When I set up a tea date with Tatiana of First Date Confections I was anticipating that I would be writing this blog about the ingredients of her delicious date-filled and dairy-free (aka Sam-friendly) chocolates, or about the process of developing new flavours. In reality, I’m going to talk about Tatiana herself. I met her on a sunny afternoon on a patio in the middle of the suburbs. Tatiana instantly dove into stories about her life and how First Date came to be. She shared with me her journey of getting a Bachelors degree in Circus (I had no idea that was a thing) and how she pushed herself and her body every day to be the best she could be. It wasn’t family pressure, dreams of getting into a fancy post-grad program or another external pressure that drove her to work so hard, it was entirely her own personal drive. In addition to physically training all day in hand standing, she was also completing yoga teacher certification AND doing her nightly academic courses. Four years of this later she graduated and landed her dream job being a performer in Europe. There’s a certain attitude that comes with being young and passionately pursuing […]
What is it about coconut that makes every food that much better? I swear you could put coconut on something gross like, say cilantro, and it would somehow become enjoyable. But when you put coconut on something that’s already delicious, like cookies, then it’s next level. Chewy chocolate cookies are a classic that we all love and the coconut kick just makes it that much better.
Does anyone else find baking to be an amazing way to relax and destress? If you read my last post on When life gets in the way of food, then you’ll know the last few weeks have been exceptionally hectic and busy for me. If you’ve ever had a puppy then you’ll know that despite the cute puppy eyes, 3 month old puppies are a tremendous amount of work and frankly a little stressful. It’s been a while since I last had a chance to dream up a recipe and bake something. So this past weekend I tired out the pooch and got down to business. I wanted a cookie that focused on the softer flavour of coconut and white chocolate, with a hint of the richness that cocoa powder brings. I love this recipe because the cookies are moist without being buttery and super soft. Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 1 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut Steps One – Preheat oven to 325 […]