Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chai Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whip

Canadian Thanksgiving may be over, but you will still have pumpkins from Halloween, also American Thanksgiving to celebrate if you have connections with the south! So here is what I've been learning about pie and a great Chai Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whip Cream recipe. A few months back I decided I wanted to learn the art of pie making! I started by learning all about the perfect crust. Tried butter, shortening, cream cheese and combinations of the various ingredients. I found the easiest to work with but still provide the perfect flake was a shortening, flour and water crust. Another thing I had to discover was how to keep the crust from shrinking when it baked. Make the pie dough ahead of time and insure that you keep it refrigerated for at least an hour before rolling it out. After it is rolled out and put together, (if adding details such as braiding always use egg whites as a glue like material) freeze the pie crust, fully frozen will take at least two hours but freeze overnight for best results. Keep frozen up until baking adding filling right before putting the pie in the oven. 

Chai Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whip Cream.

3/4 cup shortening
2/14 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 egg white

Add shortening to flour with dough blender or fork cut shortening into dough. Add water slowly in stages making sure the dough doesn't become to sticky. With your hands finish mixing dough together. 
Egg white is to help connect decoration to pie.

2 cups pumpkin puree (used frozen puree from last years Halloween pumpkin, can use store bought as well.)
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom 
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
2 tbsp orange zest

Heat milk on medium in a sauce pan for about 15 minutes, need to get it heated and evaporating to become evaporated milk with out all the additives. After 15 minutes check if it has reduced to half, if it hasn't check measurement every couple minutes until it is 1 cup.
Mix all ingredients into mixing bowl.
Add filling to frozen pie shell. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes. It is done when only the centre 1 inch diameter jiggles. The pumpkin pie will perfectly set if allowed to cool completely prior to cutting. About 2 hours.

Whipping Cream :
2 cups Whip Cream
4 tbsp powered sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp cinnamon

With an electric mixer whip cream until it forms a thick consistency, I've found using a blender actually works quite, you'll need to really watch out to not over blend. Then add powered sugar,vanilla extract and cinnamon.


Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The ULTIMATE taco tuesday

TACOS! Happy National Taco Day! 

Vancouver has a great selection of places to stop and have a taco!
Each offering a different vibe & menu choices. Stopped at some of my favourite places on the taco tour! Each place is in a different area of Vancouver so it gives you options depending on your neighbourhood!

La Taqueria is so fun! It's a great place to grab a snack or some awesome tacos in a pinch, you are able to quickly grab your tacos for take in or take out and also have the option to sit down but can order it all up front and everything is ready in minutes. I even spotted Horchata which is my all time favourite drink, I find that not all mexican places have this but an authentic restaurants like Taqueria have it in the gallons. All the food is fairly good to your wallet and so so yummy!

Mezcaleria was one of our stops on the Taco tour but.. they aren't open on mondays which I'm glad they take a day off but just was surprised in a city like Vancouver where everything is open 7 days a week. But that doesn't keep me from going back for many tacos and awesome food. They have an unreal queso fundido. They also add orange to their horchatta, it kinda tastes like Christmas. :)

Tacofino! I've been eating these tacos since the days they opened in tofino! I love Tacofino! I could rave about so many menu options. The fish tacos, dip and chips platter, the ceviche, churros or the diablo cookie for desert. Get it all! The washrooms make me LOL every time, A taco & a burrito how fitting. I'm not going to lie the first time I went to there gas town location I was utterly confused by the pictures and couldn't figure out which grouping I belonged in at first glance… 

El Caminos, Found on the trendy main street, I love their intimate restaurant in the evening with all the lights and mirrors it is a very cozy ambience. They also have a lovely covered patio!

Lucky Tacos is a little tucked away gem in Kits! If your familiar with Kits you'll find it just up the road from the Local! I love Mexican restraunts that are bright and colourful. They have a simple menu but awesome tacos! They are even open till 2 am monday to saturday for those late night taco cravings which is exceptional for Kits as everything seems to close at 10...

Photography - Courtney Emily


Friday, September 30, 2016

Me Lately--

Hello :)

So years ago, I think possibly when I was in grade eight I had started following bloggers, NOT on Instagram, BLOGGERS! So I thought I want to start a blog, I probably posted every 3 or 4 weeks and would always start the post with an apology for not posting enough. 

Well after 2 weeks of not posting I'm sure glad to be back! For some reason September, I'm sure for everyone is CHAOTIC! For me the chaos was moving, dealing with sucky situations with the previous place of occupancy, quitting my job, finding a new job, getting settled into a new place, taking on a job for abbyroadside (corn maze in abbotsford), working, training for a marathon, trying to have a social life, preparing myself and scholarships for school that starts on November 9th, and in all that just trying to find some time to sleep. AHHH but I came out alive.

Really excited for what this fall has in store for me. So November 9th I will be starting classes at Blanche Macdonald. I will be in the Program for Fashion & Design. Four years ago I attended the University of the Fraser Valley for Fashion Design but after a year of attending decided I needed some time and experience before I furthered my studies. Now here I am and so so so READY! When I did the campus tour I literally couldn't get my lips to shut together, I had a permanent smile, with that I knew I was ready and making the right decision. I'm scared to start school again, Its been a while and I can sometimes be a big procrastinator but fashion is my thing. 

PS. anyone else just cringe when someone says passion for fashion, GOSH I wish there was some other saying its so painful to my ears. 

Happy Weekend Everyone, Kristen Marie :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Balsam & Vine

Fashion is constantly revolving, the styles of years past are now on trend. Our mothers style is now ours. The fashion Industry has a way of making you feel as if your clothes are constantly out of style. But every year the same trends are on the runways again just slightly changed. 

Take spring for example. Spring always brings the floral trend. One year we might see large floral patterns, while the next is small printed floral. We can always be sure of military for fall, fur in the winter and nautical hints in the summer. We go from skinny jeans to bell bottoms in a matter of years. Constantly making us feel as if we have to reinvent our wardrobes. The chords I am wearing in this photo, I had bought at least 5 years ago. Wait till 2016 and the 70's are back yet again, neutral colours are all the rage, and my chords are on trend. If you're always wanting to insure you are on trend buy statement pieces, accessories or a few pieces each season that revamp your look with out needing to toss the whole wardrobe. Buy essentials that last and from there add on. 

This year the 1990's came back. Anyone remember So Little Time with Mary Kate & Ashley Olson? This is practically what is on trend only less than two decades later. A mix of the bohemian 70's collides with the 90's. I told myself I wouldn't own a chocker, because I didn't want to wear the black plastic braided ones of my elementary school years. When I came across Balsam & Vine I couldn't resist. This chocker is my love for neutrals, leather and the reinvention of the 90's chocker all in one piece that will be timeless.

Made in Vancouver Balsam & Vine brings simple jewellery pieces with class and edge to your every day styles. All piece are made to order which means no material is wasted and each piece is guaranteed a home. 

Find your personal style. Choose pieces that flatter. Buy the essentials. Buy pieces that last.

Chocker -- Balsam & Vine -- Watch -- Chapter Ten Watches -- T-shirt -- Aritzia -- 
Chords -- Aritzia (old)