Friday, October 16, 2015

Burnt (The Movie) - Want to learn how to cook the dish in the movie?

A quick post. There are quite a few movies about food that makes you hungry.
One that is premiering soon in Singapore is Burnt.

Here's official trailer if you want to see what it is.

If you want to read more about it, there's also the Wiki.

If you have been watching Masterchef Asia (every Thursday on Lifetime), and want to learn to prepare something like that. Hoping that someone will teach you how to do it, here's a chance!

I just found out that Chef Dan Segall (Group Executive Chef of The Big Idea which restaurant includes Kinki, Fat Cow, Marmalade Pantry, Oriole Cofee etc) will be giving a Hands-on cooking class. You'll learn recipes that will be featured in the movie BURNT!

The dishes you will learn:
- Anjou Chicken, Sweet Potato, Sorrel
- Halibut, Confit Egg, Coppa

The recipes provided by British Michelin starred Chef and Restaurateur Marcus Wareing, Chef Consultant for Burnt.

It's tomorrow!
Date: 17 Oct 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: ToTT @ Suntec

If you want to attend the class or find out more, you can click on the link below:

Maybe you will be cooking and plating your food like Lennard, Leong, Marcus, Jasbir, Blanche or my favourite and funniest contestant Sandrian! (of Masterchef Asia) LOL

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Quaker Oats Chocolate Cake

Have you eaten or bake a cake made with oats before?

If you haven’t, it is one way to add variety to what you eat. It might be a way to easily add in more fiber to your diet. Studies have shown oats has a cholesterol-lowering properties for some people. You can do an online search for “Health Benefits of Oats” and you can read all the articles there are out there.

There are also those that do not believe the benefits of oats, but they want to eat tasty cake. Do you think a cake that has instant oats will be tasty? I hope this recipe might change your mind.

This is not a light and fluffy cake, but a dense chocolatey cake. No, it also doesn’t take like oats or paper, it taste like real chocolate cake.

Try and bake it or ask something to bake it for you. This is a mix of different recipes that I have experimented and probably the least sweet version you can find. Those who are sweet-tooth might not find it sweet. You can ‘sweeten’ it by having a scoop of ice cream on top of the slice of cake when you serve it.

Quaker Oats Chocolate Cake

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake


Set A:
100 gm Quaker Instant Oats
400 ml boiling water

Set B:
150 gm brown sugar
150 gm butter
2 eggs

Set C (to be sifted together):
200 gm flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoon cocoa powder

Set D (others):
1/2 teaspoon salt
150 + 50 gm chocolate chips


1.    Preheat oven at 170C.
2.    Prepare a cake pan. I use a square one. (20 cm x 20 cm x 5 cm)
3.    Cream the butter and sugar (from Set B ingredients) in a mixer.
4.    When you have a nice creamy mix, add in the eggs and mix it to a nice creamy mix again.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

5.    Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda (Set C ingredients) plus the salt into the mixture.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

6.    Mix the Quaker Instant Oats with the hot water (Set A ingredients) for around 2-3 minutes.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

7.    Add the Quaker Instant Oats that has been soaked into a paste into the other ingredients. Careful, it is hot.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

8.    Add in 150 gm of chocolate chips and give it a good stir. Do it quickly one or two stirs as the chocolate chips will melt quickly.
9.    Pour the mixture into a cake pan.
10.  Sprinkle the 50 gm of chocolate chips over the cake.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

11.    Bake for 30-40 minutes. You can test the cake your favourite way. Some people insert a metal skewer or toothpick. I bake it to around 95-98C in the centre to have a moist cake.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

Enjoy the cake, let me know if you like this recipe.

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

Quaker Instant Oats Chococlate Cake

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dilmah High Tea Set @ Carpenter and Cook

Carpenter and Cook (C&C)  is probably the cafe that we visit most often because it's in our neighbourhood. We will walk in and pick up a pastry or two on the way home. For the longest time, I have never blogged about this place because we don't want to invite people into our neighbourhood and cause a 'congestion' to a place we love.

So, why am I blogging about it now? There are now more cafes along this "Carbo Street" (aka Lorong Kilat) to spread the cafe crowd, so it's a good time to introduce this gem in our neighbourhood.

If you love their pastries and other baked goods, you might probably wish they come in a smaller size so that you can order a variety to try.  Good news! C&C is participating in the "Host a Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge" and they will be pairing food with the Dilmah Exceptional Premium Tea Series.

It will only be available this week (20-28 June 2015).

Carpentar and Cook, Dilmah High Tea Set
Dilmah High Tea Set for 2 ($20 per pax)

For $20 per person, you get to choose 1 flavour of tea from the Dilmah Exceptional Premium Tea Series and a selection of different pastries and other bakes.  

If you prefer to dine alone, you can still have the tea set (which comes in a 2-tier platter) and sample the variety of food.

(This Cafe is also a shop that sells furniture and other antiques, you'll be served on these lovely antique china and cutlery! When they first opened, I set my eyes on the church pew chairs and wanted to replace our dining room chairs with them, but it was a bit out of my budget then.)

Carpentar and Cook, Dilmah High Tea Set

What we had earlier today:

- Earl Grey & Lavender Mini Loaf
- Valrhona Caraibe Chocolate & Maldon Sea Salt Caramel Tart

Their Earl Grey and Lavender Mini Loaf this week is made with the premium series Dilmah Earl Grey. Still having the texture and fragrance of Earl Grey. Not too strong for me.

My favourite of the day is the Valrhona Caraibe Chocolate & Maldon Sea Salt Caramel Tart. I have to confess I am bias to anything chocolate. Made with one of the better chocolate around, it's something you got to try.

Carpentar and Cook, Dilmah High Tea Set

This is something that Anglophile loves. Scones and Clotted Cream. The scones (made with French butter) and jam are made in-premise.  The only thing that they do not make are the clotted cream - they import them from Britain.

They served both good old plain scones and mixed fruit scones.

Carpentar and Cook, Dilmah High Tea Set

The green apple and cucumber finger sandwiches were lovely.  Sis bit into it and said it's brioche because of the noticeable fragrant buttery taste.  I have never had green apple, cucumber and yoghurt sandwiches, and was pleasantly surprise that it was refreshing.  I thought they added a secret ingredient because I tasted something pickled in the sandwich.

Their Tiramisu is made from the coffee which they brew with the coffee machine. They don't use the usual 'coffee liqueur' that most home bakers use (i.e. kahlua or amarula). I am not telling you what they use, I am sworn by secrecy. Taste it and see if you like them.

Macarons! Everyone love a macaron that has been nicely aged, still having a hard shell and slightly chewy inside. It's best paired with the Rose with French Vanilla Dilmah Tea. Why? It's a raspberry and lychee macaron! They use fresh lychee that is now in season. French dessert fans will know what flavour that will be! Ispahan!

What would you recommend?
- This set during this week is good and it's a good price. Our usual takeaway of 2 items already cost around $14. This set allows you to sit and have the items above and also a pot of tea.
- If you have room for more food, we love their Lemon Tart! It's one of the items that we always have for takeaway.

Baby notes:

Crowded cafes are usually a no no for babies. Weekends are really busy here, so parents with babies should avoid it. Weekdays are all right though, we live nearby and we know when people flock to our neighbourhood.

Other notes:
This was an arranged tasting session, thanks to Dilmah Teas. We paid for our takeaways that we could not resist, i.e. the Lemon Tarts.

Carpenter and Cook
19 Lorong Kilat
Singapore 598120

Tel: 6463 3648
Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10am - 10pm / Sundays: 10am - 7pm / Closed on Mondays

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