Eat my heart.

 

Honey pancakes with buttered bananas and strawberries.

Made a beeline for the kitchen last week during the public holiday, and realised how much I miss whipping up yummies from time to time. This time I added about three teaspoons of HONEYSPREE‘s Creamy Clover Honey to my pancake batter for a slight hint of natural sweetness. I really love the fact that they are adorably heart-shaped, you can get the pancake mold from Daiso! Pretty sure it works with eggs too, although I have yet to try that.

If you missed my previous pancake post containing the recipe I used, >>> ♥ READ IT HERE ♥ <<<

Sometimes following recipe measurements isn’t enough to make it good, the right amount of milk so they don’t spread too thin, the quality of the flour and eggs can determine the taste… How much butter to use so it doesn’t stick to the pan and yet not turn out too greasy, and then you still have to know when to flip it so it doesn’t burn. It’s much like everything else in life, making pancakes; it takes practice to get it right. But when you put a few things together correctly, with the right treatment, in the right amounts, you’ll always get something good that will be well worth the effort. :)

Have a great week ahead! xx

Dinner with an old friend at The Pizza Place

We had to grab a quick bite before the Esquire event so Alvin suggested The Pizza Place. I’ve been to Raffles City many times, but I have never noticed this little outlet tucked away in a corner, not until now!

I would have loved to try the pizza at a pizza place but the personal sized pizzas were sold out, so I just had some sides instead. This little corner has some pretty decent bites!

For one, I was really happy they have truffle fries! A bowlful for S$6.80! I wonder if they do take out.. Hmmmmmm

Alvin had Meatball Pasta which was good apparently, but the color of the meatballs really scares me. I won’t say what I think they look like so… go figure. ^_^

I had an order of these cheesy meatballs since I wasn’t too hungry… Very yummy! Wish we weren’t in a rush to finish though, these were piping hot out of the oven and it took more than 5 minutes to cool down enough for me to bite into!

Alvin and his EXTREMELY belated birthday gift, the Mario piranha plant, which is now his favourite and uhmmm perhaps only, pet plant. Handmade by yours truly. :D

See more of my hama bead work here! >> Hama Hama <<

The entire meal consisting of 3 food items and 2 drinks costed $31! Very affordable considering the location and for the quality of food they offer. Plus, they don’t charge service or GST here. Awesommmeeee right? I’ll definitely go back for the truffle fries and maybe a pizza the next time. Definitely worth checking out! :)

The Pizza Place is located at Raffles City, #B1-16. Tel: 6336 1979

“Serving up a slice of New York City for 15 years since opening in 1996 in Singapore, The Pizza Place epitomizes the classic New York style pizza at its very best. Topped with generous portions of premium ingredients and crowned with layers of melted cheese, every bite into our freshly-baked golden-crusted gourmet pizzas will satisfy the most epicurean of cravings. Together with our ever-popular variety of pastas, baked rice, spicy Buffalo wings, fresh salads and finger foods, we have something for everyone to enjoy, every time. Visit us at our newly-renovated restaurant for a truly unforgettable gastronomic experience today!”

Why Men shouldn’t get the groceries…

Last friday we went grocery shopping to whip up some dinner, the original plan was pasta but I kinda had the pizza munchies so I asked to get pizza instead. Somehow this “foreign” brand caught Robin’s eye and since he was so insistent on trying it cos he said it was a PEPPERONI PIZZA, I didn’t really take much notice of what he was buying and picked out my own hawaiian that costed half the price of his Pepperoni.

We got home, he opened the box, put the pizza in the oven. No suspicions. The pizza came out of the oven looking like this…

This was the first time since he put it in the shopping basket that I actually saw what he bought. First impression? UH. Dodgy. Robin took a bite into it and his face changed while I was just dumbfounded. I didn’t know what kind of pepperoni I was looking at… No surprise, he couldn’t stomach it, so I decided to give it a taste. My first question? “Is this tofu?”

I asked him to show me the box, which was actually already in the trash… And guess what this pepperoni pizza really was?

TOFURKY! A VEGAN PIZZA!

Tofurky, sounds questionable enough, right? Non-dairy cheese that really melts? Uhmmmm. WHAT? That pizza on the box doesn’t even look like a pizza to me. I still don’t understand how he bought a vegan pizza with VEGAN screaming right at him.

And that’s why I question if men should run grocery trips without us… Robin can cook, that’s a given, but I’m going to be checking everything before paying out from now on. Just in case.

PS : The pizza was meatless, yes. Delicious? Hell no. No offense to vegans but honestly, I don’t know how you guys eat stuff like this.

something familiar… and a very basic pancake recipe

Honey pancakes with fresh strawberries… ♥

It’s been awhile since I’ve spent time in the kitchen, apart from last week when I made Hollandaise sauce with poached eggs. (Maybe I should write about that too…) It’s been even longer since I’ve had pancakes, so I decided to make some! I usually use a buttermilk pancake mix but I was feeling “original” so I made this from scratch. The original recipe claims to yield FLUFFY pancakes, but mine were anything but fluffy. I still liked how they turned out though, quite like Robin’s german pancakes, just that I didn’t add any salt to mine. If you’ve tried the pancakes at Ikea, this one comes pretty close.

A very basic pancake recipe:

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup milk

1 egg

 Don’t think I have to go into how to make them, right? I don’t know if it was my choice of flour that caused them to not be fluffy but I did follow the recipe,  I did add about two tablespoons of honey to the mix though, gives it a subtle taste of honey! Best enjoyed with tons of butter and soaked in pancake/maple syrup. Whip cream is optional but it is a very welcome addition, especially coupled with fresh strawberries. It’s a real treat! These pancakes keep well too, I kept about 4 of them and ate them two days later and they were still yummy after being warmed up.

Enjoy! :)

Food in your neighbourhood.

It’s been ages since I did a food post, so here’s a quick one! If you live around Toa Payoh, I’m pretty sure you’d have tried this already, otherwise, good food is closer than you think… First of all, a disclaimer, I did not try the porridge, and the one worth raving about is at the end of this post, but since I got these from my sister…

I’m not a huge fan of porridge, but I do enjoy the occassional bowl of century egg congee, maybe next time, Ah Chiang! Now, on to what I did like (quite a lot!)

Roast meat noodles! Everyone had porridge from Ah Chiang’s but I was in the mood for some meat! I didn’t think I’d be doing a post proper so I totally forgot to take note of the shop’s name. >__< BUT! If you can find Ah Chiang, you can find this stall, it’s at the very end of the row of stalls, on the left. It’s sooooo crowded, you won’t miss it!

The noodles I had costed $7.50 for 3 different kinds of meat, roast pork, char siew and roast duck. I haven’t had much of an appetite lately so the fact that I wiped out every last bit of this must mean something. Also, if you are a fan of “lar pok” ie. pork lard, this stall is really generous with it, and in big pieces too! How rare! You will have to wait because this stall is rather popular, but it’s definitely worth it! There are only a few tables that they will serve, so if you pick a table as far away as Ah Chiang’s, like we did, you’ll have to opt for take away instead.

These stalls are both located at HDB Hub, Block 190, Level 1, Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190

xx

Happy Birthday Mimi! ♥ ♥ ♥

3 dimensional paper roses for the birthday girl. This actually took me a couple of hours. Definitely worth it tho… Perhaps I should add this to the store?

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – { Dinner at Capricci } – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Just some of the dishes we ordered. As enticing as they look, taste wise, not quite up to par. The prices are also pretty steep for what you get. Would I go back? No not really.

– – – – – – – – – – – – { Post dinner drinks at Drink Culture } – – – – – – – – – – – –

If you like the Bar Stories concept, then you probably will like Drink Culture. Price wise? Pretty steep, considering my usual Amaretto with ginger ale puts a $20 dent in your pocket. So, unless you have way too much $ to splurge, this is not exactly a place for multiple rounds. xx

Sponsored Review : Sunshine Bakeries' Enriched Corn & Bran Bread

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Diets high in wheat bran have consistently demonstrated great health benefits such as lower cholesterol levels, healthier hearts as well as improved intestinal health. Corn is a rich source of fibre and being a low-fat complex carbohydrate, deserves a regular place on any healthy table.

Offering the goodness of dietary fibre, Enriched Corn & Bran Bread is an ideal option to complete everyday meals, as it offers the necessary Vitamins like B1, B2 & B3, which in turn help to release energy from proteins, fats & carbohydrates. The bread is also high in iron and calcium. Iron is an important component of red blood cells, which carries  oxygen to all parts of the body to help in the production of energy while calcium supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

If you ask me, this is one benefit-packed loaf that will fulfill your daily nutritional needs  without compromising on taste. I am not a big fan of wheat bread but I would definitely love to have this anytime of day. Lightly toasted & buttered, it reminds me of a corn muffin! :)

Sunshine Enriched Corn & Bran Bread is available at all hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, petrol marts and general retailers at the retail price of S$2.95 each. 

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a great easter holiday! We got down to some baking again over the weekend! I baked two cakes on Saturday, must have been out of my mind, I was so tired after that. >_<

I usually prefer cupcakes/muffins over cakes cos they’re easier to share but I didn’t bring the cupcake tray back to Robin’s place so we had to settle for cakes! The second one turned out amazing! I iced it with cream cheese frosting, a thick layer of blueberry jam & topped it with tons of fresh blackberries & raspberries.

We shared this with friends yesterday evening at a little home cooked easter dinner. :)

And…… Guess who’s being a cutie today?

I’m doing some catching up with work, so look out for more new additions in store this week! xx

Dig Deep.

I got a little sneaky last Friday, told Robin we’d go somewhere in the evening but that’s all I told him. We went to Beaulieu House which is within Sembawang Park, they’re currently renovating the place so there really isn’t very much to do there but I thought some quiet time out together by the water would be nice for a friday evening. :)

While waiting for our food to be served we enjoyed our very yummy coconuts.  I always say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, just like you can’t judge a coconut by it’s tough shell, it still has a sweet centre.

Mr grumps/squishy face?

My teriyaki chicken, honestly I didn’t taste much teriyaki in this. It was supposed to be crispy but no part of this chicken was near crispy, still pretty tasty tho.

Baby’s steak with mushroom sauce, apparently not too bad but pretty pricey.

The food took awhile since there was a school event going on, prices are a little on the steep side considering the average taste. Next time I’ll go somewhere with less mozzies & ants.

I also physically parted with my past that night. As I watched a box of past memories go up in flames, I had imagined myself bursting into tears, but it was nothing like that at all. Instead, I felt relieved, as if I had been set free from a cage, a weight lifted off my shoulders…

Don’t let your past tie you down, limit the things you can do, or stop you rom being the person you can be. We only have this life to live. xx

"A Girls' Day Out" @ Häagen-Dazs

Yesterday I was invited to attend Girls’ Day Out at Häagen-Dazs’ Holland Village branch, but it was also daddy’s birthday, so I decided to bring the family  for an afternoon out instead. :)

Soooo… Who do I look like? Mummy or daddy?

We were served the High Tea Affair set, $38++ which consists of….

3 mini scoops each of Cookie Dough Chip, Belgian Chocolate (YUM), & Strawberry ice cream. Followed by….

6 delicate ice cream macaroons. The macadamia nut brittle with orange cream one was a favourite across the board. If you like something unusual, it would be the green tea one. I’m still not quite used to tasting green tea in anything else other than, well, tea.

Lastly, this will put a smile on those of you who are health-conscious! A plateful of succulent kiwis, raspberries & grapes.

Now, what is melty & crunchy all at once?

Petite Temptations, priced at $18++ comes with chunks of buttery cookie dough & sweet fudge chips hidden in folds of the finest Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream, accompanied by drizzles of mango & chocolate sauce.

If you’re craving for just macaroons alone, order the Macaroon Mélange, $18++.  Enjoy an assortment of 5 ice cream macaroons containing creamy, luscious ice cream and Chantilly cream encased in a chocolate shell, served with almond nibs & strawberries.

  

The High Tea Affair, ice cream macaroons & limited edition Petite Temptations creation are available at all Häagen-Dazs shops nationwide until the 31st of May 2012. We had a great afternoon at Häagen-Dazs, I’m sure you will too! xx

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