Best Cheese Scone recipe that doesn’t require buttermilk

Nothing like a pandemic lockdown / circuit breaker to bring out the inner baker in us! Flour has been sold out for the last 2 months and I’ve only just seen it been stocked on supermarket shelves again in the last couple of weeks. And don’t let me get started on baking chocolate. I’ve been looking for chocolate chips for the longest time and the only ones I can find are compound chocolate. Run far away if you see the word “compound chocolate” because that has a lot of unecessary stuff in it, eg palm oil. What you want is “couverture chocolate”. Compound chocolate is cheaper, but you’ll regret it when you taste the final baked goods.

Anyway, I recently saw RedMart selling its own brand of Chocolate Chips. Beggars can’t be choosers so even though I was looking for Hershey’s Chocolate Chips I decided to Put In Cart. Alas, before I could click check out, the chocolate chips became sold out. Damn those with faster fingers.

Cheese Scones (1)

So what is a person to do if you can’t find baking chocolate? I guess you can bake scones. Scones are very forgiving to bake, no matter what you do, you’ll most likely still end up with something that is still very much edible. And it’s not something too difficult to master either. Most importantly, it can be made with very few ingredients, that are relatively easy to find in the supermarket these days.

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Koi Bubble Tea is available at Jewel Changi Airport for walk-in takeaways!

Currently, shops selling predominantly beverages are not supposed to be open due to the Circuit Breaker / Lockdown in Singapore. This means that most bubble tea shops are closed, unless they are located in a hawker centre/coffee shop or located within an outlet that also happens to sell food. So I was most surprised to see a queue at the Signature KOI shop at Jewel Changi Airport after visiting Fairprice Finest.

Signature KOI at Jewel Changi Airport (1)

I went closer to check it out and it’s true, you can buy KOI bubble tea for takeaway yourself, no need to rely on delivery! That because this is Signature KOI, it means that they also sell other food such as cakes, macarons and pastries. Lucky me too, because it seems they only restarted operations today! If you follow me on my Instagram, you would have seen my instastories about it!

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10 Instagrammable things to do at home – So stay home and don’t go out!

We are living in unprecedented times, and who knew that there would come a time when we’d all have to give up the life that we knew (temporarily at least) and just stay home in order to save humanity? Here in Singapore, the COVID-19 situation still seems manageable so we aren’t yet in a lockdown (I hope we don’t ever need to reach that stage). But the government has advised everyone to stay at home as much as possible and only leave home for essentials. However, as we all have seen over the past few weekends, malls and parks are packed. Again, who knew that we’d have such a need to be out the house? It’s like if someone says you can’t do it, then you’ll really itch to do it when you wouldn’t have in normal times.

One of the huge reasons why people can’t seem to stay indoors despite the pressing situation is due to the Instagram culture. Millennials especially, feel the need to be seen doing something exciting every so often, because FOMO, and how else will they find fodder for their Instagram pages. It’s just not acceptable to be the last one to visit that newest cafe in town. I know because I am one of them too. But humans are creative, and as can be seen from the #Dalgona craze, some trends can be started right in the comforts of home. Now, if you had to google #Dalgona, where have you been!

So here are 10 ideas to keep your Instagram game going strong without having to leave the house. Oh follow me on my Instagram too while you’re at it!

Dalgona Coffee Dalgona Coffee

Source: Nourishing Nadia

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Chinese restaurants / eateries offering deliveries and takeaways – Many dishes cost less than $10

Delivery options

Here are some delivery options that you can consider for your family meals at home during these trying times. I’ve listed down the cheapest dish from each restaurant so that you can still enjoy delivered restaurant food at home at an affordable price. The pictures are popular dishes from each of the restaurants and may not correspond to the cheapest dish though. Stay safe everyone! Hoping this post will keep your spirits up!

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South Union Park Cafe – Pastas are still good

Every year since Edward was born, we have the same problem of birthday celebration fatigue. We have 3 birthdays in February, the first being Edward, followed by my father, and finally myself. Being the baby of the family, naturally all efforts are on Edward’s birthday, and said effort namely coming from myself. By the time my birthday rolls around, I’m lost for ideas as to where to celebrate. This year, given the COVID situation, all the more we didn’t want to have a protracted celebration in a crowded location. In addition to watching out for potential sneezers and coughers, Edward has absolutely no self-restraint and will touch things and suddenly touch his face or rub his eyes!

So it was great when I saw on the Burpple App that South Union Park was offering 1-for-1 discounts on their main dishes. (Click on the link if you want a 30% discount code to purchase the Burpple App) I’ve been to South Union Park before almost 4 years back. Edward was still a baby back then! It’s nestled in a quiet neighbourhood in Kembangan, and you have to drive to get there or it’ll be a very sweaty 10 minute walk from the Kembangan MRT station as the walk will be mostly unsheltered.

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