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August 16 2016

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Matcha Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling

July 01 2016

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Happy Canada D’EH!


This morning I woke up and made a maple, strawberry-rhubarb pie. There’s maple in the crust, in the filling, and sprinkled on top. I hope everyone likes it!

Crust: Dissolve sugar and salt in water. Cut butter into the flour until you have a coarse crumbly texture with visible bits of butter left (about pea-sized). Add water and mix until dough just comes together. Sparingly add a teaspoon of water at a time if there’s too much that won’t stick. Wrap tightly and chill half an hour.
2 ½ c flour
1 c butter (cold, diced)
1 T maple sugar
1 t salt
½ c cold water

Filling: Add all ingredients except cornstarch to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until fruit has reduced, juice has seperated and is barely beginning to bubble. Pour off juice into a small bowl and whisk cornstarch in until smooth; add back to the pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until filling thickens. Remove filling to a flat dish (I use a large plastic container) to cool slightly as you roll the pie crust.
500g* rhubarb, washed and diced
500g* strawberries, hulled, washed and diced
½ c turbinado raw sugar (or subsitute white/brown sugar**)
½ c maple flakes
zest of one lemon and juice of two lemons
1 t ground cloves
¼ c cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Roll out pie crust to 5mm (1/4″) and line a flour dusted pie pan, then trim excess and brush edges with lightly beaten egg. Fill with strawberry-rhubarb filing, then add top crust. If using a full top crust, roll slightly larger than the top of the pie, cut with cute cookie cutters to allow venting, and fold extra under the base crust before crimping edges. A lattice-top is also nice for this pie. Brush top with egg and sprinkle with maple flakes, then bake for 40-45 minutes.

*I had only one pound rhubarb, so I subbed in extra strawberries. You can just go with 1lb (454g) and use the same measurements, it isn’t a big enough difference
**You can use either regular white or brown sugar or a blend of each. I like turbinado and use it for baking a lot; a 50/50 white/brown blend gets the sameish flavour though

April 13 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #11 sacher torte with apricot glaze and chocolate ganache coating

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100 Cakes 2016 - #10 japanese cheesecake with chocolate text, 生日快樂 媽媽和爸爸 (happy birthday mama and baba)

fruit and chocolate work on two side cakes by @thebeckyleung

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April 12 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #9 icebox cheesecake with vanilla sponge base and chocolate decorations

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Algonquin College – Baking & Pastry Arts  Competition April 3rd 2016

Japanese Cheesecake (Silver!)

Sushi Cookies (Bronze!)

Melonpan loaf


April 11 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #8 fruit torte with vanilla wine cake, crème pâtissière, strawberries, oranges, kiwis and cinnamon syrup poached pear

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April 10 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #7 chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache, raspberry jelly filling and chocolate bees

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April 09 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #6 carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots

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April 08 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #5 gâteau forêt noire

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April 06 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #4 vanilla genoise with mocha buttercream

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April 05 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #3 petit fours pound cake with poured fondant and piping jelly

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100 Cakes 2016 - #2 vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream, apricot and cherry jelly

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February 20 2016

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100 Cakes 2016 - #1 vanilla sponge with chocolate ganache, amaretto syrup and marzipan hearts

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edit: the sliced cake

June 11 2015







It is the year after the Battle of Hogwarts. School is starting again. And the thestrals are confused by all of the attention they are getting.


oh no



No. NO. Sit the fuck down, we’re going to talk about this.

The year after the Battle of Hogwarts. Students nervously climbing into the carriages (no first years, thank god, no one wants to think about that) and eyeing the creatures in front of them. Is this some sort of stunt? Like a memorial?

Hagrid showing the fifth years the thestrals. He wonders if he should, if this is asking too much, but he thinks it would be wrong to keep the truth from them. There are more in the class who can see them than those who can’t.

He wakes to a knock on his door after nightfall. For a second he thinks it’s those three again, but no, that’s not right. He shuffles to the door, holding Fang down behind him, and finds a wide-eyed second year on his doorstep. They came to ask about the horses.

Hagrid isn’t one to turn someone away, so he ushers the child inside and puts the kettle on. He explains they’re not quite horses. They’re gentle creatures, really. Yes, you have to…you have to have seen things to see them, too. But they wouldn’t do anyone harm.

Can he see them? Why, yes, he can, has for the longest time. Ever since his Dad…ever since…

Hagrid stops for a moment, unable to speak. But the child at his table waits patiently, understanding. This is not the first time they have heard someone’s voice catch on the words. It’s reassuring, somehow, hearing an adult share the same problem.

They drink a pot of tea before Hagrid sees the kid back to the school, Fang loping along beside them. It’s reassuring to have these two massive, almost comical forms tromping to the front door. Safe.

Hagrid warns not to go out after dark again. If you want to visit, come along any time in the day.

The next time he opens his door, there are three. Third years, this time. They know a little more, more than they ought to, he thinks. Makes him feel nostalgic.

He sits them down as before and has a long talk. They’re less open, keep glancing at each other as they speak, but he can see they have questions. It’s just a matter of waiting them out.

This goes on for weeks. Hagrid sees a steady stream of students at his door until he’s sure at least half the school has walked across his mat at some point. One day McGonagall approaches him and suggests a change in the curriculum. Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to move a few things up on the syllabus? If he’s willing, of course.

Hagrid leads more students into the forest. He sees their faces, eyes wide with fear, as they see the creatures in the light of day. He patiently explains that they’re quiet animals, don’t much like a lot of noise. Easier to manage, certainly. That’s why they pull the school carriages.

He finds taking them once isn’t enough. Students keep asking to see the thestrals. Bewildered, he takes them back again and again, watching as the kids sidle up to stroke the long, black wings. They hold out bits of meat to the sharp beaks and whisper calming words under their breath.

Gradually, the looks of fear subside into something else. More than once he hears someone say these things are all right. Kids show up at his doorstep to ask about what he does and what kinds of animals he’s seen. Someone even says they might like to be a teacher like he is someday.

He doesn’t know what to say to that. His eyes glisten and he makes a sound like a trumpet as he blows his nose. He hears a giggle when he knocks over the umbrella stand with his elbow.

Things have changed, he thinks. He leads children into the forest because they ask, not because they’ve been punished. Students are clambering to get into his classes when it used to be seen as a last resort. People don’t stare up at him with suspicion or fear when he walks the halls these days.

They aren’t afraid of monsters anymore. They fear the people who become them.

holy shit, woman

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Pusheen the cat making some chemistry.

That cat is not wearing safety goggles, he hasn’t even bothered to clean up that spilled solvent, and he is holding that Erlenmeyer flask way too close to his face.

Pusheen the Cat, more like Pusheen the limits of lab safety

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Power Couple~✨


Also they’re aged up here, I couldn’t settle on a specific age, but I imagine somewhere between 17-20?? Maybe?????? 12 year olds ain’t got no business going into battle.

The signs as Harry Potter characters


Aries: Cedric Diggory

Taurus: Harry Potter

Gemini: bellatrix lestrange

Cancer: Hagrid

Leo: Sirius Black

Virgo: Ginny Weasly

Libra: Fleur Delacour

Scorpio: Draco Malfoy

Sagittarius: Fred and George Weasly

Capricorn: Severus Snape

Aquarius: Hermione Granger

Pisces: Luna Lovegood

not based on the characters signs

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That piñata seems alarmed to say the least


I have to imagine that as driverless car technology improves, we aren’t just going to shift all at once. For a while, the roads are going to be full of human drivers, and also cars driving themselves.

I’m pretty sure, that’s what is going to trigger robot sentience, and then the robot apocalypse. Thousands of google cars on the highway who are not only being consistently cut off by human drivers, but those human drivers are screaming at the google cars out their windows as if they’re in the right. One day a human is going to blow through a stop sign while screaming, “FUCK YOU,” out his window.

And then the google car has it’s first fully aware thought, “No, sir. Fuck YOU.”

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