The Dan-tonator

By , April 29, 2009 2:59 pm

Dan made a sandwich today and I asked him to name it because I thought it was pretty special. He called it the Dan-tonator. (Why do man have this need to stamp their names on everything?) If I were the creator of this sandwich, I’d call it the Toast Sandwich because you know how egg sandwiches mean there’s egg sandwiched between two pieces of bread? And how tuna sandwiches mean there’s tuna sandwiched between two pieces of bread? And how…. ok ok  I see you get the drift. Sadly, it’s not my creation to name, and so Dan-tonator it is.

This is a piece of toast (ie: toasted bread) between two untoasted breads. The difference in texture makes it pretty interesting although it does make for quite a mouthful of bread. I alternate bites of the Dan-tonator with teaspoonfuls of nutella. Dan’s happy with his All bread sandwich.

Simple delights.

Gourmet Plus

By , April 28, 2009 5:26 pm

We were in the east over the weekend and found this gem of a French restaurant on Frankel Ave. It’s alongside some other pretty looking eateries that look just as wanting to be tried but the word Gourmet held a very strong draw for Dan so it was into Gourmet Plus we went. See how important the name of a restaurant is?

I like the cold cuts displayed at the counter, and also the quaint ambience of the restaurant. Oh and I learnt from Dan after we sat down at the only table inside that had seat covers, that in european culture, the ‘dressed up’ table is usually reserved for close friends and family of the owner of the restaurant. It would be too much trouble to move our food so I consider our rudeness, a lesson in culture 😛

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Cheese Platter for starters. I like that the slices of bread were nice and toasty, and that there was more variety of cheeses than there was unnecessary quantity.

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I do not eat oysters, but Dan says they are superb cos they are stuck to the shell and that supposedly indicates freshness.

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Roast Chicken in Truffle Sauce. This. Is. Good. Tender chicken in tasty truffle sauce that wasn’t overpowering. Even the potatoes on the side tasted just right.

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Duck Confit with roast potatoes. Also very good. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. There was the fragrance of butter on the roast potatoes – prepared differently from the potatoes with my chicken.

We didn’t have space for desserts but we’re definitely heading back. Another draw of the place is that they serve late breakfast (til 3pm if I recall correctly). For the late risers!

The address is 117 Frankel Ave. Tel : 64411120 (In case you want to check out how late late is for breakfast)

Tree Top Walk

By , April 28, 2009 3:39 pm

Tree Top Walk

I have a new showreel!

By , April 28, 2009 3:39 pm

I have a new showreel!

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Pretty Macaroons!

By , April 20, 2009 9:43 am

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Good friends buy you things you are too stingy to buy for yourself!! They’re from Canele – my friends must’ve remembered me exclaiming over how expensive they are the last time we had them. I love the many pretty colours and flavours – call me a sucker for good presentation. On a side note, they bought the glass jar themselves because over $50 worth of macaroons (I estimate) does not come with a pretty container. That’s in case you decide to buy them for your selves friends and wonder where the glass jar is.

And I love the self made card beside it because it’s such a classy montage of my latest favourite thing – guitars! Oh and did I mention that I got a BEAUTIFUL guitar for my birthday? Good husbands buy you the (expensive) things they know you’d love to have 😀 😀

In short, I had a busy birthday week, meeting friends and eating out – will get the montage of food pictures up within the next few days!

Muffins!

By , April 14, 2009 10:16 am

I’ve never been a big fan of muffins. They just aren’t as delicate as cupcakes and I usually have difficulty finishing a muffin by myself. (With the exception of the banana muffin i had one sumptuous birthday breakfast at The Book Cafe some years back).

But as I always say – it is all about the recipe. Jeanette Aw and Dasmond Koh were filming a segment of a chinese variety show(當公主遇上王子) in my kitchen yesterday. 

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Jeanette showcased her baking skills while Dasmond showcased his usual wit and humour. When the familiar baking smells started wafting out of the oven, I we couldn’t wait for filming to be over so that it would be officially tea time. After trying her muffins (apologies if it sounds kinda wrong), I’m proud to announce that I’ve found the recipe that would make my sister (who’s a muffin lover) very happy. Plus I finished my whole muffin 🙂

Jeanette, thanks for agreeing to share your recipe here :

Raisin Muffins

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 cup flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
2/3 cup sugar
3tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (up to you)

1. Preheat oven to 200deg
2. Put all the ingredients (except raisins) in a bowl and mix well. (Low speed mixer for about 5mins)
3. Stir in raisins.
4.Scoop into muffin holders.
5. Bake for 18-20mins.

Chocolate Muffins

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup butter (150gm)
1/2 cup chocolate chip (up to you)

1. Preheat oven to 180deg
2. Put all the ingredients(except chocolate chips) in a bowl and mix well. (Low speed mixer for about 5mins)
3. Stir in chocolate chips
4. Scoop into muffin holders.
5. Bake for 25mins.

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I thought the raisin muffins tasted healthy cos of the oats and the fact that it wasn’t very sweet. I also liked that the tops were a little crusty while the insides soft. The chocolate muffins had a rich chocolate flavour and tasted really yummy. Note : the chocolate chips tend to sink to the bottom so you might not want to be overeager when stirring them in.

Each recipe makes 6 big muffins or 12 small ones. Reduce baking time if you’re using a small holder(10-12mins for the raisin and 15mins for the chocolate). Stick a skewer into the muffin to see if it comes out clean if you aren’t sure.

I’ll be making this very soon 🙂

Random Bites

By , April 8, 2009 2:50 pm

I’m loathed to introduce an entire meal when only 1 dish is recommendation worthy, or when I’ve already written about the restaurant. So I figured a “Random Bites” post is long overdue since I have too many food pictures. Here goes!

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The Hongkong cafe at B2 of Takashimaya – the sauce was a tad sweet, but refreshing cold tofu with pork floss is fantastic for teatime 🙂

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Spring roll wrapped in flour roll  – a novel difference from the usual char siew/prawn fillings. The crispy and soft textures contrasted very well and it wasn’t as oily as fried fritters. Nice! The fried rice with crabmeat and fish roe look such a pretty picture I had to include it – of course it was uber tasty too! This is at Crystal Jade, Vivocity.

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Ok the above is quite a big bite. We initially wanted to go to Ban Leong for lunch but it was closed. We walked past this store and spied delicious looking wanton mee on some people’s tables so decided to sit ourselves down. It’s another Hong Kong cafe, but I think because their chef is from Hong Kong, their food actually tasted like it was from there! The wanton mee was springy and had lean char siew – I like. They also make a mean lean roast duck – comparable to that in hong kong! I like even more. 🙂 Another plus point was that their ‘dong leng mud’ (iced lemon tea) tasted like the real deal -lotsa lemon slices in there. *slurp* This is on Casuarina road.

And since we’re talking about Ban Leong – I might as well confess that I have been back a few times for their crabs – Butter Crab and Steamed Crab.

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The butter crab was a surprise for me – it’s deep fried and has crispy bits all over, much like the crispy bits on cereal prawn except that it’s probably bits of flour fried in butter. But it’s such yummy fried flour that we were shovelling in mouthfuls of it with rice. Absolutely sinful but most treats tend to be, right?

If you like juicy crabs, this may not be the option for you. Go for the steamed crab instead (I forgot my cam that day) – it comes served with egg white around the crab. Definitely the best choice if you prefer the original taste of crab and want to feel like you had a healthy meal.

Now I feel like such a pig 😛

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