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Home Town: Bowen, British Columbia, Canada
Living In: Bowen, British Columbia, Canada
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Punky cooking... I like to mix it up
About this Cook
I'm a 23-year-old female framing carpenter, soft landscaper, youth worker and actor. I was a vegetarian for about eight years and learned how important it is to be able to make tofu -and a lot of other less desirable healthy foods- taste good! I love inventing new recipes for my family and friends, and my youth work keeps me hunting down and creating easy, healthy recipes for youth.
My favorite things to cook
Hmmm... I love doing soups, especially my French onion or wild mushroom. I also really like working with tofu, and finding new ways of making it delectable. But I really love baking. Pies are a specialty of mine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Home-made pastry, and stick-to-your-ribs hash (meat and bean stew dish).
My cooking triumphs
I make a fantastic dip with avocadoes and cooked shrimp... I'll post it sometime. And my dad loves my oatmeal-coconut-cream cheese cookies. But my biggest hit has got to be my Christmas gingerbread houses. I've had small children completely torn between wanting to devour them and wanting to play with them.
My cooking tragedies
Uh-oh... I once had an old electric mixer with a plastic head shatter in the bowl of egg whites I was beating for an angel food cake. I tried to get the bits out, but couldn't get them all, and then I couldn't beat the eggs into stiff enough peaks... so I ended up with a very flat cake full of plastic surprises. Happy birthday Mum.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Chocolate Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
For those who had problems with the frosting not setting up properly, this often happens with light or spreadable cream cheese. The best stuff is the kind that comes in a brick. Also, omitting the cocoa powder without substituting it with something else, like rice flour or cornstarch, will make a much thinner frosting. Cocoa powder is a deceptively strong binder; altering the amount of it in brownies, for instance, can take them from gooey to super dry with just a couple of tablespoons. Otherwise, I'm not sure what went wrong, and I'm so sorry it made a mess of your cupcakes!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014
Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar
Awesome gift or sale idea, love it any time of year! One little tip I use: After I measure out the flour, I remove 2 tablespoons. I layer everything in the order given, because I love the balance of dark and light. When I get to the chocolate chips, I put 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder on top of them around the edges to sort of seal them off against invading white flour. You could use hot chocolate pwder, too, or if you're feeling daring, a cinnamon-spice blend! I made a chai-inspired mix once and it turned out great- if spiced chocolate is your thing!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 3, 2010
Grocery Store Frosting
This frosting is excellent and reliable. For those who think it has too strong a butter flavour- make sure you either use unsalted butter, or omit the salt in the recipe if you are using salted butter. This really helps to retain the creamy consistency, but not the flavour, of the butter.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2009
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