With my homemade shortbread recipe, I got even more creative. Not only did I decide to use cookie cutters, I also changed the ingredients. The last time I made my shortbread I used butter. This time, I decided to replace butter with Crisco’s butter shortening. I kept the remaining ingredients the same (nutmeg, vanilla extract, brown sugar, granulated sugar). Except I decided to add 1/4 cup more of both sugars than the regular half cup.
When I took the cookies out of the oven after 15 minutes, they turned into crumbs with just a simple touch. I’m going to label this occurrence as, “The shortening effect” because it didn’t happen with butter. But after I let the cookies cool for a couple hours, they were hard like they should be. This batch turned out great! I think I found a winner in this batch! 🙂
As usual, I have to document my pizzas! Right now, I’m trying to learn how to create different types of crust (thin, thick, flavored, etc). With this pizza, I tried not to use as much sauce as I did the last time. Unfortunately, this pizza could have used the extra sauce because it ended up tasting a bit dry. For all my pizzas, I use turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni and skim cheese because I like staying on the healthy side. It still tastes tasty! 🙂
For my last dinner in Toronto, I went to Mother’s Dumplings in Chinatown for dinner. I’ve never had dumplings before so I met up with a friend who’s eaten there many times to help me out with my selection. Having been full from eating Indian food earlier in the afternoon, I didn’t have much room for Chinese food. So I ordered a small salad. I thought it would be a very small salad but it looked like a normal sized salad to me. I believe it came with flavored celery, sea weed and what looked like tofu spaghetti. It was all good. Then we ordered a green onion pancake and some tofu veggie dumplings. That evening, we went completely vegan. It was all tasty.
I heard that this is one of the good places to go to for Indian food in Toronto. I went during the lunch buffet so I could have a chance to try everything for one price, $13.50. I tried the butter chicken that was popular and it was indeed good. I also tried all the normal Indian dishes like curry, pakora, naan, tikka, garbanzo, spinach dishes and more! I was full after eating from this place. It helped that the food was a bit spicy because it was cold outside and warmed me right up. I would definitely eat here again.
Today was the coldest day of my stay in Toronto and I was walking all over. I finally made my way to Koreatown and I knew I needed something hot to warm me up but I didn’t want the typical Starbucks. I walked by this nice little cafe and got myself a mug of hot chocolate for $1.50, a chocolate chip cookie for $.60 and a coffee tiramisu-like cookie for about $4.50. My decision to come here was a great one! I sat at the window where I could watch people walk by through Koreatown. The hot chocolate hit the spot! With the combination of the hot chocolate and the coffee pastry I felt like I could stay here all day. It was great! I’d say it was one of the great food pursuits of my journey in Toronto!
Walking through Yonge Downtown in Toronto, I walked by Wanda’s Belgian Waffles. I bought a basic waffle just to try it out. This is the first waffle that I’ve had that had a tart flavor to it. I felt like one of the main ingredients in it was cream cheese or buttermilk. It was more savory than sweet to me. Served hot and fresh with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. It would have been nice if I tried out the other flavors of the waffles but these weren’t exactly inexpensive. The basic cost me about $3.50 and the price continues to go up from there.
I’ve never had a Korean pancake (호떡)before. I apologize for the picture quality. I was just aimlessly walking around Koreatown in Toronto and came across a place selling pancakes. I wish I could remember the name of the place. I ordered a maple brown sugar pancake and it had sunflower seeds inside. It was served hot. I had no idea what to think of it. It didn’t taste like a breakfast food but it was….catchy. I couldn’t stop eating it. I wanted to try the different flavors. I believe it only cost me $1.50.
I’ve heard of this bakery COBS Bread and I’m aware that it’s a chain bakery. I decided to try a cinnamon scone from here today. This was very rich in cinnamon sugar flavor and I enjoyed it. I would say that it must be accompanied with a beverage of some sort because it is kind of dry. I ate this while drinking black tea.