1) Chestnut Chiffon Cake
Of 146g of finely pulsed chestnut, 10g was incorporated into the batter. The remainder was mixed with icing sugar and milk - alternately added to test consistency - (and lastly rum!) to obtain a pipe-able cream topping.
The results were impressive for a cake constructed during working hours. Bouncy was the base, albeit a bit damp at its inner circumference. The chestnut cream was thick, flavourful, and just potent enough to tie me over for the rest of the season. (Yes, you read that right: no more chestnut. At least not this year.)
The classic no-bake Christmas recipe emerged almost instantaneously after procurement of the holiday cereal.
Lowering the marshmallow content and upping melted butter meant a drop in sweetness and a crunchier finish reminiscent of 米通/puffed rice batons.
As a cookie devotee and firm believer of the sweet-savoury pairing, I couldn't resist another kitchen venture at seeing yet another of Sunday's recent uploads.
I had yet to step inside Erin Mills Town Centre since the interior had been furnished with festive décor. The mall had performed a splendid job, with twinkling bulbs hoisted onto the pillars as well as an extravagant tree in the centre.
The trip commenced at Canadian Tire, where the wait for skates sharpening was made more entertaining by the company of Impulse Bear, a larger-than-life-sized huggable teddy.
At long last, I made my way to Loblaws. In spite of the visit scheduled around lunchtime, shopper volumes resided on the high side. Holiday baking and other celebratory activities were indeed in full swing this year.
Our hearts swelled with excitement as the Holiday Cookie Box was, well, unboxed. Adjacent was a wax paper bag filled with three canelés, a special request that Issho Bakery had been kind enough to accommodate in regards to both creation and delivery. The surface was crunchier this time around, and insides equally, if not more spectacularly, custardy and scrumptious.
We had contemplated walking to be the mode of transportation, though, in review of frustrations with the parking situation faced, the city's renowned delivery service was proposed for peace of mind.
I had veered towards the Bakso Sapi without hesitation. The vermicelli bowl was the closest I would come to pho, offering a savoury broth with bouncy beef balls. Orangecane remarked of a heavy presence of lemongrass within its base, while I, famished at that point, expressed indifference. Reserving the dish for consumption the next day, it was revealed that the broth had not only incorporating a generous dose of monosodium glutamate, but an abhorrent amount of pepper. These properties had been camouflaged on the first day entirely.
In general, I had found the noodle dishes quite pricey for their portion size. They were flavourful, but flavoured in excess, failing to align with the desired image in mind. I was appreciative that spice levels could be customized for each dish though, accomodating tolerances across the party.
My morning plans remained consistent: Pilates had been shifted one day earlier given availability of class slots. Studio Bon's new unit was brighter and more spacious than their previous, with pristine white walls and tail ceilings with rows of spotlights encased in black. The establishment now adopted an open concept, utilizing windows for illumination and removing physical barriers of separation to maximize space and increase visibility. This format ensured easy access to the equipment shelf as well as awareness of class participants in the space, though removed any sense of privacy normally found with private or semi-private sessions held behind closed doors.
At the entrance was shoe-changing section, complete with slippers positioned on the step above; a series of cabinets separated the class floor from the waiting area, on which the contract tracing/sign-in sheet and sanitizer could be found for population. The path would lead one to the reception desk, where fee schedules and timetables could be found. Instructors waiting for their next class would reside behind the desk, providing assistance where necessary. Between the reception area and class floor was a single washroom stall, installed in a narrow corridor with mini stairs in between the toilet/sink and entrance.
The first hour was spent logging recollections of the week past and extending recommendations to a friend visiting the West Coast for business. As my stomach began to rumble, I straightened up from the driver's seat and opted to undertake a trek along the nearby Betty Sutherland Trail.
For the most part, it seemed to assume to go-to choice for locals residents, in particular dog-walkers and middle-aged joggers.
She conducted a quick assessment of my body with firm fingers, rapidly identifying ridiculously tight neck and shoulders and noticeable rotation/hiking of the pelvis. The session was set to adopt a blended stretch-and-strengthen format.
Remaining in the side-lying position, we progressed onto oblique-targeting moves with the lower arm outstretched and raised by the ear and fire-hydrant-like formations for side glute activation. Arranging the legs in a "turnout position", I flipped over to face the curved part of the Step Barrel. The torso was hinged for bending over while keeping one of the legs hovered. A variation of this move swapped the breathing sequence and extended the raised leg once before returning to the starting position.
Dissimilar to the sessions of the other staff members, instructions from the owner were relayed comparatively slowly. Rather than providing a comprehensive set of directions, each commands was uttered after the completion of the first, entailing some guesswork to determine the appropriate muscle for activation.
For the core, a handful of rolldowns were executed on the Step Barrel placed on the Cadillac. After several reps, crunch pulses were added on for isolation of the upper core. I was reminded to prevent the ribs from splaying outwards, which realized to be a potential driving factor in mid-back pain.
A request for hip flexor stretches moved me over to the Reformer once again. Class was concluded shortly afterwards.