apple x orange x mango yogurt salad

Every 2 to 3 days, I get a fruit during one of my meals. And I always don’t eat it there and then because I don’t like eating whole fruits (it’s just so… big), so I usually bring the fruit up to my room and save it for when I decide to make something. Like today – presenting to you my delish fruit salad, yay!

Ingredients
1 apple
1 mandarin orange
3 tablespoons of yogurt (I used Meiji’s mango yogurt)

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Step 1: Dice the apple.

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Step 2:  Dice the orange.

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Step 3: Add the yogurt.

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Step 4: Mix.

Spoiler…
The oranges burst into juice splashes in your mouth it is magical (/^//▽//^)/

xoxo, denise

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tiny chocolate sandwiches

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These are really easy and tasty and probably made by fab people all over the world, but I’d just like to share them anyway! In order to satisfy my chocolate cravings without eating an entire bag of chocolate, I decided to make these little chocolate sandwiches instead.

Ingredients (serves 1)
6 plain biscuits (I used 1 packet of meiji crackers)
3 hershey’s kisses

Step 1: Place a hershey’s kiss on half the biscuits, and place the biscuits in an oven until the chocolate is a little melted (~3 min / 200 degrees celcius). You could also use a microwave for 2-3 minutes or less (just observe!)

Step 2: Place the other half of the biscuits on top of the melted chocolate and smoosh it together. Leave them in the oven for about another 30 seconds to a minute and then take them out.

TA-DA! You’re done. Now you can make some hot chocolate and enjoy ;)

xoxo, denise

apple x banana toast

2014-01-21 15.28.23-1As a result of post-Spanish class hunger pangs, I decided to make some afternoon tea for myself today. It was a little savoury, a little sweet, and very yummy! Here’s the recipe (it takes just 10 minutes!)

Ingredients (serves 2-4)
1 banana
1 apple
4 slices of bread
4 teaspoons of brown sugar
a little bit of butter (for spreading)
yogurt (optional)

Step 1: Set the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Spread butter on each slice of bread, and put the slices in the oven for a minute so the butter will melt a little.

Step 2: Meanwhile, slice the apple and banana thinly.

Step 3: Take the bread out of the oven (you could have taken it out earlier too). Place the apple slices on half the bread, and the banana slices on the other two slices of bread. You could mix and match too if you like!

Step 4: Sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar over each slice of bread, and then pop them into the oven for about 5 minutes (or until you see the sugar has more or less melted).

And that’s it. You can take them out and add some yogurt on the side like I did, and then voila – tea party yippee! :)

xoxo, denise

Good things come in little packages

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Some weeks ago, I was craving pancakes. So were my friends.

And thus was the birth of a pancake hunting adventure. Our hopes high and stomachs determined to be satisfied, we set off to a happy cafe called Little Pancakes!

lp-3 lp-4 lp-5The interior of the cafe was both cozy and spacious, and the menu… I would have bought everything if I had 5 stomachs. (Sadly, I don’t… But I guess that means another trip here hehe!) After much deliberation, we decided on:

lp-8Strawberries or Me ($8.50) for me! It came with fresh strawberries, strawberry jam, maple syrup, and strawberry icecream… And 10 tiny pancakes! It was soooo adorable and totally delish.

lp-10This is what I did – layered different toppings with each other! Mixing and matching, creating different combinations was super fun (and a little messy, but a totally worthwhile mess)!

lp-7Gimme Smore Oreos! ($8.20) for my friend, where she basically had melted marshmallows, oreos, maple syrup and cookies & cream ice cream to layer with her pancakes to create pancake smores! Pores? Smancakes? (Okay they don’t sound appealing) BUT DON’T LET THAT FOOL YOU, they tasted so good!

lp-11Just look at that hot, hot mess. Oh, life. Oh, love. Oh, goodness and awe and wonder in one bite.

lp-9My other friend got Going Nutella For You ($8.20), and she got a treasure trove of hazelnutty chocolate goodness: Nutella, chocolate sauce, chocolate/hazelnut cream wafers, chocolate ice cream and maple syrup. The pancakes she decorated were soooo good that I ate them before I could take a picture (oops).

lp-12 lp-13This place was a real delight to visit and chill at, with gr8 service, gr8 ambience and gr8 food PLUS gr9 company (cause that’s even better than gr8)!

If you would also like to have yourself some spiffy little pancakes, hit them up at 200 Upper Thomson Road, #01-04, Thomson Imperial Court, Singapore 574424. It’s near Marymount MRT on the Circle (yellow) Line and there’s lots and lots of other good food in the area too, like Old School Delights! You can also check out their Facebook page here.

Cakes in jars

In the midst of a group of flats in Everton Park, there lies a rare and beautiful gem: That of the cake in a jar, in a little shop called Grin Affair.

2013-06-10 12.48.01This cafe sells a large assortment of jar cakes, with toppings and ice cream, fillings and cake all mixed, matched and layered.

2013-06-10 12.26.45 2013-06-10 12.27.13On a beautiful sunny day, a friend and I took a stroll and ended up here. We got Hazelnut ($5.50) and Strawberry ($6). It was an amazing experience of heaven on our tongues and in our tummies. (/ * v * )/

2013-06-10 12.40.14 2013-06-10 12.29.06They had a total of 12 different combinations on the menu, and it was so, so, difficult to choose.

2013-06-10 12.28.48 2013-06-10 12.39.42 2013-06-10 12.29.23The shop was really adorable, with really pretty decor – watercolours, wooden furniture. The only disadvantage was that there wasn’t a lot of sitting space, but luckily, we were the only customers at that point of time!

2013-06-10 12.39.33 2013-06-10 12.40.33 2013-06-10 12.40.49The cake that we ate here was really good, with great ambience and a really pretty interior. Plus, the cafe owner was really friendly and even helped us wash our jars because we wanted to take them home!

2013-06-10 12.41.23 2013-06-10 12.47.55If you’d like to visit Grin Affair, they are located at 3 Everton Park, #01-77A, Singapore 080003, which is a short walk from Outram Park MRT and also reachable by several buses! You can also visit their website here.

Old School Delights

2013-05-16 13.22.02The last 2-3 weeks have been a crazy blur (because of the haze. okay bad pun hehe) with back-to-back camps, a family getaway, and random meetups with people I love, cause I’ll be going off to college in less than a week’s time.

One of the little cafes I visited was Old School Delights, a prettier version of my primary school canteen, and full of nostalgia and good food.

2013-05-16 11.58.33You make your orders by writing them down on a little whiteboard (So genius right, they’ll never forget your orders!). My friend and I ordered a happy selection of food and drinks and had a mini feast.

2013-05-16 12.08.02The average price for one dish is about $5-7 if I remember right, and it’s totally worth it because the food is really quite tasty! :) We had macaroni soup, nasi lemak and a lot of chicken (yay!). For drinks, I had Barley with something (I forgot) and it was suuuuper yummy and refreshing, and my friend had a Bandung Dinosaurus (something like that, it was also really nice)!

But of course… the best part of every meal is:

2013-05-16 12.53.36DESSERT. Just look at this beauty. Chocolate fudge cake. Oh yum. It was heaven. Really. Words cannot describe the immense joy and satisfaction one would experience with just a bite of this cake.

I can already taste it again.

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At the counter, we were greeted with a pleasant surprise – one of our favourite bible verses on the register! * v * ANDDDDD, we got to write our names on their new set of menus – totally leaving our mark behind.

2013-05-16 13.22.08If you’d like to have lunch here, Old School Delights is located at 215M Upper Thompson Road, Singapore 574349. You can check their website out here!

P.S. I’m terribly sorry for the bad photos, all I had was my phone cause I forgot to bring my dslr out. :(

Cake, tea and good conversation

Awhile ago, I went on an adventure with my friend to check out this little cafe in Hougang – Ciel Patisserie. It was a cosy little place, hidden under a sleepy block of flats, perfect for spending a lazy afternoon.

2013-05-01 13.26.33The cakes and tea were pretty affordable (unless like us, you uh, really like cake a lot) and we got a few different cakes to share:

2013-05-01 13.29.40We had two lemon meringue pies (THEY ARE THE BEST I SWEAR), a slice of oreo cheesecake, and a slice of strawberry shortcake. We also had some tea. The cakes were delicious, but the pie was definitely the best.

2013-05-01 13.31.31The interior of the cafe was also really, really pretty. There was space to sit both outside and inside! It was a lovely experience and I will definitely go back there for more lemon meringue pie soon ;) If you live in Singapore and want to check Ciel Patisserie out, their address is Blk 124 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1444 (S) 530124. You can also visit their website for more details!

So…what’s your favourite dessert? :)