MKYS Vancouver, B.C.

// A Birthday Pound Cake//

I just found out today that Theo and my friend’s grandmother has the same birthday! I felt a tad bit sorry for letting him stare at the cake and so I treated him to some of my home-baked Chillax Cookies (chia & flax) instead.

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// Be Right Back//

A good friend of mine just moved to Toronto for school and so we got together the night before with another friend to make pizza! We decided on making guacamole pizza with Cajun chicken and arugula - which gave it that nice crispy touch.

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// Celebration X2//

A double birthday celebration with lots and lots of cake! Ice cream cake, fluffy cake, and a traditional Chinese sponge cake.

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Strawberry Freeze: Should really be just named strawberry whipped cream freeze, because that’s literally what it is. My favourite part is the crust though! So healthy I’m sure… when the crust ingredients consist of almonds, butter, and flour.

Pistachio Ice-cream Bombe: My first time making ice-cream! Based on my friend’s birthday wish, I made two different flavours - maple and pistachio. Ohh… I think I fell in love with pistachio ice cream. It’s quite unique, rich and nutty whereas the maple ice-cream was very.. expected and slightly boring I guess. Inside also had layers of roasted pistachios, cherries, and slices of Clementine.

Chinese sponge cake: This cake was bought from Saint Germain Bakery. The cake texture is amazing! It was made nothing like that traditional Chinese sponge cake texture that is fluffy and slightly rough. It was quite a bit denser, eggier, and very smooth. Oh so good. I would definitely recommend this place if you want a fruit cake.

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// Happy Birthday Gary!//

Hidden inside the GFC cake is a four layered chocolate cherry-filled rum cake with a coating of classic vanilla buttercream frosting.

I wonder which has more calories.. the cake or the actual bucket of chicken?

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// Another Fluffy & Light Cake//

A very lemony cake filled with strawberry whipped cream for all my lovely girls out there. I can’t wait for the day that we will all be together again. GNO!

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// Congratulations!//

Just last month, a friend of mine got accepted into University of Tokyo! Here it is, presenting my first congratulations cake. I really hope I will get to visit you before you leave!

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The design was free hand piped with lemon and blueberry glaze to represent the University’s logo (pictured below). I chose not to fill in the whole design since the lemon glaze was quite sour.

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// Happy Birthday Mom!//

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Aside from making just my mom’s birthday cake, I took all the left over trimmings and whipped cream to make a mini cake for the neighbours.

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Hmm.. this is giving me ideas. Sitting in the fridge, it sort of looks like it has potential to be a two-tiered cake! Don’t know why I would need such a big cake though..

// Another Birthday :)//

Since the Japanese cheesecake turned out so well (from last post), I decided that my next cake was going to be based on that! I forgot to mention that the cheesecake had a hint of lemony flavour that is very compatible with strawberries. For the filling and outside coating, I whipped up a quick batch of strawberry cream. I love the way the cake is not very heavy and sweet. The cake is still sitting in my fridge at this moment and so I’m not exactly sure how compatible everything is. But I feel that having a very light cake and cream will put more emphasis on the taste of sweet fresh strawberries and kiwis. I can’t wait to present it to the birthday girl and try it out then!

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// We Meet Again!//

After that little bakery closed down, I haven’t been lucky enough to find this Japanese cheesecake again. I tried other ones but they never ever tasted just quite right..

You though.. are perfect! I couldn’t resist taking a picture of them while they were slowly cooling down in the oven.

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The cake is very soft and fluffy. Tastes extremely light when it’s fresh out of the oven. I find this is a very unique cake that tastes great both fresh or as a cold dessert.

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// Valentine’s Day//

This year I had nobody to spend Valentine’s with so I decided to cook for my parents. My mom was kidding and said I was a light bulb though, aka 3rd wheel.. -.-”  Two hours before dinner, she also decided to invite another couple over.. which made me a 5th wheel I guess. :P

Tonight was very enjoyable! I loved the process of prepping and cranking out the different plates one after another. :)

Appetizer:

- Salmon Clam Chowder with a side of toasted Ciabatta

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- Fresh Mussels in White Wine Sauce with a basket of Ciabatta to soak up all the wine sauce

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Main:

- Lamb Loin Chop with Herbes De Provence
- Salmon with Herbed Garlic Butter
- Whipped Red Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Carrots and Asparagus

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Dessert:

- Honey Steamed Pear stuffed with jujubes and Northern Chinese almonds

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