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Vampire Bitten Cupcakes

26 Oct

I love Halloween. It’s not my fav holiday, which is totally 100% Christmas but Halloween is fun. I loved going trick or treating and eating candy as a kid. Once I got to be a teenager though, it was about firecrackers and walking around the neighbourhood and causing havoc. I, for one, am a wimp and was scared of the firecrackers. I like all my fingers thankyouverymuch.
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Pina Colada Cake

13 Jun

The weather in Vancouver has NOT been summer-like at all. It’s been dubbed Junuary. I can’t believe how fast July is approaching. I am hoping the weather turns around. There are always so many things on my summer bucket list. I want to spends days at White Pine Beach, pick berries, ride a pony, do a hike with the dog, go to English Bay and eat hot dogs and ice cream, go to the water slides, the water park and the pool. Have fabulous picnics and eat dinner outside. Do you see a trend?? All are pretty much weather dependant. keep reading

Toasted Coconut Malted Cream Cheese Cookies

16 Feb

Here is some of my randomness that is my life….

My bf bought be tulips that I can plant for Valentine’s Day.  Tulips are my ultimate favorite flour, oops I mean flower.

I’ve been dying to try matte topcoat nail polish.  You paint it over your regular nail polish and it changes it to a matte finish.  I’ve looked here and even in the US  and I  couldn’t find it  until the other day.  It was at Superstore for $2.  I jumped up and down in the store.  Yes, yes I did.
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Coconut Mocha Bark

7 Oct

I am a Starbucks girl through and through.  I used to get Starbucks before they corner and when it was still going to Starbucks not getting a Starbucks.
For a brief period in my early 20′s one of my bff’s and I pretty much lived on Starbucks.  We used to get grande mint mocha and then eat plain rice for lunch.  Then go for coffee after work. Yep we were the epitome of health.  We were also working 12 hours a day for pretty much minimum wage and dealing with crazy 20 year old problems. lol.
This summer they had a coconut mocha frappuccino that I really liked.  Now it’s gone *sad face* so I decided to make it in but in chocolate form.
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Oooohhhh it’s really good.  I had never toasted coconut before and it made my house smell great and then mixed with the mocha chocolate I mean seriously.  It was really good and addictive.  I had never made bark before so I made it a bit too thin but other than that it was fab-U-lous.  Below is the thickness it should be.  The better the chocolate the better the bark.
Mocha Coconut Bark
1/2 c toasted sweetened coconut
10.5 oz/3 100 g bars of milk chocolate
6 oz white chocolate
1 tsp instant espresso powder
I had never toasted coconut before so here’s how I did it.
In a dry pan place your coconut and turn to medium heat stir until golden brown and fragrant.  Watch it doesn’t burn though.  That’s no fun.  Set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In a double boiler melt your milk chocolate until smooth and creamy.  Add espresso powder and whisk until completely mixed in.  Pour onto the baking sheet and spread out into a rectangle with a offset spatula until 1/4 inch thick.  It won’t cover the whole cookie sheet.  Set aside.
Melt white chocolate and pour over top any which way you choose.  Sprinkle coconut over the entire slab.  Put in the fridge until hard and set.
Break into pieces and try not to eat it all in one sitting.
 Enjoy!

Individual Pina Colada Tarts

2 Sep

When I was a little kid, probably 3 or 4 I was at a hotel with my Auntie, Uncle and Cousin.  My Aunt made this drink that totally looked like a milk shake.  I kept bugging and bugging and bugging for a drink.  Finally my Aunt gave in and I had a drink.  YUCK!!!!  It was a Pina Colada.  For the next oh 10 years anytime anyone mentioned Pina Colada I would yell YUCK and run away.  It was one of my Aunts favorite drinks, when she drank.  She doesn’t drink at all anymore but I always remember that.  We don’t live in the same city but are VERY close.

Then when I grew up I realized that Pina Colada was coconut, pineapple and rum blended.  That, my friends, is NOT yuck.  That is a day at the beach in a glass.

I made this with my Aunt in mind.  She can’t have chocolate so this is the perfect dessert for her.  Next time I see her I will make this.  So for you Auntie Shirley.  Love you!!!!

A Pina Colada Cream Pie.

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The grilled pineapple in this adds another unexpected dimension.  Neither the coconut nor the pineapple was lost in the custard.  I ate the custard out of the bowl by itself.  It literally tastes like Hawaii.  Oh how I want to go back to Hawaii.  I skipped the rum cause of the kidlets but you could totally add in some rum extract or a shot into the mix.  The coconut tart needs a little work.  If you make this, make the coconut tart shell fill the entire muffin tin.  It will be thin but mine it was too thick and should have been cooked a little longer.  Seriously, though that’s really just nit picking.  It was a fun summery dessert with a flavor PUNCH!

Coconut Tart Shell Recipe – Makes 6 – from Michael Smith – Chef @ Home

2 egg whites
2 c sweetened shredded coconut

Spray down the muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with a cupcake liner and spray the inside of the cupcake liner with non-stick spray.  Mine did stick but it was partly my fault.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Whisk eggs lightly and stir in coconut.

Spoon coconut mixture into muffin tins and push into the bottom and up the sides right to the top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Let cool before filling with the coconut/pineapple mixture.  If you aren’t filling right away put them in a air tight container.

Grilled Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie Filling – enough for 6

1/2 c grilled fresh pineapple cut into small pieces
1/4 + 2 tbs c granulated sugar
1/4 c all purpose flour
1 egg yolks
1/2 can coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbs butter

In a medium saucepan whisk together flour and sugar,  Whisk in egg yolks and coconut milk until smooth.

Turn on heat to medium whisking frequently until custard comes to a boil.  Keep whisking until it holds the impression of the whisk momentarily.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.  Fold in pineapple cover custard directly over with saran and chill.

Assembly

Spoon or pipe custard into shells and eat.  You could totally make this without the shells as well and serve in pretty bowls or glasses.

Enjoy!