August 21, 2017 janicebakes

From the first time I heard about the TD Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City, I made it a bucket list item to participate in the event. The Five Boro Bike Tour is a 40 mile (64km) ride through all 5 boroughs of New York on closed roads – Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island – and across 5 major bridges. Over 32,000 cyclists participated in the event this year! Even though I’m pretty terrified of biking after falling off a bike and breaking my elbow (resulting in 2 surgeries and 8 months of physio), I decided this…

June 2, 2017 janicebakes

One of the best creations from my Instant Pot has been greek yogurt. It’s extremely smooth, creamy and I can control the tartness myself. However, I always have 6 cups of whey left over after straining the yogurt! I used to throw it out but it felt like such a waste. Recently I found a super easy recipe for homemade whey bread and the results were shocking. It came out beautifully in my dutch oven; I’ll never buy bread from the store again! The dough took a mere 5 mins to combine. I let it rest in the fridge overnight with…

April 11, 2017 janicebakes 2Comment

Pork bone soup, or Gamjatang, is a Korean stew made with pork bones, potatoes, and vegetables.  Living in Toronto, the Korean food scene is constantly growing and there are many great restaurants that serve pork bone soup. It’s one of my favourite dishes to come home to after travelling; it’s warm, comforting and not too heavy. The hubby bought an Instant Pot during last year’s Black Friday sale, even though I was completely against the idea of buying another appliance that wouldn’t fit on our limited counter space. But good thing he still did, because I’m completely in love with it…

March 11, 2017 janicebakes

Ottawa is our home away from home. Hubby studied there for University and I visited countless times throughout our long distance relationship and worked there for a few months as well. Besides seeing old friends, there is ONE thing that we MUST do every time we go to Ottawa: eat at Shawarma Palace. One time we even brought back multiple take out boxes home, stinking up the car on the 4 hour drive back 😂. In February we decided to visit Ottawa again and take part in the Winterlude activities. This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary, so there were even more festivities…

February 21, 2017 janicebakes

Hubby and I don’t really celebrate Valentines day, mostly because things get marked up for this occasion, but also because we end up spoiling each other throughout the year anyway. However, since it’s our first Valentine’s day as a married couple, I decided to bake something a little special 🙂    I baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes and some swiss meringue buttercream frosting, and then tinted the frosting in shades of light pink and peach. I originally wanted to keep some white frosting but it slipped my mind when I was adding the colouring.  I love the taste of swiss…

February 14, 2017 janicebakes

Three days after returning from Montreal, I was heading back to Quebec again! Our friend had offered us a place to stay at a hotel just at the base of the mountain so we couldn’t resist. I started snowboarding about 3 years ago but didn’t go too often, however I bought gear after the first year since it was quite pricey to rent. This was my first time at Tremblant and was excited to take on the longer runs compared to what I’ve experienced in Ontario. We started the 6 hour drive after work on Friday, but hit a fierce…

February 10, 2017 janicebakes

I took a short work trip to Montreal in early February, and it was the perfect opportunity for hubby to tag along the weekend before and do some exploring (mostly eating). We usually visit Montreal once a year since it’s only a 5 hour drive from Toronto, and there’s so much great food in Montreal that we never have time for. On Friday after work we headed out and arrived in Montreal around 11pm. The drive was surprisingly easy (thanks to hubs for driving the whole way), and we were able to find parking right outside our Airbnb. Our Airbnb…

December 28, 2016 janicebakes

Every year, one of my best friends and I collaborate on Christmas baking as gifts to our family and friends. We may not always end up baking together, but I love bouncing ideas off of each other and getting a bit creative! This year we went with the tried and tested assorted cookie jar, and I chose 4 types of cookies to bake: chewy chocolate, cranberry white chocolate, matcha white chocolate, and rosemary shortbread. Including initial testing of the recipes, I think I made over 500 cookies (probably closer to 700!) within the month of December. The challenge was not…

November 19, 2016 janicebakes

A close friend of ours was visiting from Australia and we wanted to take a quick weekend trip together. Hubby and him decided on Boston since neither of them have visited before. Unfortunately, last minute planning ended up in poor (or adventurous?) travel plans, resulting in driving 9 hours to New Hampshire first to pick up an iPhone from the Apple Store (no tax!), staying 24 hours in Boston and then driving 9 hours home. For those that know us, this type of travel is not unusual but I really think we’re getting too old for this 😉 We started off…