Monday, 29 September 2014

Mongolian Beef and Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Another dinner party! Cosmo came round again for dinner and a movie night. My Principles of Healthcare Law seminar was cancelled today so I had a lot of time to clean the kitchen and go to the shops and bake/cook.
I feel like I'm always making chicken or pasta dishes so I wanted to make something different. Ashleigh doesn't like fish so my only other option really was making a beef dish (I don't have any pork or turkey dishes.. I should look into getting some of those). I decided to make Mongolian Beef seeing as we had most of the ingredients in the flat (garlic, ginger, soy sauce). All I had to buy was the beef and the brown sugar. Plus the ingredients for the Chocolate Chip Muffins.

They're both pretty easy recipes to make but they're really good. The chocolate chip muffins aren't actually that chocolatey which I was surprised at. They were still good though. And the mongolian beef was so good. 


Cheeky glass of wine there..

So there was a slight problem with the muffins.. The recipe said that mixture would make 12 muffins. That did not happen. Because there was so much batter but I only had a 6 space cupcake pan, I had to put muffin cases on a normal pan which meant that the heavy batter weighed them down and they lost their shape and went everywhere. Still tasted good though!



Look, perfect on the right and not so perfect on the left... oops!



There are the recipes there if anyone wants to make them!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Thai and Korean Night! Thai Chicken Nuggets and Bibim Nengmyun!

So we had people over for dinner a couple of nights ago and I decided to go for a cultural themed night. I made Grilled Thai Chicken Nuggets with a Hot and Sour Dipping Sauce and Bibim Nengmyun (noodles tossed with a hot pepper sauce). I probably should have read the description of the recipes before I made them because although they were really nice, they were sooo spicy! The Thai chicken nuggets were fine but the bibim nengmyun was so spicy, almost unbearably so. Cosmo and Martin were fine with it but Ashleigh and I were dying. I had to add honey to the sauce to try and calm it down so what we had was the less hot version of the recipe! This meal is definitely not for the faint hearted!


Even though they weren't actually that hard to make, I was pretty impressed with myself. Probably because it was something different and I'd never made them before. Plus I had the whole half cut boiled egg on top of the noodles so it looked very legit. 
We didn't have any rice wine vinegar in the flat and I couldn't be bothered to go out and spend money on some just for one meal so I used apple juice as a substitute because it has a high acidity level. 

Anyone who wants to make the noodle dish but isn't a fan of heat, seriously limit the amount of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) that you add to the sauce. We also didn't have any of that in the flat so I used this hot sauce that the previous tenants had left behind in our flat and it was ridiculously hot so I have no idea if using the hot pepper paste that you're supposed to use would make the dish more or less spicy but I cannot imagine it being any hotter than it already was. Well actually I can because I tasted the sauce before I added the honey and my mouth was on fire. 


Bibim Nengmyun (Buckwheat Noodles Tossed with a Hot Pepper Sauce): http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2011/10/bibim-nengmyun/

Those are the recipes there if anyone wants to try them. Good luck with the level of heat! Or maybe it wasn't that bad and Ashleigh and I are just massive babies. Let me know!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Fat Little Girl

This is a bit more of an emotional post than my normal ones but here goes...
I was scrolling through tumblr today (as per usual) and came across this poem/story that someone had written titled A Fat Little Girl. It made me think about my little sister, Faith. Not to say that she is fat because she isn't at all. And not to say that being fat is a bad thing, it's just the negative stigma that comes with it and the hurt it can cause you when someone calls you 'fat' or insinuates it. And that's what this poem is about. The effect that it can have on a little girl. 

A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is eight years old, she’s got pink cheeks that her grandmother calls chubby. She wants a second cookie but her aunt says “you’ll get huge if you keep eating.” She wants a dress and the woman in the changing room says “she’ll probably need a large in that.” She wants to have dessert and her waiter says “After all that dinner you just had? You must be really hungry!” and her parents laugh.
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is eleven and she is picked second-to-last in gym class. She watches a cartoon and sees that everyone who is annoying is drawn with a big wide body, all sweaty and panting. At night she dreams she is swelling like the ocean over seabeds. When she wakes up, she skips school.
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is thirteen and her friends are stick-thin ballerinas with valleys between their hipbones. She is instead developing the wide curves of her mother. She says she is thick but her friends argue that she’s “muscular” and for some reason this hurts worse than just admitting that she jiggles when she walks and she’ll never be a dancer. Eating seconds of anything feels like she’s breaking some unspoken rule. The word “indulgent” starts to go along with “food.”
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is fourteen and she has stopped drinking soda and juice because they bloat you. She always takes the stairs. She fidgets when she has to sit still. Whenever she goes out for ice cream, she leaves half at the bottom - but someone else always leaves more and she feels like she’s falling. She pretends to like salad more than she does. She feels eyes burrowing through her body while she eats lunch. Kate Moss tells her nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but she just feels like she is wilting.
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is fifteen the first time her father says “you’re getting gaunt.” She rolls her eyes. She eats one meal a day but thinks she stays the same size. Every time she picks up a brownie she thinks of the people she sees on t.v. and every time she has cake, she thinks of the one million magazine articles on restricting calories. She used to have no idea a flat stomach was supposed to be beautiful until she saw advice on how to achieve it. She cuts back on everything. She controls. They tell her she’s getting too thin but she doesn’t believe it.
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is sixteen and tearing herself into shreds in order for a thigh gap big enough to hush the screams in her head. She doesn’t “indulge,” ever. She can’t go out with friends, they expect her to eat. She damns her sweet tooth directly to hell. It’s coffee for breakfast and tea for lunch and if there’s dance that evening, two cups of water and then maybe an apple. She lies all the time until she thinks the words will rot her teeth. She dreams about food when she sleeps. Her aunt begs her to eat anything, even just a small cookie. They say, “One bite won’t make you fat, will it, darling?”
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is seventeen and too sick to go to prom because she can’t stand up for very long. She thinks she wouldn’t look good in a dress anyway. Her nails are blue and not because they are painted. Her hair is too thin to do anything with. She’s tired all the time and always distracted. She once absently mentions the caloric value of grapes to the boy she is with and he looks at her like she’s gone insane and in that moment she realises most people don’t have numbers constantly scrolling in their heads. She swallows hard and tries to figure out where it all went wrong, why more than a granola bar for a meal makes her feel sick, why she tastes disease and courts with death. She misses sleep. She misses being able to dream. She misses being herself instead of just being empty.
A FAT LITTLE GIRL
is twenty and writes poetry and is a healthy weight and still fights down the voices every single day. She puts food in her mouth and sometimes cries about it but more and more often feels good, feels balanced. Her cheeks are pink and they are chubby and soft and no longer growing slight fur. Her hair is long and it is beautiful. She still picks herself apart in the mirror, but she’s starting to get better about it. She wears the dress she likes even if it only fits her in a large and she doesn’t feel like a failure for it. She is falling in love with the fat on her hips.
She is eating out with friends and not worrying about finding the lowest calorie item on the menu when she hears a mother tell her four year old daughter “You can’t have ice cream, we just had dinner.
You don’t want to end up as a fat little girl.”

I see so much of myself in my little sister. She's very emotional and sensitive and she always needs time to herself which is exactly like me. And that worries me sometimes because I don't want her to have the same emotional problems that I have. And I don't want her to experience the negative thoughts about her body that I had. I'm not saying I had an eating disorder or anything serious like that. Not at all. But I remember hearing little comments about what I ate or my tummy or my legs or how I should go to the gym and how embarrassed and ashamed that made me feel. I hated having to do P.E. because I hated showing my legs and I felt embarrassed because I wasn't as fit as everyone else. A boy in my year in one of my schools said that I had 'tree trunk legs' and I always remember that and how it made me feel. Throughout school I was always the bigger one out of my friends and I was very conscious of that. I don't want Faith to have to experience that. She has the same body type as me and she is slightly bigger than her friends because they all seem to be tiny and I really hope that she doesn't notice this or if she does, that she doesn't care. She has a very big sweet tooth and jokes are always made about that and her stomach. And I hate it because I don't want her to overhear and feel ashamed about her body. Because she shouldn't. She is gorgeous. But she has said a few times that she has a 'fat tummy' and it breaks my heart to hear it, even though she doesn't say it with a sad voice or anything. Just the idea that she is becoming aware of things like this are so terrifying and I want to wrap her up in my arms and hide her from all of it because I don't want her to have to go through that. 

In a perfect world things like this wouldn't matter and if she noticed that she was bigger than her friends or that she had a bit of a tummy, that wouldn't be a problem because there is no negative connotation attached to it. But that isn't the world we live in. We live in a world that is so obsessed with being thin and it is forced into our face at every possible opportunity that the result can be what is described in the poem above. And that terrifies me.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Peanut Chicken Curry!

I've been craving curry for ages now (pretty much since I left Singapore) and so I decided to make some last night. Although its Indian curry I've been craving, I've had a recipe for peanut chicken curry bookmarked for ages which is more of a Thai curry and so I decided to make that. Did have some naan bread to go with it though, so there was an Indian element in the meal.

The recipe called for a tablespoon of fish sauce and I'm not really a big fan of that particular ingredient... I've made a peanut noodle dish before which had fish sauce in it and it just tasted so strongly of just that, that it overpowered everything else and it just wasn't nice at all... I was worried that this recipe would be the same. However, all the ingredients worked well and blended together to make a really yummy dish which was so rich and creamy and flavourful. 

Major disaster happened when I was cooking the dinner though. We have a cooling rack leaning against the side of the fridge because there's not enough counter space in our kitchen for it to lie flat on the counter and when I opened the fridge door to put the ginger back in the fridge, the cooling rack fell and hit the wok which started to fall and poured out half the curry onto the floor before I managed to catch it. It was such a stressful experience. Fortunately the recipe is for 6 people so there was more than enough left to feed me and Ashleigh. 

As well as making too much curry (even though that turned out to be a good thing) I also did the usual and made too much rice. I put in the exact amount that the package called for (60g for each person) and yet there was still so much rice. Too much for the two of us. I can never eyeball the amount of rice I need. It's the same for pasta. I guess there's worse things than having leftovers though.


If anyone wants to try this yummy, creamy and rich curry, here's the link to the recipe here: http://simply-delicious-food.com/2011/05/05/peanut-chicken-curry/

Friday, 19 September 2014

Naked Soup!

Bit of a weird name for a restaurant but makes sense once you realise that they are a family owned cafe who serve paninis, sandwiches, all-day breakfast and of course a choice of their speciality soups.
Unlike Singapore, who I personally think is too much of a modern and cosmopolitan city to have the kind of indie and ultimate hipster hang-out places that Glasgow has, Glasgow has these kind of small cafes that are hidden away, off the beaten track, but still serve amazing food. Also, this is the only place I've been to that give you a piece of free fruit with your soup. You get to choose from an orange, and apple or a banana. Way to promote healthy eating guys!

They serve a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches such as roast chicken in a creme fraiche mayo with red onions, coriander, tomatoes and rocket or roasted red peppers with houmous, grated carrots and spinach, as well as toasted paninis which have combinations such as brie with cranberry and grapes. To go along with their sandwiches, paninis and salads they have a daily curry/casserole and of course, daily soups.
What I love about this place is that they do a set lunch deal for £6.40 which includes a panini/sandwich, soup, soft drink and a piece of fresh fruit. That's a pretty good deal right there considering the food is amazing.

I had their set lunch deal today and chose a smoked ham and cheddar panini, lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup, a banana and a lemon san pellegrino. 


I don't think there's anything better than having a hot mug of soup and a sandwich on a cold day. Everything was delicious and such a good price for the amount you get and the quality of the food. It's also impressive how they manage to operate such a popular cafe with such a tiny kitchen and a limited number of staff but they do it and their quality of food never falters.

Definitely a good place to come for a lunch break if you're in the West End of Glasgow!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

LimeCrime Make-up Review!

I'm back with my review on my LimeCrime products! A few posts ago I talked about buying their Pink Velvet Velvetine Lipstick and their Quill Liquid Eyeliner. Well when I got back from Singapore I had a piece of paper waiting for me to tell me that my package was at the Post Office and I that I could go and pick it up at any time. So the day after I landed I walked to the Post Office to go collect my things. It was about a 25 minute walk. And when I eventually got there, filled with excitement about finally getting to hold my beloved make-up products, I was told that they only hold packages for 18 days before sending them back to the original sender. Of course I had been in Singapore when I bought the products and it had been longer than 18 days since they had sent them to me and me finally arriving back in Glasgow so.... my package wasn't there. Major bummer. However, I emailed Cocktail Cosmetics, the website that I ordered the products from and they replied the next day telling me that they would send out the products again, free of charge. So my traumatic experience was resolved pretty swiftly! Anyway, back to my review....


There's a picture of me wearing both the products just so you can see what they look like on.

Firstly, the Quill Liquid Eyeliner: It's described as being the "darkest black you've ever experienced" with a "smudge proof formula" and each eyeliner equipped with a "precision brush". They're right about the colour, it is a really deep black and it outlined my eyes really nicely. It is also pretty smudge proof. Whenever I put on eyeliner, it always manages to end up smeared around my eyes by the end of the day which is pretty annoying, but this one didn't! I'm not too sure about the precision brush though. Whenever a product talks about having a precision brush it gives off the impression that you're going to magically be able to create smooth, thin lines with precise coverage and that is just not true. No matter what brush you have, unless you're a professional make up artist or just really good at applying eyeliner, you're going to end up having to go over your eyeliner again and again to make sure its even and that the eyes match each other and instead of having a thin line sweeping across my eyelids I have a massive block of black. Although thats not the LimeCrime products fault, thats just my rubbish ability at applying liquid eyeliner!

Secondly, the Pink Velvet Velvetine Lipstick. This is my favourite product ever. I've been wearing it every day since I received it through the mail. It goes on as a liquid gloss and then dries completely matte. The description that is given on the website is that it is "touch-proof, transfer-proof, long-wearing and utterly addictive!"Boy were they right. Guaranteed, you can put it on at the beginning of the day and it will look like you have just applied it by the end of the day. I put it on one day, wore it all day, ate and drank numerous times throughout the day and even had a nap and it still looked amazing at the end of the day! I just love it. It's such a nice colour and it makes your lips just pop and it doesn't fade. If anyone is going to buy one lip product, this has to be it! Not necessarily in this colour, they have plenty of colours to choose from but definitely this Velvetine product. It is amazing. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ristorante Pietrasanta - The Italian Restaurant

This will be my last post about an eating place in Singapore until I'm back at Christmas. Sad times. However, for my last Singaporean restaurant post, I have a pretty amazing restaurant to review. Ristorante Pietrasanta is run by two Tuscan brothers and serves fresh, simple and delicious Italian food in a comfortable Italian setting. Despite the fact that it is practically opposite my old school in Singapore (Tanglin Trust School), this was the first time that I've been there. 

Not only is the food delicious but the service is amazing as well. The waiters were so attentive and friendly. My little brother was complaining to us that he thought the seat was uncomfortable (he was a bit moody that night) and one of the waiters overheard and brought a pillow over and put it behind his back to make him more comfortable. How nice of him, right? The service is also really fast and our food was brought out in hardly any time.

When you arrive, each seat has a shot glass of homemade tomato juice waiting for them. I didn't have mine because I'm not a big fan of tomatoes but my dad was raving about it, saying how delicious it was.

We ordered a couple of starters between us to share. Insalata di farro in cestino di parmigiano and Vitello tonnato. The salad was made up of spelt, Italian tomatoes, cucumbers, crab meat and basil leaves with lots of parmesan cheese. The other starter was the star of the show though. Thin slices of slow roasted veal loin covered with a tuna and caper sauce. It was amazing. It doesn't look very appetising to be honest. It looks like a plate of cold, thick mayonnaise. But it tastes so good. I had been saying to my mum a few days before that I was craving this tuna baguette that we used to get from this sandwich shop in Belgium and no joke, this starter tasted exactly like that baguette when you used the bread they bought you to scoop up all the tuna sauce. It was so good. I definitely recommend anyone going to this restaurant to get the Vitello tonnato.

For my main meal I had the Galletto al forno con patate arrosto. Roasted whole spring chicken deboned with roasted potatoes and a spring salad. Even though the description said that it was a whole spring chicken I don't think I really processed that so I was pretty shocked when my plate came and saw the size of the meal. I think the waiters were pretty shocked as well when they realised that I was going to be eating it all by myself and not sharing it with the rest of the table. It was really good though. Very tender and succulent and flavoured really well. The roasted potatoes were good too but I kind of wish they had opted to put the chicken with mashed potatoes instead. Even though it was very good I kind of wish that I had picked something else on the menu instead cause I ended up feeling like all my meal was, was... chicken. 

I think the starter and the dessert were definitely the best parts of the entire meal. I ordered the Creme Brulee for dessert and it was gorgeous. I've never had a bad creme brulee anywhere. It is always so good. So rich and creamy with this hard caramelised crust. My mum, however, was not happy with her dessert. She ordered the Ricotta Cheesecake and was very disappointed that it wasn't sweet at all. I ended up swapping my dessert with hers because I didn't mind hers. True, it wasn't sweet at all but it was still pretty good. Just not what you really want from a dessert. 

All in all, Ristorante Pietrasanta was a great authentic Italian restaurant and I think its definitely going to become one of my families regular eating places.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Curry Garden!

The Curry Garden (in Turf City) serves the best northern and southern Indian cuisine I have ever had. Ever. It's been reviewed as one of the best Indian restaurants in Singapore so its not just my biased opinion. As well as having amazing food, their meals are also healthier than your average traditional Indian recipes, as they eliminate excess fat, cholesterol and calories by cooking without MSG and preservatives and yet somehow manage to keep the amazing flavour. Also, their staff are so nice. My family goes there every Friday night and they've become like family to them. The main guy there has given his phone to my parents before so they can talk to his wife and children. Its very cute. They just make you feel so at home and welcome. 

Basically everything on their menu is amazing so I'll just tell you what my family normally orders to give you a few suggestions of what you should eat if you go there and you're stuck on what to choose. As you'll probably be able to tell, my family loves our chicken dishes.
Chicken Sheek Kabeb: Tender chicken cooked with garlic paste, ginger paste, onions, yoghurt, almonds, coriander leaves, lemon juice, salt and oil. 
Chicken Vindaloo: Cooked Kashmiri red chilly, vinegar, sugar, fresh ginger and spices. 
Chicken 65: A spicy deep-fried chicken dish cooked with ginger, cayenne pepper, mustard powder and vinegar. 
Chicken Shair Kurma (this is what I normally have): Tender chicken cooked with yoghurt, cream, nut and seed pastes.
Chicken Tikka Masala: Roasted chicken chunks in a spicy Masala sauce.
Potato Special: Mashed potatoes with mixed vegetables, some spices and onion. (I love this one and it goes so well with the Chicken Shair Kurma)

Here's a picture of what our table normally looks like on a Friday night (post dinner):
I forgot to take a picture before we dug in because I was just so looking forward to eating. I am seriously craving it now... drool. 

Can't wait till I'm back in Singapore at Christmas so I can go back here. You should definitely go here if you're looking for some amazing authentic Indian food. And you're in Singapore of course.


Thursday, 4 September 2014

A Taste of the American South with Lemonade, Cornbread and Chicken and Waffles at The Beast!

After our dance lesson last night (a post about that to follow), we were in the Bugis area and I suggested going to The Beast for a late dinner (I had read about it on a link to the best food competitions in Singapore that someone had posted on Facebook). Situated in Jalan Klapa, The Beast is a Southern Kitchen and Bourbon Bar where they not only serve up traditional home-cooked Southern comfort food such as cornbread, pimento cheese, country fried steak etc, but they also make their own bourbon. 

Not only have they done a good job in decorating the place to give it a Southern feel with their rusted oil drums, farm house lighting and salvaged wood counter-tops but their food is also a great homage to real authentic Southern comfort food. 

First of all their freshly squeezed lemonade is to die for. 
Served in traditional beer mugs, you can tell that is the real deal. It is so tart and sweet and doesn't taste like the usual run-of-the-mill lemonade that you can buy anywhere. They definitely make this stuff themselves and it is amazing. 

Secondly, their freshly-baked cornbread was delicious. We couldn't even wait to dig in before I managed to get a picture!
Any other cornbread that I've had in Singapore has been really dry and tasteless but this one was sweet and moist and tender. It was served with a big dollop of butter on top and a side of maple syrup to dunk the cornbread into which just added to its sweetness. 

For my main meal I had perhaps the most typical Southern dish you could think of - chicken and waffles.
Buttermilk fried chicken served on top of a crispy waffle drizzled with bourbon maple syrup. The chicken was so moist and juicy with a great crust on top of it and went great with the waffle. The waffle was also really good dunked into the maple syrup. You could definitely get a taste of the bourbon in it but it wasn't overpowering. 

Overall an amazing really authentic Southern meal. I definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting traditional Southern comfort food or a good selection of bourbon. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes!

He's Back... And He's Führious

This summer has been a great period for me to catch up on my reading. When I'm at Uni I don't really have the time to just read books of my choice for my own enjoyment, but since summer has come around I've managed to get through quite a few books. The most recent book that I've read was Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes. 
As you can probably tell from the front cover, this book is about Hitler. More precisely, Hitler waking up in 2011 in modern day Germany. The author's description of the book goes as follows:

"Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. 
People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refused to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V show, and people begin to listen. But the Führer has another programme with even greater ambition - to set the country he                                                       finds a shambles back to rights."

It was definitely the cover that caught my attention and made me decide to buy this book. I mean, a book with the unmistakable face of Hitler plastered across it - you just know it's going to be an interesting/entertaining book. And it was. It was very entertaining. Not to the point where I was laughing out loud mind you, but the dialogue between Hitler and the people of the entertainment business in modern day Germany was very witty. It's also pretty impressive that the author had the guts to write and publish something like this. Hitler is a pretty taboo subject, let alone the fact that he comes back in this book and tries to win over the German public again, and becomes a celebrity because of who he is and what he says.
Despite the controversial topic, the book is quite an easy read. Maybe I just wasn't reading enough into it as many reviews paint it as a "thought-provoking book", but I just saw it as an entertaining, easy, unrealistic read. I know Hitler magically waking up alive and well in 2011 is obviously unrealistic, but it was the fact that no one seemed to catch on that something was wrong throughout the entire book that was unrealistic to me. I mean for someone who they think is just a Hitler impersonator, he never breaks character. Not even for one second. Wouldn't they think that was odd? And some of the things he says is so outdated and strange and yet everyone just kind of gives him a weird look and then moves on. Also the fact that he has no passport, no home, can't tell anyone anything about his past because he doesn't know and yet no one seems to focus on this. On top of that, people throughout the book keep on saying "it's almost like you were the real Hitler"and instead of protesting that he is or getting confused as to why they keep saying that when he obviously is he doesn't say anything. I just think it's strange that for the 2-3 years that this book is set in, no one becomes the least bit suspicious. Another thing that I find strange about the book is that it doesn't try to explain the fact that he magically appears alive and well some 70 years later after his supposed death. It doesn't even attempt once during the whole book to explain this. And Hitler doesn't even care about trying to find out what happened to him or why he just accepts it and moves on.
Lastly, although the book is entertaining and a good read, I don't particularly like the ending. More precisely, I don't like how there isn't an ending. Nothing happens it just kind of...ends. The last line is"I think we can work with that." Maybe like I said before, I wasn't reading enough into it and there is supposed to be this foreboding feeling that he is gaining popularity and increasing his plans to create a new Germany and there's this possibility of it playing out to be as it was in the 1930s.. but I don't think there's enough of that possibility present in the final chapter to come to that conclusion and therefore the book does just kind of end. A bit disappointing. But maybe I'm wrong!

Definitely an entertaining book and one which many people think is "thought-provoking" and "the best book of the year" and so on, so you should definitely give it a read. For me, however, it wasn't my favourite book that I've read this summer

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Adidas by Stella McCartney and Krispy Kreme!

Stella McCartney and sportswear giant Adidas have teamed up to create a line of functional yet stylish sports gear! After having a look around the Adidas store today with my mum it appears that the clothing range takes a lot of inspiration from bright colours and animal prints. The brand's ClimaCool technology also ensures that all the pieces have superior heat regulation so you won't be as sweaty as you normally are in your run-of-the-mill gym clothes. My mother very kindly bought me one of the essential hoodies from the collection, as you can see from my shameless bathroom selfie below:


It has an oversized hood and a relaxed draping design around the neck which makes it great for working out in but the ribbed panel along the bottom hem pulls it in at the waist giving it more structure. Not only is it super comfy but it looks really stylish as well, something you can't normally say about work out clothes! There's no doubt that I won't be wearing this just to work out in Glasgow. 

Another item from her range that I've got my eye on is the Low Waste Hoodie. It's a casual soft hoodie in a light grey with short sleeves, side pockets and a zip fastening. 


Hopefully I can convince my parents to get me it for Christmas...

I think the idea of creating a stylish work out clothing range is great. Coming from someone who has recently fallen off the working-out band wagon, buying new clothes that I feel good in and think looks good on me really makes me want to get back into working out because at least I know I'll look good doing it! 

Getting off track from the whole working-out theme... my mum bought home a treat of Krispy Kreme doughnuts tonight! I genuinely don't think there's a better way to end the day than with a glazed devil's food cake doughnut and a cup of tea. 


#KeepCalmAndHaveACupOfTea

Monday, 1 September 2014

Pulled Pork Spaghetti at Roadhouse!

As I had previously said, I was going to write a post on a new eating place in Singapore that I haven't blogged about before - Roadhouse. It's an American Diner situated in Dempsey Hill serving all American comfort food such as burgers, steaks, wings, all-day breakfast items and a couple of pasta items. Seeing as I love my pasta's, that's all I've ever had when I've been there although I have it under good authority that their burgers are amazing. Previously I've had their mac & cheese bolognaise (cheese cause, rich beef bolognaise, aged parmesan, monterey jack alongside some garlic bread) which was really yummy and rich but so filling - there was no way I could ever eat it by myself. This time, however, I had their 12-hour slow-cooked pulled pork spaghetti. It is to die for. It's sweet and spicy and juicy and meaty all combined with a great big helping of pasta. 


That's not actually my picture, I took it off the internet cause I accidentally deleted the picture of the meal that I had off my phone :/ Oops. 

Along with their delicious menu, the Roadhouse also offers The Terminator Challenge. 6 wagyu beef patties, 6 slices of cheese, streaky bacon, jalapeños, chillis, homemade sesame buns, coleslaw and fries. Finish it in 20 minutes and you get the burger for free and your name and picture on the Wall of Fame. No idea how anyone could do that but the challenge is there if you want to try! 

Another amazing thing about this restaurant is their desserts, or as they like to call them - Sinful Sweets. My mum always has the Warm Salted Triple Nut Pie whenever we go there which is basically a slice of pecan pie with a large dollop of ice cream and a great big drizzle of caramel sauce. It is so good. No matter how full you are you will always have room for this dessert. Another one that I've tried before is their Deep Fried Cheesecake. It sounds so sickly and disgusting but it is actually really yummy. It comes with vanilla ice cream and strawberry coulis - if you get the chance to try it you really should. 

Despite the fact that the restaurant is in Dempsey Hill it's not that expensive. Dishes range from about SG$10-30. Only the burgers and steaks are in the SG$20-30 range.
I definitely recommend this place for anyone looking for some good old fashioned American diner food. Only problem is that the restaurant only houses 50 people so if you want to eat there you have to go at a non-busy time. Definitely worth it though!

The Canadian at Wild Honey!

Looking at my recent posts I appear to be a creature of habit. I seem to be eating at the same places over and over again whilst I'm here in Singapore seeing as I was at Wild Honey for lunch today. Again. However, instead of going to the Wild Honey in Scotts Square, I went to the one in Mandarin Gallery which has more of a Central-Perk-from-Friends feel about it instead of the restaurant atmosphere that comes with eating at Scotts Square. I also decided to go for a sweeter option after having the savoury Spanish Hash on my last visit, and I chose the Canadian. A stack of three pancakes served with Canadian back bacon, wild forest berry compote and imported Canadian maple syrup. It was really yummy. Covering your pancakes in the maple syrup and then dipping them in the berry compote definitely makes it taste like a jam filled donut which I absolutely adore. The only problem is, I don't think they give you enough maple syrup! By the time you're halfway through the stack all your maple syrup is gone :( 


Along with my brunch I had a pot of Earl Grey tea which set off the meal perfectly. 

On their website, Wild Honey advertises that they love the "limitless and delicious possibilities of breakfast.... and are passionate that breakfast can and should be enjoyed all day." One look at their menu and you can see that this is definitely true! No matter what time of day it is, you can walk into their restaurant/cafe and order a breakfast item and be sure that it is going to be delicious. There's also no end to the different breakfast meals you can order! From savoury to sweet, it's all there! 

This is definitely one of my favourite places to eat when I'm back in Singapore - as you can probably tell from my multiple posts about it! I promise I'll be back soon with posts about other eating places around Singapore.