Category Archives: Monday Treats

Pumpkin Pasties for all!

What is a Pumpkin Pasty?

Pumpkin Pastie

“Pumpkin Pasties are a wizarding food sold by the Honeydukes Express on the Hogwarts Express. They are sort of like a Cornish Pastie, but filled with pumpkin instead.

Harry Potter Background

Harry Potter tried them for the first time on the Hogwarts Express, at the start of his first year, when he famously impressed Ron Weasley by buying everything from the trolley saying “we’ll take the lot”. He bought some of everything off the food trolley, and then shared his food with Ron Weasley.

Pumpkin pasties were referenced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Define Pasty

Pasties are a traditional baked meat and pastry pie. This indicates that Pumpkin Pasties are similar fare, using pumpkin as the filling instead of meat and vegetables.”*

*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki

Bakery sold out?

No worries, you can make your very own pumpkin pasties!

Pumpkin Pasties

Makes 16 large pasties

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


  • 2 packages of Pillsbury pie crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 extra beaten egg for egg wash (optional)


  1. Take pie crust and cut into quarters.  You should end up with 16 triangles.
  2. Mix eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk and brown sugar in a bowl until incorporated.
  3. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt, stir well.
  4. Take a triangle of crust and pinch together two ends so that you are left with a cone.
  5. Scope in 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin mixture into the cone and seal shut.
  6. Brush with egg wash – optional
  7. Repeat until all the crust is done.  You may have extra filling, you can always put it in a ramekin and bake it to enjoy.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  9. Let sit at room temp or refrigerate for an hour before enjoying.

Enjoy your Monday class treat #BSMRCCE!



Pi Day

Do you know what March 14th is?

It’s Pi Day!

Image brought to you by SeattlePi.Com

What is Pi day?


What is Pi?

“Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.

Pi Day has been observed in many ways, from eating pie to discussing the significance of the number π.”* – *Adapted from Wikipedia

Where did Pi Day come from?

Larry Shaw

“The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw (Photo, right) in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies.

The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.*” – *Wikipedia

Awesome reasons for eating pie on Pi day?

  • A pie is a circle… (coincidence?)
  • It’s March 14th (3/14)
  • Albert Einstein’s Birthday is on March 14th (Happy Birthday to him!)
  • My birthday is on March 14th ;)!
  • It’s always a good time to eat Pie!

Can it get more awesome then that?

But it’s March 18th?

There is nothing wrong with a belated celebration.  Also, please refer to the last bullet in the aforementioned list :).

With that, I leave you with this awesome Pi Day pie chart from Shutterstock (very neat, totally check it out)!


Mmmm #Doughnut? Oh what can it be, #BSMRCCE?

DISCLAIMER: This is a post for my class, Building Social Media Relationships at The Centre for Continuing Education at McMaster University.  This doughnut was free and this review was requested!

Note: Yes, that is my favourite clip!

You ever notice how our favourite shows make food taste even better.  Such as the beloved Homer Simpson of The Simpsons.

Homer Simpson – Wikipedia

doughnutSo, why am I writing about Homer Simpson?

When I think of doughnuts, I think of Homer Simpson!

Our teacher Jarod, just gave us a FREE doughnut.  We have to review said doughnut.  I happen to choose a blueberry fritter… which, if you didn’t know, its one of the yummiest doughnuts around ;)!

We also got a honey cruller Timbit, which are also lovely…

I, digress… Do you know why we got these doughnuts?

I do



Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

In a previous post, I touched base on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  I discussed existing flavours, experiences, all in a quick review with a lovely photo.  But, I think I’d like to explain Bertie Botts a little more in detail.

What are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean?

Bertie Bott – Image brought to you by Harry Potter Wiki

The history in the Harry Potter series states that “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle (non-magical folk) jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour.

The inventor of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful!””*

A compilation of known flavours can be found on Mugglenet.

-*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

How did we get Bertie Bott’s here in the ‘Muggle’ world?

“In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The Bertie Bott’s candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeno and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.”*  -*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

Jelly Belly

Try, if you dare…

Today, you will have a harder time finding the interesting flavours from the times of Bertie Bott, but Jelly Belly does have lovely jelly beans with a very neat spectrum of flavours.  Give them a try, they are delicious and very realistic!

In regards to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I did try a few, rotten cheese, pencil shavings, black pepper… Very, um, different.  It wasn’t very tasty and the point was proven, “a risk with every mouthful”!


Monday Class Treat – Saltine Toffee

Happy Monday #BSMRCCE!

It’s Monday and you know what that means… Monday Class Treat!  This week’s treat is Saltine Toffee!

Saltine Toffee

I’ve been trying to bring in a variety of items for you to try.  This week I’ve brought you a candy that I make a lot around the holidays for gifts. This recipe normally calls for a sprinkling of nuts on top, but sadly, this week, I ran out of nuts so I’ve used coconut as a substitution.

Recipe Names

This recipe has a few names associated with it.  Such as:

  • Toffee Bark
  • White Trash Toffee
  • Saltine Toffee

The one I found it under may not be the most PC of names, which is why we will be calling it saltine toffee for class purposes :).


I found this recipe on the Yum Sugar website. This recipe is very flexible and you can make many changes and alternations as you like.

Try it out, it’s really easy and the results are addictive!  The recipe for ‘saltine toffee‘ can be found here.

I hope you all enjoy the treat tonight!


Monday Class Treat – Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Monday’s Class Treat is…

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Recipes can be a lot easier then you would think…

I’ve made this recipe a few times, it’s simple, rich and has layers of flavour.  I tend to decorate the top, it makes for easier handling and gives it a bit of colour aside from a solid sheet of chocolatey goodness.

When you have a recipe like this, I feel you can adapt it anyway you like, you just have to use your imagination.

This recipe comes from Eagle Brand and the recipe for Top Hat Triple Layer Bars can be found here.


What would you like to see me bake?  Leave a comment and share what food interests you!

I hope you enjoy!


Monday Class Treat – My Version of Cowboy Cookies

Hello, Hello!

It really does bother me when I don’t make a blog post daily, before midnight haha, oh well, the weekends are a time for rest (most of the time).

This post is going to talk about tomorrow’s class treat, which is:


Cowboy Cookies

Why Cowboy Cookies?

I was having a conversation with my sister and I was trying to think of what to bake for tomorrow’s class.  Well, I then said, OH, I will concoct cookies that you throw a whole bunch of yummy items in, to which she said, “oh like cowboy cookies?”.  That’s right… cowboy cookies, how could I forget?

Well, this is more of a play on cowboy cookies, as I  have added more items then the original recipe ( provided by Simply Recipes).  The original recipe consists of four items that makes them cowboy cookies:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Rolled oats
  • Coconut
  • Pecans


Here is my recipe for Cowboy Cookies.

Cowboy Cookies by Nahren Shamoka


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Skor bits
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine chocolate chips, Skor bits, rolled oats, miniature marshmallows, chopped almonds and shredded coconut in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  4. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chip mixture.  Keep working at it, dough will come together nicely.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  7. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are crisp but centers are still soft.
  9. Let cookies rest for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.

I really hope you enjoy my version of cowboy cookies.  They are fun, tasty and enjoyable for any occasion!

See you tomorrow #BSMRCCE gang (let’s hope I don’t forget these cookies lol)!


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