Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I'm trying to get back into longer cycling expeditions on the weekend. On Sunday, I struggled up the Tak Ma Doon Road, near Kilsyth; it's been a while since I have been up it. View from the top, from the parking lot.

One thing you may or may not know about me is that I love to bake: cakes, muffins, pies, you name it; pretty much anything sweet, I'm going to bake it. And I love to eat said cakes, muffins and pies. Naturally, I love the UK show, The Great British Bake off (Canadians: imagine a sweet and well-made version of American Idol only, instead of delusional singers, it's populated by talented self-taught bakers).

Anyway, my FAVOURITE baker on the programme, James (who also happens to be Scottish), stopped by my work earlier in the week. James made it into the final three on the Great British Bake off. Sadly, however, he wasn't crowned the winner but no doubt, he is the unofficial winner in Scotland - he did us proud with his inventive recipes that often combined Scottish ingredients.

Ok, when I was back home in Toronto, I discovered these sweets from Japan. I AM ADDICTED. Anyone seen them in Glasgow? I can't stop thinking about them: green tea with a hint of cherry blossoms. W O A H.

Another thing I became addicted to whilst back home: Toronto's very own Drake. I'm late to the party, I know, but his latest album, Take Care, is simply amazing. Such variation and so much talent. No wonder the ladies love him.

On Monday 8 October, it was Canadian Thanksgiving, which also happened to fall into the same week as G's birthday. As such, we had about 8 people round to my house, where G and I cooked an elaborate feast (menu at the bottom). In true typical Thanksgiving fashion, there was too much food; too many leftovers and too much alcohol. Success!

Not to brag y'all but it was pretty amazing. I probably should have taken pictures of it all because not only was it outstanding, but also the last time (for a while, anyway) that I make such a huge feast from scratch. 

Hence the reasons for 50 mile bike rides on the weekend. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

LOVE that you got to meet James! I'm a Canadian, in Edmonton, and I've been watching GBBO since my aunt got me hooked on it. He was my favorite too! But I am glad that John won.. he did amazing on the final.