How I discovered I didn’t want to be a commercial baker:
If you’ve ever worked in a commercial bakery, you’re probably familiar with the bins of flour so big you could dive right into them. A plastic four-cup measuring cup usually has a home in the bin, and as you reach in and take a big scoop, the measuring cup glides through the flour like a figure skater on ice. Even the process of measuring is beautiful in itself.
You name your giant mixers, understanding their quirks and moods and when to give them a break. You’re the momager of the machines, effortlessly timing your work, washing and re-washing, only to wash again. You learn that buttercream frosting has to be washed off right away, or the solidified guck on a stainless steel mixing bowl will be highly resistant to even the experienced dish scrubber.
You’re also the number one taste tester for anything you pump out of that kitchen. A quick spoonful of chocolate cake batter every hour or two does wonders for your mood. The once daunting task of icing a cake becomes second nature, the offset spatula an extension of your arm.
Sounds like a dream, right? So why did I leave? Continue reading Little Lemon Layer Cake
How do you feel about wild, fun haircuts? Constantly on a quest for individuality, I’ve had nearly every short haircut under the moon. A few years ago, I chopped off my long, flowing locks (once I acknowledged my queerness–it seems as though this is a right of passage for queer women), and quickly discovered the joys of changing my haircut every few months.
I’ve had the Miley Cyrus circa 2013, and following that, my hairstyles were in my partner’s hands. It was mostly just an excuse to hang out when we were first dating, but somehow I felt comfortable enough to hand him the electric razor, saying, “Be creative!”. That lead to something of a faux-hawk, an undercut, and finally, I shaved my head completely. Continue reading Chocolate Curry Coconut Cake
I have a really great feeling about this week.
It’s a fresh start, in a way. I’ve bid farewell to the restaurant and am beginning a new job that more closely aligns with my education and training. It’s a job I believe in, that I’m excited about, and it’s going to be a wonderful fit with my schedule.
For a while now, I’ve had this feeling deep within me that was signaling a need for change. Positive change. I need and want to start taking better care of myself, and this new job is one very right step in that direction.
To keep me organized with my new schedule, I bought a new agenda (again). It’s huge and full of lines for writing anything and everything. Unlike some other contenders I was flipping through at the store, this one doesn’t block off half a page for a meaningless stock photo. Why do agenda designers do that, anyways? Don’t they know people who use big giant agendas need to write down their every step? 😉
When I think about my new agenda and my new job, I breathe a giant sigh of relief. My brain feels like it’s navigating away from the cloud full of scribbles and lines and dots and disarray, and towards a beautifully organized shelf with colour coded boxes, neatly fitting into their homes like a freshly opened box of sugar cubes.
If you’re a perfectionist, those last two sentences will make total sense to you. If not, I probably sound strange, but I’m totally okay with that. Continue reading Chocolate Coconut Pudding Cake
What kind of music have you been listening to lately? I’m fairly all over the map when it comes to music, but I generally stick to a few genres: folk, indie rock, experimental electronic, dubstep, jazz, and every once in a while, pop and R&B. Okay, maybe that’s more than a few. 😛
It’s kind of a strange mix, but I often find that the genre of music I choose has to match up with my mood. I’m sure it’s similar for you too! As I write this post, I have this album on repeat. I definitely need to listen to something upbeat in the morning to give me that extra kick in the butt to get moving.
When my brain is all over the place and I’m feeling distracted, dubstep is the genre of music that brings me back to earth. Half the time it sounds like noise, but when done well, it’s so artfully experimental and the rhythms can be very reminiscent of jazz rhythms (previous band geek over here). Even when it sounds like metal garbage cans being dragged down the street. 😉 Continue reading Cappuccino Crumb Cake
Winter has officially hit us here in Winnipeg, and significantly later in the year than usual. We fondly call our city “Winter-peg” as this place is known for horrendous temperatures that, once in a while, reach levels colder than Mars.
When I first moved here, I hated everything about the city. It was quite a drastic change from Hawaii, and from the ages of 13-17 I promised myself that I would get out of here as soon as I graduated high school. Fast forward a university degree and a few inter-continental backpacking trips, and I’m still here in good old Winterpeg. What can I say? Winnipeg grows on you. Continue reading Banana Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream
Early this summer I moved into an apartment steps away from a grocery store. I can’t think of anything better for someone that works in food and is the biggest fan of every grocery store that’s ever existed. I mean that — I really, truly love going to the grocery store. Especially when it’s early morning or late at night when the only folks perusing the shelves are quiet and swift and I’m left to my own devices, instead of having to snake through shopping carts and wait in line for 20 minutes.
Grocery stores feel like giant, shiny boxes of possibilities. Endless combinations of ingredients can produce a beautiful dessert or a kitchen flop, depending on the slightest measurements. Strolling through the aisles is meditative, and I can get lost for what seems like hours when I really only need two items. I’m not sure if it has something to do with my proximity to the store or my intense feelings of love, but I walk there almost every day and am beginning to wonder if the cashiers remember me and furrow their brows at my strange purchases.
When I went to buy some M&M’s for this M&M cake, I filled up a giant bag in bulk, completely disregarding how much I would actually need to cover the cake. When the bag rang up at $57, my jaw dropped to the floor and stayed there. How could a bag of M&M’s possibly cost that much?!
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Hey, friends! Are you getting excited for Halloween? The only time in my life I’ve ever really been excited for Halloween was when I was a kid. It wasn’t because I got to dress up and go around to strangers’ houses asking for candy. It wasn’t because the school day was filled with fun and games and cheesy Halloween movies. Nope. I loved Halloween as a kid because, if I was lucky, I would be invited to someone’s Halloween party and their mom would fill the room with delicious homemade Halloween treats.
I have some fond memories of trick-or-treating, too. Every year without fail my dad would wear a bright yellow, curly wig while he took us from house to house. It always cracked me up, and still does, when I think about it. Picture a bunch of kids in silly and scary costumes, and then picture a dad tailing behind them wearing normal clothes, with his only costume being that bright yellow wig. Everyone tells me all my jokes are “dad jokes”, and I tell them I learned from the best. We share a secret: don’t take yourself too seriously. Continue reading Chocolate Cake with Sweet Potato Buttercream
Hello world, I’m back in Canadaland! Soon I’ll share with you some of the delicious eats I had while in Hawaii, but for now you’re just going to have to deal with this no-bake peanut butter cup cheesecake. 🙂
I had an amazing vacation, and it was long enough that my nightmares changed from forgetting to punch an order in at the restaurant to being swallowed up by a shark while surfing. Can you tell I’m a restless sleeper? I’ve been an insomniac off and on since I was young, and sometimes go at least a week sleeping only an hour or two each night. Anyone else?
Fortunately all the exercise from the trip combined with jet lag has allowed me to sleep like a baby, only to wake up at 4 in the morning craving dinner. Again. A time change will do that to you!
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I’m writing this post from a gagillion thousand feet in the air on my way to Vancouver. I’ll be spending a few days there visiting family and friends (it seems like everyone is flocking to Vancouver these days, and I would be too, would it not be for the fact that I’d probably have to live in a tiny room in a broken down house with six other roommates). I’m so excited to see everyone, but mostly just happy to be getting out of Winnipeg. Though it’s become more and more homey to me over the years (I didn’t grow up here) it tends to spark that recognizably dull feeling that there’s nothing new, I’ve seen it all (I haven’t, of course).
It’s also wonderful to get the opportunity to try out new restaurants, scope out new chefs, and eat through the city. I’m spending this tomorrow evening at a craft brewery pub with my cousin and that’s why I’m writing this post on the plane – after a few brews there might be too many spelling mistakes and nonsensical words to post online, and these decisions must always happen BEFORE the brews, or else. I’m telling you.
Continue reading Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Are you an indoors or an outdoors person? I used to consider myself firmly in the outdoors camp, but I think that may have changed after last weekend. I went out to a music festival just outside the city and it was a mostly miserable experience, thanks to heavy rain. I guess I am a fairweather friend of camping, in the literal sense. With beautiful weather and clean surroundings (the porta-pottie situation left much to be desired…) count me in. A drop of rain and I revert to a childlike state…”I want…to go…HOME!”
When it first started pouring buckets, we drove into a nearby small town (pop. 1,000) to buy the only form of poncho they had: giant yellow suits that made us look like we were about to go lobster fishing. We lasted a total of two hours in these suits before we called it quits and headed back to Cute Small Town to rent a hotel room for the night. I can’t express how ecstatic I was to be snuggled in blankets warm and dry, and snacking on watermelon.
Now that I’m back in internet land and with my 3G running smoothly, I’m excited to share with you a super easy cake that’s the kind your grandma would bring to a family reunion and, in 5 minutes flat, would be devoured by all the kids while the adults looked wistfully on.
Continue reading No-Bake Boozy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Welcome to My Dish is Bomb!
This blog is a re-birthing of my previous blog, Katy’s Kitchen. You’ll notice all my old recipes and posts are still here (re-directed under the new name), but in accordance with my Changes post, I’m doing a complete 180 from what my old blog became known for. You can read all about the reasoning behind this within that post, but in short, I’m flipping from posting vegan recipes to posting what my heart truly desires nowadays: cookies, cakes, breads, etc., all made with real butter, real dairy, and in the case of the comfort food that will leave you drooling, real meat.
In working on this drastic change, I came to the realization that I would lose many of my followers (I received numerous condescending comments about what I was beginning to post in the couple months leading up to my hiatus). To readers who feel they no longer have a place here, I send you off with well wishes to my favourite kick-ass vegan blogs. To those who’ll stick around for the writing, the photos, and the online friendships we’ve developed, I say thanks for sticking with me from the beginning. To new readers, I give you my most wholehearted welcome, and I hope you always lick the bowl, ‘cuz that kind of thing is encouraged around here. Continue reading Mint Chocolate Cake
This no-bake Oreo cheesecake is the kind of dessert you bring along to a family reunion or a ladies’ night in (don’t forget the wine, of course). It’s easy, straightforward, and downright delicious. With a crunchy Oreo crust, smooth, velvety interior and crumbly Oreos on top, you’ll definitely be going back for seconds.
Five ingredients, 30 minutes of prep time, and only one bowl means you’ll definitely find yourself keeping this one on the back-burner for all your last-minute dessert needs.
Continue reading Easy No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake