Coffee Chocolate Cake

Coffee Chocolate Cake

Coffee Chocolate Cake

This is what I wanted to post for Easter; a modest but alluring chocolate cake with an intensely rich chocolatey flavour. Apparently, something magical happens to chocolate cake when you add coffee to it, but more on that later.
Despite its humble roots, this coffee chocolate cake feels like a celebration cake to me; the type of cake you whip up for a birthday, anniversary or some other special date on the calendar. Plus, because it’s so very easy to make, it takes away the stress usually associated with trying to make special occasions, well, special.

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Spring Vegetable Flatbread Pizza

Thin Crust Spring Pizza

Thin Crust Spring Pizza

Before we get into this spring vegetable flatbread pizza (which is delicious, by the way), let’s talk about the weather (because that’s what we do around here).
Let’s talk about spring, and how we’re halfway in and yet it hasn’t really felt spring-like. It’s been mostly rain and gloom. So, so much rain… seriously, If someone started building an ark, it wouldn’t take much convincing for me to get on it. After we survived that bleak and harsh winter (by Pacific Northwest standards), I think we were all hopeful for clear long sunny days ahead.

Similarly, I was excited about spring’s arrival so I could go to the market! Our beloved farm out in Richmond usually reopens its market for the season in spring, and we started a tradition last year.

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Chopped Kale, Roasted Vegetables, Rice and Beans

Roasted Vegetables with Rice and Black Eyed Peas

Roasted Vegetables with Rice and Black Eyed Peas

It’s been a while.
In the time that I’ve been away from this blog, I think I’ve changed a little. So much has happened in that short time, though it feels like I just wrote my last post yesterday. I’ve been a little under the weather. Or perhaps a lot under the weather, I should say. I was sick for the better part of April, a pesky combination of seasonal allergies, the flu and a strange lingering cough I couldn’t shake. Somewhere in there, I went to the UK for Easter and spent a restorative afternoon walking the woodlands of Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.
All this while I’ve had the recipe and photos for this post languishing in my Drafts. Yes, I’ve been sitting on this post for over a month now. I simply couldn’t come up with the words to go with it, but back when we were still on the cusp of spring, I dreamt up this chopped kale, roasted vegetables, rice and beans.

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Coffee Journal | Platform 7 Coffee, East Vancouver

Platform 7 Coffee

Platform 7 Coffee

Platform 7 Coffee

Platform 7 Coffee is my go-to coffee spot for when I’m out and about running errands on weekends in the city. It somehow always manages to be just there right when I need a break.
A one of a kind café, it envelops you in cosiness, the space has a vintage feel with the interior designed distinctively to look like a train station – it reminds me Paddington Station.
It’s so easy to while away time here, there’s even a secret garden at the back which makes a perfect hideaway in the summer.

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Peanut Butter and Marmite Rolls

Peanut Butter & Marmite Rolls

Peanut Butter & Marmite Rolls

Now that we’ve had a proper winter, I’m really looking forward to spring; I hope it’s just as spectacular. Without any warning, we got our first taste of spring on Friday. Birds sweetly chirped in the morning, a gentle air blew through and the sun warmed up the day nicely. We haven’t been as fortunate this weekend, though. The rain is here and it looks like we shan’t be seeing the sun again for another week! This is disappointing but not terribly, I’ve been meaning to practise moody grey food photography anyway. Perhaps another batch of peanut butter and marmite rolls is in our future.

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