About Me

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The family in California. Judging by the haircut, this would have been 1976. Me in the middle with my Grandmother behind me. (Halisjah, Grandma, Vincent… lower: Mom, me, Barb, Lara, Dad, Laura holding cousin Latif)

I started cooking when I was very young.  Before I was 9, anyway.  Of course this does not include the time I was about 4 or 5 and decided to “bake my mom a cake” as a surprise while the parents were still in bed.  To the best of my recollection, the “cake” included the following ingredients: Oxo cubes, Nestle’s Quik, milk, water, some pancake mix, baking powder and other random things I found in the cupboard and proceeded to get all over the kitchen.

Needless to say, my mother was not thrilled with my creation.  My feelings were quite hurt, actually.

However, I do have to say that my cooking improved.  A lot.  To the point that I was making souffles and Hollandaise sauce before I was 12.

When I was quite young, I started making candy.  Fudge, penuche, etc.  Had a bit of a sweet tooth as most kids do.  And brownies. Lots and lots of brownies. Mmmmmmm…..

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Christmas 1982

One of my major influences in my life – cooking and elsewhere – was my Grandmother, Bernice.  She was an amazing cook.  She and my grandfather had a bakery in Toronto before my father was born.  After his birth, they didn’t own the bakery any more but my father still benefited from my Grandmother’s baking skill.  This led to my father’s “dessert habit”.. that is, for the longest time, he’d have dessert with every meal.  When I was young,  every once in a while my mother would be rolling out dough at 9pm to ensure that my father had “breakfast pie”.

My mother is also a very good baker… if I’m not mistaken, she learned this skill to make sure my father was kept happy.

So when I was about 9 I started cooking fairly often.  I can remember my aunts coming to visit and making veal parmigiana, cheese souffles and asparagus with Hollandaise.  No clue what I made for dessert…. hmmm.

Long story short, I’ve always loved cooking. When I was in high school, I inquired about chef school, but was told I was “too smart” for that.  Becoming a “cook” was not considered an option.  The guidance counselors recommended that for those who struggled academically.  Bah.

ANYWAY… so what I’ve decided to do is start this food blog.  Many years ago my lovely Aunt Laura put together a binder for various members of the family with some of our family history, including my Grandmother’s recipes.  I’ve made some of them, but not all.  My Aunt called it “Cooking with Brona” (Bernice in Lithuanian.)  So I’m going to make them and share them with anyone who’s interested.  And other recipes I’ve enjoyed and acquired over the years.  So not just baking, but other deliciousness as well.  But I had to go with the alliteration, dontcha know.

Oh, and my father says I’ve inherited my Grandmother’s baking skill.  Hopefully you think so too!

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Beth

    I would just like to say it was a pleasure meeting you this weekend and must be kind of fate as I am in charge of bringing a dessert to Easter dinner, I’m having trouble deciding so why don’t you send me a few ideas of your specialities and let me pick from there. thank you again Sincerely;
    Michael Bolger

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    • Hi Michael! Lovely to meet you as well! I am making the following for Easter dessert/birthdays … Butter tarts.. and a banana cake. There are a couple of vegans/vegetarians in my family so the cake works well with some vegan substitutions.. However now that I’m looking at the recipes, I really want coconut cream pie… lol. Let me know if you make one of these!

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  2. Oh my gosh I didn’t see this reply through my email so I just went with you chocolate banana brownies, they were a hit! the only dish I was hoping for left overs and was disappointed haha. I will be trying the coconut cream pie soon though as coconut and banana are my two favourite baking flavours.

    Also as an avid baker and you mentioning that you were looking for your next dream kitchen, I have actually found the perfect one that I believe you have to take a look at! let me know if you are interested?

    Mike Bolger
    Direct: (519) 616-2656
    mbolger@coldwellbankerpbr.com

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