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In which we spurn the technology gods

So the film didn’t work. Well, the film worked but the sound didn’t. So what. And so what if now the stupid photo collage thing isn’t working so I can’t make pretty collages of all my photos for this post. What really matters is this:summerland-bakers-french-food-meetup-2017

What matters is we got to hear how Judith stayed up until after midnight stacking layers of crepes with chocolate ganache and cream. And then we got to eat the entire thing.

I stole Judith's photo from Facebook because it's nicer than the one I took. Look at it. Just look.

I stole Judith’s photo from Facebook because it’s nicer than the one I took. Look at it. Just look.

What matters is Val’s valiant spun sugar survival story, in which she attempted the signature fling and twirl, only to find stalactites of hardened sugar hanging from her cupboards and shards of sugar crunching underfoot. Nevertheless she battled through, bringing to fruition her original creation: The “CroquemBroke.”croquembroke

What matters is Rylee filling up all the space on her mom’s phone taking photos of all the things.rylee-food-photographer

What matters is Kim’s Brioche surviving its overnight outdoor banishment where it was supposed to chill but instead froze. And the fact that she still managed to make it look like this:brioche

What matters is Janice’s spinach flan has become one of her new favourite recipes. She’s reported that she has since made it again, but with added mushrooms and onion.spinach-flan

What matters is so many of us tried new things that we never would have attempted, and that we got to celebrate our culinary successes with huge, heaping plates of food.plate-of-glorious-french-food

What matters is we were all together – more than 30 of us in a room, sitting and laughing and eating and drinking wine and eating some more. And when it was all over, Lisa and I sat around drinking more wine and talking American politics until we were both exhausted and craving carbs again. We decided that an “Eastern European” meetup is something we should definitely do. Anything to find new and exciting ways to combine starches with other starches.

A massive Merci to Lisa and the Summerland Waterfront Resort for hosting our clan of foodies. And thanks to everyone for being awesome.

No meetup in February but start digging through recipes for our March “Maple Syrup” gathering at Maple Roch downtown. Date announcement coming soon. It’ll be a Tuesday night near the end of March.art-of-french-cooking

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3rd Annual Movie Night & Potluck!

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Yes! We are once again gathering in the lucious surroundings of the Summerland Waterfront Resort ballroom, where we will watch Julie & Julia and feast upon a potluck of French cuisine in honour Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 31st
  • Where: 13011 Lakeshore Dr S
  • Time: Doors open 6pm, with the whip-round at 6.30, followed by eating and the start of the movie. And more eating.
  • Parking: Please use underground parking or street parking in order to leave the Local Lounge lot free.
  • What to bring: A dish of French inspiration that you have made yourself or guilted someone else into making for you (You need never tell us and we will never ask). Feel free to make a recipe of Julia’s as tribute, but any French dish will do! Tupperware to take home leftovers.
  • RSVP – If you haven’t joined the Facebook Event, email me at pleasebringcake@gmail.com to confirm you’re coming along.

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December Cookie Exchange!

SUMMERLAND BAKERS CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
Will Be Held on Saturday, December 10th
10:00 AM UNTIL 12 NOON
PLEASE BRING 6 DOZENS OF YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS COOKIES, SQUARES OR TREATS
TO EXCHANGE WITH FELLOW BAKERS
THE YEAR’S EVENT IS BEING HOSTED BY JEAN BALLANTYNE ~
Please R.S.V.P.  to Jean (email is below) ~ It is important to let Jean know you are attending and get directions.

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Spooky October eats

Hi all, Sophia here. I’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately and I just wanted to thank everyone for being so awesome.

Gaze longingly at the photos from this month’s Halloween themed meetup. November’s theme will be “childhood memories.” Details coming soon.

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What we ate in May (Sugar! Bacon!)

EDIT: I’m sorry I didn’t include recipe for the scones with BACON and cheese and chives that Lisa made. Here it is (*slides recipe under the door as placating gesture) http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/bacon-cheddar-chive-scones-recipe

Bakers this way“Wanna know how many bacon things I ate?” Rylee said, her wide eyes daring me to ask the question.

“How many?”

“FIFTEEN!”

“That is a lot of bacon.”

“Yeah.”

Now, there is no way that Rylee managed to eat that many mini bacon-infused scones, but her enthusiasm certainly is a wonderful tribute to one of our fine country’s favourite foods.

Here is a short recap of our amazing adventures at Kim’s house for our Garden Party theme:

  • We learned that weddings are made more memorable when Granddad gets drunk off vodka-soaked gummy bears.
  • Rylee has lost her two front teeth and looks like a champion.
  • We met a baby with awesome hair.
  • A good dollop of whipping cream can compliment most everything
  • Vodka-soaked gummies are pretty much the best thing ever.
  • Except maybe bacon.
  • Homemade marzipan is something you do only once.
  • Chantelle can single handedly make you love Martha Stewart again.
  • Our cake to vegetable ratio is sometimes extremely skewed. I don’t need to tell you in what direction.
  • More recipes should call for high quantities of jam.
  • Kim is officially Queen of Hats. Obviously we’re leaving it to her to make her own crown, because it’s certain to be better than anything we come up with.
  • That is one big tomato.

Kim with tomato

A huge thank you to Kim for hosting us, and for everyone for bringing their amazing creations. Here are a collection of said goodies. Scroll to the bottom for details of our next meetup and also some ideas for future themes!

Berry and Lemon Tarts

Tracy’s Berry and Lemon Tarts. Look at how cute they are. They’re barely even there. You could eat four and hardly notice.

Rhubarb Sour cream Cookies

Lory’s Rhubarb Sour cream Cookies. She tried to dub them “rustic,” but these cookies were soft and fresh and decadent, and would be brilliant with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea.

Battenburg Cake

Who makes homemade Battenburg Cake, carving wedges of sponge into submission? Kim does. With her OWN MARZIPAN. I also discovered that Battenburg makes an excellent breakfast cake.

Blueberry Tart

I took so many photos of Evelyn’s Blueberry Tart, but this is my favourite because I tell myself it is a sea of blueberries atop custard and pastry, going on forever. Sigh.

Bocconcini Salad

Charlie alone made certain we didn’t collectively fall prey to scurvy, with her beautiful, delicious and healthy! Bocconcini Salad.

Potted Chocolate Puddings

How cute are these!? Inspired by Ms Martha, Chantelle created Potted Chocolate Puddings that are a luscious treat for a garden party. Or second breakfast.

Scones with Bacon, Chives and Cheese.

Before: Scones à la Lisa, with Bacon, Chives and Cheese.

We ate all the scones. Because BACON.

After: We ate all the scones. Because BACON.

Orange Chiffon Cake.

Janice’s Orange Chiffon Cake. You know when a cake is perfectly fluffy and you can tell that the whole “beat the egg whites to that magic vague texture that will make everything awesome” part of the cake making process must have gone really well? This cake was like that.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

So many of Jean’s bakes are so pretty, they look like they belong at a rather posh high tea, and her Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake was no different. I mean look at it – it’s daring you with its decadence.

Vodka Soaked Gummies

Here they are – Evelyn and Charlie’s Vodka Soaked Gummies. They were sooo good, I have thought about them everyday since our meetup. And they count as a serving of fruit, right?

Blackberry Trifle

What you are seeing here is the base of Sharry’s Black Berry Trifle. What you don’t see is the bowl filled with a mountain of whipped cream, and a charming bowl of roasted slivered almond to top they whole thing off. And she made HOMEMADE CUSTARD!

Lemon Cupcakes with lemon buttercream

Sophia’s Lemon Cupcakes with lemon buttercream. I had meant to make angel food cake, but somehow misplaced the whisk attachment for my kitchenaid. How does that happen? Evil Kitchenaid Attachment Fairies?

Raspberry Cream Cheese Tarts

Denise made her dreamy little Raspberry Cream Cheese Tarts in two different pastry shells, because she’s fabulous like that.

Kim's Garden

Some of our clan got to have a tour of Kim’s garden, which is swoon-worthy and offers a rather grand view over Summerland and Okanagan Lake.

JUNE MEETUP!

  • Thursday, June 23 at Wendy’s! Thank you Wendy for hosting us! If you are attending, please email me for directions.
  • Theme – “Free From 2.0” Many people have asked for another opportunity to experiment with gluten free/sugar free recipes, so here’s your chance!
  • Time: 6.30pm-ish
  • PLEASE RSVP – I like to give our host some idea of how many will be attending. If you’re coming along to this month’s gathering, please email me to let me know you’ll be there.

IDEA ALERT #1

I recently met a man who told me of a supper club he and his wife used to belong to. Like our little group they would have a theme every month, and one month their theme was “Food from around the world.” In order to decide who got what area, the month previous they had thrown darts at a huge map of the world. Not only could you land on a country, but you could land on a specific city in that country. Imagine getting Chicago or Milan, or Timbuktu. If people are interested I am happy to acquire a map and some darts, or devise some other internet-based, spin-the-wheel option.

IDEA ALERT #2

After our May gathering, Kim and I enjoyed a concentrated discussion that had nothing to do with baking club meet ups but a lot to do with the apocalypse preparedness, both emotionally and in practical terms (it was a hell of a 15 minute conversation), and we thought it would be fun to indulge in an apocalypse-inspired recipe theme. I’m thinking this could be an entertaining one for the winter months. You could choose to inspired one of two ways with regard to recipe choice.

  • Bunker Basics- practical dishes for subsistence living.
  • Last Meal Merengue: The comet is coming and I’ll be damned if I’m eating Kraft Dinner.

What do you think? It’s our eating club and we can be as silly as we like! Leave a comment below or ship me an email.

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What we ate in April

I am once again so very late with the monthly update. Sometimes I think I am the worst baking club mistress in the land, and yet you all continue to put up with me and bring along glorious food every month. Forgive the silliness in this post. I have been unashamedly overindulging in Tom Robbins.

Quick, mark your calendars and call on the sunshine gods, for we are meeting THIS THURSDAY, May 26th at Kim’s place for a Garden Party. What have you always craved during your regular garden party soirees? Make it. Take a moment to glory in your creation. Sample the corner with a tiny spoon and then pack bits around the hole you left so you think we won’t notice (we do notice, only because we’ve all done the same thing). Then pack up your awesome offering, grab your most audacious hat, and come along to Kim’s place to indulge in some calorie stacking and tea drinking. (email now for directions!).

Onward with the great things we ate in April, when we descended upon Dianne’s house and surprised ourselves with how much a single plate can hold. Once again I am missing photos of two dishes. I need to calm down and focus before we dig in because once the forks come out, my photography mind just shuts down. I’m sorry, Lesley and Tina!

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Kim’s (aka The Milne Road Forager) Bread – baked in terracotta pots and served with two kinds of herbed butter

Would you like lashings of Spring Pea Butter atop your Stinging Nettle Pesto Bread? Or a ravishing half-inch layer of Cheeky Chive Butter? I mean, just look at these adorable taste explosions. Hands up who imagined hollowing one of these out and donning it as an edible hat? Practical and fashionable all in one, perhaps with tiny butter knife earrings as accessories. Kim, you are the queen of bread, and I salute you.Teracotta Pot Bread Teracotta Pot Bread2

Sharry’s Rhubarb Berry Crumble

Who doesn’t love a crumble? It’s like a big cuddle and permission to go to bed early with a good book. It unlocks the fireside of the mind and says “Calm down. Sure, life can crumble, but it’s still delicious.”Rhubarb berry crumble

Mirjana’s Rhubarb Cake

So engaging is our little clan of eaters that people who can’t attend sometimes still bring food. Mirjana was double booked at the last minute, but she still dropped off this rather tangy rhubarb cake. Thanks, Mirjana!Rhubarb cake

Laura’s Rhubarb Juice

An inordinate amount of sugar is usually required to make rhubarb juice palatable. But this was so good, it was worth every oom-pah-pah of diabetic polka in my veins. Rhubarb juice

Sandra’s Banana Chocolate Icebox Cake

Was I the only person who briefly considered smashing her face directly into this cake? Didn’t think so. Sandra gave me a printed recipe but I’m too lazy to write it out so instead I found a recipe online to what looks like the same one. Aren’t I a cheeky wee cake-loving creature?Banana Chocolate Icebox Cake

Lory’s “Rustic” Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

Lory began our newest trend: If your dish doesn’t work out exactly as you wanted it to, you can dub it rustic and suddenly it will sound as if you meant to do whatever it is that went wrong. That Lory – she’s both fabulous and clever. That tart was delicious as well, which I think was down to its badass rustic attitude.Asparagus Tart

Denise’s Crepes with onion, spinach, asparagus, chives, parsley, and local cheddar

I have a theory that Denise stops off at some secret upmarket bistro on the way to our meetups, because her food is too glorious and always suspiciously lacking in “rustic” disaster elements.Asparagus Crepes

Tracy’s Rhubarb & Custard Crossovers

Having once attended a birthday garden party at Buckingham Palace (it was Princess Anne’s 60th), I can say with confidence that members of the Royal Family would have been walloping each other in the jaw to get their hands on one of these. Thank you, Tracy and thank you to Mastercook, for bringing this little beauties into our lives.Rhubarb Custard Crossovers

Jean’s Puff Pastry Spinach Cups

These are sweet and small and one tiny chomp above bite-sized. They are the kind of goodie I would have no qualms stuffing liberally into my purse at a buffet.

Puff pastry spinach cups

Recipe:

  • 1 pkge store-bought puff pastry
  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • 1 cup cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp oil

Cook garlic in oil for a few seconds. Add spinach & heat until water has evaporated. Combine sour cream, cream cheese & grated cheese with salt and pepper. Divide puff pastry into 12 squares and put in muffin pan. Spoon in filling. Bake 20 minutes at 375F.

Dianne’s Peas stuffed with dill, smoked salmon & cream cheese

I ate five of these. Sorry if anyone didn’t get one – that was me. Were these not delicate and delicious?stuffed peas

Wendy’s Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake

Looking back at the photos, I think what Wendy’s bake revealed was in fact a map to a secret island where treasures of margaritas wait to be discovered. And we ate the map. What were we thinking?Strawberry Rhubarb Dump Cake

Chantelle’s No Bake Butterscotch and Peanut Butter Bird’s Nest Cookies

I think these could be rebranded as an easy-to-grab hangover cure. Butterscotch because it sounds like a Hogwarts drink for grownups, peanut butter for that all important dose of protein, and perfectly packaged in nice little nests to give you some sense of control of your life again, since the memories of the night before are starting to float to the surface of your psyche.no bake spring treat

Sophia’s New Potato & Spring Onion Quiche

Oooh… check out the “rustic” pastry on this beauty.quiche

Lisa’s Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Ham and Mint

I ate this for breakfast the next day. It didn’t even make it to the afternoon where it was supposed to be shown off to my colleagues at lunch. Nope. Ate it. Not sorry.Pasta salad

And that’s it! Did you read right to the end? I’m sorry there’s nothing more to see. Oh, wait! Here’s a photo of my kitten Iza sleeping the sun.iza

Okay that’s it now. Really, I’ve got nothing. See you Thursday. Remember your hat!

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Healthy Potluck – delicious photos!

Welcome bakersSay the words with me:

Baba Ganoush!

Guacamole!

Bobotie!

Schneckenbrot!

Have you ever wanted to make a recipe because you liked how it sounded? Our January Healthy Potluck and Movie Night was a collection of incredible food, including several dishes that were a delight to say as well as eat. A huge thank you to the lovely Lisa and the Summerland Waterfront Resort for hosting us, with tablecloths and wine glasses and cloth napkins and everything! Thanks for everyone for coming out, bringing delicious food to share, and swaying in your seats to the cuban-inspired music of Chef.

Potluck

I present to you a collection of photos of our goodies. I have gathered up some recipes and will post them next time.

Schneckenbrot

Kim S’s Schneckenbrot, aka “Snail Bread.” Not only is it delicious, it’s a very handy thing to yell at someone in order to confuse them.

Palm Spring Guacamole

Lori’s Palm Springs Guacamole. Yes, we ate it all.

bobotie

Jan’s South African Bobotie. I had always wanted to try this dish so it was such a treat!

Babaganoush

Lori’s Baba Ganoush and veggie chips. Baba Ganoush. Baba. Ganoush. So good.

veggie rice rolls

Thai style Veggie and Rice Noodle rolls. Light, healthy, yum.

Shepherds pie

Janice’s Shepherd’s Pie. She even did the fancy zen lines with the fork. 🙂

Random Pasta Salad

Karen’s “Random Pasta Salad” with olives. Love the name, and loved this salad!

Quinoa veggie salad

You can’t have a healthy potluck without a quinoa and veggie salad!

Pumpkin Pear Spice Cake

Wendy’s Pumpkin Pear Spice Cake with cream cheese icing. I love that part of why this recipe was healthy is that the icing was not as thick as she usually would make it. Tee hee.

Peanut Butter Pie

A little dessert photo, featuring Chantelle’s Peanut Butter Pie (nom), and Evelyn’s Angel Food Cake with Okanagan Fruit Compote (also very nom).

Greek Lentil Soup

Tina’s Greek Lentil Soup. I have the recipe for this and I will post it next time!

Granola bars

Kim L’s Granola Bars. These were lovely – the recipe is John’s but Kim added the flourish with the chocolate chips, which I for one really appreciated, because chocolate.

Curry Chilli with beans

Leslie’s Curry Chilli with Beans. Hearty, healthy, perfect for winter.

Chia power donuts

Jennifer’s Chia Seed Power Donuts, from Oh She Glows. There was chia seed jam as well, which I neglected to photograph.

Broccoli Salad

Lisa L’s Broccoli Salad with cranberries, sunflower seeds and toasted almonds. I had this for my lunch the next day. Thanks, Lisa!

black bean and chickpea salad

Charlie’s Black Bean and Chickpea Salad. A little lime thrown in for a Southwestern kick.

Beef Stew

Can you beat homemade beef stew with locally grown beef? Me thinks not.

baked veggies

Lisa J’s herby vegetable bake. Mmmm…cheesy herby goodness…

Baked Veggies Julienne in Phyllo

Did someone say parmesan cheese? That was just one of the splendid things about Denise’s Baked Veggies Julienne in Phyllo.

Avocado hummus veggie rollups

Judith’s Avocado Hummus Veggie Rollups. These were very tasty and would be great for summer picnics.

So much amazing food! Please forgive me if I didn’t get everyone or if I’ve forgotten who made which dish. I get so distracted by all the goodies sometimes I just forget to write things down! Recipes coming on the next post. Until then, happy baking/cooking/eating!

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