Friday, 28 September 2012

Homemade Granola By Maameemoomoo

Granola is a popular breakfast choice or snack in western countries. It usually consists of rolled oats, nuts, honey and sometime dried fruits such as raisins, dates and etc are added to it. Recently one of my bestie Sherie, from Maameemoomoo is selling her homemade Granola (read more here) to friends and readers who loves this delicious breakfast snack.

As you can see from the photo above, Sherie is very generous with her Granola ingredients and you can easily spot Rolled oat, almond, cashew nut, sesame seed, cranberry, wheatgerm, Flaxseeds and even wolfberries! Occasionally, Sherie would also add in a "surprise" ingredients on top of the usual ones to surprise the customers too. And guess what I think I found dried Jack fruits in my recent pack that I have purchased :p Below are some of the ways that I have incorporate these delicious healthy snacks into my daily meal.


{For Breakfast/Dessert/Snack} You could serve Granola together either Oats Porridge or Plain Yogurt (such as Greek Yogurt). I love mine with either homemade (recipe) or store bought yogurt from Yogurt Place, Yammi Yogurt or etc.


{For Breakfast/Snack}This is super yummy! I love to scatter some Granola on top of my Peanut Butter Toast for that extra crunch and texture. Imagine biting the crust of the thick toast with generous spread of peanut butter together with those crunchy oats and almond....... Yummy!


{Salad} Instead of adding Crouton (small pieces of sauteed or baked bread) to your usual salad, why not try to add in one or two tablespoon of Granola plus some strawberries or orange segment to perk up your lunch diet. I love the mixture of the greens, with juicy fruits and crunchy bits of tasty Granola.

{Dessert}Trust me, if you have not try adding Granola to ice-cream before, you have to try this. The sweet, smooth and icy ice-cream makes it a prefect match to go with the Granola which is a tiny bit of salty plus caramel flavour from the honey. Great match!

For those who are new to Granola, perhaps you could go for the "Try First" pack at S$9.90 weighing 320g.

This is the "Wah, I like!" pack at S$15.90 weighing 500g with huge arse juicy figs, weight (80-90g) excluded from the 500g weight.


GRANOLA In 3 sizes:

~ Try First : S$9.90 per 320g pack

~ Wah, I like! : S$15.90 per 500g pack
(with huge arse juicy figs, weight (80-90g) excluded)

~ I want moreeeeee! : S$29.90 per 1kg pack


{To Order} You can email Sherie, maameemoomoo@gmail.com for more details, or you could check out her post on Granola HERE. Till then, have a great weekend everyone!

4 Quick Recipes On Soup And Dishes

Weekend is approaching and I am sure most full-time working mothers are looking forward to prepare some quick and easy nutritious dishes for the family during weekend lunch or dinner. In this post, I would be sharing 4 quick recipes (2 soup, 2 main dish) to inspire your weekend cooking for the family.

Since working mum has a lot of household chores to take care during weekend, I specially pick up dishes that required minimum preparation time and use "steaming" instead of "stir-fry" to avoid oily kitchen stove. So I am sure these 4 simple soup and steamed dishes would come in handy for your weekend meal ideas.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

{Homegrown} Baked Oyster Mushroom Vs Sauteed Oyster Mushroom

Since early August when we first got hold of our mushroom logs we were very excited about having home grown mushrooms at home. Without any experience we started to follow instructions given from "Myceliapolis - Mushroom City" (more details; website and facebook) as well as useful posts from members to grow our very first "Oyster Mushroom" and "Black Fungus".

As we are still very new with this hobby, our first "fruiting" did not really turn out well and we have to scrap off all the "pinheads" and regrow before we managed to enjoy the "fruits" of our labour shown below. If you are interested about our home grown mushroom, you can read more on the mushroom post here.


BAKED OYSTER MUSHROOM


Oyster Mushroom (平菇) is named after its flat shape which resembling an oyster shell. These large mushrooms are cream in colour is frequently used in Asian cuisine for adding into soup or stir-fry with meat and other accompany vegetables. These mushrooms are a good source of niacin and it also supply folate and dietary fibre.

Here I used olive oil, ground pepper and some chili flakes to bake the mushroom to retain it's flavour as well as crunch.


(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 2 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
50g Oyster Mushroom (homegrown)
Drizzle of Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Chilli Flakes/Paprika
Pinch of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salt to taste, optional

Method:-
1. Clean and wipe mushroom with a damp paper towel. Lay them on a baking tray.

2. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some chilli fakes and ground black pepper before baked/grilled it in oven toaster for about 5 - 8 minutes or till slight brown in colour.

3. Remove and serve.

As you might know although Oyster mushroom is not juicy just like regular mushrooms, but the flavor is irresistible! For a quick dish, just dissolve a dollar of butter in the frying pan, saute minced garlic till fragrant, add in mushroom and give it a quick toss, season it with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Super yummy!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

[Wordless Wednesday] Kiseki Japanese Restaurant

This is my 1st visit to Kiseki after it shifted from Heeren to the new location at Orchard Central. Although the food items seems to be a lesser as compared to what I had previously (read more HERE) but all of us are still very happy with their food and overall services. (p/s: all photos in this post is taken using iPhone)

Super long queue during one of the weekday lunch.
Assorted Tempura such as Prawns, Pumpkins, Brinjal and etc

From the Grilled Station:- Yakitori, Prawns, Mushroom and even Salmon Fish Head
{Must Try} Japanese BLACK curry to go with the tempura.


I always love the Sushi and Salmon from KISEKI!



{Pasta Station} There are 3 different type of sauce such as Carbonara, Wafu and Tomato base.

Some of the dessert items but I prefer the Black Sesame Mochi most.
{Must Try} Waffle  and their assorted flavour Japanese Gelato are two must have when settle for after meal dessert.

Kiseki Japanese Restaurant
181 Orchard Road
Orchard Central
#08-01/02/03
Singapore 238896
Reservation: (65) 6736 1216
Website: http://kisekirestaurant.com.sg

Operating Hour:
~ 11.30am to 3pm daily (Last order at 2.30pm)
~ 6pm to 10.30pm daily (Last order at 9.30pm)


Friday, 21 September 2012

King Pot Steamboat @ Big Splash

King Pot Steamboat which is located at Big Splash (East Coast Park) offers an unique casual atmosphere with fine dining experience when you set foot into the restaurant that makes you feel like King and Queen. Overall I find their service is good with attentive serving staffs who are quick and skillful in placing and arranging the platters of food on our table and also they are very observant in taking care of each individual needs such as making sure my boy could enjoy his food and hotpot under safety precaution too.

The photo shows the setup of the steamboat table at KingPot where we each has our personal "hotpot" that cooks using modern gas stove. The cutlers and plates used are quiet similar to those for fine dining which makes you feel so different when compared to those traditional steamboat which we had at home or coffee shop where we used those metal net scoop to hold and cook the food.

King Pot has range of soup broth that cater for each individual preference from the lightest Clear Wild Mushroom broth to thick and spicy Laksa broth. Overall we have tried their Mushroom, Herbal, Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Minestrone and Szechuan Ma Lai broth.

Out of the broths that we tried, most of us agreed that Bak Kut Teh, Minestrone and Laksa are the "Must Try" whereas for lighter broth you could ask for Wild Mushroom or for strong and spicy taste, try the Ma Lai broth which a few of us find it too spicy.

My choice of Bak Kut Teh broth is very flavoursome and taste good with their complimentary rice. And to our surprised it is not normal steamed white rice but rather a bowl of very fragrant and delicious "chicken rice" to accompany the steamboat items.  Other than soup broth and rice, each set meal also comes with some vegetables (mushroom, black fungus, vegetables and etc), cellophane noodles (dong fen) and a dipping sauce of your choice.

Basically there are 4 types of dipping sauce available on their menu which are:- KingPot Signature Sauce, KingPot Specialty Sauce, Specialty Sauce and Satay Sauce. For chef recommendation, we tried their KingPot Signature Sauce (back) and KingPot Specialty Sauce (front, with sesame seeds topping).

Before using the KingPot Specialty Sauce, you have to use the chopstick or spoon to break up the ball (which resemble a ball of ice-cream) and mix it well with the sauce and overall it taste quiet like Japanese sesame dipping sauce but just with a hint of saltiness. And this goes well with meat, especially lamb.

There were also a few core set menus to choose from such as Meat lover Set (S$28.80++; UP S$39.90++), Seafood Lover Set (S$28.80++; UP S$36.80++), Vegetarian Pot (S$32.80++; UP S$42.80++), Combi Platter With Seafood And Meat (S$36.80++; UP S$46.80++) and Kids Meal (S$9.80++; UP S$12.80++) with the option to top up on individual items.

Above shows the Combi Platter With Seafood and Meat that range from Angus Beef Ribeye, Pork, Lamb, Fresh Black Prawn, Red Grouper, meat balls, Bitter Gourd Fish Paste Yong Tau Foo and etc.

The Seafood Lover Set comes with prawns, squid, fish, meatballs and accompany Yong Tau Foo items. The selections are fresh except they freeze the fresh fish slices and thaw before serving which I personally feel it would be even better if they used fresh daily supply instead of freeze and thaw.

{Ala Carte Order} This is one of the KINGPOT Special Roll which is known as Boneless Lamb Rack - French Cut (S$22.00/plate). If you look carefully from the photo above, you could see it is specially roll with two "cylinder hole" that enable chopsticks to pick up the cut and swirl in the steamboat  for quick cooking.

Accordingly to the chef, this lamb rack must go with their "Specialty Sauce" which covers 80% of the lamb odor. And the few of us did do a test on eating the lamb with and without the dipping sauce and it did proof on what their chef has recommended.

The set meal has a complimentary beverage of either Coffee/Tea together with cake (depend on what they have on that day) at the end of the meal. Although they might be be specialize on cake but their Tiramisu still taste quiet decent. 

Other than the complimentary coffee/tea that served from the set menu ordered, there are also some other beverages such as juices, sparking water, wine and etc on their beverage menu too.


King Pot Steamboat
902 East Coast Parkway Block B
#01-05 Big Splash
Singapore 449874
Reservation: (65) 6348 7997
Website: http://www.kingpot.com.sg

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6.00pm – 10:30pm
Friday – Sunday: 11.00am – 2:30pm and 6.00pm – 10:30pm


Lastly I would like to thank Adrian from KingPot for arranging this tasting as well as all the friendly serving staffs who served and attended to us during the tasting.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

[Wordless Wednesday] Torte At Waterloo Street

Yuzu infused Snow-Skin Mooncake with White Lotus and Creme de Marron(chestnut) (S$40/box of 8 mini mooncakes)

An unique combination of Yuzu, White Lotus Paste and Creme de Marron which leave you a refreshing after taste. You can read more reviews on melicacy.com

Torte (S$4.50 with ice cream) is a MUST TRY flourless chocolate cake which even my picky 8yrs old cannot resists.





Love their Thai Ice Tea (S$2.00) which is refreshing and thirst quencher.

TORTE
SCWO Building
96 Waterloo Street
Reservation: 6571 0197
Website: http://www.torte-sg.com/

Opening Hours:-
Monday – Friday: 10am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Closed on Saturday

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