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Happy Pi Day, everyone! Today some Asian countries also celebrate White Valentine’s Day, so I want to take this opportunity to share the recipe of the pie pops I made for Mr. this Valentine’s Day. The filling is fig preserves with Nutella. I really like the combination of fig and hazelnut and chocolate, and the flavours turned out very well. Just have to watch the ratio of fig preserves to Nutella – fig flavour is a bit on the subtle side so Nutella could be overpowering if there’s too much of it.

Nutella & Fig Jam Pie Pops

Pie Crust Recipe

  • Make one portion of my simple pie crust recipe
  • You can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes or more. Just make sure to let it rest in room temperature for a bit so it’s soft enough to roll. Otherwise, the pie dough would be too cold to roll and the dough will crack.

Fig & Nutella Pie Pop Recipe

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that we made some apple roses for our thanksgiving dinner. It was quite easy to make, and I think it’s a very romantic finish to any dinner with your loved ones.

Apple Rose

Apple Rose Recipe

The recipe is originated from this YouTube video by Cooking with Manuela. We made some adjustments because 1) we didn’t think it would be sweet enough and 2) we made extra jam mixture to add more moisture to this, so our recipe here is slightly different.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 40g of peach jelly
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Water, to soften the apples
  • Flour, to sprinkle the counter

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When Mr. and I went on a week-long road trip, ultimately reaching Crater Lake as our south-most point, we stopped at many cities in Washington and Oregon. We made a few trips to local grocery stores and whipped up some tasty bites in the hotel rooms, but we also checked out a number of eateries, including Beckie’s in Union Creek near Crater Lake.

Crater Lake

First of all, let me show you Crater Lake. This is a volcano crater turned lake, with water of this gorgeous deep blue hue. This is the deepest lake in the U.S. and is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. We drove around the rim, spending a number of hours hiking and checking out the various viewpoints and taking in the mesmerizing 360 view of the lake. No wonder Travel Oregon names it one of the state’s seven wonders! If you haven’t been, add this to your list. It’s worth it!

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon

Food

Back to the food. This was actually recommended by @pitstopsforkids on Twitter. It was right on our way from Shady Cove to Crater Lake, so we decided to make a stop.

Beckie's Cafe

Before we got to the pie, which is a must-have there, we ordered something more substantial first. To start, we became a kid again and got a Float to quench our thirst. (more…)

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Now that summer is behind us, it’s time to celebrate the bounty of fall stone fruit such as peaches and apples. With our trip to the Okanagan, we of course bought some gorgeous peaches. And what do you do when you have a lot to go through? You can freeze them, canned them, give them away…for us, we made pie!

Recipe

I have shared the Simple Pie Crust Recipe with you before and sure enough I used it for my crust. The recipe will make a double crust for a 9in pie, plus some depending on how thin you roll it.

Peach Pie (Before)

Ingredients

For the filling, we used:

  • 2lb Fresh Peaches (roughly 5 large peaches)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 2-3 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

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Food Cart Fest has returned to the Olympic Village! Every Sunday starting June 22, 20+ food trucks gather together to serve you some awesome eats on wheels. On the opening day on June 22, we went to the VIP preview event and got to sample the trucks before the event was open to the public.

Food Cart Fest Vancouver - Panoramic

Food

There was a lot to sample. Here is a round up of what we tried:

Chickpea Salad at Vij’s Railway Express – Refreshing and like the additional crispy texture from the popped rice

Vij's Railway ExpressChickpea Salad from Vij's Railway Express

Perogies from Holy Perogy – Eastern European comfort food served on a food truck

Holy PerogyHoly Perogy

Mushroom Gravy Poutine from Kaboom Box – Rich with earthy flavour from the mushrooms

Kaboom BoxMushroom Gravy Poutine from Kaboom Box

Burger and Cold Pressed Juice from The Burger Joint (run by Mangal Kiss) (more…)

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With more and more food trucks added to the streets of Vancouver, some of them are now forming into what we call pods. For example, around the Vancouver Art Gallery there are 5-6 trucks on a regular basis. Recently a smaller-scaled pod has been formed near the intersection of West Georgia and Hamilton. It involved a trip on the skytrain and another 5-10 minute walk, but the 6 of us made our way to this pod to give Aussie Pie Guy a try.

Aussie Pie Guy

Aussie Pie Guy

Food

As suggested by its name, Aussie Pie Guy specializes in pies, mostly savoury pies. I ordered the Aussie Pie, because, duh, that should be what started this all, right?! It’s supposed to a traditional Aussie pie with chunks of beef. Now, I have never been to Australia so I’m not going to question its authenticity. The pie crust was flaky and not very thick nor doughy. It was piping hot and steam just burst out as you cut through the crust. (more…)

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