It’s been an exciting week for us all at BAKED! We woke Monday morning to the news that we have been shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada, held in October in Toronto.
Seeing our name on the Shortlist in the General Food Blog category is not only thrilling, it’s a sign that we’re putting out work that people are eating up… and that’s what it’s all about for us. In case you didn’t know, Baked-the Blog is composed of nine Canadian women, working collaboratively (through various time zones 😴) and relying on our individual strengths to put work out each week that is cohesive, engaging, and above all else, bake-worthy. From new motherhood to career changes and everything in between, we’ve been able to support and lift each other up through life’s many seasons, which is truly a pleasure after so many years of us each working predominantly solo. Each of us brings something different to the table from graphic design to coding, administrative work to brand collaboration, and we wouldn’t be able to complete the puzzle without the pieces each of these incredible women offer. This blog is a labor of love, and we’re so happy to know you’re enjoying the work we’re putting out into the vast blogging universe… because we LOVE baking for you each and every week and hope to do it for many more years to come!
We plan to celebrate with a well-deserved batch of these Party Brownies and of course, a few flutes of something bubbly.
We wanted to take a moment to celebrate the other incredible bloggers, who also all happen to be women (which we think is just awesome), by sharing a bit about each of their blogs. Read on to learn more about these talented Canadian writers, photographers, and recipe developers. Congratulations to you all!
Baking for Friends
Baking for Friends was created by Alie Romano to share her love of baking for family and friends, and her blog is filled with lovely classic desserts that all have a personal twist. Many of her recipes are inspired by family traditions, along with travel and nature. Laila Sbeinati is also a contributor to Baking for Friends as an allergy-free recipe developer.
Rhubarb and Cod
Rhubarb and Cod is a beautiful collection of recipes from Susan Keefe, with a strong influence from her Nova Scotian background. Her recipes are bright, colourful, and varied, with a creative mix of Canadian and internationally inspired dishes. Susan is an artist as well as recipe developer and food photographer, and features her beautiful illustrations on her site as well.
Stems and Forks
Stems and Forks is, at its heart, a blog about beautiful things. Betty Binon writes about and photographs baking recipes and floral design, among other topics, and her photography is dramatic and stunning. Betty teaches photography workshops, the latest in Paris, and incorporates floral elements into her recipe photographs. She’s Korean, her husband is Belgian, and draws inspiration from both cultural backgrounds, among others.
The Lemon Apron
The Lemon Apron is a food blog that follows the seasons, created by Jennifer Emilson. Much of her inspiration stems from her German background and, in large part, her blog is a tribute to her mother, who first taught her how to cook. Most of the recipes on The Lemon Apron are healthy, with a touch of indulgence mixed in. Jennifer is a pro at modernizing classic European recipes, but she also draws inspiration from other parts of the world with delicious results.
Heidi Richter is a recipe developer, organic gardener, food photographer, and mother based on Vancouver Island, BC. She is the creative soul behind The Simple Green, a blog focusing on the magic of plant-based wholefoods and joyful nourishment with seasonal ingredients.
With BAKED, Heidi will share delicious, wholesome, plant-based recipes inspired by a reverence for the seasons and her insatiable love of gardening. With a background in Exercise Sciences/ Physiology, her recipes will also be on the ‘healthier’ side, with the odd decadent dessert thrown in for good measure.
Amy Ho is a recipe developer, food stylist and photographer, and cake enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the baker behind Constellation Inspiration, a DIY turned baking blog focusing on all things cake and pies. Amy’s goal is to create the perfect canelé, after she has saved up enough to buy a dozen copper canelé molds.
For BAKED, Amy will be using any possible opportunity to make a layered cake or the most intricate pie lattices. She has a soft spot for flowers and that will be evident on all treats she makes. Even though she bakes almost exclusively sweet treats, 99% of the time she will choose the savoury option when given a choice between a sweet or savoury croissant.
Alexandra Daum is a food photographer and recipe developer based in northern Germany. Her focus is on seasonal, sustainable food, and her blog, Occasionally Eggs, highlights that. Alexandra grew up mostly in Manitoba and moved to Germany in 2016. She has a background in the anthropology of food, with studies in organic food and farmer’s markets, which has had a strong influence on her work.
With BAKED, Alexandra will be sharing healthier, plant-based recipes (with eggs every once in a while) using in-season ingredients and plenty of chocolate. Cozy foods with a wholesome twist are her specialty, and given the choice, she’ll always choose to make some kind of bread.