Archive for October 7th, 2010

Afghan Cookies

I made Afghans during the weekend. An Afghan cookie, or Afghan biscuit if you will, are apparently traditional New Zealand cookies. These taste very much like chocolate cookies with cornflakes in them. Apart from shortbread, I think Afghans are one of my favourite cookies! And they are so easy to make. I will share the recipe over the weekend when I get my hands on the Edmonds’ Cookery Book left in the Partner’s place.

Chocolate Cookies (2)

They ought to be iced but I normally don’t have patience for that.

Chocolate Cookies

Here’s my artistic attempts at making the cookies look appetising, but the yellow plastic bag nearby has obviously casts it not so appetising glow on the cookies.

Chocolate Cookies (4)These were the first batch. I must have had too much butter in them, or an oven not hot enough, coz they spread and merged with their neighbours. I also took them out of the oven a tad too early but it wasn’t a bad thing eh. These look and tasted like sticky chewy chocolate cookies with a slightly gooey centre! The cookies above had more flour in them. The thing with butter is that some butter is fatter than others. The brand I used must have had more fat in them. Which is why sometimes it’s just better to throw the cookbook out the window and just judge for yourself by looking at the texture of the dough. Not on your first try at baking though!

Cafe de Amigo

Oh dear, certainly Cafe de Amigo is no longer the Amigo of my colleagues. We paid Cafe de Amigo a visit today, and all of them concluded that they would never ever visit this restaurant ever again.

I know I seldom write such harsh reviews, and in fact, I think I was the only one who was quite okay with the meal. All 5 of us ordered the lunch set meal of $13.90++, which comprises of complimentary bread, starters, mains and coffee/tea.

Complimentary bread : – All 5 of us agreed that the slices of baguette was totally inedible. It was as tough and chewy as an old boot. The butter looking thing, I suspect wasn’t butter since it was whitish and very light in weight for some reason. Cafe de Amigo should have dispensed with serving the complimentary bread if they didn’t have something better, because this really was the catalyst to the negativity.

Starters (Soup): – Those who had the soup said it was too creamy…

Starters (Prawn Tempura): – I had the Prawn Tempura on a bed of lettuce. I thought this was quite tasty. The Prawn Tempura was freshly fried and laid on a bed of crunchy lettuce. After the fiasco of the stale bread, I was half expecting wilted lettuce, but they tasted pretty fresh.

Mains (Grilled Garoupa):- Those who had this said that the fish was okay but the bed of fennel and other vegetables beneath the fish tasted as if they had been stashed in the refrigerator for far too long.

Mains (Roasted Chicken):- I was the only one to order the 1/2 Roasted Chicken. I quite enjoyed it even amidst the comments coming from the fish eaters. The mashed potato and shredded vegetables also tasted good and I used them to mop up all the chicken gravy. The chicken was on the small side though, definitely not 1/2 a roasted chicken, it was probably 1/3 of a roasted chicken.

Well, considering that Cafe de Amigo used to be so much better, this was a step down for me and a horrible experience for my colleagues. I hear there was a management change some time ago, hence the difference in standards? Wonder where the old chef went? The news has travelled wide though. Cafe de Amigo used to be full during lunch time, but today there were about only 3 or 4 tables occupied.

I guess if I ever desire to dine at Cafe de Amigo again, I’ll be dining alone.

Cafe de Amigo

Funan DigitaLife Mall

#02-15, 109 North Bridge Road Singapore 179097

Tel: 6835 0238

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