Baking in Saskatoon HeaderName: Andrea MacLeod

Blog name and URL: Baking in Saskatoon

Where were you born? Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

Where are you living now? Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Why did you start your blog? When I moved to Canada I got my own kitchen and started baking more than I used to. Going through a good amount of recipes I thought I should record them somehow. I have a personal blog but thought that I should have a separate blog to keep track of those recipes. Having access to them at any time or any location as long as it has internet was what really got me started.

How did you decide on your blog name?  It took a while to figure out a good name. I knew my main focus would be baking since that is my passion. But I also wanted to let people know where I am hailing from so they would understand the context. Baking in Saskatoon seemed quite appropriate.

What do you blog about?  As the title says, it’s all about baking though after a while I also added cooking recipe. The main focus is German recipes since those are the things from my childhood, what I grew up with. My husband is Canadian so I like to share with him and his family all those German things.

Furthermore, I also bake and cook North American style. Whatever interests me or what might be trendy - like Cake Pops - I will take on. But I also will not shy away from international recipes.

What post are you most proud of and why?

I guess I have to say Angry Bird Cake Pops.

Angry Birds Cake Pops

I love making cake pops, they are so much fun and you can do so many things with them. When a friend ask me to make Angry Bird cake pops for her son’s birthday I didn’t hesitate. There was a good amount of research involved to figure out the characters and details. It took a real good while to figure how to make those details and how many of them I could make. The result was amazing and I am really proud of it. The mom loved them, so did the kid but he was quick to point out that I was missing a character.

Which post do you wish received more love and why?

In the summer time you get a lot of rhubarb in Saskatchewan and I have a recipe for Rhubarb Streusel Cake, which is very typical German. It is also completely different from what most people do with their rhubarb because uses no other fruit, just rhubarb and streusel. I think more people should try it that way, they will be surprise how good rhubarb can be on its own.

Rhubarb Streusel Cake

Which post’s success surprised you and why?

The Japanese Chocolate Cornets’ success completely surprised me.

Japanese Chocolate Cornets

It has nothing to do with German or Canadian recipes, it was just something fun I tried. Now it’s the 4th most visited post I have. Maybe it’s all those anime/manga lovers out there who see chocolate cornets in their show and want to make them too. I really love them myself and think they are great to give to your kids.

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What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?

Hands down, my laptop and the internet. It keeps me connected with my family and friends back home. I talk every weekend with my mother via Skype, and connect with friends over Facebook.
Once I asked my brother’s girlfriend to call my grandmother to clarify a recipe for me. It was a bit late there and I didn’t want to startle her by calling myself. Thanks to the internet all of this is so easy now.

What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?  My Candy Apple Red KitchenAid that my husband gave me for our first wedding anniversary. I love it because it’s so universal and easy to use. The attachments are great too and it’s a quality that will last.

Favourite food, care to share a recipe?  I guess you would expect a baking recipe right now but I have to go with my family’s Lentil Soup. Something typical German again and I could eat this every week. The surprise about this soup is that you eat it with a bit of sugar and vinegar. It really gives the soup a whole different level of flavor. My Canadian family was quite surprised but liked it a lot.

What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?  I am not sure how obvious it is on my blog but I grew up in the GDR, behind the iron curtain. We had a big garden and grew a lot of food there from fruit to vegetables, and canning and preserving was a big deal to us. That’s why I also love canned peas can eat those cold right out of the can. Many will find this weird but for me, that’s the taste of home.

What makes your blog unique?  I think as a mostly new immigrant to Canada with a German background I have a unique view on cooking and baking. The goal is to combine both cultures and explore both equally, though I have to admit the German side is a bit more prominent.

Also, I like to show people how easy it is to cook and bake. Many think it’s tricky or difficult but it’s actually not that hard and I often surprise myself with that. There are recipes, like yeast dough, that I always thought were difficult. But in reality that’s not true. I want people to know that you can bake and cook and it doesn’t have to be tricky or difficult. You just need to be a bit bold and don’t worry too much.

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A Canadian Foodie

Really enjoyed reading this, Andrea – and now I want your recipe for the Lentil Soup. As there wasn’t a link, I assume it is not on your site? I am still heading over to look for it. I think I have a similar soup – not really knowing what it was, when we were driving from Berlin to Amsterdam on my birthday in the middle of the summer a couple of years ago at a very rustic road side restaurant. I just wanted soup and it was really delicious, but I could not put my finger on what it was that was difference about it…
Loved meeting you and as my mother hails from the area where Germany is now, I am learning those kinds of foods and recipes… I am seven generation Canadian, so had no German influenced food as a child and love learning about that side of the world. Berlin is one of our favourite cities!
The day the wall came down must be so memorable to you… I wish we had more time to talk, but we will continue these conversations on our sites.

Marlene Cornelis

Congratulations on being featured, Andrea! I like your unique combination of “old world” and “new world” baking and cooking, and will be following your blog with interest.

A Saskatonian

She definitely has a great blog. If she were to ever open a bakery in Saskatoon, I’d certainly be a frequent customer of it. I’m going to try a few of your recipes with the family this Christmas. 🙂

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