Deepi Harish
I write things.
I edit things.
I market things.
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I dole hacks & substitutions on how to troubleshoot baking recipes. I also give out the world's BEST banana bread recipes in a regular, gluten free and vegan version.

Entries by Deepi Harish

If Balls Are A Fad, What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2017 | 5:34 PM

Balls are still in. I'm talking about the edible kind  -- that still sounds wrong.

Cake balls, also known as cake pops, is what I'm referring to. "Cake pops, if you don't know, are basically balls of cake and frosting on a lollipop stick ... Cake pops are part of this...

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What Makes The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie?

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2017 | 2:00 PM

A few nights ago, a swanky hotel in Toronto hosted a Chocolate Chip Cookie Battle. I would be stupid not to go.

My cookie dinner had me craving several glasses of ice cold milk and possibly pickled ginger to cleanse my palette. Milk was plenty at the event. They forgot...

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#FoodPorn Is Changing The Way Millennials Eat

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 3:56 PM

We've trained ourselves to consume visual content and by 'ourselves' I mean millennials. I'm not a millennial but the sentence flows better by starting off with 'we've.'

The number one catalyst for targeting millennials is descriptive imagery. Young people know this, old people know this, big box brands, novelty brands...

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The Role Of Vanilla In Baking (And How To Replace It)

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 1:01 PM

What's the deal with vanilla? 
Why is vanilla so important in baking? 
What are vanilla substitutions?

To answer these questions, I reached out to a few people that know a thing or two about baking.

I started local and got in touch with Toronto's

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Luck Has Nothing To Do With My Big Breaks. I Made Them Happen

(12) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 1:49 PM

You know what really annoys me? When people say "you're so lucky."

Luck has nothing to do with the way I choose to live my life.

For example, I enjoy travelling, so I make sure to factor that into my life as often as I can. I make a lot...

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How To Colour Your Baked Goods Naturally

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 1:39 PM

Remember that rumour about red food colouring being made of crushed bugs? Well it's true. Using bugs as red food dye has been around for centuries.

Other food colours are made from synthetic or chemical agents. Depending on the types of food being coloured affects the substances used...

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Are Voice Messages Making A Comeback?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 7:51 AM

What if I told you there's a new player in the online dating game that is set apart from all the current ones that look, feel and act the same, are you intrigued?

What if I told you this app views 'looks' as secondary and places more attention on a...

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Cutting Refined Sugar Out Of Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 6:53 AM

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Did you, like me, overindulge in cheesecakes, gingerbread houses, shortbread cookies, pies, oh so many pies over the holiday season? 

Did you, like me, tell yourself that in the new year I'm going to eat cleaner, take in...

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Travelling Solo Is So Important

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 5:48 AM

I've travelled to 24 countries thus far and 60% of those trips were done solo. I couldn't be happier for making that conscious choice. Not to say I don't love travelling with friends, it's just an entirely different experience.

It's hard to describe the depth of value of seeing the...

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Know Thy Oven, Your Baked Goods Will Thank You

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 2:44 PM

Believe it or not, your oven has a personality. And getting to know it is hella important. It's just as important as reading a recipe properly or using room temperature ingredients.

Having the skills to bake is one thing; having a home appliance (oven) that will do the other half...

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These Luxurious Escapes Are My Favourite In Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2016 | 5:39 AM

Everyone could use a little "me" time. Toronto has some sweet places to splurge on that "me" time, and I do mean splurge.

Recently, I tested out three luxury spas and their signature services to see if the following outcomes would occur:

- Did I look 5-10 years younger...

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Everyday Baking Hacks Absolutely Anyone Can Pull Off

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 10:30 AM

There are plenty of write-ups on life hacks out there, and just as many on baking hacks. The difference is that these ones actually work. So for all of you Martha Stewart wannabes, dorm room dwellers who get the hankering for something freshly baked or busy parents that survive on...

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Here's Why Your Cakes Taste Like Sh*t

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 6:08 AM

Isn't it frustrating when the cake you're baking for a special occasion majorly flops because one of the following cake scenarios turn up:

• Sunk in the middle
• Overly dry
• Unevenly cooked
• Borderline burnt on top yet raw in the middle
• Too...

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What Will Coworking Spaces Evolve Into Next?

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 4:40 AM


Coworking spaces are popping up like weed dispensaries in Toronto and worldwide, (globally there are 10,000 to be exact.) In fact, Berlin, London and Sao Paulo, you'll find more than 100 coworking spaces per city.

I've worked at a few and I get...

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These 20 Powerful Companies Were Founded By Women

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 3:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a fancy gala and immediately dismissed the invite because I'm not fancy. However, a dear friend convinced me to attend and take her as my plus one. So we got all frilled up and went.

The event celebrated Canada's leading female entrepreneurs...

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Why Are India's Beauty Standards So Messed Up?

(10) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 7:59 AM


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Scenario 1: A friend of mine called me out of frustration last week. He owns a South Asian bridal boutique. Shopping season for South Asian brides takes place now for weddings that will happen in the summer of...

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Where To Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix In Canada This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 1:01 PM

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Pumpkin season is upon us, which means it's only a matter of days before the we get hit in the face with the smells and flavours of everything pumpkin spice. Your body washes, airfresheners, alcohol, cookies and creamers. And that's only in Canada -- they...

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30 Things I Thought I Would Have By 30

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 10:55 AM

I'm a few years older than thirty. Looking back, thirty was somewhat of a milestone birthday, but instead of thinking of all the things I have done with my life, I zeroed in on the sh*t I didn't own, do, feel, get better at, by thirty. 

Here's the rundown:


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Are Blenders Better Than Juicers?

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 6:44 AM

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It depends on which smoothie/juice junkie you ask. One thing is for sure; the marketing for popular blender brands surpasses that of any juicer. 

When was the last time you heard someone talk about their juicer?


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Logging Providers Are The Good Type Of Hackers

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 2:56 PM

If the TV series, Mr. Robot was real, E Corp (the made-up multi-national conglomerates being hacked in the show) would benefit from services that companies like LogDNA can offer. Above all, Elliot, the notorious hacker (and main character in the series) would be caught.

While putting together this...

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