PB & J Brownies

Swirls of peanut butter pastry cream and raspberry jam transform this childhood classic into a sophisticated adult treat.  Jamie Oliver gives a whole new meaning to PB&J snack time with these delectable dark chocolate brownies. Dollops of peanut butter pastry cream and raspberry jam are swirled into the brownie batter.  For a final garnish, the…

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

    Since August, I’ve been working at a municipal library as an assistant librarian.  For a Creative Writing grad, being surrounded by books at work is dreamy.  I quickly reached the limit of documents you can borrow (40 at a time…which doesn’t seem like that a high number anymore).  My bookshelves in my living…

Fondant au Chocolat Brownies

    One of my favourite desserts is fondant au chocolat.  My Montréal destination of choice when I want to treat myself to one is dessert bar Juliette et Chocolat.  Molten lava cakes seem so fancy and special, and this recipe shows you how to recreate these little cakes with the gooey centre in your…

Adelaide

Last September, my sister and I spent our mid-semester break in the state of South Australia. We based ourselves in its charming, petite capital city, Adelaide, and did daytrips throughout the week.  We met seals lounging on the beach on rugged and beautiful Kangaroo Island, dressed up for a day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, and…

Gold Coast

After our student exchange semesters ended in November, my younger sister and I travelled throughout Australia and New Zealand together for 6 weeks. We spent a week in gorgeous, sunny Queensland. After snorkeling out to the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, we headed to Gold Coast for some lazy beach and brunch days. We stayed…

Study Break Cookies

Whenever I really need to be studying, all I can think about is baking. I crave being in the kitchen with a whisk, mixing ingredients together. So when my workload started to get heavy the other week, I decided to take a study break (Question: does it count as a study break if you haven’t…

Blue Mountains

The picture posted above was taken at the Echo Point lookout and is a view of the iconic Three Sisters, before we headed down the Giant Stairway. My sister and I recently went on a weekend retreat to the Blue Mountains. The vast region, known for its sandstone rock formations, caves and gorges, gets its…

Nutella Pillow Cookies

3 ingredients. That’s all you need to whip up a batch of these Nutella pillow cookies. Couldn’t be any simpler, so I don’t feel too bad about taking a quick study break to bake these (who are we kidding, I hadn’t started studying today when I went to my kitchen). No need for an electric…

Pina Colada Mini Cupcakes

Goodbye Australian winter, hello spring! Today is Labour Day back home in Canada, which marks the unofficial seasonal shift from summer to autumn. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere celebrating the last days of summer, I thought I’d share with you this festive treat inspired by the tropical cocktail. These boozy bite-sized cupcakes…

Cinnamon Muffins with Nutella Filling

Aside from my courses and part-time work, I wanted to join some clubs on campus. I joined the Photo Club and the Baking Society. Yup, you read that right, my new uni has a baking club! For the first meeting, I baked a batch of these delectable zucchini chocolate brownies. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures,…