Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel

I spent one year without and oven and I really missed baking.  So the first chance I had, I decided to bake muffins and cookies all in one day.  I found a recipe for rhubarb muffins on saveur.com and because I’ve had success with a lot of their recipes in the past, I decided to… Continue reading Rhubarb Muffins with Almond Streusel

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Small space living was something new for us.  Two not so small people living in a small space presented some challenges but we were happy to call our 30 square meter condo home because it gave us what we needed.  But truth be told, I miss my old kitchen.  I had everything I needed in my old kitchen.… Continue reading Homemade Vanilla Extract

Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper and Sea Salt

  When I hear the word biscuit, I think of those round, melt in your mouth, digestive cookies.  Today though we’re going to talk about another kind of biscuits.  These biscuits are buttery, flaky, savory and perfect with soup or stew or just on their own with a little bit of butter.  They took no… Continue reading Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper and Sea Salt

Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

Russian apple cake is a traditional cake made with very little ingredients.  The process of making it is so easy that just about every Russian knows how to make it.  When Arkadi and I first  just started dating, I went over to his house one day to meet his grandma (or babul, as he affectionately… Continue reading Russian Apple Cake (Sharlotka)

Baked Asparagus Fries

One topic that most of us Canadians love to talk about is the weather. It’s true. No exaggeration here.  To prove it to you, here’s what I found googling Canadians and weather: “there are only three networks in the world dedicated to weather and two of them are in Canada.” If you need more proof, just… Continue reading Baked Asparagus Fries

Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream

There are so many cupcakeries in Toronto that have popped up over the last few years and I’ve always imagined that the bakers in the back of those shops baking hundreds of cupcakes everyday must be happy all the time and so I’ve always envied them! In fact, I wouldn’t mind it one bit if… Continue reading Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Buttercream

Torte “Mashenka” (Russian Cake)

I invited my in-laws over one night for tea and dessert and I thought to myself, I will make something Russian, something they are familiar with.  So I found myself a recipe for this cake and I asked Arkadi if he’s ever had this cake called “torte mashenka” and he said no, he’s never heard… Continue reading Torte “Mashenka” (Russian Cake)

Irish Cream Whoopie Pies

  Whoopie pies – a delightful treat with a very strange name! So, apparently, the story goes like this:  Amish women used to bake them and put them in farmers’ lunch pails as a treat  and when the farmers find them, they would yell out : “Whoopie!”  So there you have it, that’s the story… Continue reading Irish Cream Whoopie Pies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

      Who does not love cookies?! My favorite, obviously, is chocolate chip pecan cookies!  I am very specific as to how I want my cookies: more doughy than crispy, always with pecans, bite size and not too much chocolate chips!  The one batch I made before this one turned out too crispy and… Continue reading Chewy Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies