Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ece rental

Have you tried planning for your own 21st birthday? Or for your little one's birthday? :)

The most recent one that I had planned was for my baby’s full month celebration.



And then I was already researching for little En Qi's first birthday, and ece rental happened to have emailed me about their services.



ece rental specializes in equipment rental for events. They have an extensive range of exquisite Chinaware, glassware, utensils, to suit your different occasions. They provide rental to corporate customers (like event planners, caterers, F&B business holders), as well as consumers like us.

These equipment caters to different events, such as meetings, corporate cocktails, breakfast talks, private dinners, home catering, conferences, baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, and more. 



ece rental aims to provide a high level of service and customer satisfaction, in addition to the wide range of equipment they carry. (Read their FAQ here)

And while we are interested to rent these equipment, we would be concerned over hygiene and convenience. ece rental ensures that the equipment are clean and ready for use upon delivery. They are also able to advise you with the best solution for your event - not just making business for themselves.

I think one of their equipment that I am really interested in is the chafing dish/fuel, since I am thinking of serving home-cooked dishes for my baby's first birthday. So yay! Hot food for the guests even though it's home-cooked food! :)

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Tips for Organising Parties:

1. Time // Plan the birthday party to last anytime between 1 to 1.5 hours. Babies or children usually have short attention spans. They may also run out of energy or lose interest quickly. You might want to plan the party around your child’s nap time. Make sure they are not tired and grouchy to enjoy the party! For babies, keep your nursing shawl handy as well! I remember I had to run away to nurse my baby at least twice during her full month celebration. Haha!

2. Who to Invite // To make things simple and easily organized, cut back the guest list to include only the VIPs (or VVIPs), like relatives and close friends only. This would be helpful especially if your child is not used to seeing many strangers at a go. Cutting back on guests will also help to keep your costs manageable.

3. Play Area // If you are inviting babies or children around your child’s age range, set aside a play area that is child safe, filled with appropriate toys for them. Place some chairs for parents to sit around, watch their children, and chit chat with one another.

4. Food // You can choose if you want to order from the caterer, or surprise everyone with your culinary skills or simple home-cooked food. For that professional set-up look, you can order tableware and serving chafing dish/fuel from vendors.

5. Chill! // Most importantly, don’t stress yourself out! As parents, it’s natural that we want to have that “perfect” party, but it’s also good to just keep things simple and make everyone (including ourselves haha!) happy!

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation has been received for this post. All views expressed are of my own.

Monday, 21 July 2014

[Giveaway + Recipe!] Lee Kum Kee Teriyaki Marinade Sauce

Have you seen the new Lee Kum Kee Teriyaki Marinade Sauce along the supermarket aisle?

Lee Kum Kee is like the childhood brand of sauces for me, as I remember dearly how my nanny would use their sauces in cooking. So now, other than its famous soy sauce and ready-made sauces, Lee Kum Kee has introduced yet another new sauce - its first-ever Teriyaki Marinade Sauce.


I am quite used to making my own teriyaki sauce using mirin and soy sauce, but I figured that this Lee Kum Kee teriyaki marinade sauce would be a great choice for quick dinner!

What's even better is that, as Singaporeans are widely known to use sesame seeds for garnish, a generous amount of white toasted sesame seeds has been added to this sauce. This makes the sauce even more flavorful!

Thanks to Lee Kum Kee and Brand Cellar, I was able to try out this new marinade sauce, together with it's XO sauce (I love this!!) and the new kawaii packaging for ketchup.







To test the teriyaki marinade sauce out, I followed the directions on the bottle, and was pleased to find that as the chicken cooked, the sauce thickened gradually to this glossy, honey color.


Cooking this is really simple - add 3 tbsp of the marinade to 450g of chicken. Marinade for 15 mins, then choose to grill or pan fry it.



So if you want a quick chicken sandwich for breakfast or lunch, try this out! You would be surprised by how quick this sauce can be, and how tasty this sauce can be! :)

I also tried out the cute ketchup bottle.



Hahahaha!! Please don't laugh at my feeble attempt!

I guess kids will have fun with this ketchup bottle (I had fun myself!) haha!!

Now, for the GIVEAWAY:


a Rafflecopter giveaway Note: To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment: what dish would you want to create using the teriyaki marinade sauce. The giveaway contest will start from 21 Jul until 24 Jul 2014 (23:59). Only valid for Singapore readers. Entries not following through instructions, eg leaving a blog post, will not be valid, and will be deleted from the system for draw. There will be 3 winners, and winners will be contacted via email. Hampers have to be self collected: weekdays Kembangan/Eunos MRT at 7pm // weekends at City Hall or Bedok MRT. Arrangements will be made with winners after annoucement.

Thanks to Lee Kum Kee and Brand Cellar for the hampers! :)

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Disclaimer: No monetary compensation has been received for this review, except for sets of hampers. All views expressed are of my own. 

P/S: Remember to vote for me for the Best Cooking Blog! Voting can be done daily, from now till 31 Jul. You can also get to win attractive prizes by voting.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Chocolate Wholemeal Bread

Made a loaf of chocolate wholemeal bread by modifying the recipe I used earlier.

I added in cocoa powder, wholemeal flour, chocolate chips, chopped almonds, and raisins. This loaf yields a "heavier" and denser texture compared to the previous loaf I have made. Probably due to the wholemeal flour added :)

Imagine that.. Usually I need to eat 3 slices of bread. But with this, 1 slice is enough to make me feel full! Haha. I love the nutty taste of this bread!


Chocolate Wholemeal Bread
Ingredients:
- 175g Bread Flour
- 70g Wholemeal Flour
- 10g Butter
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tbsp Milk Powder (I omitted)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Instant Yeast
- 40g Raisins
- 35g Chocolate Chips
- 35g Chopped Almonds (You can reduce if you do not prefer nuts)
- 150ml Cold Milk
- 50ml Cold Water

Method:
1.  Place the ingredients (except raisins, chocolate chips, almonds and yeast) in the bread pan.





2.  Place yeast into the dispenser.

3.  Select Menu No.2 for Rapid mode. Select Raisin mode (Music). Press Start.

4.  When the machine beeps, pour in the raisins, almonds and chocolate chips. Scrape down any excess flour by the sides of the pan, if needed.



5.  Once ready, remove bread from pan. Cool before slicing.


Nutty and fruity goodness in a loaf! :)

This loaf of bread is made using the "direct" or "straight" method, so it's normal that it will turn harder on 2nd day. You can store the extra bread in the freezer (with freezer bag), and thaw it to room temperature, then oven toast it.

Enjoy fresh bread everyday! :)

Thanks to Panasonic Singapore and OMY.SG for the loan set!

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Shopping with ZALORA!

Let’s talk about accessories today!

After becoming a mum, I realized the “importance” of staying presentable. Well, of course, the definition of presentable is subjective.

For me, I still hope to put on minimal make-up to look fresh, with well pressed tops, blown dry hair, and NO dark eye circles (concealor to the rescue!). Lol!

One way to look perked up instantly, is to add accessories to our outfit. When I was much younger, I love chunky accessories. Now as I grow older, especially after becoming a mum, I appreciate simple, clean and classy accessories. I don’t fancy much jewellery, strangely, probably those blings don’t really appeal to me. Haha!

Even on my wedding day, I chose to wear only my engagement/wedding ring, my usual cross necklace, a pair of Chomel earrings (no one knew it was from Chomel actually haha), and the diamond studded bracelet from my MIL.




 So I got to know that ZALORA carries a wide range of fashion accessories online that is really my style. What's even better, they carry my favourite Chomel as well!

Being the leading online fashion and beauty retailer, you'll be sure to find an array of accessories that suit different styles (now, we know that we dress according to our mood, isn't it? ;)).






So what are you waiting for? Check out ZALORA now! And for me, if you would excuse me, I'm gonna do my e-shopping at ZALORA now :)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Apricot and Raisin Loaf Bread

You know what? I was really quite thrilled when I received the email knowing that I am 1 of the finalists for the Best Cooking Blog. And what's better, to receive a loan set of the new Panasonic Bread Maker (SD-P104)!

I had been wanting to make bread for the longest time, but I kept delaying because I was quite lazy to knead the dough, and wait for rise. And I was also a little worried about failing - and my efforts would go to waste! Hahaha.

Now with this bread maker, I feel much more confident about making bread. As I have heard people commenting that hand knead cannot be compared to using bread maker, my thoughts were totally changed as I attended the bread making demo over the weekend.

So I was really excited to be able to try this out! Especially when I am more health conscious after my pregnancy days - and now that I am breastfeeding, I am also watching what I eat. MIL and I were happy that we could serve the family fresh bread - no stabilizers, no conditioners, no preservatives!

I made a loaf of bread with dried apricots and golden raisins!

Sorry for the low quality of photo. I wasn't in time to style and take a nice photo,
before the bread was finished the next morning lol.

Let's find out a little more about this bread maker:

The size of the bread maker isn't very big. I think it's slightly taller than the height of a pc of A4 paper. Very convenient for storage since it's taller, not wider :)






As you can see from the pictures above, it's very easy to use this machine. So let's get started!

Measure the dry ingredients (except nuts, dried fruits and yeast). Put them into the bread pan.

Pour in the cold water.

Place the nuts and yeast into the dispenser respectively.


Select 'Menu': I am using Menu 2, Rapid Bread Mode.

Select 'Raisin': I am using with Music, so I can manually add in (more) dried fruits lol.

Select 'Crust': You can choose the color of your crust!! I chose Medium.

And after all these selection, you can start the bread maker, and it will go through the motions of kneading.

It will then prompt you to add in the dried fruits by beeping.



After adding in the dried fruits, the machine will continue to knead. It will automatically switch into Rise mode, and then Bake.

All in all, it took me about 2 hours plus, from the time I poured in the ingredients, till I get the piping hot loaf. So convenient!

When the loaf has finished baking, take the bread pan out, and stand for a few minutes. Then take the loaf out from the pan to cool.





The texture of the bread slices was great! Chewy, moist and fluffy! I can totally imagining having this fresh loaf in the morning, and it's definitely going to be a mood uplift!

This bread maker is really convenient, especially for new mums or working mums like me. As we prefer to eat food fresh and healthful, preparing food from scratch can be tiring and time consuming. This bread maker can free our hands by its auto modes. Like I was able to wash my baby's bottles and fed her while the bread was kneading, rising and baking.

You can also choose to set its timer, so you can pour in the ingredients first, and set the timer (what time you want the bread to be ready by), and wake up to fresh bread in the kitchen!

Apricot and Raisin Loaf Bread
Ingredients:
- 250g Bread Flour
- 10g Butter
- 2 tbsp Sugar
-1 tbsp Milk Powder (I omitted)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Instant Yeast
- 45g Raisins
- 50g Dried Apricots
- 25g Diced Almonds
- 200ml Cold Water

Method:
1.  Place the ingredients (except dried fruits, almonds and yeast) in the bread pan.

2.  Place yeast and almonds into their respective dispenser.

3.  Select Menu No.2 for Rapid mode. Select Raisin mode (Music). Press Start.

4.  When the machine beeps, pour in the dried fruits. Scrape down any excess flour by the sides of the pan, if needed.

5.  Once ready, remove bread from pan. Cool before slicing.

Enjoy!


Thanks to Panasonic Singapore and OMY.SG for the loan set!

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