone to talk to who wasn't an adult.
Gianna and I at her birthday a few years ago
Needless to say, our brother's are no longer baseball teammates but we've all kept in touch over the years. This past February, JP moved to Kemptville and for months now we've been talking about me coming to visit. Well, my dears, last weekend I ventured and had the most amazing weekend ever!

What was originally just going to be a weekend of us hanging out really turned into quite the 'foodie' weekend. JP is very lucky to live within a very short walking distance of two Farmer's Markets. One is a community project where local farmers all contribute produce and the proceeds go to charity! Saturday morning we headed out to visit this market while on the grand tour of Kemptville and the man who runs this stand was so nice! Not only was he full of information about all of the produce but I even left with a free veggie to try. I don't know if you've ever seen a kohlrabi, but it's definitely a bit of an intimidating thing at first glance.
Photo from More Chic than Shabby
Kohlrabi has been described as the German turnip and I'm hoping to try it this week! I will let you know how it all goes! Look at some of the other gorgeous things that this market has to offer!

Purple beans!?!?! I've never seen these before!
On Sunday, before heading to the train station to come home, JP took me to a second market that was absolutely massive! It runs late on Sunday afternoons and I have never seen so many stands at a market ever! I, being a little depressed that I was going home, didn't take any photos but I will tell you that I bought some very delicious classic shortbread (that DEFINITELY made the sad train ride home a little less sad) as well as the most wonderful crab apple jelly!

Beyond visiting and touring Kemptville, I was also spoiled and got to check out Merrickville too! Merrickville has some lovely lochs that I was really hoping to see in full action but unfortunately we only caught the end of some loch-esque movement. Regardless, I was a happy camper:
Yay, that is one happy gal!
I'm hopeful to go back and visit again soon (hopefully I'll be asked to come back!). I hope that you guys all get a chance to scope out the local farmer's markets wherever you go! I'm telling you, those farmers are some of the most amazing people that I have ever met. Plus, you can't go wrong with actually knowing who is growing your food, where it comes from and what the best ways to cook it is! Trust your farmers! They know a whole heck of a lot!

And on that note, this gal is off to bed! I hope you all have an amazing week filled with delicious food!

Happy Cooking!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Foodie Find - Cabbage

I had intended on showcasing some photos from the farmer's market in this week's Foodie Find but instead I got a little distracted while out flower shopping with my mum and an old family friend.

Sometimes I can't help but be in awe of the neat little things that you can find in simple things... like water droplets in cabbage leaves. How amazing is this? Click on the picture to see it's full size.

Happy almost Friday guys!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Foodie Find - Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

Video is courtesy of Yoyomax12

How delightfully delicious are these? A friend of mine made these and they were sooooo cute! I hope that one day I have the patience to make them too!