Back by popular demand (LOL hi Myra & Rachel), part 2 of my quasi-economical student’s guide to BW is a brief compilation of day trips near and around Stuttgart! Having to plan and embark on full-blown weekend trips every single week can be stressful and a bit exhausting – not to mention, exorbitant. Fear not, for this is where day trips come in handy! Space out those busy weekend trips, or save them for long weekends to make them more worthwhile. So, pack a sandwich, fill up your water bottle, apply sunscreen (always) and put on your comfy shoes. These little outings will have you reminiscing about school field trip days. But, be forewarned that much of the following involves strenuous gravity-defying efforts (aka walking up gentle hills) that my semi-prairie-upbringing did not predispose me to. [Read more…]
Last summer, I spent two months as a visiting researcher at Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. There were about 30 of us students from various Ontario universities that got research placements at partnering universities throughout Baden-Württemberg (BW), a state in Southwest Germany. While many of the others were planning ambitious weekend trips to Barcelona, Paris, Venice, etc. I was hoping to discover more local gems so I could truly live and experience Deutschland, while keeping travel costs to a minimum. Part 1 of my (quasi-economical) student’s guide includes two weekend trips I took to the further stretches of BW. And since I made it that far, I simply had no excuse not to cross the border into France and Switzerland (teehee). [Read more…]
The holiday season is not complete without an assortment of freshly baked cookies. This is the only time of year when you’d find non-bakers like Melissa rummaging through my baking drawer, greasing up her palms and rolling up balls of dough only to produce cookies an eternity later. Although it’s always worth the effort for cookies, these guys come together quick and easy with just a wooden spoon and some bicep action. [Read more…]
Baileys and coffee go together like sugar cane juice with lime or a Gin & Tonic – which I’ve found out was originally concocted by British soldiers to prevent malaria in colonial India (important facts we learn in Food Science). Well, in this case, Baileys and coffee in a tiramisu combine to serve a greater purpose of its own, Mother’s Day!
Ireland is definitely the friendliest country I have traveled to so far. And that’s coming from someone who’s lived in Canada for 10 years (but imo, Canadians are more polite than friendly). While most would spend spring break somewhere tropical, my friends and I opted for a less popular option. But I would gladly give up sun tanning (which is so boring) any day to gallivant about in Ireland to the background music of Hozier.
Ever since I began baking, I have gone through countless recipes. First, I started off with bookmarking them in cookbooks. Then, I realized some cookbooks may look nice but they cannot always be trusted. Alas, I switched over to recipe sites (all hail allrecipes) where I’d go straight to the recipes with 4043 five star ratings – which is all well and good for classic heirloom recipes. But most grandmothers don’t have recipes like Slutty Brownies or Imploding Honey Custard Cake. So finally, I sold my soul to Pinterest and 41 boards later, there’s no turning back…
Brownies are probably one of my greatest weaknesses. When I’m hungry, I’m craving brownies 90% of the time. There are so many species to the brownie genus: cakey, chewy, fudgy, frosted, plain, nutty, etc. And to me, there is no single superior brownie species – more brownie types simply equals more ways of ensuring an equal amount of happiness. So here’s yet another brownie recipe, because the more the merrier!
Am I in the habit of making things that sound more complex than they actually are? Pfft yes. And with a name that sounds like it should belong in the royal courts of a Persian fairy tale, this recipe from Amber Rose is definitely a case in point.
For those of you yet to be introduced to mochi, allow me to lead you out of your deep, dark cave of oblivion – using the familiar guise of donuts to lure out the extra stubborn skeptics amongst you.
Offer me a regular cheesecake and I’ll probably pass – maybe I’d give it a few nibbles for the sake of its crust – but add some matcha to the mix and I’ll be asking for seconds.