Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baking with Julia: Brioche Pecan Sticky Buns

Well I should have posted this last week, but I only just woke up from the butter coma this morning :P First the Hungarian Shortbread and the pound of butter involved in that, now this recipe which called for almost a pound and a half of butter. For the love of all that's artery clogging... it has been a seriously caloric couple of weeks...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Not edible: Mother's Day gift

Ok, so this isn't something I cooked, exactly, but I thought it was cute and wanted to share :) For Mother's Day this year I got some cute and quirky tea cups and saucers at the thrift store and then planted a small Hen and Chicks succulent in each one to give as a gift. 

The succulents are super easy to take care of and each hen will produce little chicks (you can see some in the picture below) that will eventually grow and produce their own chicks, etc. They don't mind tight spaces (like tea cups) and can be kept as houseplants or transplanted outdoors, and they're even hardy for Canadian winters! (assuming you don't live in Iqaluit)

I kept a few for myself, as well, though thanks to our two plant-nomming cats, I will have to find more creative (read: inaccessible) places to keep them.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

What's on your toast?

There is an Asian market near where we live that I will often wander through on my way home. It can be dangerous for my budget (especially when I'm hungry), but it has also yielded some interesting finds, the most recent of which has become my weekday breakfast of choice:

Black Sesame Butter