Monthly Archives: January 2011

Nutella Tart

I’m sure some of us, had at some point tasted heaven. The closest I ever had (thanks to international conferences and colleagues who hold important responsibilities to be sent there) was pierre hermes‘ macaroons – ’nuff said.

And, for us (poor souls) here who live half a world away from France, or Europe, the best we could do, is to buy the master’s cookbook or (like in my case), search the internet for recipe adapted from the master chocolatier’s creation. Macaroons, well, i would love to have some, but i hearsay Singapore’s humidity is not too suitable (and no, i do not have an air-conditioned kitchen) to make those delicate fellows, so we switched our attempt to….

NUTELLA TART!!

TA-DAA!!

calling out to me....

all gone...hahahah

Luscious, creamy, rich, nutella mixed with a second layer of butter smooth bitter-sweet varlhona chocolate sprinkled with hazelnuts.

Now, who can resist something like this?

 

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Munch on goodness

Home-made granola bars

Ok, so these are uncut home made granola bars.

But, I’m sure you can already see how satisfying they look. These homemade granola bars are sweet, filling and wholesomely GOOD . Packed with the healthy benefits of organic rolled oats, nuts, dried fruits and honey (all of my favorite things!). Oats is a wonderful ingredient. I only recently learnt to appreciate the goodness and uses of oats in breads and cookies. I seriously thought oats was a ‘sick’ food. My mum would make oats cooked with condensed milk whenever I was sick and even then i loved the taste of oats.

This granola bars would be suitable for breakfast or a mid-day snack. It looks easy to make too – of cause, I cannot be too sure when my only involvement was the taking of this picture, but still, do try it! You’ll love this if you love oats, and your health 🙂

Recipe (great one) from Alton Brown:

Granola Bars

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005

Serves: 16 (2-inch) squares

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
  • 1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries

Directions

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Yummy start to 2011

Was a pretty quiet NYE celebration for us this year. I spent my cross-over of 2010 into 2011 zonked out on the sofa while zzz surfed the additional channels complimentary of Starhub TV.  Although my neighborhood was abit ‘happening’ with a 2-3 minutes fireworks display opposite Khatib MRT station (missed it, heard the boomings)

Anyways, we invited YJ and EL for a NY lunch. zzz prepared a simple roasted veggie burgers (alternate roasted chicken burgers), salad and roasted potatoes with the duck fat. Cupcakes and ice-cream for desserts.  Definitely was a yummy start to the year Cheers!

Munch on lunch. Roasted veg burger with roasted potatoes and salad

What was left of the peanut butter cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes 🙂

Sweet endings

we love vegetables

yes, seriously. we do.

we love it so much as can buy and eat ALOT for a meal

and to get the good&healthy stuff. like this. hmm.

but of course we indulge too

and ever since zzz got this....

yummy treats are 'tested'. *burp*

like this too

I will never resist chocolate or peanut butter cupcakes from zzz!!

but we don't forget our all-time favorites - Cheesecake! ANYTIME.

its the holiday season and zzz has been busy whipping up delicious meals, after meals.

now that the year is here and celebration comes to a stop (until Chinese New Year in Feb 2011 that is), time to return back to the normal routine.

that means ONLY 3 meals, less desserts and more vegetable days.

until CNY, then the ba kwa (bbq sweet pork), pineapple tarts, snacks and seafood feast will start!