Halloween Weekend

Happy Halloween! I was not a true Halloweenie this year. I didn’t plan my costume early. I didn’t bake any Halloween-inspired cookies or do any other Halloween-inspired baking. And my pumpkin carving failed. But it’s ok!! I am currently watching the Food Network’s Halloween Wars and I’m feeling overwhelmed and inspired.

On Friday night, I went to Steamwhistle’s Halloween Party – I was a Bank Robber with a Fortune Cookie, a Boxer and my own Charlie Brown.

On Saturday night I went to Bannock for dinner with some friends and had the free run turkey burger with heirloom tomatoes, avacado and dill pickle mayo and the boneless back rib burger and smokey tomato jam and maple mustard bbq (not whole burgers!! Half and half!). No pictures unfortunately but it just means I will have to go back. They have a poutine pizza. Like seriously.

On Sunday we went to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. i have been a strong advocate against this place since last summer when I bought a Sour Cherry Pie that was overpriced and was not so great. Now, I am spoiled. My mom makes the best pies I have ever had so I typically don’t even bother. But today we were meeting another couple for breakfast but we were starving so we went for a slice of pie. Well we ended up with something better.

To be honest, I don’t know what this is called. It was good. It had egg, mushrooms, rosemary, and lots of cheese. And the crust. It was croissant dough. So buttery and delicious. I would like to host a brunch and invite everyone and make these.

They also had Halloween themed cupcakes. I should have gotten some…

Spooky and cute! I love the chocolate decorations. They are so delicate and perfect. This is something that I think would be fairly easy to do and could be fun to do for Valentine’s (with hearts) or Christmas (with musical notes) or New Year’s (with numbers). I wish I had gotten the Pumpkin Spice cupcake. I had one last weekend at the Delicious Food Show by the Cupcake Diner and it was a disappointment. It tasted like a dry carrot cake.

And here is my pumpkin:

I was ambitious when I started out but then I discovered my pumpkin was about two inches thick..  This is the design I wanted to use:

So I combined some painting and some carving. Next year will be better.

Happy Halloween kids!

Hand Pies!

A few weeks of ago, we went to the apple orchard and bought too many apples. Half of them were brought home and the other half are at GC’s. So what to do, what to do. My mom used the apples are my house to make a delicious pie for Thanksgiving and for my half of the apples at GC’s I decided to make handpies!

Martha Stewart is great. We all know that. So of course, I own a few of her cookbooks and I find most of her things daunting and impossible. And I’ve never made a pie. But why not start with handpies. They will take longer and be more finicky and people will be slightly weirded out by them. But handpies!

The recipe.

1. Peeling apples takes too long!! I need one of those old timey apple peeling things. Also, for the amount of apples you actually need for the filling, I don’t think you need to use 15 apples. GC now has a pot of applesauce in his fridge.

2. Clearly Martha does not make ravioli or any stuffed pasta because the way she suggests going about making these doesn’t work….

3. YOU NEED TO USE PARCHMENT PAPER. It basically looked like I was setting fire to the kitchen because of all the smoke from the cinnamon sugar.

4. These take too long to make. I don’t think I needed to wait 3 hours for the applesauce to become applesauce; I could have just used an immersion blender…

5. I would make these again but I think it will go a lot better the second time.

Truffles!!!

Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles. These are from a Sobeys magazine from December 2010 and in the last year I have made these about 5 or 6 times. I love them. They are originally Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Truffles but why would you put chocolate chips in these creamy, bite-size yums? And in total, they take maybe 10 minutes of actual time to make.

I made these for a work pot-luck-anniversary-lunch today.

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Election Day!!!

It is election day in Ontario today!!!! I probably should have posted this first thing this morning instead of an hour and a half before the polls close…. But anyway! I like baking. I like voting. This is the result: cherry bit cake balls with maple leaf sprinkles and maple leaf shaped sugar cookies in Liberal red! I made these for my sister to take to our candidates riding office and everyone loved them. The candidate asked if I baked professionally and two people want me to bake for them. Democracy and possible baking jobs – I love this country!