Monthly Archives: May 2009

Radium Hot Springs

Mr.  Bean and I are heading out for a weekend getaway for Mr. Bean’s birthday today. I’ll be back on Monday with pictures of pretty mountains and tales of golfing adventures.

I’ll leave you with the cuteness of Lucky, my parent’s dog:

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Day Cake

Everyone in my family has an intolerance to gluten. My mum has the worst of it: she’s intolerant to not just gluten but dairy, eggs and soy among other things. So, for Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a cake that my mum could eat without any kind of reaction or worry. What better cake to make than her favourite called Happy Day Cake? She used to make this cake with much success before moving to Alberta, but between the dry climate and the high altitude she hasn’t been able to replicate it. I thought that I would give it a shot and it turned out quite well!

Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Egg Free Happy Day Cake

1 c. almond flour
1/2 c. each rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch
1 1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. xanthan gum
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 c. oil (I used canola – less strong tasting oil is better)
1 c. potato milk (put 4 tbsp aside for egg replacer)
1 tbsp. egg replacer mixed with 4 tbsp of the potato milk
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 9″ round pans with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flours, sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in oil and milk – beat for two minutes.
  4. Add “eggs” and vanilla and beat.
  5. Pour batter into pans and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

The texture was surprisingly fluffy and moist – needless to say that the cake disappeared quickly!

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As you can see, I used cut up strawberries as a filling and topping and it was unsinfully delicious!

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May Food and Lifestyle Challenges – Cake fit for my Mom!

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Hey, wait – I thought these are supposed to be separate challenges. Well, this time I put them together – because I’m a rebel like that.

So what did I do? I made a cake based on my mum’s favourite recipe that she’s been unable to make since moving to Calgary* and becoming gluten free, made it allergen free and surprised her (and the rest of my family) with it. Yes, it means that it is gluten, dairy, soy and egg free! Needless to say, it didn’t last very long.

Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Egg Free Happy Day Cake

1 c. almond flour
1/2 c. each rice flour, potato starch and tapioca starch
1 1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. xanthan gum
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 c. oil (I used canola – less strong tasting oil is better)
1 c. potato milk (put 4 tbsp aside for egg replacer)
1 tbsp. egg replacer mixed with 4 tbsp of the potato milk
1/2 tbsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 9″ round pans with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flours, sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in oil and milk – beat for two minutes.
  4. Add “eggs” and vanilla and beat.
  5. Pour batter into pans and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

The texture was surprisingly fluffy and moist – even better was how no one had to worry about having a negative allergic reaction to it!

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If you’re interested in the original recipe, just let me know and I will post it.

What recipe of your mum’s have you made recently?

*Calgary is really dry and at a high elevation, especially compared to the West Coast, where my mum grew up.

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It’s a beautiful day

As I was walking across the bridge over the Bow River, I thought: “This would make a great picture!” I love how blue-green the water is this time of year…

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On the right,  you can see part of downtown, where I work. This is what it looks like from the west:

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Can you guess which one is my office?

See the bike path? That’s what I ride on pretty much everyday! Lucky me, I know.

I love days like this – I can only hope that spring is  here to stay!

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Wilton II Class 3

In today’s class, we made more flowers with royal icing – pansies, primroses, daffodils, the Victorian rose and daisies. The flowers we made today and last class are going to go on our grand finale cake, which will be made next week.

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We also found something special at Michaes to make an awesome birthday cake for Mr. Bean:

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Where have you seen these before?

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