Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

It’s been more than a year since I started my current job and I have been baking/ making various desserts but no one really seems to get the “idea”. Once, I made mini muffins and stuck a picture of my manager’s face on each one because it was her birthday. And someone asked me why her photo was on each muffin? Is it just a Western thing?

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Well this year for a thanksgiving treat, I made these Abordable Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites via Pinterest. Hopefully, these will be more OBVIOUS-looking.  I had a lot of fun making them (on my own) but it took many tries just to get each turkey looking right.

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I sent my cousin a photo when I started making these and most of the turkeys looked so bad. But she said they were bad in a cute way. I guess she’s right. Honestly, I kind of mastered the technique of putting each candy corn in as the wings and the googly eyes for the eyes and the rest is easy. The hardest part was waiting for the chocolate rolo to set. If I put in one of the three turkey wings, the caramel would be running out. Making about 50 turkeys took me more than two hours. *insert crying emoji*

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My brother came over when I was my second batch and he complimented me! I was starting to get in the hang of things but working on these are more fun when someone has the same enthusiasm as you. Maybe next year, I will ask someone to make them with me so both of our co-workers will have treats to enjoy (that is, if they get the idea!).

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I’ll cross my fingers and hope that all goes to plan at work tomorrow! But at the same time, I don’t want these cuties to leave the house or they’ll be gobbled up!

Special thanks to my cousin for coming with me to buy the ingredients and Erin for sharing this lovely thanksgiving treat. Click here for instructions to make these turkey bites.

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Tasting Menu at Langdon Hall – Part 1

For my 25th birthday, I wanted to go to Landgon Hall (ranked 15th in Canada’s Best 100 restaurants 2017). But my dad would not go to the efforts and drive my family and I there (just under 1.5 hours away from home) to have dinner.
So without a doubt, my brother, sister in-law (it so weird to type that) and myself spent the afternoon, half listening to Backstreet Boys and half sleeping, making our way into Cambridge.

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We arrived at this view. Stunning, isn’t it? I couldnt wait to see what was beyond the white giant pillars.

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Low and behold, waiting in the back was a garden of colourful vegetables and flowers.

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Our reservation was for 6:45pm but we sat down at 6. It was a good idea to be sat down early, because the entire meal lasted 4ish hours. And I’m not complaining…but I usually scour down a meal within an hour.

I’m not usually one to order a cocktail (the tasting menu was already $165), but why not. I never had an aperol spritz with foam (I’m used to the club soda kind), fancy level went up to 100!

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The waiters and waitresses were so kind. They asked us individually what we were allergic too and made arrangements to the food on the tasting menu.

Our first course was Albacore Tuna Canape.  Served on a tuna bone, it was almost like tuna sashimi with a dollop of lime jelly.

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The second course was the cutest of them all; Potted Earth. It was a tiny carrot, stem included, nestled in quinoa. The quinoa was the best I’ve ever tasted and the carrot could not have tasted more fresh.

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Third was Cod on Cod. I wasn’t too crazy about the deep fried cod but it did taste very fresh.

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According to the menu, Duck Foot was listed fifth on the menu. But since I can’t have any dairy, I was served Borscht Soup. The beets were tasted so fresh, but the soup was salty and a bit sour.

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Here’s the Duck Foot.

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Next was an alternative to what the tasting menu had to offer; Crab Salad. Served with a very think apple slice, the crab paired perfectly with the soft apple.

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This was the original sixth dish; Buttermilk. With crab salad still included, the dish was composed of a buttermilk panna cotta with caviar and fennel.

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Please stay tuned for Part 2. Lots more pictures coming very soon.
Click here to view the Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Evergreen Brickworks Sunday Market

Growing up, I always had a field trip to Evergreen Brickworks, to learn about the eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives. I’ve only been to the main buildings and never got a chance to venture further into the Don Valley Brick Works Park or the Belt Line Trail.

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I finally got the chance to do so, this past Sunday and made my mom come with me. I didn’t realize that I’m not much of a walker, after an hour I was quite tired. I was secretly waiting for the market to open so I could get a bite to eat.

There were many vendors, mainly food vendors but there were clothing, jams & honey, fresh produce, maple syrup and even children’s books.

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I literally wanted everything from quesadillas to passion fruit juice. There were so many food choices to choose from.

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Mom and I settled for a tomato and zucchini tapioca crepe. We were surprised by how the dried tapioca powder cooked on the skillet and turned into solid without adding water. It was lovely and fresh. And the tapioca crepe was light and not leaving my stomache heavy.

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I would totally recommend exploring Evergreen brickworks and the Sunday market. Check out the website here.