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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 www.zespri.com.

Choc O’ Gold Muffins


Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 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
Directions

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 www.zespri.com!

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe

Read about the existence of Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe from Foodoshoot. I thought I had my tabs on all the cafes in the East, but Dann’s Daily managed to escape my notice! Nevertheless, I was really happy that I have a new cafe to patronise, especially if it is a good one.

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe, as the name suggests, does not serve meat but serves seafood. This suits me fine because my father is kind of like a pescetarian as well, so I have grown used to the idea. What I don’t think I’ll ever get used to is a diet of no egg and dairy. We went to Dann’s Daily on a Saturday Afternoon with the intention of just trying out their coffee. After scrutinising the menu, we got greedy and also ordered the toasties sandwiches. There’s quite a variety ranging from Salmon, Otah Japanese Cucumber, Prawns Avocado, Mackerel Mushroom Cheese and even Chocolate and Kaya, all costing $4-5 so it was pretty affordable. They also have some meal dishes such as Fish Soup (which I hear is so good it can wake up the dead), Curry Pasta, Prawn Pasta etc.

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Cafe Latte

I found their name card and placed it on the coffee cup. Don’t be mistaken, this is not a sponsored advertorial (even though I wish it were!) Quite like this photo actually. Photos look the best when the lighting’s good, so I always love a bright and cheery looking cafe! The coffee itself was very good. Strong and with a nice flavour. Pretty much in the same league as the “Coffee Boys”40Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain, Loysel’s Toy, Chef Icon.

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Hot Chocolate - Toasties of the Day (Salmon and Cheese) (2)

Salmon Toasties – The colour of the salmon may seem pale, but don’t be fooled by the looks. This salmon was so fresh and flaky, we polished off the sandwich in a few seconds. As a mark of it’s freshness, this toastie is not available everyday, but only when fresh salmon is available. I love how simple food tastes so good. Notice the bread is whole wheat.

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Prawns Avocado Triangle Toasties

Prawns Avocado – Not as tasty as the salmon toasties, no oozy cheese here, but still quite good. Taste requires some getting used to, especially since the avocado slices are hard! i was expecting the mushy kind that is normally used for sandwiches. Nevertheless, the firm avocado slices lent a healthy flavour to the sandwich.

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe

Neighbourhood kids come in to play here.

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate – $5 Average tasting

Dann's Pescetarian Cafe - Hot Chocolate - Toasties of the Day (Salmon and Cheese) (5)

Click here to read about my 4th visit to Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe.

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe
20 Eastwood Road
#01-06 Eastwood Centre
(It is facing the bus-stop and the main road, and is opposite Bedok Food Centre)
Singapore 486442
Tel: 6449 1355

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sun
9am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Dann’s Daily Website

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TWG Tea Salon

I said I would do a post on TWG Teas. Well here it is!

Did you know that TWG Teas was started by 2 businessmen in Singapore only about 2 years ago? They must have a really solid team working behind the scenes because it took them less than 2 years to get themselves branded as a premium tea seller. TWG is available at many upscale places such as SIA, Fullerton Hotel and even Harrods! From the look of their 2 Tea Salons in Singapore, no one would fault you for assuming that TWG has been operating for years!

I’ve been to both the TWG Tea Salons at Republic Plaza and Ion Shopping Mall. The Ion salon seems to be packed all the time. When I was there on a weekend, I had to line up for 10 minutes before I got a table. They do take reservations for weekdays though. The seating area is rather small and very cramped. You can almost touch the person at the next table. Since people are there to relax over a cuppa tea after a hard day’s shopping, no one is in a hurry to vacate their seats. The Republic Plaza salon on the other hand was pretty empty save for a few corporate looking types talking business when we were there, and naturally so since few people purposely venture into the business district for fun.

I will say this upfront, it’s not cheap to dine at TWG. TWG - Whipped cream and tea jellyThe tea-time set comprising a pot of tea and your choice of 2 scones or 2 muffin costs $17. A pot of tea on its own is about $10.50, which means that each scone or muffin costs $3.25. Not cheap considering that the scones are on the small side. The scones were not too bad, but not spectacular enough to warrant the price. The muffin was a let down. The scones do come with whipped cream and their unique TWG tea jelly. The jelly as some TWG tea infused into it, which is an interesting touch. However, the jelly, being jelly, was too wobbly and not sweet enough to go with the scones.

The tea was very nice. They have an extensive tea menu for you to choose from that you almost become dazed at the 3 or 4 pages worth of tea names. Many of them have weird alphabets and numerals behind them, which kinda makes one wonder how it was possible to just survive with Lipton and Boh tea for the last 20 years. In any case, when faced with FTGFOP1, don’t look lost. Just know that it stands for Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1. What that actually means is reserved for discussion another day heh.

TWG - Tea

See the thing with TWG is that that 1 pot of tea costs $10.50. However, if you were to buy 50gms of the same loose leaf tea, it also costs the same $10.50. This 50gm bag of tea allows you to make more than 10 cups of tea. And tea is not difficult to brew at home. I’ve been having their Rwandan Express tea for breakfast and tea-time in the office nearly everyday.

Secondly, if you have money to burn, won’t you rather pay a little bit more and spend your leisurely afternoon in the comfort of a spacious but equally if not more luxurious hotel lobby lounge? It will probably be more value for money. Compare TWG’s $25 set menu where you get the tea, 2 scones/muffins and 3 finger sandwiches, with Shangri-La afternoon tea buffet which offers 101 tea selections and afternoon tea buffet line at about $38. Or if you must have TWG tea, you can try Fullerton Hotel’s afternoon tea buffet at $36. Are you getting the drift here?

TWG - Scones TWG Teas

Check out TWG’s menu for weekday and weekend and see if you fancy playing tai tai for a day.

http://www.twgtea.com

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WD180810.pdf

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WE180810.pdf

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Raffles Place)

9 Raffles Place, #01 – 22
Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619

Tel: +65 6538 1837 Fax: +65 6534 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Orchard Road)

ION Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn, #02 – 21
Singapore 238801

Tel: +65 6735 1837 Fax: +65 6736 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Table reservations can be made from Mondays to Fridays at these times:

Breakfast 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lunch 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Dinner  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens Dempsey

Jun 6, 2010 @ 14:38

Here are the photos of the new Singapore farmers’ market organized by The Pantry. It is also the largest farmers’ market in Singapore as far as I know. Contrary to my fears, the farmers’ market is very much like the farmers markets you see in NZ, UK and USA. They had lots of stalls selling fresh produce, artisan breads and jams, brownies, cakes and muffins of all colours and sizes. Go hungry, because there are lots to sample and how else can you tell whether what you’re buying is good?

My only grouse is that most of the items on sale are more expensive than what I am used to when I visit the farmers markets overseas. This is undoubtedly because a lot of the premium ingredients have to be shipped from overseas.

Despite the initial drizzle I’m glad I did make it to Loewen Gardens in the end. You can see the roads are wet, but it’s fine because all the stalls are under tents. In fact, it was pretty cooling even though it was noon. I had a wonderful time taking in the vibrancy of the place as well as taking photos.

For such an “off-the-map” location by Singapore standards (you really need a car to get here or risk walking uphill for at least 20 minutes?), the market was pretty crowded. Most of the people there, be it customers or stall-owners were Caucasian. I wonder if this is because Singaporeans are not interested in Farmers’ markets. Does the average Singaporean even know what a Farmer’s market is? Or is just because the farmers’ market was the brainchild of a Caucasian woman, and the word-of-mouth has yet to spread to the locals? Whatever the reason, it’s definitely a treat to spend a Saturday morning at Loewen Gardens whoever you are.

The Pantry - Inside

Inside The Pantry cafe. I love how the goodies are stacked on the counter top in full view.

The Pantry close up shot of muffins

Closer shot of the muffins. Now tell me you can resist this and I’ll tell you you’re lying!

The Pantry - Scones

Scones from The Pantry

Wild Honey baked goods and jams

Wild Honey – They sell jams and loaves of cakes here. They also have a cafe at Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road.

Wild Honey baked goods and jams close up shot

Close up shot of the Wild Honey goodies – According to their facebook page, they were selling brioche breads, granola, jams and honey, doughnuts, chicken pies, tea breads etc The stuff is not cheap. We tried their delicious jam and wanted to buy some but it cost $18 per bottle! The tea breads cost $15 I believe!

Zenxin stall

Zenxin – Zenxin is also available at Shop & Save. In my opinion, Zenxin sells the cheapest organic produce in Singapore.

Unnamed organic vegetables stall

Imported Organic vegetable seller

Unnamed fruit stall

Another stall selling organic veggies and fruits

The Pantry Baked Goods

Baked goods and artisan breads. No more generic Gardenia or Sunshine for me.

Open air cooking of paella

Open air cooking of Paella (seafood rice dish) $5 per serving

MadzChef

MadzChef – Baked goods of all sorts

Freedom Eggs

Freedom Eggs from Chews I believe– No more battery hens. About $2.50 for half a dozen

The Pantry's alfresco area<br />

The Pantry’s Alfresco area for you to rest after a hard day’s marketing, or to watch the shoppers haggling

Farmer's Market kids playing

The little ones can be amused at the painting area, or the trampoline

More pictures below and directions on how to get to The Farmer’s Market

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