Happy 2013 !

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! (: Sorry for the lack of posts as I’m back in Singapore for a holiday and to spend time with my family! But don’t worry, I will be posting some yummy food that I’ve been having soon!

I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! May 2013 be filled with endless happiness, good health, yummy food and happy bellies! Thank you for your constant support in 2012, and hopefully I will be able to bring you more delicious recipes and reviews in 2013! Have an awesome year ahead everyone!

Remember to always cook and bake with love!

Happy Birthday My Love

To my one and only hubs :

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thank you for always being there for me, being my rock. Someone I can always depend on and someone who loves me unconditionally (: May this year be blessed with endless love, care, happiness! Of course, lots and lots from me! hehe You will always be my best friend, husband, trainer and my life.

I love you! ❤

I could not ask for anyone better (:

Back in a Jiffy!

Sorry for the lack of posts guys. I have been slobbered by a sudden influx of assignments due on the 7th of Nov!

But I will definitely be back with more posts of yummies soon! Stay tuned! (:

Salted Caramel Macarons

It has always been my dream to buy a Kitchenaid mixer but I never had the heart to spend that much on an item. haha BUT I JUST DID. (: I’m a happy and proud owner of one! Thanks so my wonderful parents who is ever so supportive of me.

And immediately after getting it, I had to use it and bake something. Especially when I haven’t baked in a long long time. And one thing at the back of my mind that I wanted to try again was of course, macarons.

I have been having Lindt’s macarons for the past 2 months, cause whenever family and friends come. Lindt Chocolate Cafe is one place I will definitely bring them to have their macarons. And we all have our own favourites: mine is their vanilla and the mr loves their salt caramel. So what did I decide to bake for the first time using the sexy toy? Salted caramel of course (:

Although it didn’t turn out perfect, but I was really quite happy with the way it looked and the texture of it, cause it is wayyy better than my last attempt of chilli chocolate macaron. hehe

So the first thing I needed to get was fleur de sel. and boy was I shocked at how much it costs! haha but then again, it is the caviar of salt, so I guess its worth as it really made the caramel magical.

love the shape of the salt crystals

the verdict ? The mr LOVED it. and it made me a happy girl. (:

so here’s the recipe I used :

adapted from Chef Pang Kok Keong (a recipe on Chubby Hubby)

the macaron shell :

250g ground almond

450g icing sugar

220g egg white (aging for 48 hours)

60g castor sugar

Steps :

1. Sieve the ground almond and icing sugar into a mixing bowl. Make sure the mixture is lump-free. They call this the Tant Pour Tant (TPT) mixture.

2. Beat the egg whites using an electrical mixer with a whisk attachment at high speed until you can see a line made by the whisk going round. Then add in the sugar while the mixer is at medium speed. Make a stiff meringue.

3. Fold the meringue into the dry sieved ingredients until you get a homogeneous mix, taking care not to overfold it, as normal meringue are very delicate.

4. Pipe the mixture onto a silpat with a no. 5 plain tube into 3cm balls. Allow space in between as the cookies will spread to approximately 5cm. If the mixture is too thick, you’ll see a tip sticking up from the balls (from where you piped them) even after you finish piping the last row. If this happens, give the tray a little tap so that you’ll get a nice smooth surface.

5. Leave the piped macaron cookies out to form a skin before baking them (about 30 mins) at 160 degrees Celsius in a fan oven for approximately 14-16 minutes. When totally cooled, sandwich two cookies together with the salted caramel filling.

I did the happy feet dance (: SUPER HAPPY!

Salted caramel :

200g sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste
200g cream
3.75g fleur de sel
140g butter, chilled

Steps :

1. In a 1 litre heavy based pot, cook the sugar with a little of water, stirring all the time to get an even caramel.

2. Then add in the vanilla paste.

3. Add in the warm cream a bit at a time as it will bubble up and splatter. Then add in the fleur de sel.

4. Stir to make sure all the caramel has dissolved. Cool the mixture to approximately 40 degrees Celsius.

5. Add in the well chilled butter, cut into cubes. Using an immersion blender, blend in the butter till you achieve a smooth glossy paste. Line the surface of the caramel with plastic wrap or greaseproof paper to prevent a skin from forming and chill in the fridge until needed.

All packed! (: Enjoy !

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10:10 The Green Carpet Edition

Olive Ventures is proud to present 10:10 The Green Carpet Edition, a Charity Concert & Flea Market for the Environment, in support of 10th October 2010, “a global day of doing”.

There’ll be plenty of food & drinks to go around, so grab a friend or ten and come eat, drink, shop and hang out for a good cause.

A portion of all food & beverage sales will be donated to 2 local environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)- Singapore Environmental Council (SEC) and Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES).

GET YOUR SHOPPING ON!
It’s about time to heed the old & wise adage: Reuse, Reduce & Recycle!

Olive Ventures & For Flea Sake are collaborating and getting the hottest vendors with quality pre-loved and eco-friendly merchandise to showcase their wares just for you. Now, who doesn’t love a good bargain? Also, look out for products by CHOOSE, Singapore’s first eco-store.

BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!

We’ve got a line-up perfectly suited for a chilled out Sunday afternoon for your aural pleasure.

From 1pm till late, come groove to the beats & tunes of these talented musicians: –

DJ Funk Bast*rd
Michaela Therese
Cheating Sons
Alicia Pan
SIXX
The Cereal Killers

HOSTED BY: DIVIAN & VANESSA FERNANDEZ OF 987FM’S AM JAM!!!

DON’T MISS OUT – 10:10 The Green Carpet Edition Goodie Bags!
The first 20 guests who arrived and present their reusable shopping bag will receive a specialty goodie bag stocked with eco-friendly products.

You may get lucky and end up going home with some X-mini speakers, Eco-Friendly Products, dining vouchers, skincare products and much more!

When: 10th of October 2010, 11 am – 10.30 pm.

Where: Krish Restaurant & Bar

More Details: Facebook & 350.org

Go give your support to my brother and the environment!!! (: GO GREEN!

Support Olive Ventures!

My brother, James and his business partners, Stuart and Derek have been nominated for the Spirit of Enterprise award 2010! (:

Watch the video above and vote for them!!! (:

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Thank so much for your support!!!