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Healthy Coconut Chicken

healthy coconut chicken

The wonderful Lisa Clayton from U-Fit posted a recipe for healthy coconut chicken on Instagram a while back. I saved it and have been meaning to try it. Finally got around to it and loved it so much, we ate it 2 nights in a row! It’s as good as eating little chicken schnitzel bites, but better for you! My 7 year old also loved them and she loved getting involved in making them which was great! Pictured below is the meal I made for my daughter and then the meal I made for my husband and I.  Super simple, super tasty and super light!

Healthy Coconut Chicken

Ingredients

300g of chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces

2 1/2 tsp of fresh chopped rosemary

1 – 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind*

1/4 cup plain flour

1/2 cup freshly shaved or desiccated coconut*

1 egg

1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk with a spoon.

Place the plain flour in a bowl.

Place the coconut, rosemary and lemon rind in a bowl and mix to combine.

Take each piece of chicken, dip in the flour, then the egg, then the coconut mixture, making sure each piece is well coated.

Heat half of the coconut oil in a large fry pan, over medium – high heat. Take half of the chicken pieces and fry in the coconut oil for 3 minutes each side, or until lightly brown and cooked through. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the second batch of chicken.

To Serve

healthy coconut chicken

Serve tossed through a salad with baby spinach leaves, red and yellow peppers, snowpeas, cucumber slices and finely sliced red onion. Dress the salad with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

If your kids won’t eat it as a salad, serve with cut up vegetables and homemade garlic bread on the side!

healthy coconut chicken

Notes

  1. For less of a lemon taste, go with 1 tsp of lemon rind. For more of a lemon taste, go with 2 or more tsp’s of lemon rind.
  2. I used desiccated coconut for this recipe that I bought a Cold Storage because that was all that was available. Elissa tells me that there is a stall right near Mr Chia’s Vegetables at Tekka wet market that sells freshly shaved coconut. I think that would be super for this dish and I will be giving that a go next time I make it!

J xo

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Not sure what to serve for a BBQ with friends? Here is an idea!

Weekend BBQ with friends, and some nice gift Idea’s to take along with you from Gift’s Less Ordinary

Weekend BBQ’s with family and friends are always such a nice thought, then it get’s to the day and you end up spending half the day in the kitchen preparing. Don’t we all want to prepare a “show stopper” meal with the minimum amount of effort? I know i do!

Here is a few easy ideas on what to serve for a BBQ. Trust us, the food will be delicious, it will be beautifully presented, you won’t be in your kitchen for hours on end and everyone will have a lovely time.

For our BBQ with friends i served:

  • Lamb chops from The Meat Club. All I did was generously season with salt and pepper before hitting the BBQ.
  • BBQ Sausages
  • Watermelon and fetta salad with incredible goat’s cheese fetta from Huber’s Butchery
  • Pitta bread that we quickly bbq’d for 1 minute on each side. This delicious pitta bread you can buy from The Fish Wives in singapore.

BBQ with the Meat Club

 

Whenever we go to a friends place, I always like to take something for the host to say thank you. There is of course always the traditional wine, flowers and chocolates, but we have recently discovered Gift’s Less Ordinary, they have a stunning selection of gifts for all occasions.

Here are our top 5 picks of what to take your hosts when going for a casual BBQ.

  1. Personalised Large Wine Barrel Lid Cheese Board

    PERSONALISED LARGE WINE BARREL LID CHEESE BOARD

  2. Fine White Wine Gift Set

    FINE WHITE WINE GIFT SET

  3. Elephants Gold Foil Notecards

    ELEPHANTS GOLD FOIL NOTECARDS

  4. Bottle Opener

    BOTTLE OPENER

  5. SALAD SERVERS - Personalized

    SALAD SERVERS – PERSONALIZED

Have a look at Gift’s Less Ordinary for stunning gift idea’s for all occasion.

 

E x

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A Helping Hand – Cookbook in English and Tagalog

A Helping HandFor mother’s day, my husband gave me a copy of the new cookbook, A Helping Hand, written by English expat Frog Michaels. I had heard about this book so was very excited to get my mits on it and have a good look through it. In a nutshell, this is a book with a great variety of recipes written in both English and Tagalog.

There are a few cookbooks written by expats doing the rounds at the moment, but I think this one really offers a lot that the others don’t. It’s a book that has been really well thought out, planned and executed. It’s beautifully styled and put together. And of course it has great practical features, recipes in English and Tagalog and a great food glossary with pictures, a particularly well thought out part of the book I thought.

I loved that this book had loads of recipes for things that my family and I really want to eat on a regular basis. It’s so disappointing to get a cookbook that has lots of recipes that just aren’t practical for everyday life. I also loved that it contained recipes with a distinct English flavour as well as recipes with a distinct Singaporean flavour. The author has managed to find a great balance between western and Asian food.

The kids section had lots of great meal ideas. Below is the kids carbonara that I made for my daughter and it was a big success! I mean bacon and pasta, how can you go wrong!

A Helping Hand

Overall, I think this is a terrific cookbook with recipes that are genuinely achievable for helpers to prepare. It also has a really good mix of recipes, so you will genuinely find something for everyone!

 

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WIN tickets to cook like a chef at Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School

Eric Neo comp food 1 Delicious looking salmon skewers by Chef Eric Neo

Eric Neo

Celebrity Chef Eric Neo

It’s time for another GIVE AWAY at Two Expat Cooks, and this time we have an exciting prize for a lucky WINNER!! If you are a regular reader you will know we are big fans of Baker & Cook and even bigger fans of their very new and exciting baking & cooking school, Brettnschneider’s Baking & Cooking School. So now it’s your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to cook like a celebrity chef with Eric Neo.

As Executive Chef of the InterContinental Singapore since 2011, Eric Neo oversees the hotel’s culinary operations and menus of its four restaurants and banqueting department.

Having started out as a chef at the age of 16, Chef Eric brings with him close to 20 years of culinary experience across varied cuisines including Cantonese, Western, Peranakan, Asian, as well as local delights.

His expertise and culinary skills as both chef and leader have earned him extensive recognition in the industry. Eric appears regularly as a guest chef or judge on popular television food programmes such as “Koji Cooks” , Wok Stars On Channel 5 & Neighbourhood Chef on Channel 8.

You and a friend will join Eric at Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School on Saturday 18 June, 2016 to master the skills of Singapore Cuisine at its Best. Here is how you enter.

WHO WANTS TO WIN?!

There are 3 ways to enter (you can enter as many times as you like!)

1) Leave a friend’s name in the comments below

2) TAG a friend (or as many friends as you like) on Facebook – each name counts as a separate entry CLICK HERE to see Two Expat Cooks Facebook page

3) FOLLOW @twoexpatcooks and @brettschneiders and TAG a friend (or as many friends as you like) on Instagram – each name counts as a separate entry CLICK HERE to see Two Expat Cooks Instagram page

Note: The person whose name you TAG will win the prize, so make sure people tag YOU as well!

Share the LOVE with ALL your friends.

GOOD LUCK!

Competition closes midnight (Singapore time) 03/06/16 with winner announced shortly after. Winner to be selected at random. Singapore residents only.

 

E&J x

J&E

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London in 5 Days

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London

Like everyone says, London is the most incredible City in the world and after spending a short week there i can see why. I had not been to London for more than 6 years, when my husband mentioned that he had to travel there for work Ii quickly booked myself a ticket and was lucky enough to tag along. Coming from Singapore I was not prepared for the cold and certainly didn’t have any appropriate clothes, but when we woke on the first morning to blue skies I was feeling pretty happy, once we stepped outside I was shocked, it was so mild. And wow, what they say is right, when the sun shines they all go a little crazy!! The parks were filled with Londoners sunbaking in their swimmers, bars and pubs were spilling onto the streets at 4.30 in the afternoon, and the streets were filled with shoppers enjoying strip shopping and not being locked away in malls. We were so lucky to be there for such glorious weather, each day was between 18-22°C with no wind and blue sky, as i’ve been told we were so lucky, it’s not like this all year round…really?!? It was the perfect weather for a tourist like me with no nap times to race home for, i was a free spirit roaming the streets and happily being lost among the blossoms that line the streets of the most expensive real estate in the world.

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Day 1:

Straight off the plane, and into the car for a one hour journey to Bicester Village with my sister-in-law for some serious retail therapy. If you have not heard of Bicester Village, imagine a quaint English quasi village filled with over 130 designer outlets, this is my idea of heaven – no kids and a day of shopping at seriously discounted prices.

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Bicester Village

Sitting down to a long lunch when you are in shopping mode is a waste of time in my books, so grab a quick salad or wrap from Pret. Yes it’s a chain restaurant, but their turnover is so high which means everything is fresh and not to say tastes really good.

 

If you don’t have much time in London, but love shopping and want designer brands at great prices, then definitely go to Bicester Village. Bicester is very easy to get to from London, click here to find out more about the shopping and how to get there.

 

Day 2:

From Paddington Station I took the train to Oxford to visit my dearest friend who is studying her PHD there. I was taken back by the beautiful English scenery that you pass on the train, it’s such a peaceful scenic route that only takes one hour and with wi-fi on the train, it’s a easy trip.

 

Straight from the train station I was taken on the mandatory tour of Oxford University. It honestly felt like a scene out of Harry Potter, the college library’s, dinning halls and chapel’s are just incredible.

 

Oxford is your quintessential English Village, narrow cobbled stone streets, old sandstone buildings, trees that are older than my great great grandparents, thatched roofs, and green pastures till as far as the eye can see and even a stream running along side the town. Oxford has lovely café’s and restaurants filled with students typing away for hours upon hours, so you may have to wait for a student to pack up their laptop before getting a seat.

Day 3:

I was determined to find a good breakfast spot, and in the lane way behind our hotel I stumbled upon Ravello, http://www.myravello.co.uk a great little café off Moorgate Road. My morning staple became a smoked salmon and egg roll, which was served on a freshly baked roll that was still warm and a quick coffee to set me off for the day.

 

My first mission was to see Borough Market. I started walking in the direction of London Bridge to cross the Thames and easily found the market, it was sign posted very well. The markets are incredible, they stimulate all your senses and the biggest challenge is restraining from buying everything in sight because it’s pretty hard to pack most of it into a suitcase. From the fresh breads, cakes, speciality cheese stores, Croatian delicacies, Italian delicatessen’s, freshly made pasta stand, incredible fruit and vegetable stalls with such a vast selections of amazing ingredients, Turkish stand with every flavour of Turkish Delight you could ever wish for, meat wholesalers with cuts of meats that any man would salivate over, cured meats, fresh seafood, and the list goes on and on. My biggest mistake upon visiting the markets first thing in the morning, WHAT WAS I THINKING?!? I should have gone when I was starving at lunch time.

From the markets I took a beautiful walk along the Thames and back across London Bridge to St Katherine Dock http://www.skdocks.co.uk.  I’d never heard of it before, but coming from a bit of a boat loving family Mum and Dad suggested I take a look. It’s a marina that is home to some incredible boats, and surrounded by café’s and restaurants and some amazing apartments. Nice for a morning walk and a coffee break.

 

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St Katherine Dock

Next stop was Islington. My friend at Oxford suggested I take a walk down the High Street of Islington. Straight off the tube I could see I was in a bit of a funky, up and coming area, it was very different to Notting Hill and Maida Vale that I’m more familiar with. My first stop was a bakery that specialise in cakes made with “no refined sugar”. After a few hours of walking, I thought I would try this novel concept for a cake store, or at least I thought so. Novel it was, a piece of cheese cake with no sugar…. I’ll stick to the more traditional ones!!

 

I kept walking down the street, crossing the road a few times to explore different shops and what appears right in front of my face OTTOLENGHI!!!! All my dreams came true at that very moment. It was only 11.30am, but there was no stopping me – I was sitting down for lunch. After countless recommendations, and being an averred follower, it was number one on my list of places to go in London. As soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be incredible!!! My biggest problem was choosing only three salads on my plate, I wanted them all and by all I really do mean ALL. The display in the window was breathtaking – well for any foodie it was. The display of deserts is mouth watering and the salads are displayed in an incredibly moorish way on huge platers topped with so many different herbs, nuts and sauces. This is definitely somewhere you MUST visit, but make sure you get there early. I was in Notting Hill the following day, and by 10.30am there was a line outside the store and down the street, so get to Islington early or be prepared to line up at Notting Hill.

My belly was full and now it was time to hit the High Street’s! After such a peaceful morning, I was not ready for the crowds that blanketed Oxford Street. A quick stroll down the street with a diversion into Selfridges shoe hall and soon I found myself on New Bond Street trying to escape the crowds. Now I’m feeling it, high end fashion and jewellery at it’s best. By this point my feet needed a rest, I could not resist a slice of carrot cake and coffee from Paul Patisserie. Paul is a French Patisserie chain with stores all over London.

 

I made my way to the Victoria and Albert Museum, however don’t make the same mistake that I did, buy your tickets before 4pm. I wondered around the amazing parts of the gallery that were free, but I could not access the exhibits. Next time!!

 

Time to head back to the hotel for a refresh and of course change into heels before dining at NOPI. I booked this as soon as I knew we were going to London because I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to experience Ottolenghi’s amazing food. We started off with a drink at the bar and then sat down to an incredible meal that was bursting with exotic flavours and really pushed our culinary pallets. I wont bore you with ALL the dishes we had, but a few of my favourites were the eggplant and octopus starters and the fish as a main. NOPI was exceptional, from the 5 star service, the variety of food, the casual but funky setting, you could not fault it just be prepared to open your wallet!!

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NOPI Restaurant

Day 4:

As we woke up and the sun reflected on the incredible sandstone buildings outside our window, I knew another stunning day was ahead of me. First stop was Ledbury Road in Notting Hill. Sadly i was mainly window shopping as the shops are all pretty pricey, at the same time salivating at the cakes in the window of Ottolenghi, but I wasn’t prepared to wait in the line that was out the door and down the street.

 

My sister-in-law and I had a lovely lunch in the garden courtyard of MAZI in Kensington. MAZI is a Greek restaurants serving authentic food with a modern twist. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you will know I’m slightly obsessed with Greek food so I was eager to try this. We had beetroot tzatziki to start with freshly baked crunchy bread. Beetroot tzatziki sounds a little strange, but it had a nice refreshing flavour. We then had incredible tender bbq octopus with a seafood risotto, both dishes were delicious. MAZI is beautiful for a casual lunch or even dinner with friends as it’s nice to share dishes so you can try more.

 

 

I set off on foot down Portobello Road admiring the antique markets and general vibe of the area as it was buzzing with people on a gloriously sunny afternoon. My cousin gave me the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook years ago, so it would have been rude of me to not stop and try their tempting cakes. I was drawn to the cinnamon scroll, I know it’s not the traditional choice as cupcakes are their speciality, but it’s my husbands favourite and I thought I’d have it in honour of him (because sadly he was sitting in the office whilst I was exploring). the lady working at the shop said it’s incredible. Well she was right, it was deliciously sweet with just the right amount of sugar and enough cinnamon to give it great flavour.

 

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My delicious cinnamon scroll from Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road

 

In the evening we met family at Charlotte Street Hotel  for aperitivo, sliders were on the menu so they are hard to go by! We then headed across the road for dinner at Ninth. I have to say, we went on recommendation, the food was not exactly what we were expecting. It’s described as French Mediterranean style of sharing dishes, and I have to say each mouthful was an exploration of different flavours and combinations of food that you may never have experienced before.

 

Day 5:

 

Saturday had been set aside to spend time with family. A short strol away from Maide Vail tube stop where our family live, we headed towards the canal where we had lunch at The Waterway restaurant. On a beautiful day in London there could not have been a better place to be, by the canal, eating outside surrounded by cheerful Londoneners revelling in the sunshine. The food was perfect for a casual lunch with family including kids, serving a variety of dishes to make everyone happy.

 

Sadly my foodies tour (and my poor husbands week of work) in London had come to an end after a glorious week, that I hear is very rear in London, thankfully I was lucky enough to experience it. What an incredible City, London is truly an international city offering culture, the arts, history, beauty, incredible food and much much more to the lucky people who live there and tourist who come in their millions each year.

 

TIPS

  • If you want a delicious lunch or dinner that is ridiculously cheap and beyond amazing, you MUST try Franco Manca, a chain of pizza restaurants that specialise in sourdough pizza bases. They have stores all over London so no doubt there will be one near you.

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  • Buy a Oyster card (tube ticket) when you arrive are in London, take you ticket back to any tube station whhe you are leaving and you will receive a refund in cash. Well worth it, the only catch is you must have the card for a minimum of two days.
  • Install the Uber app on your phone before arriving in London. We discovered on one occasion our Uber fair was half the price of the Black Cab.
  • Pack comfortable shoes because the best way to see London is on foot.
  • There is wi-fi absolutely everyone so you can get away with not buying a SIM card.

 

If you want to know more details about my London adventure, please do send us an email otherwise comment below and I will definitely get back to you.

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Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

 

Hands up who loves Baker & Cook? If you follow our blog, you will know that we are HUGE Baker & Cook fans. We were thrilled to be invited to learn how to have our own little slice of Baker & Cook at home at Brettschneider’s Baking and Cooking School.

About Dean Brettschneider

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Basic Breadmaking Class that was conducted by Dean Brettschnider himself, the man behind Baker & Cook. Dean is passionate about bread and his enthusiasm for baking is infectious. He demonstrates the basic techniques for making great bread with a natural ease and charm, his instruction is more of a flowing conversation, allowing plenty of opportunity for those taking the class to ask questions. He is generous with his knowledge and time, floating around the class to help with any mishaps and making sure that everyone is mastering the basics.

 

About Brettschneider’s Baking and Cooking School

Located in Bukit Timah right behind the Baker & Cook  flagship store in Singapore, Brettschneider has created a space that is flooded with lovely natural light. Like all things Baker & Cook, everything in the school is of the highest quality. The equipment, the ovens, the beautiful stone workbenches. It’s a bright, airy space which is a pleasure to be in as well as work in!

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

 

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

The Beginning of the Class

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

On arrival, we were offered coffee and some of the delicious pastries Baker & Cook are famous for! We were given a run down of the day and then it was aprons on and straight into it. At our benches, we found all the ingredients weighed and ready to go, which made the process easier for the students and also, allowed us all to get straight to the fun bit, making the dough!

 

The Art of Producing Quality Dough

If you have never made bread before, then fear not. Dean demonstrates the technique used to make the dough in a really easy and accessible way, which means that even beginners will find themselves kneading dough like a pro in no time at all. We made 2 doughs on the day, one a plain white dough and the other, an olive oil dough to turn into Focaccia. We made the dough by hand, and it’s great fun to get your hands dirty and feel the dough coming to life.

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

Lunch is Served

After a few hours of kneading, it’s time to take a load off and enjoy an AMAZING lunch spread put on by the Baker & Cook team. Helen Burge designs the lunch menu, she is the talented author behind After Dinner Mints for Breakfast . Quiche, pizza’s, spectacular salads, paired with excellent red and white New Zealand wines, is just what you need after a morning in the kitchen. All dietary requirements were accommodated, meaning everyone finished lunch happy and satisfied!

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

 

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

Turning Dough into Bread

The feet have had a well deserved rest, now it’s time to put the finishing touches on our dough that has been resting. Dean uses the word “knock back”, which means to give the dough one final knead before it’s ready to be baked. I was not familiar with fougasse, so it was really interesting to see how simple it was to turn dough into a creative piece of bread. It was as simple as taking a scraper and using it to cut holes in a piece of flattened out dough. That went into the oven, and we were straight back to our next job which was rolling the remaining dough into a loaf.

Lastly, and what I was most looking forward to was the focaccia. I make pizza all the time at home, but I’ve never attempted focaccia. After seeing how easy it was i’ll definitely be doing it again at home. Dean demonstrated how to create the holes in the focaccia, he then added the toppings, then it was our turn. There is a real technique to getting the holes right, and with a little guidance ours turned out pretty well.

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Our fougasse before it was baked to a crusty delicious bread

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

Both of our focaccia’s before we smothered them with olive oil straight out of the oven. To die for!!

B&C Focaccia

Baking the Bread

All our breads were in the oven and everyone was eager to see how their’s would turn out. If I was at home and attempted to make bread myself, I would have popped it into an ordinary oven on 180°C, but Dean gave us a few secret tips of how to bake it so it comes out shinny and crunchy just like you’ve bought from the bakery.

 

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

What an amazing effort by everyone in the class, but i’m sure you can tell which one is Dean’s loaf!!

Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

It was so rewarding to be taking home our very own bread we made.

Afternoon Tea

Whilst waiting for our bredas to bake it was time for afternoon tea. We were completely spoilt by two delicious cakes from Baker & Cook, I of course had to try both; carrot cake and almond and orange cake. I can’t resist anything from that store!! They were very generous in offering tea and coffee throughout the day, so I felt energized after my second boost of coffee and a little sugar hit!

Wrapping Up

Before going my only thought was, wow 10am-4pm, it’s going to be a longgggg day, but not once did I notice the time. Dean and his team did such a good job at keeping the class moving along at a steady pace. You never felt weary or even bored, you were constantly busy either watching and listening to Dean’s demonstration’s, and then emulating his amazing work yourself.

The team made a real effort in making everyone feel comfortable and absolutely capable, Dean managed everyone’s expetations really well. He kept saying, our bread’s should not have turned out as incredibly perfect as his did because we have not been doing this since we were 16 like him, which was right! He made us all feel like super stars for accomplishing what we did in a day’s work!

We had an absolute ball, a glass of wine or two at lunch took the nerves away from the anticipation of the “great reveal”, whose bread turned out an whose didn’t!!! HAHA it wasn’t like that at all, everyone in the class went home with beautiful looking bread and I can say ours tasted delicious.

We would definitely recommend Basic Break Making class or any of the other classes as a great group activity for corporate team building, hen’s day, baby shower, entertaining family and friend’s whilst in Singapore, go with a friend for a day out or just a chance for some “me” time.

One huge plus about the location of the school is, you car park all day for free. This is a MASSIVE bonus in Singapore. So if you drive, it’s easy to park, otherwise it’s a walk away from Bukit Timah Road which services plenty of buses.

Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School offer’s a range of classes for all level’s of baker’s and chef’s, have a look on their website for a full list of classes and book yours now. http://www.bakingandcookingschool.com/

 Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School

I hope you manage some time to make a booking and enjoy the fabulous new baking and cooking school as much as we did.

E & J x

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Global Baker Opens Signature Baking & Cooking School

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Baking & Cooking School opens in Singapore

Exciting news for enthusiastic  baker’s and cook’s in Singapore,  Dean Brettschneider from our much loved Baker & Cook is set to open a state of the art cooking school,  Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School. Brettschneider is the owner and co-founder of the Baker & Cook  artisan bakeries, his passion is to keep the art of baking and cooking alive, through the school he hopes to provide a fun, intimate and interactive environment for people to learn the craft that he has so well mastered.

 

Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School will be located near his original bakery in Hillcrest, in the Bukit Timah area. The school will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and a work space that most of us dream to have in our own home. Brettschneider’s adamant in delivering  the best quality experience, so you will be using some of the world’s leading brands in kitchen products including; Scanpan, Fisher&Paykel, Silestone, Kenwood, Global and Laguiole knives.  And better still, after your class you will have the opportunity to purchase the tools you used.

 

Brettschneider  himself will teach Basic Bread Making, while acclaimed local chefs from InterContinental Hotel, Gattopardo Restaurant di Mare, Flute’s Restaurant and many more will teach a variety of classes based on their area of expertise.  Guests will also have the opportunity to master the art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee, with New Zealand based coffee All Press.

 

Cooking School

 

Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School will be perfect to get a group of friend’s together, escape from your daily grind or a corportate team building event.  Your course will include an exquisite meal, complimented with beverages and delicious fresh breads.

 

 

For more information on this exciting new venture by Dean Brettschneider and to book your class visit www.bakingandcookingschool.com

 

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3 Ways with Leftover Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny always delivers a ridiculous amount of chocolate that we actually don’t want our kids to eat – why do we do it to ourselves?!?! I’m sure like most people, we are left with an abundance of chocolates after Easter and not really sure what to do with them. Here are three ways to use up some of those left over Easter eggs that are lying around the house:

1. Chocolate, Oat and Banana Cookies

This is possibly the easiest thing you will ever make. All you need is a bowl, your left over Easter eggs and of course an oven!

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

2 over ripe bananas mashed with a fork

1/4 cup chopped chocolate

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Instructions:

In a large bowl mix the oats, banana, chocolate and cinnamon.

Lay 1 sheet of baking paper out onto an over tray.

Roll into desired cookie sie, roughly 1 teaspoon. Place on baking tay and cook for 10 minutes.

Oat, Banana and Choc cookies raw

That’s it, they are ready to devour!!

Oat, Banana and Choc cookies

2. Chocolate Ice -cream

Use up your leftover Easter eggs to create the most divine ice-cream you will ever taste. This is honestly so easy, no ice-cream maker required. Melt down the eggs, whip up your cream and condensed milk, whack it in the freezer and hey presto, a creamy, smooth ice-cream so delicious you will never want store bought ice-cream ever again!

 Ingredients:

For the Ice Cream

500ml of pouring cream

1 x 397g can condensed milk

For the Chocolate 

100g leftover Easter eggs, broken into small pieces

50ml pouring cream

Instructions:

Pour 500ml cream into a clean mixing bowl and with electric beaters whisk till the cream forms soft peaks. Add condensed milk and whisk till combined.

For the chocolate, pour 50ml cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat, tip in the chocolate and stir to melt. Set aside to cool.

Fold the chocolate through the cream and condensed milk.

Pour mixture into a plastic container or an ice block mould to create individual ice-creams. Place in the freezer for at least 5 hours then it’s ready to serve.

leftover easter eggs

3. Chocolate Dip and Fruit

leftover easter eggs

If the kids are going to eat chocolate, may as well try and slip in some fruit while they are at it. Melt down leftover Easter eggs to create a chocolate dip, chop up some fruit and give the kids a bamboo skewer so they can dip their fruit in their delicious Easter chocolates!

Ingredients

100g of leftover Easter eggs, broken into small pieces

2 tablespoons of heavy cream

chopped banana

strawberries

Instructions

Place the chocolate in a microwave proof bowl. Pop it into the microwave and cook for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Place back in the microwave and repeat until the chocolate starts to melt. Add 1 tablespoon of cream and stir until the chocolate is smooth. Add more cream if you need to create a smooth, thick chocolate dip.

Pour the chocolate dip into a small bowl. Cut up the fruit, arrange on a plate with the chocolate dip in the middle and serve with bamboo sticks.

leftover easter eggs

 

 

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Protein Balls with Apricot, Nuts and Cocoa

Protein Balls with Apricots

 

Protein Balls are a staple in my fridge, as i’m always in need of a healthy snack on the run. If your a reader of our blog you would have noticed I’ve made protein balls before, but this recipe is a little different as i’ve added some fruit for sweetness. This recipe calls for dried apricots, which is one of my favourite ingredients when baking.

Protein balls are the easiest thing to put together, all you need is a super powerful food processor / blender and you are set to go. This is the perfect recipe for you to try if you think you’re not an expert cook, it’s not cooking – it’s just pressing a button to whiz all the ingredients together.

 

Protein balls

Ingredients:

100g cashews, lightly toasted

100g almonds, lightly toasted

2 tablespoons pepitas seeds

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

170g medjool dates, pitted

100g soft dried apricots

2 tablespoons tahini 

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey

100g desiccated coconut for coating or as much as needed

 

Instructions:

Combine the cashews, almonds and seeds in a food processor and whiz until fine crumbs. Do not over who otherwise it will form a paste.

Add the dates and apricots and whiz until smooth.

Add the tahini, coconut oil, cacao powder, cinnamon and honey, whiz for two minutes or until the mixture forms into a ball.

Put the mixture into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour, this makes it easier when rolling into balls.

With a teaspoon or 2 teaspoon measure, take mixture and with wet hands roll into balls. Roll in coconut, an store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks.

 

Where to Source

Nuts are pretty expensive in Singapore, but after much searching i’ve found the best quality and priced nuts are at Mustafa. It’s definitely worth a visit. For more details about Mustafa click here. I also buy my dates and coconut oil at Mustafa.

 

Enjoy your “pick me up” snack!

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Nespresso® Compatible Coffee Pods delivered to your door

Tripod Coffee Insitu

We are excited to have partnered with Tripod Coffee, who import Australian Nespresso® Compatible Coffee Pods. With a variety of flavours available at a very reasonable price, these pods are perfect for home or office use. When having a coffee with Tripod Coffee pods, i could easily be in a cafe in Italy, the flavour is so good and not bitter at all. You will love it!

 About Tripod Nespresso® Compatible Coffee Pods

Tripod Coffee Pods

 

Tripod Nespresso® Compatible Coffee Pods, are artisanal, sustainable and more affordable. The brand is the brainchild of two Australian cricketers who were known for their love of coffee, so much so, they took their Nespresso® machine on tour with them. When the patent for Nespresso® pods expired they were determined to come up with a more environmentally friendly, better tasting coffee pod – after much tasting, testing and perfecting, Tripod Coffee was born.

Tripod Coffee procure green beans from around the world (think high altitude grown arabica from Ethopia, and Central America), and roast and package the pods in a $20 million manufacturing facility in Sydney. Their pods are the freshest you’ll find, as they are hermetically sealed. This is just a fancy way to say that no oxygen can get through the pod and damage the coffee. Other ‘compatible’ pods on the market are not, which means they need another foil wrapper, which just doesnt keep it as fresh.

Tripod Coffee Singapore launched in late 2015, with the objective of bringing a better tasting, recyclable and more affordable coffee pod to Singapore. If you have a Nespresso machine at home, you can order Tripod Coffee online here https://tripodcoffee.com.sg/. If you have an office or business with a Nespresso machine, Tripod has customised solutions for you. Tripod even have options to provide you with a machine if you don’t already have one. Please contact sophie@tripodcoffee.com.sg for more information.

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For the aesthetically minded cookware lovers, Kitchenaid have just launched their version of a Nespresso machine, which is the perfect partner for Tripod Coffee pods.
To order your coffee it’s as easy as a click of a button https://tripodcoffee.com.sg/shop
For more information about Tripod Coffee head to their website https://tripodcoffee.com.sg
 Give it a go, you will love the coffee and be happy with the money you’ve saved on buying a take-away each day!
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