Hiya! Nice to meet you! I’m Kira, and I am a professionally trained pastry chef.
Vancouver, Canada is where I call home with my Irish husband let’s call him “The Irishman”, and Diego, my fury Shiba Inu sidekick.
My origin story begins in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Before I could reach the counter I was in the kitchen helping my Dad bake. He was constantly making countless batches of cinnamon buns and cookies in his mission to perfect each delicious recipe. I was just an innocent, sugar obsessed child who quickly nominated herself to be his official taste-tester. It was only a matter of time before I took things into my own hands. As soon as I was tall enough to reach the kitchen aid mixer on my own I began combing through my family’s vast array of cookbooks and magazines looking for inspiration and ideas. Before I knew it, I found myself carrying on the family tradition of creating and endlessly perfecting my own recipes.
Since those early days my baking style and daily inspiration for my recipes have been heavily rooted in my childhood memories. Although my love for baking all things sweet has only increased over the years, the way I bake certainly changed when I developed an allergy to wheat in my twenties. Initially I was devastated. But instead of throwing in my apron I decided that the only thing I could do was move forward and accept this new challenge in my life. I was going to prove that gluten free desserts could rival their wheat’a’licious counterparts.
Kira in the Kitchen is a way for me to use my pastry powers for good to create new and nostalgic gluten free recipes that any home baker can enjoy. I also love experimenting with plant-based alternatives to my favourite desserts so expect to see plenty of dairy and egg free recipes!
Let’s get in the kitchen and make something together!