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PAUL Singapore – New Savoury Dishes

They say there is bread, and there is French bread. In my opinion, few things are nicer than eating a well made baguette with a huge dollop of butter. It is good to know that every PAUL bakery not only makes their baguettes and pain de campagne on the premises, their bakers also creates their speciality breads fresh every single day. Even the bread flour used is special, over 300 French farmers grow wheat exclusively for PAUL!

Paul Singapore -  Baguettes and Breads

PAUL, which was established more than 100 years ago in 1889 in Lille France, has grown into a worldwide presence with 568 boulangeries in 33 countries. Although PAUL seems to strike the Singaporean as a little pricey and upmarket, thanks to their 1st outlet at Ngee Ann City, they are as ubiquitous in France as Breadtalk is to Singapore. The first thing I ever bought when I arrived in Paris was a bread roll from PAUL at the train station!

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The only grouse I have with PAUL is that they only provide Beurre doux, which is unsalted butter. I prefer Demi-sel, which is salted butter and have never liked unsalted butter, no matter the brand.

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Check out my friend who was positively swooning at the huge bread basket placed in front of us.

Anyway, PAUL Singapore recently introduce 28 new menu items to tantalise their loyal customers and entice new ones. We had a chance to sample several new items on the menu as well as a few refreshed ones. With all these savoury dishes, PAUL is beginning to feel more like a full-fledge restaurant rather than a cafe!

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Masterclass with Rachel Allen!

BBC Celebrity Chef, Rachel Allen, returns to our TV screens on BBC Lifestyle (Starhub Channel 432) with a new series  ̶  Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet  ̶  as she indulges in her passion for delectable desserts. From impressive afternoon tea goodies to irresistible treats for the little ones, Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet will entice you to rediscover the joy of baking.

I’ve been watching Rachel Allen on the BBC lifestyle channel for a number of years now as I love the style of her cooking programmes and of course her spacious kitchen. So it was quite surreal to be able to meet her up close and personal, and even share a baking class with her, as we did a couple of weeks ago at Palate Sensation.

Rachel Allen looks every bit like she does on TV and I love her accent! She is one of the friendliest chefs I have met, not at all scary and unapproachable like how you would imagine famous chefs to be. It’s even more interesting to watch her programmes now and I can point out “HEY I know that lady!”

Baking class with Rachel Allen (9)

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1872 Clipper Tea infused mooncakes

Two weeks ago, I was invited to partake in a tea infused moon cake making class. I was in two minds whether to attend because although I love baking, it has never occurred to me to try making moon cakes. I was kind of intrigued by the fact that the moon cakes would be infused with tea as well. Tea and cake, just the very idea puts me in a relaxed mood. And hey, I could have a fine time sipping tea from one of my favourite brands while the Partner does the baking instead.

Clipper Tea Earl Grey infused snow skin mooncakes (2)

Here’s a picture of the final product, the 1872 Clipper Tea Company infused snow-skin mooncakes with a cup of the award winning Timeless Earl Grey.

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Zafferano–An Italian Brunch affair!

One of my favourite restaurants Zafferano has recently come up with their new Italian Saturday set brunch and it is a brunch to behold. You might just have to hold your stomach too as you leave the restaurant because the set brunch is chock a block full of food!

There are a total of 4 courses, but it’s not one dish per course. Being generous as Italians are, they have have numerous mini dishes within each course. You could almost think of this brunch as being a 10 course brunch (more in fact), with a buffet dessert just in case there is a shred of doubt that you’re not next to bursting. And the interesting thing about this “The Italian Table” brunch it’s that it’s not an egg-based brunch. I was wondering when the eggs would feature, but I realise that egg-based brunches are more an Aussie/UK/US thing. The dishes in this brunch are what the Italians would normally have for brunch.

Check out the pictures below and read about my favourite dishes from the Zafferano brunch.

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Zafferano Brunch - Live seasonal oysters (2)

Live seasonal oysters – Self explanatory

Zafferano Brunch - Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

While I am not a fan of fish, I do love sashimi, smoked or marinated cuts. Trout was finely sliced and had a delicate flavour. Disappeared in a jiffy.

Zafferano Brunch - Italy burrata

Freshly imported Italian burrata and tomatoes

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Sample 6 ION Orchard restaurants in one go!

ION Orchard Culinary Creations 2015 is where you can do just that from 12 September – 25 October. It’s FREE!

Head down to ION Orchard Link, Basement 2 from 3 – 6 pm to sample these dishes

  1. Saveur Art – Egg Confit – 12 / 13 September
  2. Magosaburo – Prestige Wagyu Assortment – 26 / 27 September
  3. Wrap & Roll – Cha Ca La Vong – 3 / 4 October
  4. PUTIEN – Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon with Soy Milk – 10 / 11 October
  5. Nara Thai – Hor Mok Talay – 17 / 18 October
  6. The Marmalade Pantry – Prosciutto wrapped Atlantic Halibut – 24 / 25 October

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Of the lot, my favourite has got to be Saveur Art’s Egg Confit. It’s sous vide egg with truffles balanced on top a creamy potato mash. Wobbly egg that bursts at the slightest touch, need I say more? The fried soba sprinkled on top was a great addition too as it lent a delicious crunchy texture to it’s tenderer counterparts.

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