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Brunching in Singapore- Cafe Hacienda (Review)

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There is something quite fairytale-like about brunch on a beautiful Sunday morning. A special day when the haze recedes leaving us with fresh clean air to breathe and visibility beyond our arms length. (alright it wasn’t quite that bad. But it was still bad). I should probably have been cheering my friends on at the Nike human race… or helping out with the work there but… oh well… break times are important.

The boyfriend checked online reviews and found this quaint little cafe, situated in the heart of Dempsey road. The online reviews were pretty darned good so he decided it was worth a trip down to try their food.

Their prices are pretty reasonable for brunch at dempsey, about 15 /pax. Maybe if we return, we’ll try the wagyu patty burger which my boyfriend was eyeing…(this is more expensive…maybe 40+/pax)

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Written by Musingsat

October 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Multifunctional muffins!-Wholemeal Mocha Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

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I am a child from the generation of multifunctions… where phones can’t just be phones anymore but have to be able to take photos, film videos, host games and access the internet… Where cameras can connect directly to the printer or to the internet or anywhere…. and where muffins can’t just be one single flavour anymore…

I love my generation! Whee~!

I think that if you’ve read other posts in my blog, you’d have realized that i’m quite health conscious. (I need to fit into my jeans! Help!) But i also have a crippling weakness for sweet stuff and yummy food… It’s the balance that makes things fun!

Presenting the perfect yummy breakfast! Tastes unhealthy, but is actually pretty low fat and good for you! Awesome stuff.

Wholemeal Mocha Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!

adapted from allrecipes.com (i made a few changes…)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup wholemeal flour
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk with expresso dissolved into it (how much you put is really up to you! If you need a big kick at breakfast or a little kick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well!
  2. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. Dry ingredients into wet until just moistened. Don’t overmix or your muffins will be dry.
  4. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.
  5. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  7. Enjoy for breakfast!

(i gave in to the temptation and started eating even before i finished taking my photographs… oop)

Written by Musingsat

October 17, 2010 at 8:53 am

Testing the taste-bud boundary- Frushi! <3

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What do you get when two best friend bakers get together to develop a food item for their product and brand management class?

You get the most beautiful, healthy fusion of East and West!! Frushi!

The best thing? It’s easy to make! =) And a sweet guilt-free indulgence.

Frushi (fruit sushi!)

(Others may have tried it before, the world is big, but they’re not on google and we’re the first to name it!! Nyah!)

Very important things you will need:

Clingwrap

A fruit peeler

A small bowl of water

A sharp knife

(We didn’t use any expensive sushi making equipment like bamboo mats (?) because we’re poor students, but you’re welcome to use those if you have them!)


Ingredients:

2 cups of Sushi rice (If you’re not sure how to make this, google it! There’re tons of step by step tuts online. I used http://sushicup.com, which is really quite foolproof)

5 Big sheets of seaweed that you can use to roll your sushi. Should measure about 15cm by 15cm.

Mayonaise

Fruits of your choice! (We used 2 mangoes, 3 kiwis and a punnet of strawberries, but apple and avocado would go really well too!)

Method:

1) First you need prepare your fruits! You would need to convert all your ingredients into two basic shapes.

a) Very very thin slices. These are what will go over your sushi, like a hat. To obtain very thin slices, don’t bother with the knife, we tried it and it doesn’t work. (not for noobs at least.. =( ) Using the fruit peeler, peel off thin slices as if you were peeling its skin.

b) Very long strips with a cross section of a square. This will be rolled inside your sushi, so that when you slice them up, you will see that cute little yellow square peeking out at its heart.

2) Okay! Now lets get down to the sticky business of rolling the sushi itself!

Firstly, take out a sheet of seaweed and lay it on the table. Take a deep breath and scoop out some sushi rice, about the minimum it would take to just cover the surface area of the seaweed without any black spots showing through. Plonk your rice down on the sushi, it should be sticky and unmanageable. No worries! Take a spoon and dip it in water, shaking off any excess. Using its flat back, smoothen out your rice so that it totally covers the seaweed evenly. When the rice starts sticking, just dip the spoon in water again and continue. =)

3) Okay! Now you have what looks like a rice square on your table…time to start rolling.

Take out the clingwrap and cut a piece of equal surface area to your rice square. Lay it on the table and sprinkle water all over! Make sure the entire piece of plastic is damp, not soaking wet! Overturn the rice square onto the clingwrap so that the rice portion is in contact with the plastic and the seaweed is facing up.

Using your mayonnaise, draw a long thick line horizontally across. It should be two inches from the bottom of your rice square. Lay your long strips of fruit on top of the mayo line! Grab hold of the bottom part of the clingwrap and the seaweed and roll the sushi up, like you would when rolling a piece of paper. Remove the clingwrap along the way as you are rolling. Roll it as tight as possible, pressing it tightly down each time you make one turn, without breaking the seaweed so that everything inside the roll is compact.

4) Take your knife and dip it in water, shaking off any excess. Then start cutting 1 inch thick pieces from one end carefully.

5) Use your thin slices of fruit to decorate the top however you like it! Use mayonnaise to stick it to the rice, the more mayo you use, the tastier it would be!

You might not be able to roll a pretty roll from the very beginning but as you roll, it should get easier and easier! This was mel’s first time making sushi too!

=) By the way, don’t forget to visit her blog!

Also, you might not believe us that it’s tasty! Rice and fruits seem like an unlikely combination… But we took it to school and let our  focus group try it! And they loved it!! =) So give it a go! It just might become your new favourite meal.

Written by Musingsat

October 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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