flamedot Tonight I'm having dinner with my good friend, @njdav. I thought the occasion called for some bacon fat chocolate chip cookies. They're a little ugly this time around but they're still loaded with delicious Whittaker's chocolate I brought back from New Zealand. It must be time for a shoutout to stainless steel straws too. I was getting paranoid about the plastic taste of my other reusable straw so bought a pack of stainless steel ones. So far, so good. They even came with a handy scrubby brush to keep them nice and clean. So, who's in for some milk and cookies?! 4d

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flamedot Tonight the fabulous @beyunique put on an amazing Instameet at @chocolateartsvancouver filled with chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! It was great meeting Instagramers I've only ever seen online and catching up with old friends. For the event I made these individual Instacookie packages for everyone stacked with 5 different flavours of shortbread (115 cookies in total): toasted coconut + lime, lemon poppy seed, orange + black sesame, Earl Grey, spiced chocolate with cinnamon, cardamom and chili. The ones with green pegs are the "vInstacookies" for the vegan attendees. If you'd please excuse me I'm going to slip into a sugar coma now. 1w
  •   flamedot @milmi I won't be in Auckland for another month but you can bet there will be cookies :D 1w
  •   glenny.gs the cookies were delicious! thanks again and it was nice meeting you, Sandy! 1w
  •   flamedot It was good to finally meet you, @glenny.gs I'm still snacking on the leftover cookies now :) 1w
  •   sherrylu THESE WERE FANTASTIC! I ate all five in the span of 7 minutes :/:/ 1w
  •   flamedot Aw thanks, @sherrylu I'm glad you liked them :) I've eaten way too many this week! 1w
  •   wongski Thanks for the cookies! They were excellent! 5d
  •   flamedot You're more than welcome, @wongski I have more in the oven as we speak. The cookie train is never ending :D 5d
  •   yummlove_ Nice shot ! If you submit recipe, we can feature your account :) Take a look at our account description if interested :) 5d

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flamedot Another photo from the middle of Canada. This shot was taken somewhere between Melville, SK and Rivers, MB. The train was good fun while it lasted but boy was I glad didn't go all the way to Toronto on my own. For a chatterbox like me I sure did miss the conversational aspects of everyday life. This is probably why I still live with roommates in my 30s :) 2w

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flamedot For new years eve I took a 47.5 hour train from Vancouver to Winnipeg. I have to say that I spent most of my time sleeping, watching episodes of FRIENDS, and waiting for the train to get back into cell service range so I could message my friends. But sometimes I'd just sit and stare out the window and snap the occasional photo like this one here. I do love snow and blue houses with smoke coming out of the chimney. 4w

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flamedot My cute paper loaf pans are screaming out to be used so here we have a paleo banana tahini bread I made for @komarick who is currently on the paleo wagon. 1mon

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flamedot It is definitely time for my zucchini bread to make an appearance on here. This one has a Christmas twist to it with cranberries, orange and nutmeg thrown in the mix. Aren't these little paper loaf pans the cutest?! 1mon
  •   flamedot @lineaojala My absolute favourite zucchini bread recipe is by @smittenkitchen If you make it let me know how it goes - it's pretty much guaranteed to be delicious! 1mon
  •   pertypix Wow! Looks awesome! 1mon
  •   razzy_b Mmmmmmmmm. 1mon
  •   flamedot @pertypix Thanks. I've been going a little nutty with the baking lately :) 1mon
  •   flamedot @razzy_b You said it :D 1mon
  •   lineaojala @flamedot thank you! Oh I just found out that the recipe is not vegan and I'm vegan so. But it's looks yummy anyway! 1mon
  •   flamedot @lineaojala Oh no. I haven't tried it before but you could try using flax eggs or an applesauce replacement to make it vegan. The loaf will just turn out denser but the flavours will still be there :) 1mon
  •   lineaojala Yea! I will definitely do that @flamedot 1mon

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flamedot On Saturday I woke up and proceeded to bake. 4.5 hours later I realised that I was done and had only stopped for two minutes to eat some eggs. What a baking marathon! And here we have one of the things I made: Oreos in 8 different flavours; coffee, choc orange, choc mint, choc cinnamon, chili chocolate, peanut butter, peanut butter & jelly, salted caramel. 2mon

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flamedot Last week I moved into a new place sharing with three boys from the UK and a South African Aussie called Scuba camped out on the couch. They now serve as my live-in taste testers. Friday called for a trio of baked goods; one German, two British. So here we have zimtsterne, Custard Creams and Jammie Dodgers. The British recipes still need some adjustments but they weren't bad for a first go. Please bear with me while I find a decent background and lighting in my new digs. 2mon

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flamedot Today my Vancouver bestie passed her Masters in something to do with cancer research - now that she has her Masters I'm sure she can explain it much better than I ever could! In preparation for this moment I did what I could to help and made gluten-free Oreos and gluten-free shortbread moustaches. Congratulations, Raz, no more study ever again!!! Now let's drink! @razzy_b 2mon

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flamedot For my last few days in New Zealand I decided to escape to Waiheke Island and make this cabin my office. I've loved being back in New Zealand, spending time with old friends and making new ones. But spring has come which means it's time for me to leave and get back to Vancouver where my third winter of the year awaits. Snow, here I come! 3mon
  •   flamedot @pertypix I have been perfecting my cookie-baking skills. I hope you like chocolate chip :) 3mon
  •   razzy_b Baru next Wednesday night? @flamedot @beyunique @pertypix @pertypix @missyjena ??? Welcome back to sandi and just cause it's awesome food there 3mon
  •   flamedot @razzy_b I love that you're my personal social calendar organiser :D 3mon
  •   razzy_b Yeah, you don't get a say, I just organise things for you :-) 3mon
  •   beyunique Hell yeah!! I was there the night before my flight and got blown away with their food, again!! Count me in for sure please! @razzy_b 3mon
  •   pertypix @razzy_b Ooh! That sounds good but I'm still not 100% sure if I can make it next Wed. Will get back to you lovelies by the end of the week. What time are you planning on meeting up? 3mon
  •   pertypix @flamedot mmmmm cookies!! How can I say no to chocolate chip cookies?! Your last post had me drooling! 😛 3mon
  •   flamedot @pertypix Oh, I should do some homemade Oreos too. Om nom nom :) 3mon

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flamedot I made a secret trip back to Wellington to see my good friend, Ben, who just so happened to be out of the country the entire time I was back. And a secret trip calls for bacon fat chocolate chip cookies and double-stuffed chocolate Oreos. It felt good to bake again but baking while sick means I'm a little forgetful and don't do conversions in my head correctly. Sigh. I've missed you, Ben, but I'll see you again soon :) 3mon

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flamedot I didn't make this alfajor but I did buy it :) These will be the next cookie I attempt to conquer. There's the difficulty of getting the soft, crumbly shortbread perfected and the dulce de leche to just the right point. Cue me pulling my hair out after the umpteenth failed batch! I can't wait :D 4mon

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flamedot My first hotel in Ubud served breakfast on the balcony overlooking lots of green trees and temples. Breakfast deserved a photo. 4mon

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flamedot After a week of pure rice indulgence on this little island I decided to go back to my non-rice-eating ways and load up on salads. A tiny warung at the end of our street do these delicious prawn and avocado salads for 25,000 IDR (about $2.50) and I've lost count of how many I've eaten. Sometimes I even get the Sandi special - two salads! 4mon

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flamedot After a morning of challenging diving around Nusa Penida I was rewarded with this chicken salad. I've never been much of a salad person but ever since my trip to Tonga I've been craving it. And in this 30+ degree heat it just seems right to eat something fresh and crunchy. 4mon

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flamedot It is funny how quickly I've become accustomed to Indonesian food in all its deliciousness. Here we have a fish curry which was double the size of the usual Indonesian portion. I may never leave this place. 4mon

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flamedot Diving in Indonesia is like no other diving I've ever experienced. Here is a group of divers checking out a mola mola in the distance. This photo was taken on my GoPro (black edition Hero 3+) which I am SO glad I bought! Worth every penny. 4mon
  •   flamedot @purelyholly_ You definitely should! I am kicking myself for not getting one sooner. Even the cheaper ones take photos more than good enough to post online. They usually need a bit of help from Photoshop or an app like VSCOcam though just to make the colours pop. 4mon
  •   purelyholly_ @flamedot that's it then, you've sold it to me! Haha, I'm too easily persuaded! X 4mon
  •   flamedot @purelyholly_ Haha, I love it! For £100 you can't go wrong :D Let me know how it goes. 4mon
  •   wongski Amazing shot! 4mon
  •   flamedot Thanks, @wongski. The diving here is amazing :) 4mon
  •   timkellyphotographer Wow this is so epic!! Great shot! 3mon
  •   flamedot Thanks, @timkellyphotographer. It's amazing what a tiny camera like a GoPro is capable of! 3mon

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flamedot Our dinner view on Nusa Lembongan. @razzy_b, this one's for you! And let me just say that the food here is delicious and I'm definitely going to roll off of this island. I'm not sure what it is about nasi goreng but I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I guess when it's a little over $2 here I just can't help myself. 4mon

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flamedot I've been AWOL for the last wee while. I put it down to having too much fun in my little ski town. Sadly I had to pack up and leave and now I find myself in Indonesia where it is hot and delicious. This is part of my breakfast from this morning: a fresh fruit platter, black rice pudding and coffee. I also got an orange juice and plate of bak mie topped with a fried egg. This was all a part of an "Indonesian breakfast" that cost 47,000 IDR - about $4.70 NZD. I could get used to this place :D 5mon

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flamedot Life in my little ski town has been hectic and the thing I seem to be baking the most is chocolate cake. You know you're onto a good thing when you start getting requests. Well now I'm staying with my little brother for the week and sadly he can't eat eggs; the cornerstones of baking. So here is my first attempt at an egg-free chocolate cake with a chocolate sour cream frosting. It's not perfect but it is dense, rich and delicious and he approves :) Does anyone out there bake for friends and/or family with allergies? 5mon
  •   flamedot @artofbryce Many noms were had. 5mon
  •   artofbryce @flamedot I miss those noms 5mon
  •   hmulholland Have you tried using a flax or chia egg instead? 5mon
  •   flamedot @hmulholland They're on my list of things to try. For this one I used Orgran egg replacer. It wasn't too impressive. Then again I don't know what to expect from egg replacers. It's like getting used to the new texture of gluten-free baking. 5mon
  •   hmulholland Agreed. I made a tart with a flax egg and it turned out fine but who knows what ... Say cakes and muffin texture would be like. A class mate made a black bean cookie using it and the texture was just like a regular cookie. 5mon
  •   flamedot @hmulholland I might try a different technique next time to see how fluffy I can get it. Not that a dense cake is a bad thing. All this cake talk is making me hungry. 5mon
  •   spilled_spice This looks so rich and delicious! 3mon
  •   flamedot @spilled_spice My brother said it tasted like a brownie :) 3mon

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