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Canadian Classics Potluck!

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December Cookies Swap photos (and January meetup news!)

Confession: I ate cookies for breakfast for three days in a row following our annual cookie swap. I feel no shame, for they were delicious. I have more in the freezer that I’m trying to save until July. I want to eat Christmas cookies in July, with an iced coffee. They say it’s good to set goals for yourself. Time will tell if this one is unrealistic.

I’m going to play a game of “were these your cookies?” with my photo collection. Lisa (hostess extraordinaire – thank you!)  made a list of who made what, but sometimes I can’t tell my ginger cookies from my ginger crackle cookies. Forgive me if I get a few wrong or if I’ve missed some. You know how distracted I get around all the food. Look at this wonderful group! A huge welcome to our newest baking club foodies. 

Before I begin with the cookie photos, Save The Date for January 11th, also known as The Epic Summerland BACON Potluck. The glorious folks at the Summerland Waterfront Resort will once again be hosting us. Start thinking of dishes that feature BACON in some way. For those who are vegetarian or who just want to try something new, “facon” is also welcome. We’ll meet at 6pm and start the whip-round at 6.30. We may try a film again, in this case Footloose, staring Kevin BACON.

Kevin Bacon – part of a complete breakfast.

To the cookies!

Some of our lovely members made up beautiful packages for their cookies. 🙂

Kim’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chocolate Chip goes with every season.

Kathleen’s Ginger Cookies? I just want to put ice cream between two cookies and make a glorious ginger cookie sandwich.

I believe these to be Janice’s Shortbread with cherries. Christmas isn’t the same without shortbread.

Lisa’s towers of Snickerdoodles. I’ve discovered that Snickerdoodles make wonderful breakfast biscuits.

Linda’s adorable little Shortbread Cookies.

I thought these might be Ingrid’s Russian Bon bons, but I think they’re a shortbread. Tracy’s Orange Cranberry? What I had discovered is I don’t have a photo of the bon bons, and I’ve eaten all of mine so you’ll just have to believe how wonderful they were.

Maggie’s Mexican Oatmeal Cookies. Now that we have a member from Mexico, I think we need to think about a Mexican themed meetup. Summer outdoor perhaps?

Kathy’s Ginger Crackle Cookies? Look, dancing Santas!

Rene’s Snickerdoodle’s could be used as plates for other cookies. Then you eat your plate. Yes.

I believe these to be Betty’s Orange Cranberry Shortbread. Paired with hot chocolate =yum.

Chantelle’s signature Chocolate Oreo Truffles. Super rich and worth hiding away so you don’t have to share.

Sophia’s Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies. I love crinkle cookies. So soft, so chewy.

Wendy’s Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. I had no guilt whatsoever eating these for breakfast. Robust and delicious and excellent with tea.

LeeAnna’s Almond Biscotti. I didn’t get to try these ones, but they sure looked gorgeous in their parcels.

More loot! Thanks everyone who came out to visit and catch up. See you in January! BACON!

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The Great Maple Syrup Potluck!

Greetings foodie pals!

It’s the potluck countdown…

  • Who: You and anyone who haul along with promises of great deliciousness
  • What: Maple Syrup Everything! Your dish should include maple syrup in some way. Bake with it, make a fancy drink, use it in salad dressing….it’s up to you! Along with your dish, bring your Tupperware for potential leftovers. Has anyone else noticed the impressive lack of leftovers at the last couple of meetups?
  • When: This Thursday, April 13th at 6pm.
  • Where: Our hosts Maple Roch are located on Victoria Street. The entrance is at the back of the building. It’s a nice big space so invite your friends!
  • Why: Because treats. Because all the treats.

I’m very excited for this one. If you haven’t already joined the Facebook event page, email me at pleasebringcake@gmail.com to let me know you’re coming along.

I squeeze you.

Sophia

 

 

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Childhood Memories – photos of deliciousness

Greetings!

First of all, Please note – the Cookie Exchange on December 10th has been cancelled. December is having its way with us and everyone is rather stuffed with events and festive deadlines and the general berserk hecticness that swamps us at the end of each year. No worries- we will gather in January and welcome the New Year with a good, collective feed. Oh, yes.

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who attended the Childhood Memories meetup in November. I had my German Lentil Soup all ready to go, but wasn’t able to make it to the meetup due to it being the day before Festival of Lights and work got away on me.

Thanks to Charmaine for hosting, Sandra for organizing and Lory for all the photos! Feast your eyes on some of the goodies shared on the night. Watch the blog and Facebook for news about January’s gathering!

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October Meetup – Halloween!

Hello, Summerland Bakers!

Photos from September’s meetup at Sandra’s have been posted on our Facebook page.

October’s theme: Halloween Treats and Savouries

WHEN:  Thursday, October 20th at 6:00 ish

WHERE:  Our host this month is Jean Willoughby-Flebbe.

We will enjoy our Trick or Treats in Garnet Valley – Please RSVP to Sandra at sandramorrey@shaw.ca and she will send you the address & directions.

See You There!

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Birthday Treat

What every cake lady desires on her birthday: a cute little lemon cupcake in a delightful flower case. So soft, with fluffy sweet icing.  Delicious!

Lemon muffin

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They came, they saw, they ate cake

First of all, Summerland Bakers is now on Facebook! Follow along to share ideas and keep up-to-date with upcoming events.

I am pleased to report that the first gathering of our little baking club went off without a hitch. A small band of four enthusiastic cake lovers took to eating cake for no reason as easily as breathing.

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Cake_LadyAnd of course the hostess was equally eager to get stuck into the delights of cakey goodness.

We didn’t have a theme other than “cake” and we ended up with great variety among our three cakes. There was Christine and Haley’s “too much chocolate cake” (apparently that’s what it is called, something to do with the addition of chocolate chips into the otherwise already chocolatey mix).

However, we all agreed the name should be changed, perhaps to “an appropriate amount of chocolate cake.” It was topped with Hayley’s espresso icing, which makes use of marshmallow fluff. The other secret ingredient is love. All things combined, it was one delicious cake.

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The lovely Jennifer (aka Nif) struggled to keep her jam between the layers of her white cake during the application of her coconut and rum icing. If anyone reading this knows a trick to avoid this, please share your findings! Despite the gooey setback, the cake was excellent and the icing was particularly Moorish.

Coconut_Rum_Jam

Finally, my attempt at a strawberry pavlova fell flat – literally. I made the mistake of not leaving the pavlova in the oven to cool. Fearing I had already overcooked it (which I had), I took it out and then did not allow it to cool long enough before placing it in a sealed container. In the end it looked nothing like the recipe, but the obscene amount of strawberries and cream slathered on top made it more than bearable.

Flat_Pavlova

Next month, the them will be “tarts!” If you would like an excuse to murder your healthy eating habits in a truly dramatic fashion on May 30, email pleasebringcake@gmail.com and sign up. Savoury or sweet tarts – it doesn’t matter. Just get tarty!

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