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It is not every day that you walk past a shop window and see a wide array of mouthwatering tempting treats displayed so beautifully on cake stands and arranged so determinedly to lure you in.
Opened by and named after Israeli-born chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner- Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi is a Mediterranean-influenced bakery, cafe and restaurant. This place is all about fresh and local produce with healthy wholesome salads, foods, pastries and cakes made daily on site.
From Flourless Chocolate Fondant Cakes, Cherry and Vanilla Cheesecakes, Mince Pies to good ol’ Carrot Cakes and Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Ottolenghi kitchen executes each baked good with pure perfection and design. And if seduction was served on a plate, it would like this.
A week of having burgers and fries almost everyday had my body screaming for a detox and some healthy foods for nourishment. And so I dragged my two carnivorous friends to Real Food for some organic, fresh, vego food that both theirs and my unhealthy digestive system would greatly appreciate and thank me for.
We paid a visit to the Killiney branch, their second outlet after the first at Clarke Quay was a resounding success. Real Food is a grocer, cafe and bookstore, that provides that all rounded wholesome healthy lifestyle experience. Using their spacious area to full advantage, the space is divided neatly into the bookstore section where one can browse through guide books on healthy living and cooking, a section with comfortable armchairs for the patrons who choose to relax over a freshly squeezed juice and of course the eating section.
The menu, printed on brown recycled paper has clear labels stating what is gluten-free, soy, wheat-free etc, perfect for individuals with special diets and allergies. Prices are reasonable when you take into account that only organic and fresh ingredients are used and everything such as the sauces and dressings are made from scratch. They are also nett with no service charge or GST though your orders are taken at the table and the food is served to you.
To start off, we had the Organic Sweet Potato Wedges $6.80. Simply baked sweet potatoes that were bursting with sweetness on its own. I might actually consider trading my good ol’ fries for this low G.I. starchy veggie which is definitely healthier and less harsh on my waistline.
I had the Fried Brown Rice $7.80 as my main and my did this smell so good when it first arrived. Stir-fried with garlic, capsicum, french beans, carrots and lentils, I loved how this dish was so colourful, vibrant and appetising even to look at! And it tasted great as well! It was hard to believe that this was a healthy plate of fried rice. I would definitely want to get my hands on this recipe and try to remake it on my own.
One friend chose the Baked Brown Rice with Mozzarella Cheese $13.80. Another bowl of warm wholesome goodness that came straight out of the oven with oozing melted cheese. Judging from how he enthusiastically scooped out every last grain of cheese covered brown rice, I am going to assume that this was pretty good..or maybe he was just hungry.. Just kidding!
SPRMRKT which is actually SUPERMARKET spelt without the vowels, is a space that combines shopping, eating and even art appreciation all in one single visit. The brainchild of owners Joseph Yeo and Sue-Shan, SPRMRKT strives to provide you with a unique casual gourmet dining experience when you come here. The ingredients are fresh and dishes are made from scratch. And with a daily changing menu, you will definitely not get bored each time you visit.
We checked out their website for the menu before deciding which day we wanted to come down. After much deliberation (because there was something interesting served everyday), we decided on a Tuesday visit.
To start off, we had the Quinoa $11. The high protein grain which I grew to love back in Australia was tossed with a mix of french beans, carrots, garlic bits, mixed greens and extra virgin olive oil dressing. The crunchiness of the quinoa blended well with the garlic bits and dressing so well that a seemingly simple dish turned out so fresh, delicious and healthy tasting.
We were very fascinated by the Blackened Fish & Chips $17. Covered with squid ink batter instead of the usual white flour mixture, this was definitely eye catching with its jet black appearance. The batter was crisp and not oily at all while the white fish was so fresh. Accompanying the fish were some paprika seasoned shoestring fries as well that deserves a mention.
Two thumbs up for this BLACK Fish & Chips!
When Daniel from danielfooddiary first emailed me about a month back and asked if I was interested in joining a Singapore bloggers initiative called The #CookForFamily Initiative which was created for the sole reason of spreading the spirit of cooking with and for your family, I was definitely sold by the idea.
His plan was to get at least 100 bloggers involved.
To pick a day in July to cook a meal for their family or loved ones, then blog, tweet and instagram about their cooking, experience and thoughts all on the same day, which is TODAY – 6th August 2012 (Monday), with the hashtag #CookForFamily.
I was initially quite apprehensive at the thought of cooking because while baking was right up my alley, cooking certainly was not.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a bad cook… or at least I dont think I am…
But to cook for my family?
People that I love and people that I certainly wanted to serve only the best to..
I was not so confident about that.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Today is the most important day in the church calendar for all Catholics because Jesus is risen from the dead! This also signals the end of the Easter Triduum which marked the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection which began on Maundy (Holy Thursday). Easter Sunday is therefore a celebration of the very essence of our Christian faith because we have a God who willingly became a man on earth to die for our sins and rose again 3 days later.
And this brings me to my bake of the week- Good ol’ healthy carrot cake filled with fruit, made sinful by the large dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped off with a Cookies N Creme Easter egg for the occasion.
I never quite understood the tradition of Easter eggs. I only knew that I used to look forward to Easter egg hunts that IJ would plan for us on Easter Mondays back in primary school. We would head downstairs to the canteen and common areas at our stipulated timings cohort by cohort to search for the Easter eggs the teachers had hidden for us. The winners would then be rewarded with chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky few :(
And now that I am all grown up, I can buy my own chocolate Easter eggs but alas, it’s never quite the same. I think next time if I ever do have my own kids, I’ll plan Easter egg hunts for them every Easter Sunday and that will be our own special way of celebrating Easter- that is of course after attending mass!