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Butchers in Singapore: Where to get quality meat – beef and lamb

Rib Eye

Rib Eye

The Meat Club

If you have been following us for a while, you can see that we go to extreme lengths in sourcing the best quality produce. And yes, that means spending hours in my car driving from shop to shop hand selecting meats, poultry, seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables. Thankfully The Meat Club has come to my rescue!!

Yes, I am one of those Aussie’s who packs my suitcase with meat on each visit back home, particularly lamb as it can be very costly in Singapore. Don’t tell customs!! I can now travel a little lighter thanks to The Meat Club, they have mad it so easy for people in Singapore who love Australian meat to buy meat here. The Meat Club  are importing prime quality Australian beef and lamb, and to make it even easier delivered straight to your door. Your meat will arrive in conveniently cryovaced packs, which not only ensures freshness but also makes it easy for you to plan meals. You can use the meat immediately as it arrives fresh, or conveniently freeze it in family size meal portions and defrost when you are ready to eat it.

I’ve cooked with nearly all the cuts of meat available, and I can honestly say my very picky husband thinks The Meat Club is fabulous for flavour. And I’m the judge on value for money and convenience, and it definitely ticks those boxes.

Have a look at The Meat Club’s website, and when you are next in need of meat, place an order – you will not be disappointed. The site also has some nice recipe ideas to help you make that declious meal with this great produce.

 

Top Picks – The lamb rack and lion chop.

Lamb Rack
Lamb Rack

 

Lion Chop
Lion Chop
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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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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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Singapore’s Best Hot Cross Buns 2016

Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns! We have searched Singapore for the best hot cross buns and here is the verdict!

Best For: Value for Money

Marks and Spencer Hot Cross BunsImage: Marks and Spencer Mini Hot Cross Buns

When it comes to value for money, you can’t go past Marks and Spencer! M & S are selling packs of 9 mini hot cross buns, 2 for $10! These mini buns are prefect for the school lunch box or after school snacks. http://global.marksandspencer.com/sg/

Easter school lunchbox

Image: Marks and Spencer mini hot cross bun in school lunchbox.

Another value for money mention goes out to Artisan Boulangerie Bakery who are selling 6 hot cross buns for $10 in two flavours, apple raisin and orange chocolate. How delicious does that sound!! http://artisanbakery.com.sg

Artisan Boulangerie Hot Cross Buns

Image: Via ABC Bakery Facebook Page

Best For: Flavour

Baker and Cook Hot Cross BunsImage: Via @globalbaker instagram

When it comes to the best tasting hot cross buns on the island, you simply can’t go past Baker and Cook. I honestly look forward to Easter every year just to get my hands on a Baker and Cook hot cross bun. Packed with juicy dried fruits and with a hint of spice, they are bursting with flavour. SO SO GOOD! For details of your closest B&C click here

Best For: Variety of Flavours

Cedele Hot Cross BunsImage: via Cedele Facebook Page

Fancy an apple and cinnamon hot cross bun? Or what about chocolate chip? Maybe you would prefer a savoury bun with spinach, sundried tomatoes and onions? Or a local twist, pandan and coconut flavoured bun? If any of these are taking your fancy, then head in to your local Cedele, where they are selling all of the above mentioned flavours. We road tested the chocolate chip bun, which was an afternoon tea hit! To find your closest store click here

Chocolate chip hot cross bunsImage: Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Bun from Cedele

Best For: The Sweet Tooth

Marketplace Tanglin Mall Hot Cross Buns

Image: Marketplace Tanglin Mall Hot Cross Buns

These hot cross buns from the bakery outside Market Place at Tanglin Mall have a super sweet sugary glaze on them that is sure to satisfy any sweet cravings!

And finally…

Best For: Value and Flavour

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If you have family visiting from Oz this Easter, tell them to slip a few packs of hot cross buns from Woolies in to the suitcase. At AUD$3.25 for 6, we are talking value, value, value. And they taste REALLY good!

 

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Cupcake Decorating Supplies in Singapore

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At Two Expat Cooks, we have made a cupcake or two during out time in Singapore. So we have searched the island and this is where we buy all our bits and bobs to decorate our cupcakes!

Phoon Haut

cupcake

The king of baking supplies in Singapore! With brands such as Red Man and Wilton, there is an abundance of decorations that will have your cupcakes looking sensational! You can also pick up cupcake wrappers, cupcake tins and cake boxes. For a full review of what else we buy at Phoon Haut, click here.

Market Place – Tanglin Mall

Marketplace Tanglin Mall

Market Place Tanglin Mall has a relatively large selection of products to help you create your perfect cupcake! Sprinkles, icing mixtures, cake mixes, candy, and food colouring are among the many things you can pick up at Market Place.

Tott

Tott

Its a bit out of the way, but Tott on Dunearn Rd has a great selection of baking decorations and wrappers. Tott sells my all time favourite brand of party ware, Meri Meri. The cupcake wrappers and accessories on offer from this brand are just divine and will really give your cupcakes that something special. They also have a great selection of sprinkles and baking tins. Click here for a link to their website.

M Trade Novelty Store

This is an online wholesaler of all things party! If you are planning a theme party, then this store has one of the best selections of cupcake toppers and wrappers available locally in Singapore. They also stock all the plates, cups, party bags and party bag fillers. Delivery is free if you spend over $150, otherwise if your prepared to make the drive out to Woodlands, then you can self collect and save on the shipping charges! Click here for a link to their website.

Below are some pictures of cupcakes that I have made in my time here in Singapore and a list of where I bought the wrappers and decorations for each cupcake!

 

Cupcake

Picture: Umbrella Cake

On this cupcake:

Hundreds and Thousands – Purchase the Redman brand pink and white hundreds and thousands from Phoon Haut or the traditional rainbow coloured ones can be purchased at any supermarket in Singapore.

Cocktail Umbrellas – Cold Storage

M and M’s – This is the toffee apple flavour M and M’s which I bought at Market Place basically because there are a lot of red or peach coloured M and M’s.

Cupcake

Picture: Marshmallow Flower Cake

On this cupcake:

White Marshmallows-  Purchase at all supermarkets in Singapore.

Pink coloured sugar- Purchase the Wilton brand at Phoon Haut.

Smarties – Purchase at any supermarket in Singapore.

Cupcake

Picture: Hearts and Sprinkles Cake

On this cupcake:

Hundreds and Thousands – Purchase at Phoon Haut or supermarkets across Singapore

Candy Hearts – Purchase the Red Man brand of pink and white sugar hearts at Phoon Haut.

Sugar Pearls – Purchase the Wilton brand of pink and white sugar pearls at Phoon Haut.

Cupcake

Picture: Ice-cream

On this cupcake:

Hundreds and thousands – purchase at Phoon Haut or supermarkets across Singapore.

Ice – Cream Wafers – Aladdin Comi Pack Ice -Cream Cones. The pack contains 12 ice-cream cones and 6 fan wafers (pictured) which is what I used to create the cone for the cupcake. Purchase at supermarkets across Singapore.

Smarties – purchase at supermarkets across Singapore.

Cupcake

Picture: Smartie Flower Cake

On this cupcake:

Smarties or M and M’s – purchase at supermarkets across Singapore.

Hundreds and Thousands – purchase at Phoon Haut or supermarkets across Singapore.

Cupcake

Picture: Simple Swirl

On this cupcake:

Hundreds and thousands – purchase at Phoon Haut or supermarkets across Singapore.

pretty cupcakes

Picture: Flower

These I made for a princess themed birthday party.

On this cupcake:

Wrapper – Purchased at Cold Storage

Ribbon and roses – Purchased at Kin Soon House of Ribbon on Arab St. Click here for a link to their Facebook page.

Click here for the basic cupcake and buttercream icing recipe.

Halloween cupcakes

Picture – Halloween Witches Hat

On this cupcake:

Wrapper – Black wrappers from M Trade Novelty Store. Click here for a link to their website.

Oreo biscuits – Purchase at supermarkets across Singapore.

Cocktail Umbrellas – Purchase at Cold Storage.

Pineapple – Purchase at Fair Price or Fair Price Finest.

Click here for a link to the recipe to make this cupcake.

christmas cupcakes

Picture – Candy Cane

On this cupcake:

Red, white and green sprinkles – These are Wilton brand and can be purchased at Phoon Haut.

Mini Candy Canes – Purchase at Cold Storage

Click here for a link to the recipe to make this cupcake.

monkey cupcakes

Picture: Monkey

On this cupcake:

Yellow Wrappers – These are an Australian brand called Multiplex. For similar try Phoon Haut.

Nulla Wafers – The ears and mouth of the monkey are made with Nulla Wafers. Purchase at Cold Storage.

Mini Marshmallows – The monkey’s eyes a mini marshmallows. Purchase at Phoon Haut.

Chocolate Sprinkles – Purchase at Phoon Haut.

Click here for a link to the recipe to make this cupcake.

racing car party

Picture: Racing Car Cupcakes

These were made for a racing car themed birthday party.

On the flag cupcake – I really wanted mini black and white check flags but could not source any on short notice so I simply made a flag myself. The black and white paper straws were purchased from Children’s Showcase and then red paper was purchased from Ikea.

On the racing car cupcake – The little plastic racing cars are actually candle holders which I purchased from Phoon Haut. A packet with about 6 cars was less than $2.

On the traffic light cupcake – I purchased a packet of Smarties and separated the red, yellow and green smarties. Purchase at supermarkets across Singapore.

Wrappers – Purchase at Phoon Haut.

Click here for the basic cupcake and buttercream icing recipe.

construction party

These were made for a construction theme birthday party.

On this cupcake:

Wrapper – Black wrappers from M Trade Novelty Store. Click here for a link to their website.

Truck cupcake toppers – Purchase from M Trade Novelty Store. Click here for a link to their website.

Click here for the basic cupcake and buttercream icing recipe.

Peter Rabbit Cupcake

Picture: Peter Rabbit

There Peter Rabbit cupcakes were made as part of a first birthday celebration.

For this cupcake:

Wrappers and Cardboard Wheel Barrows – Merri Merri brand purchased at Tott. Also available from Amazon.

Click here for the basic cupcake and buttercream icing recipe.

 

 

 

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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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The Best Sausages in Singapore

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With BBQ weather 365 days a year, Singapore is the perfect place to enjoy sausages! Like any good Aussie, I am a sausage lover and so have tried quite a few since moving here. I am pleased to say though, that I think I have found the cream of the sausage crop!

Sidecar Sausage is an online venture which sells a range of delicious gourmet sausages, which not only taste terrific but contain no preservatives, additives, gluten, artificial colours, artificial flavours or extenders. They come to you frozen and must be kept frozen until they are ready to eat. I recently ordered the Italian Pork and Fennel variety, which I used to create a delicious pasta dish (see recipe below) and the Mild Country Sausage, which we threw on the BBQ and ate Aussie style in a slice of bread with tomato sauce (see picture below).

Sidecar Sausages

I really can’t recommend these sausages enough. With a great taste and no added nasties, I don’t think there is really anything else you can ask for!!

To order your Sidecar Sausages, simply visit their website at http://sidecar.com.sg, place your order and pay be cheque or cash when your sausages are delivered to your door! You can also purchase them in the freezer section at The Fishwives in Cluny Court.

Italian Sausage Pasta

Ingredients

Serves 4

500g Italian pork and fennel sausages cooked and sliced

4 cups dry penne pasta (see notes)

2 tins of Italian tomatoes whole or diced

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoons olive oil

small handful of fresh Italian basil

2 teaspoons salt

chopped basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese to serve.

Instructions

Using an electric blender, pulse your tinned tomatoes till there are no lumps. Wash out the tins with a small amount of water, roughly ¼ of the tin filled with water. Add the water to the blender and quickly pulse again.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan. Add garlic and let it cook for 1-2 minutes, making sure the garlic does not burn.

Add the tomatoes to the frying pan, along with basil and salt. Cook for 1 hour on a low heat with the lid covering the pan but not sealed. It’s important not to cover your saucepan as you want the water to evaporate and the tomatoes to reduce.

When the sauce is almost finished cooking, add a good pinch of pinch of salt to a pot of boiling water and cook the pasta according to packet instructions.

When both the pasta and sauce are ready, pour the sauce over the pasta, add the sliced sausage and cook on a low heat all together for a minute or two to make sure everything is warmed through.

Serve with chopped fresh basil leaves and a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Notes

  1. I use roughly 1 cup of dry pasta per person. You may want to adjust this amount up or down depending on your personal preference.
  2. This dish is so lovely with a homemade pasta sauce but if you are pressed for time you can also use a good quality, premium pasta sauce. Jones the Grocer at Dempsey sells a range of bottled pasta sauces as do Little Farms at River Valley. Cibo also at River Valley, sells pasta sauce that they make at their restaurant, you can find in in the freezer right at the back of the store!

 

 

 

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New Gourmet Grocer opens in Singapore, Little Farms

Little Farms Shop

 

NOW DOING DELIVERY ISLAND WIDE!! Hooray – free delivery on all order over SGD$120. Log onto https://littlefarms.com

Little Farms is a gourmet grocer with great fresh produce and organic products that are well priced, just what Singapore has been waiting for! When I walked into the store I instantly felt at home, many of the products are exactly what is available in Sydney. The owner’s have previously worked at Thomas Dux in Sydney, so you can imagine how exciting this is for Aussies and others who are used to Wholefoods and stores of the like abroad. For those not familiar with Thoms Dux chain from Australia, it’s a premium gourmet grocer stocking everything from organic to farm fresh produce.

 

I’m a huge fan of premium produce, particularly my fruit and vegetables, and LIttle Farms has exactly that. Stocking over 2,000 products from fresh organic milk (and non-organic), organic yoghurt, meats, preservative free sausages, smoked salmon, sauces and condiments, and staples such as rice, flours, quinoa, granola’s, nuts, coconut oil, premium olive oil’s, fresh pasta and amazing Australian fruits and vegetables. Trust me, you will not walk out empty handed.

 

Little Farms

If you are an early morning person like me, you are going to LOVE Little Farms even more – it opens at 7.30am Hooray!! Finally somewhere that opens before 11am. And for those who love a spot of shopping after work or need to pick up a fees things late, it closes at 9.30pm.

In April/May Little Farms will do home delivery, so great if you don’t live near by River Valley or just want to take the hassle out of shopping.

 

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If those mangos are not jumping out at you right now, race to the store before the end of the Aussie mango season.

Little Farms Nuts

LIttle Farms are stocking a great range of nuts, granola and energy pearls from our friends at The Whole Kitchen.

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Perfect for entertaining, the wide selection of dips and cheeses.

Little Farms Rice

If you are in LOVE with Rice & Quinoa, it’s now available at Little Farms – no need to smuggle it into Singapore in the suitcase!

Little Farms Pasta

Selection of fresh pasta’s perfect for a quick meals.

We were lucky enough to receive a delivery from Little Farms. I was beyond impressed with the entire process, from the ease of ordering online, to receiving updates on products that had to be replaced, then the efficiency of the delivery – I was so impressed. And I have to say the produce that arrived was exactly what i would chose in the store, it was all impeccable, noting was bruised, old or not fresh. So good and easy!! Have to love that! Log onto https://littlefarms.com to order now  – you won’t be disappointed.

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My delivery

Little Farms

Valley Point Shopping Centre (opposite Fair Price Finest)

491 River Valley Road #01-20

Singapore 248371

7.30am-9.30pm Daily

Grab and Go products are now also available a:

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-79/80, Singapore 039596

www.littlefarms.com

Enjoy a new shopping experience in Singapore

E x

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moving to singapore groceries

What groceries should I put in my shipping container? One of the things we see asked so often. If your moving to Singapore of just visiting your home country, its worth thinking about what groceries and other supplies you might want to add to the container or pop  in the suitcase. On a recent trip to Australia, I visited my favourite supermarket, Woolworths, and shopped up a storm for my favourite Aussie groceries. Here’s a quick look at some of the things I bought!

Groceries

From left to right:

  1. I love me a bit of microwave popcorn so this Poppin Microwave Popcorn is right up my alley. The only ingredient in this product, 100% popping corn! All the convenience of microwave popcorn without any of the added bad stuff. Love!
  2. Peckish Rice Crackers – Rice crackers but thinner. Love serving these on a cheese platter.
  3. Homebrand Olive Oil – At $3 for 1 litre, couldn’t go past it!
  4. Sun Rice Rice and Quinoa – I know you can make a brown rice and quinoa mix, but I just love the convenience of this product, 90 seconds in the microwave and its ready to serve. Sometimes you just cant go past a shortcut!

Groceries 1

  1. Red and Green curry paste – This can obviously be purchased in Singapore, but I find it hard to find it in a jar sometimes. I was walking past it, saw it on the shelf and thought, why not!
  2. Multix Cupcake Cases – I always pick up plenty of these. We bake a lot and these cases seem to fit my tins well. They also come in lots of colours so I always manage to have the right colour for the right occasion. First world problems!
  3. Sanitarium Peanut Butter – There are some really good peanut butters available in Singapore that have no added sugar or salt, but this one is only $3 which is a bit cheaper than what I pay here.
  4. Vanilla Extract – As I bake a lot, I get through a lot of vanilla. This 200ml bottle is well priced in comparison to what can be purchased in Singapore.

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  1. Smoked Paprika – I always have trouble finding this in the supermarket in Singapore. Plenty of sweet paprika but never the smoked variety!
  2. Olive Oil Spray – I love this particular brand for taste and consistency. It releases a lovely fine mist. There are other olive oil sprays on the market in Singapore, but I just prefer this one.
  3. Bags of Snacks – Don’t judge me, I know these snack bags are full of processed foods, but sometimes I just can’t resist the convenience of a snack bag, particularly when we are on the go. I buy a lot, but this stash will last me months and months.
  4. Chilli Oil – another one you can buy here, but I like this particular brand.

I also did a trip to the pharmacy. Here’s what I bought:

pharmacy

  1. Children’s Neurofen – For whatever reason, when my kids are sick, this is what I find easiest
  2. to get in to them and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I always have a huge stash of this on hand.
  3. Cancer Council Sunscreen – you can purchase this brand in Singapore, but at a premium and not in as many forms. I have the pump pack, roll on, tube and spay. I think I am covered!
  4. Panamax – This is generic brand paracetamol. at 100 tablets for $1.89, bringing this back is a no brainer.
  5. Nurofen – I picked up a larger box only because it’s cheaper than in Singapore.
  6. Cold & Flu Tablets – You can purchase cold & flu tablets in Singapore over the counter, but they don’t contain pseudopherdrine, which in my opinion is what makes them work when you have a cold or flu.
  7. Prodeine Extra – This is the generic brand of the strongest pain killer you can buy over the counter containing both paracetamol and codeine. You can get this type of thing by prescription in Singapore, but I find it just more convenient not to have to visit the doctor when I need a strong pain reliever.
  8. Hamilton Sunscreen – This is a chemist brand face sunscreen which was $10. I have been using a much more expensive face sunscreen so I decided just to give this a go, $10, nothing to lose. I actually really like it.

 

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Wet market shopping in Singapore

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Coming from an Italian family, food is the centre of our universe!! When I moved to Signapore I was determined to find premium quality produce at reasonable prices. This has definitely been a challenge, because unlike in Sydney where you buy all your groceries under one roof, it’s not quite the same in Singapore, that is if you don’t want to spend a small fortune.

After speaking with some locals I quickly discovered wet markets is where they do the bulk of their shopping. So as they say, “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do”. Living in Novena at the time, Tekka Market, in Little India was my closest wet market. On my first visit I was shocked that the floors were wet and dirty, chicken, meat and fish were not properly refrigerated, birds were everyone, the place had a certain smell about it and I was pretty much the only white person there. Once I got over the smells and the wet floors, I was quickly converted.

Tekka Market has a huge range of suppliers selling, meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, noodles, dried foods, flowers, spices and plenty more. Avoid Saturday mornings and go early as many suppliers close up in the early afternoon.

Here are my tips on my favourite suppliers at Tekka.

 

Chia’s Vegetables Supply

Stand: #01-201

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Chia’s is the only stand I go to for vegetables, the quality is by far the best I’ve seen in Singapore. Run by Victor Chia and his son, they work tirelessly to keep the boxes stocked with the best quality vegetables from all over the world.

They stock local ingredients, plus a huge range of more exotic vegetables including; kale, shitake mushrooms, fennel, brussel sprouts, rocket, spinach and mixed lettuce, herbs such as Italian parsley, mint, thyme and rosemary. In the refrigerated section you will find Sicilian olives, stuffed olives, sundried tomatoes, marinated artichokes and many more deli items.

Because they source produce from all over the world, you can be guaranteed that whatever you are getting is in season and fresh. I’m guilty of buying Australian grown produce, so I always ask where things come from.

When you receive your receipt that has actually been rung up by a cash register, (which is the only one I’ve seen in the market) don’t be shocked when every item says ‘vegetables’. You will have no idea how much individual items cost, all I know is my vegetables are cheaper here than the supermarket and last longer.

Park your trolley, listen the music and have fun shopping in the mayhem!!
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Benny Seafood

Stand: 01-12

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Benny has a great range of fresh seafood selling; cod, salmon, snapper, sea bass, prawns, squid and local fish. I love buying a;; my seafood here because i feel as though i have my own personal fish monger. Benny is always more than happy to cut the salmon and put them into individual bags, he de-skin and de-bones sea bass and snapper for me, he will clean squid and do anything else i ask, even put ice in my bag to keep it cold! I make this my first stop, because it does take him some time to prepare my order. So i pay, do all my other shopping and collect at the end.

I have also pre ordered a whole salmon from Benny for a dinner party. I paid $17/kg for a 4-4.5kg fish, this is a fraction of the price i would pay at a specialised fish monger in Singapore.

I take all the bones from the whole fish and make fish stock. Another very cheap and meal which is so healthy.

Benny’s stand is off to the side so look out for it.

 

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Premium Grade Air Flown Goat Meat

Stand: 01-130/131/132

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Lamb is a delicacy in Singapore that you pay a hefty premium for, however once I discovered this stand at Tekka we eat more dishes with lamb at far more affordable prices. Cuts of meat I buy are; lamb shanks, tenderloin and mince. I ask for the meat to be minced, which they are happy to do. With the tenderloin, ask for it to be cut off the bone and keep the bone to make soup. Here is a recipe for lamb shanks http://www.twoexpatcooks.com/slow-roasted-lamb-shanks/

 

Lamb

 

Hamid & Sons Chicken Supply

Stand: 01-38

Wet 5

 

I like to buy all my chicken here because they sell whole *kampong fresh chicken’s. The guys here are great, they will de-skin and de-bone the chicken however you want. They also cut your chicken into pieces and bag it into separate bags, which is great for freezing.

Remember to ask for fresh not frozen and make sure it’s kampong.

*Kampong mean chicken’s roam freely, they are not caged chicken or eggs.

 

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Pork

Stand: Directly Opposite Banana Leaf. (No sign!!)

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Don’t expect any sign or to be treated politely, you will just get a grunt or two from “The Pork Man”, but he is well worth a visit!!

I was making pork belly for a dinner party, and about to order it from a butcher at $34/kg, I thought I would check to see if I could buy it at the wet market. The pork man sold me 2kg for $18 and it was soooooo good. Tender and it crisped up really well. He sells fresh pork, and any cut you want. He will also mince the pork if you ask him to.

P&M Eggs Store

Stand: #01-102

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I love my egg stand, this husband and wife team are so sweet and they know where every egg has been laid! They sell many different varieties, including regular farmhouse hen eggs, kampong eggs, right through to quail eggs and even salted duck eggs.

 

Noodles

Stand: 01-206

Noodle Stand

 

For fresh noodles and wonton wrappers this stand has every variety possible, from fresh to dried, egg to rice noodles. They are so ridiculously cheap that you always feel the need to give an extra tip! You have to know exactly what you want because their English is very limited.

 

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Samy’s Banana Leaf

Stand: #01-97

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If you are looking for banana leaf, this is the place to go. They have huge amounts, you will never be disappointed.

 

Tekka Market 

Blk 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore

Daily: 6.30am-5pm

Note – many of the stands are closed on Monday’s

CASH ONLY

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