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Mac & Cheese (Recipe)

Have been getting a few questions as to how I make my version of the popular American comfort food, Macaroni & Cheese, so here it is! Best part about my recipe is, there’s no OIL or BUTTER added, making it a relatively healthy alternative to the original. 

Ingredients:

1. 2-3 cups of Macaroni 

2. 1/2 cup of Milk or 1/4 cup of cream

3. 1/2 a can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup

4. Cheddar Cheese

5. Parmesan Cheese

6. Salt

7. Pepper

Procedure:

1. Boil Macaroni

Upon boiling, add 2 pinches of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil into the water followed by the macaroni. 7-8 mins with gradual stirring. 

(Some people like to heat the water along with the macaroni inside the pot but I usually boil the water first before adding it in. Prevents the water from extracting too much starch) 

2. Sauce Preparation 

You know the drill, half parts water to half parts soup.

After you get the soup to a simmer, slowly add in the cheeses bit by bit, stirring after each tablespoon. Its tedious, but doing it in smaller portions prevents lumps from forming.

3. Add Milk/Cream

Only add the milk/cream at the end when you’re just about to serve because forcing too much heat on milk or cream will cause it to produce foam. What we want is for the sauce to be creamy, not foamy. 

4. Mix in the Macaroni

Stir in the macaroni to the sauce. It shouldn’t be too thick nor too watery. If it’s too thick, add a little water. If it’s too thin, you could stir in some flour. 

5. Optional Ingredients

I usually like to add in either Bacon, Ham or even smoked salmon to this dish. Really, its up to your creativity! 

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If you have any questions with regards to cooking this dish, do PM me or tweet me at @Alvatronixx (: 

These are the ones from Timbre. Available at ALL Timbre outlets (Substation, Arts House, Old School, Etc)

What I absolutely adore about their take on the classic is that it’s not overly moist, such that it retains its crispy exterior. As you sink your teeth into that crunch, you’re greeted with piping hot and tender meat. Also, they garnish the top with nuts, giving it an extra crunch. And If you noticed, I accompanied the dish with an ice cold cider. Amazing combination. 

A solid 9/10 in my opinion. 

Roast Potatoes! (Recipe)

A must have accompaniment in ALL Christmas dinners/lunches. There are many variations of it. Some use different spices, different herbs, even different oils but they all taste absolutely divine! Today, I’ll be showing you how to turn regular garden potatoes into the most amazing Christmas roast potatoes. 

1. Parboil Potatoes

Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil into boiling water. Always wait till the water boils rapidly before throwing in your potatoes. That way, it retains as much of it’s flavor as possible and it doesn’t all get washed away. 

Parboil the potatoes for 5-6 minutes. 

2. Season parboiled potatoes

After draining the potatoes, rough them up to loosen it up (makes it crispier). Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, fresh rosemary (I personally prefer fresh ones because the dried ones tend to be too potent in flavor) and a drizzle of olive oil. (Duck fat works perfectly with this, but then again, it’s quite rare to find that lying around in most homes so regular oil is fine!) 

3. Oven Roast Potatoes

Line your potatoes in a tray and roast it in an oven at 180 degrees fahrenheit for about 15-20 minutes till they become crisp and golden brown. 

Crispy Roast Potatoes, fit for any Christmas feast? Done. 

Healthy Misconceptions

Whenever I talk about eating healthy, people automatically assume salads, fruit platters, and all of that sorts. But really, eating healthy doesn’t mean not enjoying life, does it? 

Here, I’ve devised some useful tips in which you can eat healthier, and enjoy your favorite foods at the same time. 

1. Share Food.

Sharing is caring, so ultimately, it’s double the satisfaction because you feel good through sharing and also, you consume less. Meaning your bodily intake of unhealthy food decreases. Not a dramatic decrease but hey, Its still something!

2. Grill, not Fry.

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, grilling is actually much healthier than frying basically because it requires less oil. Besides, grilling your food makes it a tad bit sexier don’t you think? 

3. Be Creative with your Salads. 

Who ever said salads could only consist of veggies? Be creative, throw in some lean meat, seafood, nuts (for it’s healthy fat content) and even pastas if you like! There is truly no restrictions when it comes to salads so just be creative and have fun.

4. Have Nuts, not Chips. 

Simple reason, nuts contain naturally occurring fats, which allow you to feel fuller, faster. Common sense would also tell you that naturally occurring fats are much healthier than the artificial fats they put into chips and other sorts of junk food. So get rid of chips and have some nuts instead! Pistachios, Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, etc! 

So here are some of my personal tips with regards to eating healthily. Hope it helped! If you’ve any other questions, feel free to pm me! 

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Ulu Ulu Cafe Lounge

Ulu Ulu Cafe Lounge got its name from its remote location in the Loyang Industrial Estate. The cafe’s offers an extensive and accessible menu of both Asian and Western dishes, as well as a wide range of bottled beers and wine.

During my visit awhile back, I had the luxury of trying their signature Lamb Stew.

Tender lamb (bones and all) stewed with a combination of tasty vegetables like squash, potatoes, carrots, for hours and hours. The stew was rich and tasty. It didn’t wreak of your typical gamy lamb stench, rather, the variety of herbs used in the dish complimented the lamb to make it fragrant and delicious. Other must-trys would be include the Slow Roasted Chicken Stew in White Wine Sauce and their Shepherds Pie. 

The location was unique with a cool and relaxed atmosphere. It was spacious and even had enough room for me to get up and dance with my friends. Price-wise, I would say it was pretty affordable! 

Location:

25 Loyang Crescent

Level 9 Toll Offshore Supply Base

Tel: 64556455

Christmas Update!

Just some traditional Xmas dishes you guys should try or even make.

Cheers to a happy Xmas and happy tummies! 

Beef Wellington

Beef Stew

Whole Roasted Leg of Lamb

Roast Potatoes

And to end off a  hearty meal, Log Cake! 

Stay tuned because coming up soon, I will be giving you the address and a write up of a joint that you can go visit for Xmas delights like these! THAT and much much more. 

Happy Xmas! 

Mood for Food!

Hello again!

December is finally here, so from now till the end of December, I will be posting recipes as well as reblogs of both traditional and modern influenced Christmas dishes. So expect to see your dashboard full of stews, roasts and sweet decadent treats, exclusive ONLY to this wonderful month of December. 

Cheers, and happy holidays!