Archive for the ‘Discussion’ Category

My Blogger Friend Sherene To Be In Singapore In October.

September 8, 2008

Sherene is someone I’ve got to know through this blog of mine. She’s a Singaporean living in Croatia with her fiance and she’s one amazing chef and entrepreneur. I’ve never met her but we have each other on msn, Facebook and twitter. I will be seeing her when she is visiting in October! 

She once did a guest entry for me and likewise me for her

I cannot wait! 🙂

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McDelivery Your McGriddles Breakfast.

April 12, 2008

McDonald’s has finally started to market the arrival of their halal McGriddles burger in Singapore. This was done through their McDelivery website and through a TV commercial (can’t seem to find it off YouTube yet). So now, you no longer need to feel insecure when you want to order this burger. 🙂

 

I learned from Brenda that a lot of the boys in my school are crazy over the McGriddles burger. One of them have no problem dipping this sweet and savoury burger into chilli sauce; which I totally cannot come to terms with. I’ve even got a classmate who ate 3 burgers the moment he had learned of it arriving in Singapore. You can read more about my review on the McGriddles burger here.

Whatever your verdict is on the McGriddles, its always good to have something new on the tried and tested McDonald’s menu. 🙂

The Only Time I’ve Use Betty Crocker Cake Mix.

April 11, 2008

Call me a person that’s full of pride, it doesn’t matter. I simply refuse to use even Betty Crocker’s delicious cake mix when baking. The only time I’ve used it is when I had to bake numerous cupcakes for my friend’s birthday. It’ll simply take too much time to bake large batches of cupcakes in my tiny oven.

Nothing really beats measuring the correct amount of ingredients and mixing things up using different methods. Nothing really beats seeing the end product of my very own creation come to life, knowing full well that every credit goes to me.

I’m pretty sure I ain’t the only baker around who feels this way! 🙂

p/s: My camera lens broke today (Fuji Finepix F31) 😦 It isn’t worth getting it repaired. Any camera (similar to the amazing F31 specifications) to recommend?

McDonald’s McGriddles Breakfast Burger.

March 31, 2008

The McGriddles burger is in Singapore. Is it available in all branches? I shall find this out as soon as possible!

There are 3 types of McGriddles burgers, all wrapped syrup-infused pancakes
1. Sausage
2. Egg and cheese
3. Bacon, egg and cheese

But I think the bacon option won’t be available in Singapore because the McDonald’s here are Halal certified.

My Interview With Trained Baker, Sherene Tan.

March 25, 2008

Sherene is someone I’ve gotten to know from this blog of mine a couple of months ago. She is a Singaporean living in Croatia and is a trained baker. I’ve asked her to guest blog for this post because she has inspired me in many ways and I hope we could all learn something from her.

Amsie: What is it about the food in Croatia and Singapore that you love and/or dislike?

Sherene: Croatian food…let’s see it can be really uncreative. They stick to whatever they were eating since they first tasted food. Usually meat (which I can’t stand too much of). Very little choice of fresh vegetables. But the fresh ones are really good. Like what others call organic. Everything is organic here! They are still growing crops the traditional way. Fish and seafood are very fresh. Usually grilled to preserve freshness. And of course, I love the fresh octopuses! Simply boiled and served as salad with olive oil. Mmmm…that is natural food at its best!

Singapore my dear Singapore…I love the choice of food! I eat a lot when I’m at home. And my mum’s cuisine is the best on earth! Envy me, I’m just plain lucky! Spicy food is my number ONE! I would choose Malay food over Chinese, than Indian than Western (and miscellaneous). Oh I have to squeeze Japanese food somewhere on par with Chinese. What I missed now? Teh-C! Ahhhh! What I hate about Singapore food is that you can’t find authentic Italian or French cuisine. It is overpriced, not good enough and overhyped!

Amsie: What makes the food in these two countries difference and/or alike?

Sherene: More differences than similarities between the two. Only common point is the seafood and how they like to  maximise the taste of the fish when they cook it. The best stuff are so natural and locally produced. The Olive Oil, Olives, Honey, Wine and even Pršut (Proscuitto) are so Ooh La la!  Oh and even fresh yeast that comes in 40g pack. Neat hur?

Amsie: When and how did you fall in love with cooking and baking?

Sherene: As long as I could remember. My mum cooks everything so well. She loves breads and still recalls those fresh loaves she used to get when she was young. So I went to learn baking. And make lots of fresh bread with different varieties for her! No one in my family actually like cakes. Too sweet for their liking. But I love my chocolate cakes and muffins. My mates used to call my Muffin Lady.

Amsie: Muffin Lady, that’s cute 🙂 So what do you aspire to be?

Sherene: A boss of an F&B enterprise. A few types of F&B companies under one. I will not tell you my business plans yet. Trade secret!

Amsie: What is the one food you cannot do without?

Sherene: Bread! and Butter to go with it.

You can visit her blog to learn more about her adventures in food and Croatia.

Thank you for doing this Sherene! 😀

Facebook (fluff)Friends Food.

March 15, 2008

Please allow me first to introduce you to my (fluff)Friend, which is an application on Facebook. His name is Bailey and he is a bunny. 😀 He is spotted to be hanging out with his friends amongst Easter eggs tonight.

What really amazes me about this application is the extensive selection of food that could be purchased for feeding pets. Here are just some of the food I have in Bailey’s food storage.

Some of the foods are weird (Raggedy Old Boot) and some not so weird (Cheesecake). Each pet adopted has their own food preferences. Bailey particularly likes the Milk Jar, Noodle Bowl and Candy Cane.

Here are some more food that Bailey has.

I would fancy a pork bun now actually, Bailey is one blessed bunny.

The Different Ways Of Cooking Eggs.

March 10, 2008

Have you ever heard of people saying that they cannot cook anything but eggs? Then the next question to ask them is if they do know how to use all the methods of cooking eggs. I do not know how to but I would love to eventually.

There are numerous ways to cook eggs. Here are some of my favourites.

1. Over-easy, and eaten early in the morning with economical fried bee hoon.
2. Scrambled, with loads of garlic, dried shrimp and sliced onions.
3. Steamed, and accompanied with rice and other complimenting dishes.

Of course, I could not do without eggs when it comes to baking. It is absolutely necessary.

Eggs are one of the most nutrient-rich foods available to us, so eat up people! 🙂

Click here and here for more egg information and recipes.

Any Recommendations For High Energy Foods For An Alert Mind?

March 9, 2008

I have been tired lately because of the large amount of school work. I’ve been eating too much fast food and drinking too much carbonated water. Coffee and tea doesn’t seem to help me stay awake anymore.

I have heard people saying that fish makes you smarter, is that true? And does anyone have any recommendations for high energy foods for an alert mind? My first step towards school life is to stay happy and be positive; which keeps all sicknesses away. Now I need to consume the right type of foods for an energy perk. 🙂

I Love Chinese Take-Out Boxes.

March 7, 2008

There is just something about these cute take-out boxes. I’ve always been drawn to them. They do not have these in Singapore; we Singaporeans packed our food in plastic containers mostly. Perhaps that is the reason why I’ve always wanted to eat from these take-out boxes.

Check out this cool website. You can actually print and fold your very own take out boxes! 🙂 Maybe next time I’ll sell my cupcakes in these cute Chinese themed boxes.

My Garlic Summary.

March 3, 2008

I am absolutely in love with the garlic plant. I need to eat garlic everyday. I always thank God that my helper uses a lot of garlic in her cooking, especially in frying vegetables.


Source: Wikipedia

Here is my summary on garlic.

I like Garlic Central’s description on how to cure Garlic Breath.

“The only guaranteed way to prevent garlic breath is simply not to eat garlic.”

However Chef Tallyrand‘s Garlic Cooking Tip number 10 says that garlic eaters can freshen their breath by chewing on a sprig of fresh parsley. I think I would rather stick to having garlic breath.

Here are some links related to cooking with garlic and garlic recipes.
Garlic Central Recipes
The Garlic Store
Gourmet Garlic Gardens
About.com: Home Cooking

Garlic and tomatoes even fed the Spanish people after 1939 Spanish Civil War, while they were starving. Ah garlic, my hero.

An Update – 4 March 2008

Just so you understand the extent of my family’s love for garlic, here is a photo of a recent bag of peeled-garlic that my helper had bought. 🙂

In fact, I can hear her chopping these beauties up in the kitchen right now.

😀