Brain cupcakes

So not only is Halloween coming up, but we’re finishing our “Brain and Behaviour” unit, so I figured a brainy baked good was definitely in order.

The chocolate cupcake recipe is the same one I always use, and the icing is “Swiss Meringue Buttercream“, the recipe is from (where the idea for the cupcakes is also from).

All I can say is piping is always much harder than I anticipate. Mine are most definitely not up to Martha standards. All in all it was a much appreciated break from studying the brain.

Sweet potato and carrot curry soup

Fall is most definitely soup making time, especially judging from how many people in my class have been bringing it for lunch. So I was inspired to try making some of my own.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a large Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cayenne
  • 1/2 white wine or white wine vinegar
  • Roughly 5 medium-sized carrots
  • 4 Sweet potatoes
  • 5-7 cups of broth
  • 1/2 milk


  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large saucepan/soup pot and add the garlic, onion and spices
  2. Cook until the onion becomes translucent then add the white wine then cook for a couple minutes until the wine is reduced
  3. Add the chopped carrots and sweet potato, it’s best if you cut them relatively small so that they cook faster, and the broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer.
  4. Cook until the vegetables are soft (this time can vary)
  5. Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool down a bit, then blend it in a blender until it’s smooth.
  6. Put the blended soup back in the saucepan and add the milk
  7. Heat it up a little bit and then serve

I’m so impressed with my first soup-making attempt, the soup is so tasty, very good for you (lots of the old beta-carotene) and has just a nice warm spice to it.


Mike and I went to Nocturne last night, it’s loosely based off Nuit Blanche, basically an evening of art and live performances at lots of different locations around the city. It was incredibly fun! There were lots of stations where you could make things or do things, plus some of the standard gallery-type ones.

One of my favourites was this moving sculpture called “Spinnekop” by Nicole LeBlanc & Melissa Schwegmann.

Spinnekop, or spider, is a kinetic sculpture designed to abstractly simulate an organism. The project was inspired by a common interest in biomimicry and kinetic architecture. Spinnekop evokes a living energy through fluid, rhythmical movement and subtle illumination. Starting as a collapsed form, numerous members unfurl as they twist and extend into a series of seemingly tangled legs. As the legs expand, a diaphanous membrane shifts to create a soft, flowing envelope, like a spider trapped in its own webbing. (Description from Nocturne Program)

O’clock watches

One of my classmates showed me these (after seeing my blue Swatch). They’re so cute, I’m such a sucker for brightly coloured things. The price on the O’Clock Watches looks pretty reasonable, though supposedly they’re all sold out.

My only slight worry is that there is no second hand. From a design point it’s great, but darn it’s hard to take heart rate by the minute…

Journal cover and layout rework

This isn’t exactly new, in fact I uploaded it to my portfolio a couple weeks ago. My school’s journal was due for a little bit of a facelift, so I reworked the layout a bit to streamline it (previously it had a 1pt stroke line around all of the text on every page). You might also recognize the eye from earlier this summer (being the summer, the editors were unfortunately short on available images for the cover, we’re hoping to recruit more for the next issue).

Med Ball Logo

I was asked to make a logo to put on the tickets, posters and programs for this year’s annual med ball (big fancy dinner & dance). This year’s theme is “Big City, Bright Lights,” so I went with a bit of a NY thing (I’m pretty sure that’s what the organizers were thinking too).

And Helvetica Light, because it’s a fancy event*.

*This is a reference to the movie Helvetica, where it was argued that you can use Helvetica for everything, and if it’s a fancy event, just use light or extra light.

Moo (in pastels)

We had a little art/movie night for Art in Medicine where we had little (7×7″) tiles to paint for the Mental Health Association, with the theme being “Hope”. I got some oil pastels for the night, because I figured no one had used those in years and it would bring out the inner crayon lover in all of us.

I did a tile of Moo, one of my cats. He took a leap out the window about a month ago, and lived, thankfully. So I figured that was pretty hopeful. It’s too bad oil pastels don’t scan a bit better.

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