A piece of my heart

If you are looking for an absolutely sweet gift for a girl, this is it. Seriously, what can be cuter and sweeter than a box filled of jellyhearts? I thought it was something that only exists in Pinterest until my brother’s girlfriend brought us a box of it.

Imagine how much I gushed about it! This box of 20 jellyhearts can melt anyone’s heart. The strawberries are cut to look like hearts and that there’s a layer of cheesecake that’s sandwiched between the cookie crust and strawberry jelly. One piece is not enough!

These jellyhearts can only last a few days, as no preservatives are used. One box of 20 pieces costs $18 and you can order it via this phone number: 9459 7711. I don’t think they have a website or provide delivery, so you have to collect it from Novena.

I feel like attempting to bake this one day. Will share it if it is a success. 😛 Have a great weekend!

Food haven at Upper Thomson Road

Upper Thomson Road has been pretty happening these days. Ice cream stalls are popping out like no one’s business much to my delight! Muahaha I am only a few bus stops away from my earl grey ice cream.

Somehow I can’t decide which I like more.. Salted Caramel’s version was mild and thus soothing, while Udders’s was strong like TWG tea. Another winner was Udder’s alcoholic Bailey’s & Bourbon!

Other things I like include The Prata House, Meng Kitchen’s minced meat noodles (a few stalls down) and prawn noodles at Long House. La Petit Cuisine is nice too if you like to have some French food that’s quite affordable.

I have a special liking for Dino Cake House & Cafe too. Maybe it’s the old good times, or the fact that the fried rice ($4.80) still tastes the way it did 10 years ago. It is a simple dish that is made special by its fragrant balacan chilli and thin shreds of cucumber.

It’s always nice to go back to the traditional desserts sometimes. Nothing too fancy or sweet. Just good old dessert. We went to try a few desserts that day and I thought the rum cake roll ($2.50) was pretty unique. It looks like a traditional cake roll with the cream, cake and peanuts, but it has a piece of chocolate in the middle. Wish we could taste more of the rum though!

The bite-sized apple crumbles ($1) were so cute! As tiny as they were, they had plenty of crumbly toppings and chunks of apples inside. They were not too sweet, so I would have definitely taken a few more if I wasn’t stuffed.

  • Salted Caramel – 246F Upper Thomson Road
  • Udders – 246D Upper Thomson Road
  • The Prata House – 246M Upper Thomson Road
  • Meng Kitchen 日夜小厨 – 246B Upper Thomson Road
  • Long House – 183 Upper Thomson Road
  • Dino Cake House & Cafe – 257 Upper Thomson Road

Mission successful: mango cake is delicious

The midnight baking itch came and we baked ourselves a huge piece of mango cake. This was done with our favourite Fruit Paradise mango tart in mind.

It was just four easy steps to bake this yummy cake for beginners!

1) We used Betty Crockers’ yellow cake mix to bake the cake according to the instructions on the box
2) After the cake has cooled down from the oven, we cut the mango into thin slices
3) Whipped a can of full cream to get whipped cream. (2 important tips we learnt: always make sure your can of full cream is cold and do not attempt to whip this without a mixer unless you want a full 1 hour arm workout)
4) Spread the whipped cream on the cake before placing the mangoes on top.

Looks aside, the cake tastes great! The most difficult part was cutting the mangoes into equal size and placing them neatly on the cake. We are definitely going to attempt this again with other fruits and use a baking pan that allows us to slice the cake horizontally. It will taste even better with more cream and chopped fruits between layers of cake! Hmm maybe we should attempt to add a layer of jelly on the mango too. 🙂

Do drop us some tips/suggestions if you have any!

A girly cake that tastes good

Lychee Martini cakeThis pale pink sponge cake is an excellent interpretation of lychee martini! It looks and tastes the way I would have it if I have magical power (or talent in baking) to transform a lychee martini into a cake. The sponge cake was layered with fresh cream that had chunks of lychee and a slight alcohol aftertaste. We should all support great heartland bakeries! $25 for a 0.5kg cake.

Pine Garden’s Cake
Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2369
Mon – Sun: 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

Midnight Baking

Saturday night, after returning home from a show at the Esplanade and a shower, I decided to make good use of the four sticks of Philadelphia cream cheese sitting in the fridge because they were close to expiring in a week.

I started the only way I knew how. I googled “Cheesecake Recipe” and checked against the ingredients I needed.

  • 15 graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Laying out everything I need, so I don't run around like a headless chicken after

I have a habit of keeping the recipe in front of me while I bake because my memory stinks. Butter, sugar, flour, milk and eggs were basics I already had. I had to run down to 7-11 to buy digestive biscuits to form the base. I didn’t have sour cream, so I googled its substitute. Simple. Simply add lemon or vinegar into milk and you’ll get buttermilk, which you can replace for sour cream.
1. For the uninitiated, crush biscuits with a rolling pin and mix with melted butter. Be a little more generous with your butter so the crumbs stick. Press into the bottom of a springform pan. Tip: While warming the butter, I lay the sticks of cream cheese around the stove so it becomes softer.

Four sticks, no more and no less

Calories-scary but don't falter

2. In a big bowl, mix cream cheese and sugar. Blend in milk, and mix one egg in at a time. Throw in sour cream, vanilla extract and flour.

Thumb-twiddling part of baking

3. Bake in preheated oven for an hour. When ready, let it cool for another hour before setting it in the fridge for 5-6 hours. I had extras of biscuits and batter, so I put them into little aluminium cups.

Individual portions

NY Cheesecake! 😀

4. Dig in and enjoy : )

Arrrbite. Hidden gem

Arbite is an unassuming, homely restaurant which sits above Sushi Tei in Serangoon Gardens, and whose entrance is almost easily overlooked with the crowd of a queue to the Japanese restaurant.

The restaurant’s “concept”, if there was intended to be one, is an assemblage of lego toys and home-styled decor with white washed walls, scrawny tables and chairs and a single sofa sitting corner.

Arbite is a mix of lego toys, tea bags and interesting magazines.

We went on a Saturday night and it was relatively empty – which is great because you get really attentive, excellent service – and not surprisingly, the number of patrons turned out to be a poor indication of how great the food can be because they served up a really hearty meal.

Tempura Stuffed Button Mushrooms

This neat start oozes with cheese when sliced.

Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Parama Ham & Pappardelle with Braised Beef

We had two pastas because they came strongly recommended. Restaurant owner/ chef Marc Wee (ex Michaelangelo) said they hand make their own pasta noodles, which I think only every self-respecting restaurant should. Portions were more than generous, but we both cleaned our plates with no problem.

Grilled Moroccan Chicken & My Wife's Chocolate Cake

Their dessert selection is limited to two options, but the chocolate cake was very well-done flourless fudge and a real indulgence.

At the end of a very satisfying dinner, we couldn’t find any reason to complain from dinner, and no reason not to return!

http://arbite.com.sg/
66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962