Tag Archive | Desserts

Chocolate and Beet Loaf

My friend Erin brought over a whole bunch of goodies from her garden, including a bunch of beets. I love beets and usually just boil them and have them on hand to snack on or throw in a salad. Yesterday, I was online getting some food ideas for dinner and stumbled across the idea of a beet and chocolate cupcake.  Here’s my take on this great recipe…You will be amazed at how moist the beets make this loaf and you will be shocked at the flavour. SO DELICIOUS!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked and grated beets

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make a Chocolate and Beet Loaf:

I am really excited that Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s my favorite holiday and I will be heading to Northern Ontario to visit with family and friends.  But first, I get to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival! Just a thought, but you should WOW your people with this Chocolate and Beet cake at your Thanksgiving Festivities…

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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September Scones

Leftover blueberries in the  fridge=Yummy Treats. I have never made scones before but I woke up this morning and thought today is a perfect day for scones. So, i scoured the internets for some recipe ideas and came up with this combination and it turned out quite well. Make some and try em out for yourself!

Ingredients List:  Makes 10 servings.

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make these delicious Scones:

 

I am currently doing a really great contract in Ottawa. 2  interesting and thrilling operas. The show opens September 10th. Get the details here.

Happy Long Weekend.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

 

Workaholic Cookies…

I recently started a new job, after months of living a life of leisure. Monday is my day off and generally, I like to spend that day running errands, doing chores around the house, enjoying a home cooked meal, hanging with friends and baking. This week is going to be insane since we start teching the show but I figured it would be yummy for my colleagues to start the week off with some delicious cookies. Besides it’s an extra bonus for me because spending time in the kitchen is really relaxing  and a great way to unwind (and it also allows me to justify not doing “other” chores!)

Ingredients List:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of Lindor Milk Chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup Lindor  Dark Chocolate pieces

****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own workaholic cookies.


Listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue, baking cookies and catching up with friends: a perfect Monday afternoon off.

I hope my colleagues at work enjoy these bad boys! The thing about these cookies are that they actually taste like brownies! Perfect!

Happy Monday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…

Tears of Laughter…of course!

Last evening was my dear friend Kelly’s 33rd Birthday! I decided to throw her a little gathering (the easy part) and to make her a Vegan Birthday cake (the hard part). I have never been much of a baker, in fact, the most baking I have done in my life has pretty much been over the last few months since I started Foodventures. Generally, I stick to easy things like cookies and banana bread, I have never even thought of making a cake from scratch…why would I??? when you can just buy a really tasty beautiful one at the store…But for the purposes of this blog and my own curiosity I went for it. After researching recipes, I discovered that making a vegan cake was really easy and ended up using different versions of recipes used during the depression and wartime back in the day, this makes sense to me cause eggs and dairy and other yummy stuff was rationed but people still needed to eat cake!

Now, I have to tell you that I was totally feeling 1 hour behind yesterday and when I found out the guest of honor was on her way, I hadn’t even iced the cake or even made the icing yet. In the “how to” photo’s, you will see man hands, this is my friend Todd (who actually went to chef school and makes insanely delicious meals all the time!) helping me get the icing together. It was awesome to see him work cause he was so fast and knew how to do stuff that would have taken me triple time. YAY Todd! oh and thanks to Julie for the clean up and berry washing!

Ingredients List:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 tbsp of Cocoa
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3/4 cup of sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 tsp + 2 tbsp of vanilla
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 cups Vegan Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut in half)

****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make This Chocolate Birthday Cake.

 

This was an incredible evening filled with love, singsongs and laughter. The cake went over really well and tasted awesome! No more store bought cakes for me totally worth making your own cake and I got to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time. Tonight, I’m suppose to make risotto for my parents, they are spending the evening at my place on their way to FLA. But i might try and get them to take me out instead cause I am still trying to get things organized from last night’s festivities.

Thanks to everyone who made this evening such a great success and Thanks to you for reading!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

i hate christmas-christmas cookies!

This year, i have the time and the lack of funds to make gifts for everyone on my list and so what better than the gift of cookies. Simple, delicious AND bonus: they make the house smell heavenly. I had a whole bunch of limes left over from my Holidays Soiree and so I thought that I would put them to use with this cookie recipe:

Ingredients List:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter-soft
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla
  • the juice from 3 limes
  • 2 tbsps of lime zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips

The result is light, fluffy and simple…*makes about 8 dozen small cookies

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make I hate Christmas Cookies


 

These cookies are very subtle and light tasting. It’s a little misleading (i mean a whole bag of white chocolate chips seems insanely sweet) but the lime juice cuts the sweetness of the white chocolate. If i decide to make more of these bad boys, i think i will add some dried cranberries to the mix.


If you decide to venture let me know how it turns out.

 

I’m off to finish packaging my treats and to start delivering.


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

 

Trailer Trash Truffles

I’m hosting my annual Christmas Party and figured it would be fun to make a special treat for all the guests to take home. Not being much of a baker, I found an easy and minimalist recipe that I thought would look good and taste incredible.

It only calls for 4 simple ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Oreo Cookies
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Box of semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1 package of white chocolate chips

The results are interesting…

****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to Make Trailer Trash Truffles****

The process was a little more complicated that I thought it would be and very messy!

The end result was disappointing but what did I expect with Oreo Cookies, Cream Cheese and Semi Sweet Chocolate. Not to knock on Oreo cookies- I mean the truffles actually taste OK. In my mind i pictured something a lot different… more elegant and incroyable!

In the end, I won’t be handing these out as party favors. I don’t think i want people to remember the great night they had with some mediocre artificial tasting treat. In fact, simple shortbread cookies would have been tastier and more elegant. Instead, these will be put out for everyone to enjoy as they raise a glass or two or five. (that reminds me i need to figure out my signature holiday cocktail…)

And so off i go to putter in the kitchen and get some more food ready for the party.

The main event: Do it your self pulled pork sliders! (who doesn’t love pulled pork?)


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


Post Party *FYI: they were actually a really big hit and people loved these little treats and so if you want something that will WOW people (even if it is Oreo Cookies!) try this recipe.