Category Archives: Snack

Yoghurt Banana Bread

Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Banana and Yoghurt Bread Banana and Yoghurt Bread

Waking up to the soothing pitter-patter of rain is the perfect way to start Sundays in winter.
It sets the mood for lounging in your pyjamas all day; it’s soothing, idyllic and rejuvenating.

This type of day calls for a special breakfast. Yes, special… but easy and unfussy.
So that the rest of the morning can be spent lingering and savouring the nothingness.

I saved this yoghurt banana bread recipe for one of these special Sundays; I love the simplicity and the little extra that comes with the addition of yoghurt in the bread.
Special doesn’t have to mean complicated…

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Coffee Journal | Oddfellows Cafe, Seattle

Oddfellows Cafe, Seattle

I was supposed to be in Seattle this weekend, but plans changed so I stayed home and baked a large pizza instead.
It’s easy to sometimes forget that Seattle is only two and the half hours away, with a border between us it does seem farther away oftentimes.

I love day trips to Seattle. My favourite way to discover the city is to explore it one neighbourhood at a time.

Oddfellows Cafe, Seattle Oddfellows Cafe, Seattle

Oddfellows Cafe, Seattle

We stopped by Oddfellows, a delightfully rustic neighbourhood café and bar in the Capitol Hill district on a recent visit to Seattle.

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Apple Beer Bread

Apple Beer Bread

A few months ago, we were picking up packages in Point Roberts when we came upon a lonely little apple tree on the side of the road with few bright red fruits dangling off its branches.

Of course, we ambled our way through the dry bushes to pick them but then debated whether we could bring apples (from Point Roberts, since technically you can’t bring apples from Washington State) across the border, so we picked just one for our journey home.

It wasn’t the tastiest; it was tart and somewhat astringent but we ate that apple like the best we’d ever had.

Apple Beer Bread
Apple Beer Bread

That weekend we bought a sack of apples from the store having convinced ourselves that we needed to snack on apples more… but occasionally, I would think of the little apple tree by that sleepy road.
Its wild fruit would fall and become food for birds and wildlife in the area – perhaps that is its purpose.

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Christmas Custard Cookies

Christmas Custard Cookies
Christmas Custard Cookies Christmas Custard Cookies

We got a scant eight hours of daylight today, which was just a really grey dark day with a momentary spurt of sunshine.

There is however a cheerful hopefulness about today being the shortest day of the year; it means we’re slowly inching toward those glorious days of summer… but before that comes the most joyous anticipation of all, it’s four more sleeps to Christmas day!

We spent the weekend mostly baking cookies – there were hours spent mixing butter and sugar with flour, shaping and baking our favourite cookies for sharing with friends and neighbours.

Christmas Custard Cookies Christmas Custard Cookies
Christmas Custard Cookies

We make these cookies with custard powder; they’re buttery, has the perfect crunch, smell heavenly and are so easy to make.

And look at the pretty festive yellow colour; it’s enough to brighten a dull wintry day!

I have a lone day of work tomorrow then I’ll be home for the remainder of the year, I’ll probably spend my time holed up in my tiny kitchen making more cookies.

I found the perfect recipe for linzer cookies or maybe I’ll make these snowy wedding cookies, I’ve been meaning to make more almond flour based cookies or perhaps a second or third batch of these special Christmas custard cookies.

I do so love them, they’re hit with everyone who has tried them, with a texture so delicately rich they melt in your mouth.

It’s an unfussy cookie with just six ingredients, and a few minutes required to mix the dough and bake the cookies, and then you’ll be rewarded with these delicious buttery and cute shortbreads.

Christmas Custard Cookies Christmas Custard Cookies

Christmas Custard Cookies
A delightfully buttery melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 1/2 cup (4.4oz) dairy-free butter substitute, softened
  2. 1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt
  5. 1/3 cup custard powder
  6. 2/3 cup white whole-wheat flour
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Cream butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy
  3. Add vanilla extract and salt, and mix
  4. Add custard powder and flour to the butter mixture; use a spatula to mix until well combined
  5. Cover dough with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes
  6. Shape dough in balls and place on baking sheet, flatten them slightly with a fork and space them about 2 inches apart
  7. To press cookies through a cookie press, scrape dough into a cookie press fitted with a decorative plate and follow the manufacturer’s instructions – press out cookies spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, remove cookies as soon as edges start to brown – do not let them brown!
  9. Transfer cookies onto a rack to cool, dust with more icing sugar if desired
  10. Enjoy!
NOTES
  1. I'd recommend using Bird’s Custard Powder in these cookies but in a pinch, you can use cornstarch.
  2. I used white whole-wheat flour because that is what I had, all-purpose flour works too.
Adapted from A Spoonful of Sugar
the Whinery by Elsa Brobbey http://elsbro.com/blog/
Christmas Custard Cookies Christmas Custard Cookies

Coffee Journal | Rocanini Roasters, Steveston

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

While browsing through photos of some of the delightful coffee shops I’d like to feature on my coffee journal series, it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be able to include some of my favourite coffee shops because I don’t have pretty pictures to show.

These are coffee shops I frequent often, like the ones close to work and the one I go to on weekends; they make some of the best coffee I’ve had, but I’ve been in and out of these cafe so much that I don’t remember to take pictures anymore.

The Rocanini Cafe is one of those coffee shops.

Located in the picturesque fishing village of Steveson, I’ve been going to Rocanini since they opened their doors a couple of years ago.

These pictures are actually from two years ago; while Christmas shopping in Steveston, we stopped for a little coffee break.

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

I love the space at this cafe, it has beautiful bright interiors, large windows that let in natural light, high ceilings, warm wood furnishing and charming local art installations.

The cafe sits in front of a pedestrian scramble, which is always cool for people watching.

We end up here every time we go to Steveston, which is often, especially in the summers when Steveston is full of perfectly quaint and enchanting explorations, it’s a nice little getaway from the city.

Steveston also plays Storybrooke in the ABC tv series Once Upon a Time, so parts of the village feels like a movie set sometimes.

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

This is the perfect spot to slow down and linger over good coffee; they make chocolaty smooth almond mochas here… creamy lattes and other espresso drinks and pour-over coffee. They have a swanky cold brew setup and a fascinating lab-style siphon coffee.

The pastries, sourced from a local baker are always so tempting and the staff are friendly and helpful, one time they suggested a store where we could pick up an electric gooseneck kettle for a friend.

The coffee here is of course from their Vancouver roastery; we love their medium-roast beans from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region, we always bring a bag home.

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston Rocanini Cafe, Steveston
Rocanini Cafe, Steveston Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

Rocanini Cafe, Steveston
Rocanini Cafe, Steveston

Rocanini Coffee Roasters – Steveston Cafe
3900 Moncton Street,
Richmond, BC V7E 3A6
http://www.rocanini.com/