Monday, September 30, 2013

Appetite Magazine Top Ten Chardonnay Blind Tasting and Dinner




Last Wednesday evening, we attended a very interesting wine dinner at Flutes @ National Museum organized by the Appetite magazine. Kenny Leong, Wine Editor at Appetite magazine, and his team tasted about 100 Chardonnay before picking their top 10 for the night's blind tasting.

Chardonnay is the most popular and diverse white wine grape and it is grown in virtually every wine-producing region in the world. It is one of the principal grapes used to produce Champagne and is second, only behind Pinot Meunier in plantings within Champagne. If you are new to white wine and are confused with the different white wine varietals, chances are you would be served a glass of Chardonnay when you order a glass of House white wine in a restaurant. That’s how common it is.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pandan Hokkaido Cupcake




I have mentioned in my earlier post that the family enjoys Hokkaido cupcakes and wife has been baking the original version regularly and lately she tweaked the recipe to come out with the green tea version.

When I told her that I had not submitted any pandan recipe for this month's Little Thumbs Up event, she immediately suggested to bake some Pandan Hokkaido cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flavours of Italy Culinary Workshop by Executive Chef Anna Borrasi




This series of "Flavours of Italy" culinary workshops is part of the line up of Gusto Italiano which celebrates and showcases the food, culinary talents and produce of Italy from Sep 1 - Oct 3.

I was glad to be invited to be part of this cooking workshop by executive chef Anna Borrasi of Etna Italian Restaurant. Hailing from Napoli, Italy, Chef Anna is the only female group executive chef with proven expertise in Italian cuisine in Singapore.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Estrella Damm INEDIT - Beer by Chef Ferran Adrià




I am not a beer person and certainly not a beer expert but this INEDIT brew gets my nod. 

My makan kaki Andrew introduced this beer to me during one of the Jumping Table dinners. When he brought this beer over to me in a white wine glass, I was like "Huh? They don't have proper beer glasses in the restaurant?" and he explained that the INEDIT beer was specially crafted to accompany food. It offers a similarly food-friendly character to wine and therefore best to be served in wine glasses. I was impressed with his knowledge and could not wait to taste this special beer.

I took a sip and liked it immediately. It had beautiful fruity floral characters with a sensation of fresh yeast and sweet spices.  I thought in some ways the INEDIT is similar to Hoegaarden, it has a thin mouthfeel, creamy and long finish. A wonderfully refreshing beer.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Sous Vide Pork Cheek




Satisfied with the texture of the Pork Cheek Confit that I cooked 2 weeks ago, I bought more pork cheeks from my butcher last weekend. This time I used the trusted Sous Vide Beef Cheek recipe, which I have been using regularly, to cook the pork cheeks with some modification.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Yantra @ Tanglin Mall




I am surrounded by Indians at my work place. Many of my Indian colleagues pack lunch to work and every time I walked past the pantry area during meal time, I would be greeted by the amazing aroma of curries and spices. And I enjoy it! I do not understand much about the Indian heritage and culture but I definitely love Indian cuisine. From the North to the South, from Naan bread to Basmati rice, from chutneys to papadums, from Tandoori chicken to Masala beef. I love them all! I am always fascinated by the way different spices are combined in Indian dishes and how they amazingly bring out the fragrance and flavor of the meat or vegetable used.

So when there was an invitation to the award-winning Indian cuisine restaurant Yantra for a media tasting event, I readily accepted it!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

[Reader Giveaway]: Chef and Sommelier takes you to Chef Anna Borrasi's Culinary Masterclass!




Italian gastronomy has been gaining popularity in Singapore as diners move from the traditional pastas and pizzas to other different Italian cuisines in the diverse regions of Italy. Recognising the widespread influence of Italian cuisine in Singapore, the inaugural Gusto Italiano will be celebrating and showcasing the food, culinary talents and produce of Italy in new and exciting ways. The festivities will feature outstanding local culinary stars and bring together renowned Italian restaurants and F&B establishments from across the island.

If you love to cook and love Italian cuisine, these Flavours of Italy Culinary Workshops are perfect for you. Eight of city's leading Italian chefs will be sharing their expertise for preparing Italian dishes that can be easily prepared at home.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Green Tea Hokkaido Cupcake




The family enjoys Hokkaido chiffon cupcakes. Wife has been using the recipe shared by my "Big Big Sister" Sonia from Nasi Lemak Lover on numerous occasions now. Last week, she wanted to try something different and added some green tea powder to make this green tea Hokkaido cupcakes.

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