Sunday, 31 August 2014

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Tomatillo Sauce at Margaritas!

After church today the family was starving so we decided (under the continual insistence by my little brother), to go to Margaritas which is a Mexican restaurant situated in Dempsey Hill. It is pretty expensive (SG$30 for chicken/beef fajitas) but then again, everywhere in Dempsey Hill is expensive so you do know what you're getting yourself in for when you go there to eat. 

Despite the fact that I was just saying how expensive they were, I used to always get the fajitas when I went there. However, when we went today for lunch I thought that I would try something else on their menu which turned out to be a lot cheaper and just as good as the fajitas. Chicken enchiladas with green tomatillo sauce (SG$19). Two tortillas filled with shredded chicken and covered in melted cheese, green tomatillo sauce, sour cream and jalapeƱos served alongside some rice and refried beans. It wouldn't be a Mexican meal without some refried beans!  


It was really yummy and super filling! Despite all the green tomatillo sauce it actually wasn't that spicy at all so anyone with an aversion to spice would still be able to order this and enjoy it! 

My mum ordered basically the same as me but the tortillas were filled with shredded beef instead and covered in red ranchera sauce so it was a lot spicier. My dad ordered the Mole (a chicken dish with a sauce made up of lots of different spices and chocolate - although it isn't sweet). Here's a picture of it below: 


Anyone in Singapore wanting some good traditional Mexican food should definitely come here for a meal. Although it is pretty expensive you do get a lot for your money - the portions are huge! I highly recommend it.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

BBQ Time!

My dad does the best barbecues. Not even joking, they are amazing. Well, we haven't had one all summer and I leave in a week so it was about time that we had one. Of course we had my dad's infamous burgers and corn on the cob, but instead of the usual hot dogs we had lamb chops instead. My mum was rolling her eyes at the thought of having a barbecue so my dad decided to switch it up for her, hence the lamb chops. They were so good. She was raving about them all night. They were marinated in olive oil, salt, garlic and onion slices... so good. He also made a greek salad with feta cheese, red onion, cucumbers, olives and tomatoes. I love feta cheese so this was just a great addition to the barbecue. 


That was my plate tonight. Looks good doesn't it? And of course we couldn't have a barbecue without a cider. A raspberry and apple Cheeky Rascal cider to be precise. 


All in all, it was a very successful dinner.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Spanish Hash at Wild Honey!

As I've probably talked about in a previous post, there are certain restaurants that I have to eat in whenever I come to Singapore. Wild Honey is one of those places. I managed to convince my mum to take me there for lunch yesterday (I'm such a spoilt expat child I know.. As my dad said when we told him where we had been whilst he was stuck at work: "Lunch at Wild Honey... it must be nice to be Queen!")

I normally always have the same dish whenever I go there - the Corsican. It's an omelette filled with goat's cheese, sheep feta cheese, shredded basil leaves and a drizzle of lavender honey with grilled ciabatta. It is so good. The goat's cheese and feta cheese gives it this sharp flavour and the lavender honey just gives it this little hint of sweetness. 
However, when I went there with my mother yesterday I wasn't really in the mood for having an omelette so I decided to branch out (first P.S Cafe and now Wild Honey.. what is the world coming to?!) I decided instead to go for the Spanish Hash. Diced chorizo, house corned beef and potatoes, two poached eggs and lots of hollandaise sauce along with some brioche. 
To be perfectly honest it wasn't amazing. I mean don't get me wrong, it was really good, it just wasn't as good as some of their other dishes. However, the star of the show was definitely the brioche. It was so light and sweet and.. eugh so good! I could have eaten an entire loaf. Maybe next time I'm there I'll just order lots of their brioche!

My mother however, really enjoyed her lunch. She opted for the Under the Tuscan Sun sandwich instead of one of their breakfast items. It consisted of caramelised red onions, roasted red peppers, grilled portobello mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella and arugula puree on grilled ciabatta bread with breakfast potatoes. Sounds good right? Well she loved it. Plus their breakfast potatoes are amazing. 

The only downside about Wild Honey is that it is pretty expensive and no matter what you order, there is no way you will be able to finish it all. Every single time I have gone there I have never been able to finish whatever has been on my plate. But everything on their menu is really good! I would however recommend the Corsican over the Spanish Hash.

Monday, 25 August 2014

P.S Cafe Turkey Cranberry Sandwich and Florida Key Lime Pie!

In my previous post I talked about branching out when I went to P.S Cafe and having the P.S Turkey Cranberry Sandwich. Well, I went there with my mum and dad for lunch yesterday and I had the sandwich again. I just can't get over how good it is. 


It consists of yummy homemade toasted caraway bread, layered with smoked turkey, grilled cheese, bacon, mayo and cranberry yam served alongside a flinders mixed salad with a cranberry-pumpkin seed pesto dressing. I mean... how amazing does that sound?! And judging from the picture above, it looks pretty amazing too, right?
My dad had the Georgia Reuben sandwich which he adored. He said it was better than my P.S Turkey Cranberry sandwich but I have to disagree with him although his did look pretty tasty. Layered turkey pastrami, grilled swiss cheese, sauerkraut and smokey BBQ-sauce on homemade multi-grain and rye bread with pickled baby cucumber and dressed greens. Sounds pretty good right? Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of his so you can't see how good it looked.
My mum went for something different and had a pasta dish instead of a sandwich. She had the Green Goddess Pesto Penne which is a seasonal melange of green garden vegetables tossed with wholewheat penne and their homemade herb pine nut pistou. As you can probably tell from the description, it's a very healthy meal. 


Because we didn't get an order of their famous truffle fries it meant that we had left room for dessert... perfect! 
I had their Florida Key Lime Pie whilst my mum had their Southern Fudgy Chocolate Pecan Pie and my dad had their Coconut Bakewell Tart. 


There's a picture of my delicious key lime pie. It was really nice and tart and just look at the great, bright green colour it was! It really hit the spot. 

For anyone thinking about going to P.S Cafe I highly recommend any of the dishes that I've just described in this post. Basically anything on their menu is great! Although it is kind of expensive.. $25 for a sandwich or a pasta dish. So it is more of a splurge place to go to with friends or family for a nice lunch.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tomato Bacon Bisque!

I had lunch out with Jess and Millie today at P.S. Cafe and shock, horror; I didn't have the smokey tomato rigatoni pasta! We all decided to branch out and try something different (which of course means we'll have to go back again to have our usual before Millie and I leave). I had the P.S. Turkey Cranberry Sandwich and it. was. delicious. Really yummy bread with mayo and cranberry jam and turkey and melted cheese and bacon. It was to die for. And of course we couldn't go to P.S. Cafe without having their infamous truffle fries, so we had a plate of them to share between the 3 of us. 

Because I had such a big lunch I really didn't want a big dinner so I thought, what's something light that I could have? And of course, the answer was soup! I love my soups... 
I decided to make a tomato bacon bisque that I've had bookmarked on my laptop for ages. 
http://blog.hostthetoast.com/tomato-bacon-bisque/ - there's the link to the recipe.

It was super yummy. Unfortunately the recipe called for celery which we didn't have in the house so I just left it out and double cream which we also didn't have so I substituted by mixing 1/4 cup of melted butter and 3/4 cup of milk which seemed to work just as well :) I also didn't bother with the sour cream to put on top of the soup at the end but there was no way I was skipping out on adding the bacon! I had to have the bacon! 


There's a picture of my masterpiece above! The only complaint I would have about it was that I didn't blend it for long enough so there were still some chunks of onion but it wasn't too bad! Other then that it was delicious. Definitely recommend it! 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Peanut Butter Brownies!

My mum had one of her friends and her kids over for dinner tonight so she asked me to make dessert. Specifically, peanut butter swirl brownies. I've made them quite a few times before and they are just so yummy. So filling but so yummy. It's an Ina Garten recipe and I first saw it watching her show Barefoot Contessa and knew that I just had to make them. And what a great decision that was. 


 So these were the different stages of the brownie making process. First of all you had to melt chocolate, chocolate chips and butter in a bowl over simmering water until it was all melted chocolate goodness....


There is actually another step in between this step and the dry ingredients step, where you combine eggs, sugar, coffee granules and vanilla extract and then pour the melted chocolate mixture into that bowl but I forgot to take a picture of that... oops!
 Third step is to combine all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder and salt) as well as the rest of the chocolate chips. You mix the chocolate chips in with the flour instead of putting them into the batter afterwards because mixing them with the flour ensures that they don't sink to the bottom of the batter and then get stuck to the bottom of your baking tray... handy tip for you there! You then mix the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips into the chocolate and coffee/eggs/sugar/vanilla mixture.
Pour it all into a buttered and floured baking tray and then scoop some peanut butter onto it. You use a knife to swirl the peanut butter throughout the brownie batter until you end up with your final product (pre-baking).... as seen below! Doesn't it look yummy....


I think these are actually my favourite brownies that I've ever had. They are so filling though. I always half the amount of ingredients that the recipe calls for otherwise you end up with a huge amount of brownies that no one in their right mind would be able to finish! 

For anyone wanting to make these delicious brownies, here is the link to the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/peanut-swirl-brownies-recipe.html 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Lime Crime Makeup!

I wanted to get up and go to the gym this morning because I haven't been in ages and I wanted to see if I could sweat this cold out but my mother banned me from going. Apparently I'm still running a temperature so she demanded I go back upstairs and change out of my gym clothes.. how rude. I guess I'll do a pilates or yoga video on YouTube instead. 

In other news, one of my elder sisters introduced me to this new brand of makeup called Lime Crime! She found it on an instagram post from a makeup blogger and it is amazing! They have such nice, bright colours and all the reviews seem to rave about their products. Plus they're all vegan and cruelty free so even better! I've fallen in love with two of their products and I'm going to have to order them online because I just have to have them!

First is their Lime Crime Pink Velvet Velvetine Lip Colour. 


It's a long-lasting, waterproof liquid lipstick that goes on as a gloss but then dries completely matte. The colour is amazing and I love the fact that it has a matte finish! It's only £13.50 so I'm definitely going to order it.


The second product of theirs that I want is their Lime Crime Uniliner Liquid Eye Liner in the Quill colour (which is a shiny black).


Apparently the eye liner is smudge-proof and the precision brush allows for "razor sharp lines" which I am totally up for! Whenever I apply liquid eye liner it's always wobbly which means I have to go over it more to cover up my wobbly lines and I end up with basically my entire eye lid painted black just because I can't draw on a thin straight line! So hopefully this product will help! Plus it's only £9!

I can't wait till I'm back in the UK so that I can try out my new purchases! 
If anyone else in the UK wants to get any of the Lime Crime makeup products, go to http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/. They have a bunch of other cool products as well as stocking Lime Crime makeup! 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sick!

Still sick! Got a really bad cold and to top it off it's my time of the month! Not a good combination. I've spent the morning in bed with a cup of tea watching my favourite movie from my childhood - Anastasia. Surprisingly not a Disney movie! 
I used to watch this movie all the time when I was little. I had the doll of her and the necklace and music box as well. It was great! 


Cause I've been sick for the past few days I haven't been able to go to the gym so I'm feeling a little bad cause of that :/ I think I may do some squats later and then do one of the Yoga with Adrienne videos - she has one for yoga when you are sick - to make up for the lack of gym time. She also has a video for yoga for PMS/cramps so depending how bad my cramps get, I might do that one as well! I'll post the links to those videos below in case anyone wants to try it out!
Until then I think I may go for a nap and keep on drinking loads of water to make sure I'm hydrated! 

Late Night Ramblings

It's midnight here and before I go to sleep I want to write a message for all those people out there who haven't found who they're looking for yet or are tired of being with someone who makes zero effort with them. It's a text post that I saw on tumblr and I wanted to share it and I really do hope every single one of you finds your other half who does all of these things for you.

I hope you fall in love
With someone who always texts back and never lets
You fall asleep thinking you’re
Unwanted.
I hope you fall in love with someone
Who holds your hand during the scary parts of
Horror movies and burns
Cookies with you when you’re
Too busy dancing around the
Kitchen.
I hope you fall in love with
Someone who sees galaxies in your eyes
And hears music in your
Heartbeats.
I hope you fall in love with someone who
Tickles you and makes you smile
On hard days and on easy
Ones.
But beyond all that I hope
You fall in love with someone
Who will never leave you behind
And who will never take you
For granted, someone who
Will stand by you when you’re
Right and stand by you
When you’re wrong,
Someone who has seen you at your worst
And has loved you
Still.
I hope you fall in love
With someone who
Kisses you in the rain
And hugs you in the cold and
Wouldn’t have you any other
Way.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Soup!

I have been having a real obsession with soups at the moment. I keep on finding new recipes online that I want to try. So far I've made a lasagne soup, a curry soup and just today, a loaded baked potato soup. Got loads more to come though!

This loaded baked potato soup is full on carb comfort in a bowl. It's basically like cheesy mashed potatoes but more soup-y. It is so yummy and so filling and I just know it's going to be amazing on a cold, dark winter's day in Glasgow. 
Plus, it's topped off with bacon which just makes everything better!


The camera on my phone is pretty rubbish so it never does my meals justice.. However, there it is! Loaded baked potato soup in all its glory. There should have been spring onions in there but we didn't have any in the house.. oops. Next time! 

If anyone wants to give this recipe a go, I'll post the link below. Have fun and enjoy your carb filled lunch/dinner! 

Prince Charming

There's this quote I like which goes: "What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be." 
I think everybody has some sort of life planned out for themselves. And I think every little girl has this idea in her head of the man that she'll fall in love with and marry and creates this fairy tale romance which can only be broken. I certainly did. I had my life planned out and I knew who I wanted to share it with and no matter what anyone else said I knew that it would work out and we would be together and everything would be fine in the end. Unfortunately it didn't work out like that. And I wish so badly that it had. I wish that my feelings were different but distance is a bitch and I've changed so much since starting university that it just doesn't work anymore, no matter how hard I wished that it does. 
It sucks because I revolved my life around this person and this idea of how I thought our life was going to be. I don't really know what to do now that that has changed. I'm sure I'll figure it all out and everything will be fine, it'll just take some time. 
I was talking to one of my older sisters about this and she sent me this message that made me cry:
Your prince charming is out there and when he meets you, he will be so happy because he will know he has found the best girl in the world.

I think any girl feeling like their fairy tale romance is ruined should read this and try to take it in and remember it, because its true. It may not feel like it right now but one day you will get your prince charming and it will be amazing. 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sister's Wedding!

So I haven't made a post about my sister's wedding yet! After all the stress of organising it (not that I was involved in organising anything but she hated the whole process and I was there for all the hatred...) the day finally came and it was amazing! 
The bride and bridesmaids (of which I was one of them) stayed in Mar Hall the night before the wedding and then got ready together the morning of. We all got our hair professionally done and Colleen got her makeup done for her. She looked gorgeous and her dress was amazing. It is exactly the kind of dress that I want when I get married. I was taking pictures throughout the whole getting ready process and I managed to capture the moment when my dad saw her for the first time in her dress... it was so emotional! He was trying so hard to hold back tears which of course made all of us cry! 
It was then off to get into the cars to drive to the church. The bridesmaids arrived first and the bagpipes started playing when she pulled up with my dad which we got to witness and it was an amazing moment. The service was short but so sweet. When my dad handed her over to Thom I honestly thought he was going to break down.. I have never seen him that emotional! And again, that set us all off! 
After the ceremony it was back to Mar Hall where there was a champagne reception for the guests whilst all the pictures were taken of the bridal party. It was such a nice day and the pictures were taken on the grounds and even though I was only outside for about 15 minutes, I managed to get sunburnt! 
Dinner (which was served in the marquee on the grounds of Mar Hall) was delicious but unfortunately it was so hot that my appetite completely left me and I could barely eat a thing so I had loads left over :( 
The band for the night was really good and there was a celeidh which was so much fun!
Basically it was an amazing night and the bride and groom had a fantastic time! 

I thought I would share part of my dad's speech. All the speeches were amazing, but my dads was particularly good. He even wrote a poem for his which I'm going to share:

So I will close with some words that I chose
Wisdom, advice that I gently propose
God has now made you one and not two,
And your journey in life will be complete and be true
From now on you are never alone
Where-ever you are with each other is home
Find in each other the humour and joy
Always remember the Girl and the Boy
Share with each other when your heart sings
And stand tall with each other in all other things
Love one another with all of your might
And never be angry at the end of the night
If you take away just one thing as I end

It’s that true love is being forever, good friends