PLAYKITTENPIE Profile - (1485241)

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Living In: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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me and my popsicle
Just me
About this Cook
I'm a mommy to 2 adorable human kids a Newfoundland dog, ragdoll cats, hamsters, a Siamese fighting fish and a Venus flytrap... ok, so that last one is a plant, but hey, I still have to feed it! ;)
My favorite things to cook
I have a sweet tooth and love to bake sweet things. I also enjoy making things that taste and look beautiful. Especially tall, layered birthday cakes for the people I love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my Father always had a large, beautiful garden. I complained about helping him harvest everything back then. I really miss it now that he is getting older and doesn't plant as much. There's nothing like baby garden potatoes you just dug from the ground, boiled with a little butter or freshly baked red currant pie, after picking all the berries yourself, with vanilla ice cream.
My cooking triumphs
One year I asked my children what their absolute favorite cake was. The things they both most liked about different cakes were raspberry jam, caramel, hot fudge and whipped cream. I invented this layered birthday cake that absolutely everyone loves. It incorporates all of my children's favorite things. Every year the teachers at their school look forward to the cake. It weighs at least 10 pounds and is expensive to make but I don't mind because it's worth it.
My cooking tragedies
It makes me so angry when people rate a recipe on the changes made in the reviews. You should rate the recipe on the original recipe not use a changed recipe and then say it's 5 stars after you have totally changed the ingredients! After you make changes it's a completely different recipe! Another thing that has caused me some cooking tragedies... I have to laugh when people say things like, "well, I gave this recipe only 1 star because I didn't have any chocolate chips at home so I used sesame seeds instead ...and the recipe didn't turn out?" Hello! That's not the recipe's fault. So, as you can see, I've had some tragedies caused by these sorts of things, that I am not quite over yet, lol. Just be careful and ALWAYS check the reviews BEFORE you make the recipe. :)
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Whole Egg Mayonnaise
I just tried to make this twice. Once in my Vitamix and once in my food processor. My containers were completely dry and I poured the oil in painfully slow... But both batches were a complete waste. I have been making vegan mayo with almonds and oil for years and that's supposed to be more complicated than this.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 27, 2013
Simple and Amazing Peanut Butter-Chocolate Fudge
I don't have a double boiler yet - so I melted this in the microwave. I mixed the ingredients well in a glass bowl and microwaved for one minute then removed it and stirred alot. I repeated that once more and it became a beautiful, thick yet light, creamy hot fudge. The dominant flavour was chocolate, then peanut butter and I couldn't really tell it was maple syrup that gave it its sweetness, but I did use 100% pure Canadian Maple syrup. I also used grated dark, callebaut chocolate instead of chocolate chips. As a sauce it was delicious - hopefully I can wait the six hours to let it solidify. :) ***Update*** Once solid, it is still delicious however, I would not call it fudge. It is more like a soft chocolate square - kind of like the Moritz Icy Squares you can buy. Super yummy and super rich - so cut into small pieces. :)

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2011
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Well, I didn't think this tasted like tuna salad but my husband though it WAS tuna salad... I thought it had a nice flavour and would taste more like tuna salad if you added a bit of kelp powder or something like that. We had it on thin flatbread and I sprinkled some with yellow curry powder and some with cumin and they were pretty tasty. It's a great high protein alternative to animal products and much greener too... you know, if you're concerned about global warming and that sort of thing :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2010

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