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About Choc Chip Uru

Hi =) I love to bake. Full stop (although I already put a dot) I am a teen who wants to share her baking with the world and tell the stories behind it! Hope you'll like it and get inspired =D Let's get some facts right before you start reading 1. Savoury is not really my thing - sorry! 2. I am obsessed with chocolate 3. I am currently on a challenge to find the perfect brownie, chocolate chip and banana bread recipe Welcome to 'Go Bake Yourself'

Part I: I Was In Canada, eh?

Ok so I am sitting here, finally typing, and totally overwhelmed by you America. I’ve just finished my university college orientation, and I’ve been living in Boston for over a week now. Damn Boston, you’re turning my head. All the new people, the culture, the ghosts, mate I think you’re stealing my heart a little ;) 

You are also scaring the piss out of me because I have to be all independent and stuff. Excuse my language please.

But I can’t really start on Boston yet. Or Miami. Or NYC. Or Niagara Falls. Because I haven’t even told you about my adventures in Canada, eh? And the stereotype is true – a LOT of Canadians put ‘eh’ in wherever, whenever :P

So I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy my non-stop commentary (of what I can remember) of my time  in Toronto. It’s only been a few weeks but it feels like a lifetime already!

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Guest Post: Aloo Matar

Despite having not been around that often, I haven’t forgotten about all the blogging friends I have made over the past three years (crazy right!?) One of the amazing people I have been lucky enough to know is Minnie over from The Lady 8 Home. This blogger is basically a superwoman, she literally has it all under control :)

Not only that though, she cooks like a pro, I mean look at this Aloo Matar (literal translation from my mad Hindi skills: Potato Pea Curry).

I know majority of you know of her awesomeness already but for those who don’t, you are about to be blown away by a scrumptious recipe made by a fabulous blogger – enjoy mes cheris!

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California, Girl It’s Unforgettable

HIIIIIIIIIII! I’m sitting in Pearson Airport (Toronto, for those not quite so seasoned a traveller as I *cue to roll your eyes*) ready to share the first leg of my journey with you. I hit the place where the beaches are hot, the bays are cooler and the fun just doesn’t stop under a burning dessert sun. Oops, desert, wow, projecting my desire for sugar ammirite?

Also I had to pun up my title (for those who don’t know, though I don’t how you can’t know, it is a reference to one of Katy Perry’s catchier tunes, ‘California Gurls’.

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My Big News

So I guess this was a long time coming, am I right?

For once, I am totally not going to beat around the bush, so guys… this is why I’ve been so busy…

I’M GOING TO LIVE IN BOSTON FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!!!

It’s been my dream LITERALLY since year 8 to go on exchange, and for the past year, I’ve been planning it through my university’s exchange program. I was planning a year but a whole semester of travelling, meeting people and getting a full American college life experience? I am totally fine with that!

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The Best First Sicilian Dish Ever

Hi guys! Miss me? Well.. if you did, can you keep it up, miss me for maybe 2 or 3 more days? Because then I can finally tell you why I have been all over the place (literally)!

For now, enjoy this delicious guest post by Hanna Johnson! And yes, it is a recipe (finally, am I right??)
If any of you are living in Australia at the moment, you will know that 

  1. The cold is causing us to lose toes and fingers. Am I the only heater-obsessed person at the moment?
  2. With cold, comes major warm food cravings!

And what better way to combat that cold than with a delicious risotto that warms you up inside out, from head to toe?

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Guest Post: Herb Garden In Your Kitchen

Even after what may as well be a long leave of absence, I still haven’t really had the time to post, I’m sorry guys! And my big news is in the works, so I can’t reveal that yet either (though you can keep guessing ;) )

I will be having a few guest posts and I miss going through your blogs (stalking more like it) but hope to back on soon!

Till then, enjoy this wonderful guest post by Kelsey Reaves, a very talented contributor at Modernize.com. I know a lot of you, with being incredible chefs, are very big fans of gardening, so I thought this guest post would be a great way to integrate the one’s green thumb with their… cooking thumb? Well… you get my gist right? ;)

Till later mes amis, and enjoy this wonderful post!

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Does Caitlyn Jenner Deserve An Award?

Well, I think from the title of this post, you can tell that I am still not all that keen on writing about food, even though I have been eating more than my fair share of calories *exam time guilt* – without reason may I add, considering I am barely studying.

But no, the real reason I have decided to post up today, randomly, out of the blue, is because there is a very hot and controversial topic floating around the media these days. I’m probably a little late, it was hotter last week, but I still want to give my two cents worth.

I don’t follow the Kardashians. Or should I say ‘keep up’ with them. Beyond the fashion that they wear (which is, admittedly, quite excellent, especially Kendall), I don’t care about their whozits and whatzits galore. I don’t go around glorifying them like half the population (amazingly), but nor do I go around hating on them and posting comments like ‘ugh, why are they even famous?’, though sometimes, it is a valid question. I believe I am apathetic towards them.

But I also don’t live under a social rock. And like most of the world, I saw the transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner (deliberately not a ‘K’) and the Vanity Fair spread about it. The hype is there, you type Caitlyn into google, and Jenner is the first option. You type ‘Vanity Fair’ and Caitlyn Jenner will inevitably follow.

Can I just say, I think what Caitlyn did was brave. Can you imagine waking up everyday, in a body which makes you feel so uncomfortable? Can you imagine having the longings of a woman’s life, while trapped in a confusing maze of male testosterone (or vice versa)? And in saying that, being unable to even discuss it with your friends because, not to be stereotypical but relying on statistics, men often do not talk about feelings like this without fear of, for example, physical retribution?

And she grew up in a time where these kinds of feelings were unacceptable a lot of the time. That is NOT what was unacceptable. What WAS unacceptable that such people were outcasted for expressing their feelings, or had to repress them for fear of societal rejection because people were too blind to see it was biological. It happens people, sometimes humans are born with the mind of a female trapped in a male, or the other way around. Accept it and move on.

And don’t even begin to bring religion into this as an argument against it. Although if I keep going on this track, it will bring up a whole other can of worms, and I don’t want to upset anyone.

So overall, it must have indeed been very difficult for Caitlyn. And I am very glad that Vanity Fair did such a spread because it raises awareness and acceptance of these people for a larger audience, so no, I’m not against people giving it attention at all. Vanity Fair has such an extensive following all over the world, and for them to promote this was a fantastic way of bringing to light the need to accept people for who they are (although you would think we were modern enough to do that anyway… but obviously not.)

And I do admit. Having such a high profile family, as Caitlyn Jenner has, surrounded by fame-seeking people, it must have been a little bit more difficult to brave the world viewing and judging your transformation. I remember, I was flicking through some random websites one day, and I saw a spread on ”Bruce Jenner Breast Implants.’ I mean, each step of your journey, taken by the media and publicised to the rest of the world, despite the private nature of it. Must have been a little harder to do.

But here comes the real question – Was it so brave that she deserved the ESPY Courage Award? No.

No. No. No.

Considering I have just celebrated her sex-change, as you have read, you may be a little surprised at my adamance against her award. But don’t be, because I am about to explain why I don’t think she deserved this prize.

What Caitlyn did was a remarkably moving step to become comfortable in her own person, while in the eyes of gossip mongers everywhere. But there are so. many. people, who, despite not having such a high calibre profile, battle their own societal demons to also make this massive personal change.

They are all heroes in their own right, for conquering their issues in gender identity so why specifically recognise Jenner, who already was getting so much more attention from the Hollywood world to progress the idea of acceptance?

This award could have gone to so many other people, whose courage has not only been personal, but helped the world and made a difference. The biggest example, of course, was 19 year old basketball star, Lauren Hill. Passed away now unfortunately, (rest in peace.), Hill was diagnosed with brain cancer but continued playing. She was a shining example of hoping for the best, even raising $1 million for cancer research before her death.

Snoop Dog (I’m sure you all have heard of this rapper, his name is pretty distinctive) wrote a controversial tweet or Insta-post on how he was angry at a ‘science project’ getting the award, when there were other more deserving people. That’s rude too, Caitlyn or any sex-change recipient is not some ‘science project’, that was just crass. But he is a prominent example of the backlash that is facing Jenner and the ESPN at the moment.

I get that Jenner can now stand proud amongst her peers in the sporting arena. She can stand proud as a woman in Hollywood.

But that is not a reason to give her prestigious award for courage in my opinion.

Do you agree, dear readers? If not, why?

A Tale of Bad Drivers

These are the healthiest and tastiest little packages of vegetables you can come across. Steamed? Check. Not oily? Check. Full of veggies? Check. You could literally eat a basketful and it would still be acceptable. How do I know this? Well, because the first time I ever made this recipe, I basically ate that much, and I’m fine (if not better for it :P )

Read on for the recipe!

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CCU Undercover: Millone’s Ristorante & Bar

Please donate to the Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal. I don’t think I need to give a reason why, and if you haven’t already done so, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t need to be big, just come from the heart. Everything counts.

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If I have learnt anything in my life, it is that Italian food offers the greatest source of comfort food, out of any other cuisine. I don’t know if it just me, but when it is wet, gloomy and I need some serious food hits, Indian curry or Asian noodles are not satisfying enough.

No, what I need is a big, wholesome plate of carb-loaded, sauce-fuelled pasta with some hunkering pieces of garlic bread on the side, topped off with a giant pizza (for one). So when we ended up at Millone’s late on a chilly, rainy and of course, windy, that craving was quite fulfilled…

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