homemade lemonade

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2014-03-09 18.09.09The weather here in Singapore has been way too sunny – we haven’t had rain for almost two months! Here’s how to make some lemonade to beat the heat (or to sip even when it’s cold!).

Ingredients (makes about 4-5 cups)
1/2 cup of brown sugar (you can increase this a little if you like it really sweet)
1/2 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
3 cups of cold water

Step 1: Completely dissolve the brown sugar in the boiling water. Set aside.

Step 2: Juice your lemons until you have about 1/2 cup of lemon juice. You don’t have to remove the pulp, but you can remove the seeds if you like! I used about 3 small lemons for this.

Step 3: Mix the lemon juice with the sugar solution.

Step 4: Add the cold water. Chill and serve.

Mmmmm, de-lish.

xoxo, denise

 

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

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

New York

In July, we had a summer programme in Yale before school was going to start, and on one of the weekends, some of my friends and I took a short trip to New York! Here is my adventure in photographs:

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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 * )/

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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. :(

An epic, curious brunch

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So a few days ago, I went on a brunch date with one of my friends to this charming little place along the Singapore River, Epicurious (hence the title of this post). It was kind of hard to find, or maybe I just have a terrible sense of direction.

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The interior was all vintagey and there were drawings (probably done by kids) stuck on the walls, making the place all homey-feeling. Hehehe.

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We had vodka, best thing to start the day with, right? Hahahaha, but really, they served us iced water in these bottles. Just. Too. Adorable.

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My friend had earl grey tea (I forgot the price) and I had some homemade pink lemonade ($4.50). I found the lemonade a bit too sour, but well, it’s lemonade right? Maybe I’m a bit too used to the sweet kind that I usually make on my own at home! Oops.

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My friend also had the Ratatouille Omelette ($15). It was light and tasty, also quite filling I think? She said the apples tasted like apples (okay…), the toast was perfect – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the omelette was yumz.

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I had a smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese ($10), and this was really, really good. The bagel was lightly toasted and very fresh, with a slightly sweet taste that was so yummy I was just eating it on its own. I could live on these bagels alone forever. The smoked salmon and cream cheese filling was rather generous, and also tasted really good. All in all I was pretty satisfied, hehe.

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Adorable salt and pepper shakers.

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I think they also sell stuff that you can take home, like jams and stuff.

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The shop had seating both inside and outside and we didn’t have to wait to get a table, although that’s probably because we went for a weekday brunch. They have all-day breakfast on weekends! I really love all the tiny things they used to decorate their cafe, detailed but not cluttered.

If you’d like to drop by, the one I went to was at #01-02 The Quayside, Robertson Quay. You can also check out their website here!

Have a happy middle-day-of-the-week! :)

A trip to Dempsey Hill

2013-05-21 20.02.22A week ago, I went on a mini-exploration to Dempsey Hill with one of my friends, before going to the NTU ADM grad show (more about that in another post!). Okay, I didn’t really get to look around that much cause we didn’t have a lot of time but I’m just going to share a few of the bits and bobs I got to see! :)

2013-05-21 20.44.54This is the first thing we passed by, a cute butchery (?! I never thought I’d describe a butchery like that) and there were these cows outside with all their, uh, parts labelled. So adorable, right?

2013-05-21 21.29.28We popped by Ben & Jerry’s for some ice-cream, the best solution to a hot day (that is, everyday, here in Singapore) and it was really yummy despite them kind of cheating us. The interior and exterior were both kind of vintage and old-fashioned, and all in all it was a nice place to chill at.

2013-05-21 21.28.35After that, we just walked around aimlessly for awhile, and came across this little patch of garden with a fountain and a tiny merlion. And we saw several small shops and a pretty (?! I know..) bar:

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We even saw a fat, lazy cat. I like cats.

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It’s a really quiet, beautiful place to go to. Kind of feels a little haunting, but aye, I’d like to go back and explore the whole place properly. It’s like a tiny town all on its own, separated from reality. Oooh yes, and I want to visit the White Rabbit too (that’s a restaurant there)!