Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hi-tea buffet at Goodwood Park Hotel

Beef and foie gras sandwiches at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Bite size smoked beef and foie gras sandwiches! Luxurious or what! Both taste very full-bodied and rich (no pun intended!).

Mango and prawn croissant at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
I guess you only see mango and prawn croissant in Singapore and not anywhere in Europe. Such a local yet delicious variation!

Fried stuff at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
The fried stuff are nothing to shout about, but the potato balls are nice though, crispy on the other, soft and rich inside!

Creme Brulee at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
I can't count how many failed Creme Brulee I have tried in Singapore, but this one is the real thing! The caramelised sugar on the surface is thin and crispy while the custard itself is simply eggy!

Scones at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Scone is a must in English hi-tea, and whipped cream and jam are must for the scones! The scones are really rich and sweet, but the whipped cream magically makes it "lighter"!

Cakes offered at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Not really a cake fan myself, but the chocolate cakes really show you the meaning of "Death by Chocolate"!

Cafe Panna at Goodwood Park Hotel cafe hi-tea buffet
Didn't really like the light Prince of Kandy tea that I ordered initially, but this Cafe Panna is real good! Fragrant and strong espresso with just a little dash of whipped cream!

WHERE: L’Espresso in Goodwood Park Hotel, Hi-tea buffet

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Focaccia with sardine

Focaccia with sardine

After having tried all wholemeal and multigrain breads in the supermarket, I really can't bring myself to buy another loaf for lunch. In fact, the only bread I would really love to have a bite then was a good double cheese burger! Ahhhh~~

Of course, I was still conscious of the calories and fat content in a double cheese burger, so instead of walking straight over to Mac, I u-turned to the other bakery at a corner. Still thinking of my double cheese burger, I bought a focaccia bun from this ATAS Swiss Bake. Yah, I know facaccia is a kind of Italian bread covered with lotsa herbs and even more... olive oil! But since it is made of wheat flour, I guess it's not that bad right? (well, at least better than a double cheese burger, right?)

The focaccia bun has a very strong garlic/herb fragrant, while tasting very soft and chewy. It actually tasted very well with the sardine! Which is kinda expected because, just like pizza, focaccia goes very well with tomato paste. The few lettuce leaves I added complemented the whole sandwich seamlessly with its sweetness and freshness as well! On the whole, it was a good sandwich for lunch, and yap, I forgot all about my double cheese burger!

Next time, Mac!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Sardine and cheese sandwich

Sardine and cheese sandwich

If you're lactose intolerance and you've drank so much soya milk that you think you started to look like Mr Bean, another good source of calcium will be to get a can of the good old Sardine because one fish will give you 100mg of calcium already!

And so I bought a can of Spicy Lime flavoured sardine, spread it on 3 slices of Low GI Nutri Multi-Grain bread, slap on a piece of low fat cheese, and TADA! My Lunch was prepared in less than 5 minutes.

When it was finally lunch time, I suddenly had the idea "hey, why not heat it up in the microwave oven? Maybe the sardine won't taste so fishy then?". But boy I was so wrong to do that to the sandwich! The whole sandwich was heated up alright, but the bread became kind of soft and soggy as well! But luckily the melted cheese blended well with the heated sardine (which indeed had no fishy taste after heated up), so it was not so bad.

But I guess I still prefer a toaster...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two very sinful food

Fried hokkien prawn noodles and Fried white carrot cake

Fried Hokkien prawn noodles and fried white carrot cake in the background.
Sinfully fat!

MacDonald's Cinnamon Melts

Cinnamon Melts from MacDonald's
Sinfully sweet!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bread for Lunch - No Mom, the NTUC aunty didn't bully me

Shaved ham on my ham and cheese sandwich

After eating all the different kinds of tasteless chicken luncheon, I really need some meat that has the taste of... meat! So I went to NTUC to get myself some honey baked ham. However instead of the "normal" version, I got the shaved version. Shaved ham is also honey baked ham, cut from the same chunk of meat, the only difference is that it is sliced very thin. So thin that you'll need to stack a few pieces together in the sandwich, so thin that my mom thought that the NTUC aunty was being unfair to me...

MOM: Cloudy, did you get the ham from that aunty that we usually get our ham from?

(Oh yes, even in the NTUC, my mom knows who sells what at every single counter, from fishes to vegetables to, oh yes, ham! Talk about Aunty PR Power!)

CW: Nope, another aunty packed that for me!
MOM: Ah! See! She bullied you!
CW: What?!?
MOM: Did you see what you've bought? She has packed for you bits and pieces of leftovers! They're all thin and broken!

Oh well... and so I carefully explained to my mom how shaved ham is supposed to be thinly sliced and that I was not being "bullied". But she was still skeptical until the point when I mentioned that shaved ham is very common in the ATAS ColdStorage, and when she felt that since the Ang Mors like it that way, it should be normal!

Anyway, go pack some shaved ham into some slices of multi-grain bread, add a piece of low-fat cheese, spread some butter (thinly please!) and shower some black pepper, and you've got yourselves a delicious sandwich! Try it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Baked beans will always go well with bread!

Baked beans and BBQ cheese on corn bread

The British loves to have their toast with baked beans and a sunny side up. And baked beans is not only nutriitious, but very economical in UK. While we were studying there, one normal can of baked beans costed less than S$1! And their beans look really cute as well, about just half the size of our Singapore beans! But the taste is still the same of course! The canned tomato paste taste!

Today's lunch is gonna be baked beans and smoked BBQ cheese (yah, I know it's the same cheese again, but I have to finish the pack of 12 yeh...) on corn bread. The sweetness of the corn bread, plus the distinctive tomato taste of the baked beans, add that to the fullness of the salty smoked BBQ cheese, marvelous!

Though baked beans is not part of our usual breakfast in Singapore (as compared to the popular zui kway and fried bee hoon etc), we do have quite a range of selection of these beans. There is the normal one, the spicy one (hey, anything and everything has the spicy version here!), the cheese one, the vegetarian one etc. Of course the health and weight conscious me will get the low fat one!

As for the high fiber one, that is one can of beans that I don't get it. One portion of normal baked beans is already containing about 6g of fiber, which is like a quarter of our recommended daily intake. You just have to add in a couple of fruits and vege to make it 100%. So unless you really hate fruits and vegetables, you really don't have to rely on your high fiber baked beans to get your fiber of the day!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bread for Lunch - Mushroom luncheon with BBQ cheese with Japanese rice seasoning!

Mushroom luncheon and BBQ cheese in corn sandwich

Again, I've bought a hundred grams of practically tasteless mushroom luncheon. So I guess these mushroom and carrot luncheons are just colorful luncheons that taste... tasteless? And so I opened the fridge door and looked around for help. Caught this packet of Japanese rice seasoning sitting quietly at a corner and decided to give it a try. Hey, if these seasoning can give tasteless white rice great Japanese flavor, why not to colorful tasteless luncheons?

So here we go... corn bread plus mushroom luncheon, plus smoked BBQ cheese, plus salmon rice seasoning, and one bite! And that was one rich bite! The salmon, seaweed and sesame taste from the rice seasoning merged so well with the sweetness of the corn bread and smoked taste of the cheese that it actually leveled up the whole sandwich! My cheap local sandwich has become an ATAS Japanese sandwich! Cool!

Friends, you must really try this! Next time you eat your sandwich, add in some Japanese rice seasoning! Oh... where to get them? Hey, you can get them at just 2 dollars at Daiso!