Showing posts from October, 2013

Jamie's Italian, Singapore

More than three months since Jamie's Italian opened its doors to the Singapore food community, the buzz about the restaurant hasn't died down a bit; much less its long queues of diners. We were fortunate enough to have tried it just a few weeks after its opening and with more than an hour of waiting time, I'm sure the first question that comes to our mind is that - is it worth it? Precisely what my friends and colleagues asked me after our dining experience. To date, there are mixed reviews about the restaurant. In general, I would say just like any other food place anywhere in the world, it's also a case of a hit and miss. I know this might be a bit disappointing owing to the well established celebrity status of Jamie Oliver. This is the least that we could expect from one of his chains. However, it's also the kind of restaurant that you would want to be more lenient about and give it another chance. Again, maybe because the brand "Jamie Oliver" has som…

An Absolute Birthday Feast

It was the husband's birthday the other day and we've decided to celebrate it simply at home. As far as home made meal is concerned, nothing can beat it on special occasions. Hence, I dressed up our dining table with sure hit dishes that dining outside is no longer an option.   As in any birthday celebration, a cake is always a must have. This time around, I braved Ina Garten's very popular chocolate cake. And to tell you honestly, this is by far the best chocolate cake that I've tried! I can now attest to all the positive comments Ina Garten had on this cake recipe. The recipe is easy to modify yet the overall quality of the cake is not affected.  Although I didn't follow the recipe by heart, the cake still turned out perfectly fine. The sponge is moist, a bit decadent but still light in mouth feel. This will definitely be my favourite chocolate cake base. I can complement it with any ganache or frosting next time. Indeed, it's another satisfying recipe from …

Celebrating Children's Day 2013

 It was Children's Day yesterday, so I took a time off from work to spend it with my children. Because I want them to feel that the day is special, I prepared some simple treats and surprises. They woke up with this goodie with greeting cards and red packets waiting for them. And what do you expect? So extremely delighted they were! I also made a yummy food repertoire that they will surely love. Every kid likes Nutella. I haven't encountered any who doesn't so far. Hence, Donna Hay's Self Frosting Nutella Cupcake makes a very fitting choice. This is one of the easiest cupcakes to make and the taste is simply superb. My kids usually describe it as the yummiest cupcake of all!  
SELF FROSTING NUTELLA CUPCAKE by Donna Hay (adapted by Kell's Kitchen) What you need: 10 tbsp. butter, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 3 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, pure 1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1/3 cup Nutella spread How to make: 1. Pre-heat the o…