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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Sweets!)

This is a continuation of my recent visit to the Rose Veranda at Shangri-La. See http://365days2play.com/2011/12/19/rose-veranda-at-shangri-la-savouries/ for the write-up on the savoury afternoon tea items.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Scones with Whipped Cream and Jam

The hallmark of a good afternoon tea service is good scones. The scones at Shangri-La passed the taste test. Slightly crisp and brown on the tops, yet buttery and flaky on the inside. To me, a scone can only be 100% perfect if it is served with clotted cream. Normal cream is served here unfortunately. It’s amazing that not many people know about clotted cream, but really, you’d never look back after you’ve tasted a scone with clotted cream and jam.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (10)

These were not available on the normal buffet and were instead served to all the guests present. Refreshing strawberry and rose sorbet with a jelly like substance on the side. A nice breakaway from the heavier items and they look pretty too!

Shangri La Rose Veranda (13)

Some cake also served individually to the guests.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate fountain with lots of fruits and other items to dip. You could even dip the chocolate balls in more chocolate.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee – Loved the creamy insides. Burnt sugar top was just a little bit too thick which made the creme brulee too sweet.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (8) Shangri La Rose Veranda (9) Shangri La Rose Veranda (12) Shangri La Rose Veranda - TWG Teas

The Rose Veranda has switched from whatever they were using previously to TWG teas now. No more Orange Pekoe. Each guest is allowed 2 tea selections out of a possible 164 choices.

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La

Phone: (65) 6213 4486

Weekdays
Lunch spread (11.30am – 6pm)
Traditional English afternoon tea 3-tier set (3 – 6 pm)

Weekends and public holidays
High Tea Buffet (11.30am – 2.30pm, 3 – 6 pm)

http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/singapore/shangrila/dining/restaurant/roseveranda

NTUC FairPrice Finest and Cookyn Private Dining Party!

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to be invited to a special private dining party organised by FairPrice Finest and Cookyn Inc (a cooking school). I gladly accepted the invitation as I love attending cooking classes! Nearly didn’t make it as it was right smack in the middle of a huge project I had at work, but I’m sure glad I did.

Cookyn has just moved from its previous location in Novena to Jalan Penjara just off Margaret Drive. The place looks really pretty and I hear that in the day time, you can even see a nice lttle pond outside Studio no.3. Chef of the evening, Ming Tan of Jam, proceeded to teach us 3 really simple dishes that we can replicate at home easily with ingredients that can be bought from FairPrice Finest, the atas arm of NTUC FairPrice. Recipes can be found at the end of the post.

Ming cooking and chopping combo

Here’s a picture of Chef Ming showing us the techniques of cutting up the lime leaves into little shreds and halving the lobsters.

Cooking Process combo

Here’s all of us studiously taking down notes and photographing his every move. Personally, I will only go for cooking classes that have a hands-on component. There’s only so much you can learn from watching the chef. Besides, its so much more fun to get your hands dirty. But of course, for that day, it being a weekday (a very busy week I might add), I was just glad that I didn’t have to cook my own dinner.

Bruschetta Combo

Lovely bruschetta to start us off

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo -  Pasta with Mussels

Lime-Leaf Mussels with Linguine and a White Wine Sauce – The recipe is so simple, it’s almost unbelievable.

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo - Pasta Mussel Broth

Mussel pasta broth – Hmmm I wish they gave us a huge bowl of it! 1 shot glass ain’t enough! I think if you’re feeling down in the dumps, or having a flu or cold, having a huge bowl of this pasta with lots of broth would just chase all the evils away. I would add more aromatics to give it even more kick, and maybe add double the wine? Hee hee hee ….hic!

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo - Grilled Slipper Lobster in Mornay Sauce (2)

Grilled Slipper Lobster with Mornay Sauce – I really love the cheesy topping, perhaps even more so than the lobster! And that’s saying a lot since I love lobster as well!

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo - Grilled Slipper Lobster in Mornay Sauce

Close up shot of the lobster meat. Feel hungry already! Hey I took this photo all by myself, including holding up the lobster meat!

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo - White Wine

Can’t say no whenever I’m offered wine…

Equipment Combo

We also got a tour of the Cookyn premises. They have 3 studios, the 3rd studio being the one with the all the “to lust for” kitchen equipment. Those in the know where oohing and ahhing at the brand name wine cabinet, refrigerator, oven and hobs.

NTUC Fairprice-Cookyn Inc demo - Group Shot

Cheers!

A very special thanks to Cookyn/Chef Ming and FairPrice Finest for sponsoring this event and to Joelle of Siren-Communication for inviting me.

Did you know that you can get Organic Pasta, OMEGA New Zealand Cooked Green Shell Mussels and even Parma Ham from FairPrice Finest? FairPrice Finest has a premium delicatessen counter run by Culina, a walk-in wine cellar, live oysters displayed in a specialised oyster tank, a wide variety of cut cheeses, and home delivery services as well. Ambassadors are also available to offer shoppers information on the available products and even guidance on how certain products can be used. Make full use of the free help! As of June 2011, you can find FairPrice Finest at 7 locations:- Bukit Timah, Clementi, Marine Parade, Upper Thomson, Tampines, Serangoon and Orchard. Click on http://www.fairprice.com.sg/ to find out more.

I didn’t know about Culina having a counter at FairPrice Finest. I love looking at delicatessen meats, I can literally spend 10 minutes staring at each cut and imagining what good things I (or the Partner more likely) can cook with them.

Cookyn Inc

60 Jalan Penjara, Garden Hub, Block O, Singapore 149375

Tel: 6748 4848

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Oriole Cafe & Bar

Calling out to all scone lovers out there, I’ve found another good place to have scones! And this time it doesn’t involve having to step into a posh hotel nor spend a fortune on it. In fact, these scones can be found right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. There’s no better reason to stop for a cuppa and some scones than a hard day’s worth of shopping, right???

Oriole Cafe - Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

I present to you, Oriole Cafe’s scones! 3 raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream and raspberry grappa jam for only $6.50, which means just over $2 per scone! This IS undoubtedly the cheapest scone deal I have come across! And for goodness sakes, you get clotted cream with it! It’s not the best clotted cream (it feels lighter than usual) but it’s clotted cream nonetheless! The scones are real tasty too. They’re light and airy and fresh. Paired with that cream and jam, and washed down with some good coffee, it’ll put a zing in your step so that you have enough energy for round 2 of shopping!

I hear Oriole Cafe makes a good cuppa but I have yet to try. In fact, the menu looks pretty interesting too. Too bad I was only there for a quick meeting with someone. Thanks Chek for introducing me to this place! Definitely going come back again soon to sample more of their dishes.

Oriole Cafe - Iced Lemon Tea

$5.50 Iced Lemon Tea – Not sweet enough. Hah, that’s usually the case when it is not pre-sweetened. I can never bring myself to pour in the entire contents of the sugar syrup pot…

Click here to see the best places in Singapore to get scones!

Oriole Coffee

96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Map 

(It’s just opposite Brotzeit when you come out of the Somerset MRT station)

Phone: 6238 8348

Operating hours:

Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm ; Fri & Sat  11:00 am – 12:00 am ; Sun 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

9 Raffles Place #01-23/23A Republic Plaza I Map

Phone: 6438 3843

Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

http://www.oriole.com.sg

Casa Verde at Botanic Gardens

Recently, I received an email from a lady living in Australia asking me for recommendations for 2 “must visit” cafes in Singapore when she is here. After thinking long and hard, and taking into account proximity to tourist locations, I finally recommended Casa Verde at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I love Casa Verde because of its unique location. It’s right smack in the middle of the Botanic Gardens, which means you get to dine in lush greenery, with the sounds of some fountains to aid your digestion. The breakfast at Casa Verde is quite good, and very affordable. An English Fry-up aka Big Breakfast aka Gourmet Breakfast costs only $14! If you come before 11am, you get a drink thrown in as well. There are some local favourites like Laksa and Mee Siam too, but I’d rather go to a hawker centre for that.

Seating is a bit of a problem on the weekends when everyone descends upon this place, children, dogs and more. If you don’t mind not having the free drink, you can still enjoy the all day breakfast at other times of the day.

Here’s what we enjoyed for brunch some months ago. We arrived just after 11am so we had to order from the lunch menu.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs (2)

Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast (Choice of fried or scrambled eggs, mushrooms, back bacon, Cumberland sausages, has brown, grilled tomato & 2 slices of toasted country bread served with butter and preserves) $14 – You know I have this love affair with eggs, I just can’t resist posting close up shots of eggs. I think for $14, this is a pretty good deal! My favourite breakfast joint Epicurious still takes the trophy, but this is not too bad either. Only thing is, they don’t have baked beans.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up (2)

This is also part of the Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast Set, just that I have chosen eggs done sunny side up instead of scrambled. I like it that the bacon used is back bacon. Streaky bacon just feels too oily and sinful for me when not cooked by myself.

Casa Verde - Toast with butter and jam

Lovely warm toast to go with all the eggs.

Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia (2)

Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia $12 – There are not that many pescetarian options at Casa Verde so my father was forced to order this despite not liking tuna all that much. In the end, the tuna mayonnaise was a bit too creamy to his liking. We have eaten really good tuna mayonnaise sandwiches before at Egg3 Cafe and this one at Casa Verde didn’t quite match up.

Casa Verde - Club Sandwich

Casa Verde Club Sandwich $12.50 – Loved the chicken within the sandwich. It was tender and flavourful. Tomatoes and lettuce tasted fresh and complemented the chicken well. Once again, the chef was rather heavy handed with the mayonnaise. If you don’t like too much of it, be sure to tell them in advance.

Casa Verde by Les Amis Group

Crowded crowded crowded! This was 1pm on a Sunday!

Botanic Garden

Dining amidst greenery is a really good way to spend a lazy weekend

Casa Verde (by the Les Amis Group)

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

Tel: 6467-7326

Sundays to Thursdays: 7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11.30am – 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 9.30pm)

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holiday

7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11am– 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 10pm)

http://www.lesamis.com.sg (click here for menu and prices)

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ToTT Cooking Class– Knack with Knives

The other day, I chanced upon a contest on ToTT (Tools of the Trade)’s Facebook. In order to win a free “Knack with Knives” class, all one had to do was to write about a close shave with knives and lessons learnt. I thought, hey I can do that, so I entered the contest. Bam, done in less than 5 minutes. And guess what, my efforts paid off and I got a golden ticket worth 98 bucks!!!

Photos all taken with the iPhone since I figured wielding a knife together with my trusty DSLR would be a tad cumbersome…

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (5)

The knife in the picture is what is known as a Chef’s Knife. This is the knife that will be used for most of your slicing activities. Another knife I would highly recommend buying is the serrated knife. It has a ridged blade to cut through food with skin such as bread. We never used to have a serrated knife in our kitchen, but during the period when I was fervently baking lots of bread, we bought a serrated knife as it was a pain to cut the bread with the chef’s knife. I usually ended up flattening the bread because a normal chef’s knife just wouldn’t slice through the tough skin!

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (9)

Chop chop chop, dice dice dice. There is a nifty way to cut onions such that you won’t cry. Chop off the top, chop the onion in half, then kind of flay it without cutting through the bottom. The bottom still holds all the pieces in tact, which then makes it easier for u to dice the onion. According to Chef Ming, the bottom holds the highest amount of tear causing chemicals, so only cut that off last.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (7)

Tomato condiments for the bruschetta we were making – onions, tomatoes, basil, garlic

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (8)

With a serrated knife, you can slice up the bread really thinly.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (10)

Voila, the finished product!

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (6)

Chef Ming from Jam explaining the ins and outs of using knives.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (11)

Chef Jeremy from Jam slicing and dicing

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (2)

Other participants. Btw, I really want to get myself one of those wooden island trolley thingies. It’s so convenient to be able to chop wet food near the sink or dustbin, and after that wheel it to the cooking stove. Anything that cuts down preparation time for me is fantastic.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class

Coffee and tea for the participants. Not that you have time to drink it once the cooking gets fired up.

The class was totally worth my having to wake up at 8.30am! I really enjoyed myself very much. Although I still feel that $98 is very steep a price to pay for a 2 hour hands-on class, unfortunately cooking classes, especially hands-on ones, are pricey. The affordable ones which are less than $50, held at the Community Centres, tend not be hands-on. If you have spare dough and have entertained the idea that you might like to learn cooking, I would highly recommend doing it. Just take at least 1 class to get your adrenalin pumping. After that, you can rely on cook books if you are self-motivated. I assure you the dividends will pay off when you enjoy the fruits of your labour in time to come.

As a proof of how much I enjoyed the class, I went back home and diced up all my asparagus, mushrooms, onions and garlic for dinner. This would normally have been done by the Partner, while I disappear somewhere and pretend to be busy.

See my previous review on the Tools of The Trade Store as well as the ToTT Bistro.

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.oooh-jam.com

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