I discovered Carly on Instagram a few years ago and couldn’t hit follow fast enough. First, we need to talk about her usename/blog name: Dim Sum Diet. Are you kidding me? Is there a better blog name out there? Doubt it. Second, we need to talk about her photos. She is the definition of a foodie and is constantly eating out and exploring the culinary world. I truly don’t think there is anything she won’t eat (but only after photographing, of course). Third, let’s talk about her life. Carly is a Calgary girl who spent time in Hong Kong travelling, working and eating. During this time she developed a love for, obviously, dim sum and began photographing her journeys. Her love of food brought her briefly back to Calgary just to pack up and move all the way to the London to pursue her culinary school dreams. As much as I miss seeing Carly’s adventures in Calgary, I’m loving this look into the food scene in London. I invited her onto the blog to share her favourite instal-worthy dessert spots in her new home all the way in the UK. Okay sugar addicts, let me cut to the chase. Being an avid […]
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.
When we think of ginger cookies we usually think about Christmas and cute little gingerbread (wo)men standing next to candy-coated houses. But on one sunny August day, I decided to make thick, chewy, spicy ginger cookies and share them with friends. After that day, I had people who had never used an oven (literally) asking me for the recipe. The next time I made them for a different group of friends the same thing happened – I then realized that these cookies were good, better than the regular and at first I had no idea why. What made these cookies better than a buttery chocolate chip cookie or classic oatmeal raisin? It had to be the richness in flavor that came from quality spices. After that I gained a new respect for taste and understanding of people’s appreciation for food having a deep flavor and not just a sweet flavor. Adding spices to my baking and cooking, when appropriate, elevated the meal and took it from bland and so-so to “omg, this is so good”. I’ve been experimenting ever since with spicing up my baking and I’ve been loving the results! When I first starting talking with A Spice Affair I […]
A few years ago when I was just starting to experiment with baking I decided I wanted to make mini donuts. Armed with a recipe from the depths of the Internet and whatever was in my pantry, I carefully shaped the dough and attempted to deep fry each one in a frying pan. What I ended up with was crunchy, not cooked gooey messes soaked in oil and far from delicious (or healthy). I have lots of admiration for people who deep fry their donuts with excellent results, but after that day I gave up on the donut dream until I stumbled upon a donut baking pan at Bed Bath and Beyond. Since then my donut game has been much stronger and I’ve been baking them for breakfast potlucks ever since. I’m so thrilled to share this recipe because these donuts taste just like the mini donuts you get at carnivals and fairs. They’re baked and the prep work is minimal making it completely realistic to make them in the morning before a potluck or after work when you’re craving a sweet snack. Soft and cake like, these donuts will have people asking for the recipe and wondering where you […]
It’s that time of year again. You can suddenly see your breath, raking leaves is added to the “to do” list, and scarves and big sweaters become everything again. Arguably to thousands of busy students and coffee drinking office workers, the highlight of September is the return of all things pumpkin spice. If you’re like me, pumpkin spice drinks, candy and baking makes crisp cold Calgary days much more bearable. Pumpkin Spice Brownies are the pumpkin spice baking launch point you’ve been waiting for. They’re soft and sweet, indulgent but can be made bite size so you still have room for your PSL. Ingredients Dough 3/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup melted butter 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs at room temperature Chocolate section 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup chocolate chips Pumpkin section 1 cup pumpkin purée 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg Steps One – Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a rimmed pan or casserole dish. Two – The first step is making the dough which will later be divided into two sections- pumpkin and chocolate. […]
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 […]
You know what’s terrifying? Making your own macarons. The delicate french confection is crisp and light, yet soft and fluffy. It has a soft filling that somehow manages to be sweet but also delicate and flavourful. Macarons are baking perfection, and for far too long I was terrified to make them. As a self taught home cook, I couldn’t even imagine where to begin. Are they more like meringues? Whoopie pies? Cookies? Cakes? Tarts? What’s my starting point? Making them even more intimidating, I found tons of recipes online that were incredibly intense with tons of steps and techniques that I had never heard of. I tried my hand at a few batches and finally stumbled onto a Nutella macaron recipe that used techniques I understood and ingredients I could buy at a local grocery store. I had to modify things a bit for the average home cook (ie. turning weighted ingredients to cups and tsps) and shift some ingredients and steps around. But finally, after many attempts and failures, I’m happy to share a macaron recipe that ANY home cook can make. I broke this recipe down as much as possible to make it simple. I tried to think […]
A bite into this cookie is a pleasant combination of soft, gooey, crunchy and sweet. The classic chocolate cookie acts as a smooth and just sweet enough base for the marshmallow’s sweet kick and chocolate’s rich flavour. The almonds bring in a unique flavour and crunch to the otherwise moist and soft cookie.