Monday, March 17, 2008

Eating Out @ Home

Both me and sis heard so much of the place called "Gastronomia" at Great World City that we both made a special trip there on Friday to buy our dinner for Saturday!

There was so much to choose from that we almost went berserk :p

Our appetizers were lobster soup and caesar salad with fresh bacon bits!! Sis insisted that we used fresh bacon bits, so we fried the bacon on the spot and tossed it together with some shredded chicken into the caesar salad!

Its very interesting that the soup came in packets and all you had to do was to just pour it out and make it warm and its ready to drink!

We could also pick and choose pasta to suit the various pasta sauces and since the pasta were in servings per person we could have a variety!

our main courses from left to right: Spinach tagliolini and aglio olio, fungi alfredo with maccheroni and bolognese with egg tagliolini

And what could be better than after meal desserts? We couldn't resist the tiramisu as well as the nutella chocolate cake!

Our verdict? (total panal of 3 judges) we were a little disappointed with the aglio olio as the sauce was a little too oily for our liking. The bolognese was slightly salty but we all loved the alfredo!
The lobster soup is a must try and the tiramisu and nutella chocolate cake is definitely to die for.
We enjoyed the entire experience and Gastronomia is indeed a great place to buy food to prepare for the night when you are feeling lazy :)


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cupcake Minis

I hope to be able to do such lovely cupcakes someday...

Hubby's colleague gave some mini cupcakes and because it was sooo cute and pretty, most of it was snapped up and hubby had to snatch 4 of them back for me as he knew I was easily taken in by such cutesy things :)

Awww.... Aren't they so preeeeeetty?

I mean, even though I visit Kuidaore's Blog often and drool at her very nice cupcakes and photos, it is just so different seeing such cupcakes upclose and personal!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Teriyaki Chicken - western style

I decided to try my hands on some western food without having it fried. Hubby and I are starting to worry about eating too much oily/fried/outside food.

Not too sure if the western food I prepared was healthy though, but I just told him that no oil was used :) So he was pretty happy.

Introducing... Teriyaki Chicken, Mashed Potato and Caesar Salad!

Ok, I bought the Caesar salad :) It was from Cold Storage. At first, I was quite skeptical about it, but while preparing it, I took a bite and then took lots of bites more :p I had bacon bits so I sprinkled them on the salad too! Heavenly!

Teriyaki Chicken - directions

1) Marinate 3 chicken thighs with 6 tbsp of teriyaki sauce
2) Place in fridge while preparing the mashed potato
3) When the potato has finished boiling and is ready to be mashed, take the thighs out and grill them at 200 degrees celsius for 40 minutes, turning them over after 20 minutes

Mashed Potato - Sufficient to feed 4 (or 2 very greedy us)

4 potatoes
a pinch of salt
10 tbsp milk
generous portion of bacon bits

1) Put potatoes into a pot of water (completely covering them) to boil sprinkling a pinch of salt
2) Boiling should take about 30 mins or when chopsticks poke through to the core of the potato
3) Drain the potatoes out and run them under tap water
4) Thereafter, start mashing the potatoes. For me, I used a mighty normal FORK :)
5) Start adding the milk tablespoon by tablespoon and incorporate it into the mashed potato*
6) Sprinkle pepper to taste and heaps of bacon bits and savour!

* I like the texture of my mashed potato with 10 tbsp of milk. So you might want to add the milk in tablespoon by tablespoon so that you can stop once you are satisfied with its texture

R's Verdict? Yummilicious! Though the potato was indeed too much for 2 greedy people :p