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Better buy butter back!

Ok I was trying to get more “B’s” into the heading. It is correct though. If you’re planning to make a truckload of Chinese New Year cookies, now’s the time to stock up on your butter! I was at the Shop n Save supermarket today (people go window shopping at the malls, I do it at the supermarkets) and a number of butters are on discount!

SCS butter

If you grew up on SCS Butter and you swear by it, now’s the time to buy it! 2 SCS Butter for only $7.35! That amounts to about $3.70 per 250gm, when the usual cost is $5.20! Discount ends on 31 Dec 2011!

SCS Butter vs Cowhead Butter

Some people say that SCS butter is the best because of the higher butterfat content, which makes for richer cookies and cakes. I tried making cookies using SCS butter vs another brand, and that statement does seem justified. While rolling the cookie dough, the dough made from SCS butter just seemed to be oilier in my hands. However, when you look at the actual ingredients listed, SCS butter doesn’t contain more butterfat than others!

The picture above compares the SCS Butter (white packaging) vs the Cowhead Butter (Golden Packaging). You can see that both state a minimum of 80% milk fat. I am assuming here that if your butter contains more milk fat, you would naturally want to state so for marketing purposes. So since both butters only indicated 80%, I have assumed that the butters have only 80% milk fat and no more. So, SCS butter is no better than Cowhead Butter!

So, why do I bring this up? Because Cowhead Butter is going at 2 for $5.75!!! That’s equivalent to about $2.90 per 250 grams! After scrutinising all the various brands of butter in the supermarket, Cowhead Butter seems to be the cheapest at $2.90/block. I went ahead to buy 2 blocks of it today!! And I’m contemplating more….

Anchor butter

Anchor used to be my favourite, as it is the only butter from New Zealand. It used to cost less than $4, but with milk prices escalating, $4.70’s no longer a price I’m willing to fork out. A year or so ago, you could get WestGold butter from New Zealand in Singapore. For some reason, it cost only $2.50! I checked the ingredients, naturally, and they were exactly the same as that of Anchor butter, so I was a firm supporter of WestGold Butter until it mysteriously disappeared, as mysteriously as it appeared to begin with.

Cowhead Butter vs Golden Churn Butter

Golden Churn Butter of Australia wasn’t on discount today so it was more expensive than Cowhead Butter. Also, while it didn’t state the butterfat percentage, the energy content of Golden Churn seemed to be a tiny bit lower than Cowhead Butter. The difference seems minimal, so go for the cheaper one depending on when you are buying it.

Lurpak Festive 3 in 1 butter pack

You know what, if you’ve always been hankering after the European butters, now’s also the time to buy them! Lurpak is on massive discount! 3 for $12.55 which is equivalent to $4.20. The usual price is $6! Danish butter…..mmmmm! Get me some hot toast right now!

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Got this picture and line off this website. TOAST IS A VEHICLE TO TRANSFER AS MUCH MELTED BUTTER (SHORT OF DRINKING IT) TO YOUR MOUTH AS POSSIBLE. Seriously, how apt is that??? Why is there no bread in my house right now???

Buttercup Luxury Spread

But whatever you do, do not mistake Buttercup Luxury Spread for butter. This luxury spread lists Palm oil as the 1st ingredient. Not very luxurious if you ask me. That’s the reason why Buttercup would be so cheap as compared to the other dairy butters.

Now that you have the low down on butter, go forth and bring those butters back. Be sure to drop me a comment if you do so!

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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ToastBox VivoCity

When times are lean and you have to make every penny count, it pays to know where the cheapest deals are. Price doesn’t always have a correlation with quality. Today a few friends and I decided to forgo the $3.50 dessert cafe for ToastBox at VivoCity. It only cost us $2.50 each to enjoy a cuppa each plus buns and toast.

ToastBox Boluo Yao

Boluo Yao – A crunchy top bun with kaya and butter

ToastBox Kaya Toast with Butter (2)ToastBox Kaya Toast with Butter

Kaya Toast with Butter, only 2 slices though. Yakun serves up a bigger portion. I think I still prefer the kaya at Yakun, only problem is, at Yakun, they tend to give you a very thin layer of kaya, whereas I like my toasts to be richly covered with kaya!

ToastBox Thick Toast with Butter and Sugar (2)ToastBox Thick Toast with Butter and Sugar

Thick toast with butter and sugar – ToastBox is still my favourite place to have this after all these years. They are one of the few places that spread the butter evenly on the bread, such that each square of bread tastes good. Other places give you lumps of unmelted butter and expect you to do something with it.

ToastBox Chocolate Cherries CakeToastBox Banana Cake

Chocolate Cherries cake and other sponge cakes. Have never tried them although the price looks very tempting. It’s good to know that we can still enjoy cake for only $1.20 in Singapore.

ToastBox Seating Area

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