The Past Weekend

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How was your weekend? Mine was fun and productive! I started off Saturday morning accompanying my parents to the supermarket where I got my hands on many fresh vegetables and bananas. The bananas were chopped up and put in the freezer for my favourite Smoothies. I foresee a week of delicious Smoothies to kickstart my mornings. For the vegetables, I made my own JUICE!

As you may know, I am a bit of a juice cleanse fanatic. I go on it once a week. However for this month, I am saving on the cold-pressed juice expenses because of this:

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Facial products from the dematologist. I dropped some serious dough on them to treat the persistent light rosacea on my face. A costly invesment which should also hopefully restrain me from piling on the foundation. While at it, this also meant I blew my juice cleanse budget. Not wanting to forego my juices, I had to get creative and low budget. I got a list of recipes from the Suja Juice Classic range and blended the ingredients accordingly. Without a cold-pressed juicer, I HAND SQUEEZED them using a strainer bag. It was a tedious process and my arms were so SORE after. But I yielded a ton of juice! Very close to 1 litre per recipe. More importantly, I had full control of the sweetness level. As you may know, one of the downside of cold-pressed juices is the sugar from the fruits. This might result in diabetes and diabetics are also STRONGLY discouraged from going on juice cleanses. Me cutting back on the fruits meant the juices were not as appetizing with the flavour being very “green”. It took a while for me to get used to but it is all better in the grand scheme of things. I am definitely going to dedicate a whole post to the process. I promise.

On Saturday evening, I attended a Durian Party which I blogged about here. On Sunday afternoon, an uber delicious half-Family lunch at Pizzeria Mozza which I blogged about it here. Thereafter we headed to the BMW Motor Show 2014 where we came across this creative napkin in the pop-up cafe in the exhibition.

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My parents and I did some shopping and my Mum and I walked away with two pairs of shoes from the Kurt Gieger store in MBS. Mine was a Miss KG pair of heels and my Mum got a Carvela pair. Hurray to sales!

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Now it is Monday. Five-day working week, we can do it, guys!

A New York-style Brunch

20140728-161156-58316566.jpgThis afternoon I threw a small New York-style brunch party for some girlfriends. Now, you must be wondering what’s the difference between mine and an ordinary brunch? Bagels and Lox. According to Time Out New York, the two stands out as one of New York City’s emblematic culinary titans.” 

It has been forever since I last hosted a party. July was supposed to be my month of austerity drive. It failed. Just one dormant month and I was going cold turkey. And when a Public Holiday popped up on my calendar, I jumped at the chance, and quickly sent out some invites. Luckily my girlfriends were equally as excited as me!

This afternoon, I laid out some seat cushions to eat like the Japanese.

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Planning the party wasn’t difficult. There were tons of guides from good food websites like: The BBC Good Food, and Bon Appetit. DailyMail’s delicious Toasted bagels with smoked salmon and pickled cucumber recipe was helpful too! I adopted the pickled cucumber idea. So apparently for an NYC-style brunch, all I needed were assorted bagels, cream cheese, tomato, red onion and cold-smoked Nova lox. Lox was going to be hard to find in Singapore so I used Smoked Salmon. No one noticed a difference.

My Mum let me use her vintage ice-cream crystals cups. They were perfect for serving the pickled cucumbers and dill cream cheese. Slices of sweet Honey Cherry Tomatoes, Capers, Shallots, Lemon wedges and fresh dill completed the NYC brunch spread.

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But things never go according to plan. I got greedy. I knew bagels and smoked salmon weren’t going to be enough. Eggs. Brunch always needs eggs. On Google, I came across the most interesting recipe ever: Oven-baked Scrambled Eggs. As they were so damn simple to make, I was sold. However do note that the eggs will continue to cook when out of the oven. Take them out even if they look a whee bit runny.

Then I thought of fries. Don’t ask me what’s the link there. Thank goodness there was a bag of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries in my freezer. I prepared them according to instructions and sprinkled on some delicious Parmesan. It was a hit! Everyone LOVES fries.

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I thought of baking the bagels. But a quick calculation showed it was more worth it to get six bagels than buy bags of flour, sugar and yeast. Another time. The supermarket-bought bagels were not too bad. My girlfriends had a good time fixing their own bagel sandwiches.

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For dessert, I kept it light and healthy; Blueberry Parfait and Fresh Strawberries. Nothing beats fresh sweet strawberries. My Blueberry Parfaits was akin to a Tiramisu albeit a less calorific version. I layered Savoiardi Finger Biscuits

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with Vanilla Greek Yoghurt and fresh Roasted Blueberry Compote.

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More biscuits

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topped with more yoghurt and blueberry compote. It was meant to look like this:

20140728-162500-59100974.jpgBut I ain’t Daniel Boulud so it looked like that.

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Hey, they were still great!

Whilst grocery shopping yesterday, I could not resist picking up a pack of these Orange Madeleines.

20140728-154904-56944763.jpgAll the way from France, super pricey but fantastic! Each huge madeleine was amazingly tender and moist with a rich orange-y flavour. Thanks to these babies, I can finally get those nasty dense puny ones from Delifrance out of my mind.

20140728-154905-56945541.jpgIt was a relaxing afternoon filled with laughter and good conversations.

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And a treat for the host:

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Thank you!

Artisan Boulangerie Co., Great World City

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One Sunday family lunch, we made our way to Artisan Boulangerie Co (“ABC”) in Great World City, and were blown away by the sandwiches offered. Generously and well-seasonly filled, tender buttery brioche encasing the moist corned beef, or the less-tender but more textured multigrain long loaf encasing the large chunks of egg mayo and alfafa sprouts, did I also mention they were toasted up when ordered?!?! The hot sandwiches really hit the spot!

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We ordered other items on the menu too and they were surprisingly hearty. My Mum had the Eggs Benedict that were served on their delicious buttery brioche slices. The fresh spinach and cubes of tomato, served together, cut across the thick holladaise sauce. I went for the low carb option of Omelette with roasted peppers, mushroom, and cheddar cheese that were all underdone and pleasurably gooey in the middle. While both were delightful, the sandwiches had already stolen my heart.

The best part about this bakery is the less busy crowd and service staff that allowed us to sit out our food coma on their comfortable stylish seats for the longest time after. Thank you, ABC!

Food for Thought

Recently I had a really good brunch. Food for Thought serves up delicious and scrumptious all-day breakfast and after 12pm, lunch. There are pasta and risotto, all of which I have yet to try. The breakfast options are so yummy, I never bother looking past the second page. Breakfast options can be found here. I always have the Full Works. It is heart stopping, literally, with its buttery toasted brioche, deep fried chicken sausage, cute round harsh browns and others which I promise will leave any cardiologist wince in pain. Food for Thought also supports several causes. Sorry, the food is soo good, I never bother going to find out what they are and as along as the food remains good, I will be back often.

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