My mini eclair - in the end, the pastry cream did set and taste quite good. So it was more of a failure in time management than execution.

Teachable Moments

This post was going to be about double chocolate éclairs. Last week I saw a picture of an eclairs with a dark chocolate filling and my brain whispered “I need that”. Not being able to afford the flight to Paris for the real thing, the message whispered instead was “I need to make that”. I’d made…

Creme Caramel at The Marc, which was on the list a few times and is one of my most frequently recommended restaurants in Edmonton.

Avenue Edmonton Best Restaurants

Recently, Avenue Edmonton posted their list of Edmonton’s best restaurants. This year there were a few changes to the categories they rated, including the omission of Best Sushi. I like to think it was because I tracked down the reviewer on Twitter and asked her if she’d ever eaten sushi before reviewing, because she rated…

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North 53

Like many cities lately, Edmonton has been experiencing quite a dip in temperatures for about a week. Mother Nature’s punishment for an above-average January, some say. Well I boldly laughed in the face of Mother Nature and left my house Saturday for one reason and one reason only – to eat dinner at North 53.…

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Crazy for Chinese

“Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” When it comes to the kitchen, I listen to Julia Child (who said the above quote). So following her expert advice, I usually keep an eye out for different cooking classes in Edmonton. There are many different…

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Sick Sucks

Being sick sucks, amirite? I was home sick almost all last week and it got me thinking about how much my diet changes when I’m sick. For whatever reason, I always stop drinking coffee. Something about the taste and probably the sweetness and creaminess (because I don’t drink black) just doesn’t appeal to me. If…

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Fiending For Melamine

A sad woman stirs muffin batter in a glass mixing bowl. Voiceover: Do you love baking but wish it could be more fun? Sad woman looks at the camera and nods. Voiceover: Don’t bake in just ANY bowls – you need MELAMINE!  My name is Hilary and I’m addicted to melamine. It’s been three months…