Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Lunch

When we stay at home on the weekends, I usually do not have much of an appetite for lunch. Especially when the weather is really hot.

Nothing works like yogurt with muesli and fresh fruits though on days like these.

Last Sunday, I had some strawberry yogurt with some very juicy cherries and store bought museli. 

Sometimes, I also like a very tangy salad when I don't have appetite for anything else.

What do you like when you have little appetite?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Croissant from Dean & DeLuca

Dean & DeLuca is a chain of upscale grocery stores from The Big Apple. They recently opened in Singapore and The Husband went there to have tea with a friend today. He brought home a croissant for me as we have been trying out croissants from different stores in Singapore.

So far, I've found the one at Orange Thimble surprisingly good.

The dough of a croissant is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a sheet, in a technique called laminating. The process results in a layered, flaky texture, similar to a puff pastry. A good croissant should be slightly crisp and flaky on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. It should be fragrant with the taste of fine butter, yet not too buttery such that it leaves an oily after taste.

This particular one from Dean & DeLuca is really very nice. It is surprisingly not oily yet it isn't dry at all. The croissant is flaky and crispy, yet relatively fluffy on the inside. I am really surprised at how non-oily it is.. It is an almost perfect croissant.. Almost, because I would pretty it slightly more crispy with a slightly stronger taste of butter.

But it is a really good croissant. One that I would fork out SGD 3 for if I visit Dean & Deluca.

Actually, I can't wait to visit the store soon to get my hands on some of their private label products.

Dean & Deluca Singapore 
#04-23/24 Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
11am to 10pm

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Carrot Cake from Cedele

I have been feeling tired easily of late.

And as such, I can't bring myself to power up my laptop and write about all the posts I've been thinking about... of our Swiss trip (eons ago now) and of food I've eaten recently.

Work has been busy.. and stress has been creeping up to me in a very silent but real kind of way.

The stress comes from having to make sure I do a good job closing out issues or planning ahead for the next half a year by the end of August. My usually full to-do list at work just got fuller because planning for the next half a year isn't an easy thing to do.. not when there are so many other things to be done in the meantime.

I don't get stressed out easily so this isn't good. 

So anyway, I do feel very sorry for being such a lousy blogger of late.

I will try my best to post more frequently.

In the meantime, let me share that I think I've found my favourite carrot cake in Singapore.

I used to think that the ones at Coffee Bean are great, but now I think Cedele sells the best baked carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts. The cake is moist and not too sweet, with bits of carrots, pecans and spices.. and the cream cheese frosting is sweet, yet not over powering. They are really generous with the walnuts.. and I must admit I'm not a big fan of walnuts. But these are crunchy walnuts that The Husband seemed happy to eat.

So a nice slice of carrot cake shared between the 2 of us makes for a really nice supper. I would think that it would go beautifully with a cup of strong coffee. But it went really well with a glass of cold low fat milk as well.