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Cooking with Masterchef Christophe Grilo

The Partner and I were invited to a French culinary masterclass conducted by Masterchef Christophe Grilo at Nourish Studios and hosted by Dettol.

Masterchef Christophe Grilo

Bonjour Masterchef Christophe Grilo. He also runs his own business Bakery Artisan Original.

Like us I’m sure you’re wondering “huh, cooking with Dettol?” No, Dettol is not moving into the grocery business or opening restaurants. Instead, Dettol wants to highlight the importance of kitchen hygiene and how their products can help to keep your kitchen clean. I’ve never really viewed Dettol as being particularly important in the kitchen arena, because to me, Dettol is about disinfecting toilets or soaps for scrubbing bodies. It was good to attend this event to find out what other products Dettol has up their sleeves.

Dettol Products

All your favourite Dettol products.

Sometimes when we prepare meals we can have unwanted visitors that take days to get over. No, I’m not talking about uninvited relatives, I’m talking about E.coli, salmonella and other bacteria. Every year millions of people around the world poison themselves unnecessarily due to poor kitchen hygiene.

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Lamb Shank in Kiwifruit Recipe

Lamb Shank marinated in kiwifruit and sage

We have been eating very often in the past few days so the Partner decided to cook a Sunday Roast for a change. Lamb Shank marinated in kiwifruit and sage, with parsnip, kumara, potato, carrot and onion as accompaniments (left to right). For us Asians, this may look like an immensely complicated dish, but it is actually fairly straightforward (for an expert like the Partner according to him) as most of the cooking is done in the oven. Really, the most difficult task is to make sure the meat doesn’t burn. Cooking a roast does not require tedious dicing like you would have to for Asian stir-fries and there is no slaving away over the hot wok to prepare this meal.

Sunday Roasts are common for the British and Australians/New Zealanders, but what makes this more Kiwi is that it’s a Roast Lamb. Also, it is less common to find sweet potatoes (aka Kumara) in a British Sunday roast. Kumara is common in New Zealand because of the Maoris. BUT, most importantly, a key difference for this Sunday Roast that the Partner cooked is that the lamb was marinated in Kiwifruit! See below for recipe. Smile 

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Kiwifruit Recipes

You may be familiar with Apple Pie, Banana Muffin and Cherry Tart, but did you know that ‪#‎Kiwifruits‬ are also good for making desserts? Check out this Chocolate and Kiwifruit muffin recipe courtesy of

Choc O’ Gold Muffins

Serves: 10


  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups (250 g) self raising flour
  • 75 g (3 oz) butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (125 ml) milk
  • 2 large ZESPRI® GOLD Kiwifruit

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°C)
2. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups
3. Place the chocolate chips, sugar and sifted four into a bowl
4. Melt the butter or margarine and combine with the egg and milk
5. Peel the ZESPRI® GOLD Kiwifruit
6. Cut in 1 cm (1/2 in.) dice. Reserve a little fruit for the top of the muffins
7. Add the liquid ingredients and diced fruit to the dry ingredients and combine quickly, until just moistened
8. Spoon into the muffin cups and dot with the reserved fruit
9. Bake for about 20 minutes

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes

Many more kiwifruit recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner available at!

I bought 3 Nigella Lawson Cookbooks for $20!

In total that is! At the Singapore Book Fair held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s ongoing from 25 May 2012  – 3 June 2012.

Incredible right? If you know who Nigella Lawson is and if you follow her cooking shows on Starhub’s Asian Food Channel, you’d know that her cookbooks don’t come cheap! Each alone I believe would have cost in excess of $50 I believe. Yet I got them for a total of $20! It’s crazy! I mean I’ve been wanting her cookbooks for so long but the prices always put me off. Jamie Oliver’s too.

If you want to get cookbooks at massive discounts, you can check out the Singapore Book Fair. I bought mine at the Times Bookstore booth, and it’s just 2 shelves worth of cook books. The rest of the booths are mostly Chinese books or Educational booths.

Suntec Book Fair

  See, I’m not lying!!!

Some books don’t have stickers, so they are sold at the sticker price, which is about $10 – $15. Still damn cheap! I said I would swear off buying cook books until I’ve cooked/baked a significant amount of dishes from the books I’ve bought, but this is an exception right??? Don’t buy sure regret right????? Even my mother SMILED when I brought back the 3 books. Only the Partner frowned, because he had to carry them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Free Banana Cake contest!

As you know, I’ve been baking so much lately. It’s fun to bake but a huge problem always crops up after the baking’s done. WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THOSE CAKES??? Well most of them actually get devoured by my parents’ colleagues, or offloaded to friends who happen to be in the vicinity. You know what, I thought I should spread the love by sharing my baked goods with my loyal readers!

This is what I baked today.

Banana cake

It’s a Banana Cake in loaf form

Banana Cake (3)

I made a small muffin for myself as well so here’s what the inside looks like.

Here’s the deal. I’m giving this banana cake for free to a random lucky winner. I have TWO banana cakes to give away! All you have to do is this:-

1. Go to my Facebook and SHARE or TAG the Banana Cake post. Also leave a comment in my Facebook that you’ve already done so. (You need to LIKE 365days2play Food & Travel Blog Facebook Page first, if you haven’t already done so.)

2. At 6pm today, that’s 6pm 12 April 2012, I will stop collecting names and do a random draw for a lucky winner.

3. AGAIN at 12 midnight today, that’s 12 April 2012 11.599999pm, I will stop collecting names and do a random draw for another lucky winner.

4. Those whose names have been entered for the 6pm draw will also be submitted for the 2nd draw so get your A into G and get cracking!

5. Participants must be able to collect the banana cake from me at either Bedok MRT at 9pm tonight or Bedok MRT / City Hall MRT / Raffles Place MRT tomorrow around 3 – 6pm (timing to be reconfirmed)

6. Most importantly, don’t sue me if you don’t like the cake!! I’ve tried it already and it’s good lah.

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