Carrots from different parts of the world, brought in just for Sentosa Flowers!
A love affair with Japanese Cheesecake December 20, 2010
My recent trip to Hokkaido had Nicholas and I hankering over beautifully marbled Kobe beef (200 grams for a whopping 9,800 Yen) and Japanese king crab – its legs served raw as sweet sashimi and its body cooked in a steaming hot pot (the smallest went for 12,000 Yen).
The most spectacular of them all had to be the cheesecake at LeTao.
We stumbled upon this slice of heaven at Daimaru in Sapporo. This divine stack of light vanilla sponge, cream cheese and mascarpone cheese had a rich, creamy intense flavour that was beautifully balanced with an light airiness.
These is no cheesecake quite like this. If you ever go to Hokkaido, please please please don’t forget to eat this!
Blueberry Muffins – Take 2! November 25, 2010
My quest for the perfect blueberry muffin has led me across websites.
My first attempt was from Joyofbaking.com, which is typically a really good website for recipes. Nonetheless, the yoghurt in the recipe gave the muffin a spongy “bread-like” texture and the lack of sugar and butter didn’t deliver in terms of flavour or aroma. Basically, it was like eating a “healthy” spongy blueberry scone. 😦
My second attempt turned out way better muffins. The cinnamon sugar streusel top (not shown here) was crunchy and simply divine, straight out of the oven! Even though the blueberry flavour was masked by the cinnamon, the muffins were still dense and scrumptious.
The next time, I’ll use the streusel recipe with a banana muffin base. Please sign up here if you’d like to volunteer to be a guinea pig. (Disclaimer: the signing of a waiver is required.)
Here’s the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/To-Die-For-Blueberry-Muffins/Detail.aspx
A baker’s dream come true April 20, 2010
Anyone who wants to buy me this can do so here. 😛 It’s now on sale and going for only about US $30.