Why I am not following my dream

Around this time last year I was full-swing in the midst of my pastry school experience and I cannot deny that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Seriously.  You can read in my previous posts about why I chose to go, and how intensely I am passionate about baking. I love both the science of it and the artistic elements required to make beautiful desserts. I have grown particularly fond of cake decorating, as you may have noticed in my Instagram feed.

Julia Child says, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

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Wedding cupcake toppers, bride and groom.

Top 6 Tips to Know When Ordering a Wedding Cake (or any Custom Cake)

Wedding season is upon us, and many people have already planned much of their details in advance, while some maybe are still figuring out a few last-minute suppliers and vendors. In some cases, that may include hiring a baker to make your dream cake for your special day.

I have now baked cakes and cupcakes for a few weddings, made many custom cakes, and received numerous inquiries on orders as well. Planning “the perfect day” can be stressful for both the couple and the suppliers! Throughout these experiences, I have learned a number of things  to be aware of and would like to share them with you. Regardless of who you hire to create your wedding cake, or even a special custom cake, I have determined 6 things you want to be aware of and will help you hire the right baker/y.

Wedding cupcake toppers, bride and groom.

Wedding cupcake toppers, bride and groom.

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Fun with Fats at Olives on Tap

While working through this elimination diet for another week, fats have truly become my friend. From nuts to nut butters, to oils of different kinds. There are so many good healthy fats available to enjoy, rounding out the nutrition of any meal. I enjoy a good olive oil – especially ones fused with flavours.

Eating without dairy means no butter on popcorn for a snack. But fortunately I’ve found an awesome replacement at OLIVES ON TAP, in North Vancouver: Butter Olive Oil. I know what you may be thinking, “why would you infuse oil with another fat?”. Well first, it is actually a vegan olive oil. Apparently the supplier has a magical potion of plant extracts that simulate the butter flavour. Bingo, it’s like butter. It is actually easier to use than real butter because there is no melting and heating, you just drizzle to your hearts content. Sweet goodness of butter olive oil. Then sprinkle on your favourite salt to taste. A nice healthy snack.
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