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

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? :)