Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

House at Dempsey Hill, Singapore.

October 23, 2009

Sometimes food tastes good simply because…of the company one’s with.

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Fish and chips, with a unique set of dips. Tomato (I think), vinegar and tartar sauce.

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Very unique tasting seafood pasta.

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Dessert. There’s always space for that.

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A great place to just let down your hair, chill and watch life go by. Oh and also if you’re into tai-tai watching, you’ll see some beautiful people there. Where at? House at Dempsey, Singapore.

But like I said, sometimes food tastes good because of who you’re with. And this meal tasted fabulous.

Don’t take my word for it, check out the place for yourself. Also, do visit the toilets, very nice and clean design. 😉

Instant Homemade Glutinous Rice Balls.

December 17, 2008

I love Chinatown Food‘s glutinous rice balls or tangyuan. My mummy was so sweet to make this for my sister and I for supper.

Instead of a plain sugared soup, she used canned peanut soup with a little water added. You can get this easily at supermarkets in Singapore. Boil till the tangyuan floats and then eat! 🙂

There were two colours, representing two kinds of rice balls. I prefer the peanut filled ones in pink.
 

…and my sister prefers the sesame filled ones in white.
 

Yum-o! 😛

My 25th Birthday.

September 5, 2008

It was a simple, quiet but lovely affair. On the eve I had lunch with my girlfriends, their treat at Bakerzin. Then it was dinner with my friend Jalen at Kuishinbo, Suntec City Mall. Also his treat. On my actual birthday, I had dinner with my family at a restaurant at East Coast. My parents’ treat. Ain’t I blessed?

On the eve of my birthday at Bakerzin, I had loads of fun and even managed to gather some career advice from Hilda. And perhaps that’s why she needed a drink to satisfy her thirst. Bring on some hot chocolate with marshmallows for the lady. 


These macaroons were utterly delightful, I hated that I had to break it apart.
 

The grand finale, the dessert tapas.

 
And on the actual day, a simple dinner date with my family.

Some peanuts to make the stomach rumble, perhaps a hidden strategy for restaurants to make their customers order more.

Cooking away the beef, mushrooms and vegetables in a steaming hot pot.

My coconut drink.

My favourite efu noodles. This is usually served at weddings (as a last dish before dessert) or at birthdays. Perhaps, it signifies all things good from that point on.

My birthday cake from a neighbourhood cake shop. Hazelnut sponge cake.

And so…I am one year older. It’s going to get better and better each year. 🙂

Muffins & Cupcakes: Why they are different.

February 20, 2008

I found a lot of talk and misconceptions about the similarities and differences between a muffin and a cupcake online. Some say a muffin becomes a cupcake when there is frosting on it. Some say that cupcakes are smaller than muffins. That is incorrect, here is my take on it. Let’s conquer the cupcake first.

Cupcakes

  • A cupcake is essentially the same as a whole cake. It is simply baked and served in a portion to serve one individual.
  • It is usually frosted (like those in the photos above) and decorated. It is common to see it at birthday parties and weddings.
  • It is sweet and hence eaten mostly as a dessert or a sweet treat.
  • An un-frosted cupcakes does not equate to a muffin.
  • Butter is usually used in a cupcake recipe.
  • Conclusion: A cupcake is a cake.

Muffins

Source: Wikipedia

  • A muffin is one of the easiest things to bake (although I’ve had my fair share of failures, will give you tips to succeed in baking a muffin). It is simply mixing the wet and dry ingredients together and some recipes do not even require the use of an electronic beater or whisk.
  • It can be frosted or not frosted. For fruit muffins, I like to use a crumble on top (recipe in the next post).
  • It can be sweet or savoury and is mostly eaten during breakfast or tea.
  • A frosted muffin does not equate a to cupcake.
  • Oil is usually used in a muffin recipe.
  • Conclusion: A muffin is a type of bread (quick bread).

I hope this clarifies the difference between a cupcake and a muffin better. Watch out for my next post on my experience with baking muffins.

Carrot Cakes, the medieval dessert.

February 4, 2008

In the Middle Ages, sweeteners were low in supply and costly. Hence, people used carrots to make sweet desserts – due to the ingredient’s easy availability. In the 1960s, the carrot cake became a dessert one would most likely find on a dessert menu in the United States.

I’ve only ever baked a carrot cake once using this recipe from Allrecipes. I halved this recipe (which serves nine) and I got a perfect squared-size cake. However, the cream cheese frosting in this recipe turned out too sweet. Anyone has a carrot cake frosting to share, that isn’t too sweet and ‘hardens’ a little for easy storage?

Anyway here’s a photo of the carrot cake that I baked. The only complaint was its overly sweet frosting. This super moist cake ranks really high on my list of favourite things to bake. I welcome all advice on baking carrot cakes.