There’s no doubt a weight conscious trend going around so if you’re looking for a cookie to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings, yet wanting to avoid that haunting butter (and oil!), this is a recipe made for you!

You’ll need:

1/3 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg white

2 tbsp grated apple (grate the apple first, then spoon out 2 tbsp)

1 tsp vanilla extract (I used flavoring since I ran out of extract :( )

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (healthy!)

1/2 cup plain flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

a little less than 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips

What you’ll need to do:

1. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, soda, salt, cinnamon) in a owl and mix well.

2. Whisk the wet ingredients (sugars, egg white, apple, vanilla) till you get a smooth batter (preferably light and fluffy too)

Here’s the whole messy lot: 

Don’t worry if it looks disgusting at this point! It’ll get better, I promise ;) You should get something like this after a couple minutes:

3. Whisk the dry ingredients (in two parts) into the wet ingredients, till you get a smooth batter. 

4. Fold in the chocolate chips 

5. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking tray

6. Bake the cookies in the oven at 175°C for 8-10 minutes 

7. Enjoy!

Verdict:

It’s actually more of a cross between a cake and a cookie, rather than a cookie itself. The outside provides a nice crisp texture, while the inside gives off a slightly chewy cake-like texture. There’s hardly any buttery taste in it, much less the awesome crumb, but I guess this all comes at the cost of protecting your waistline! The taste…. reminded me of Koko Krunch for some reason, not that that’s a bad thing :P I’d say the perfect way to eat this is to dip it into a glass of cold milk and dig in!

XOXO, Khong ;)

Recipe adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/06/skinny-chocolate-chip-fro-yo-sandwiches.html

A while back, I had dinner at this cosy restaurant called The Coastal Settlement to celebrate my dad’s friend’s birthday! 

The atmosphere of the restaurant was really well created because they had tons of props and decorations to make the restaurant as homely as possible and because the theme was old school, there were many old school props to jog back memories of your childhood!

Their menu features an array of food from salads to soups to pastas and pizzas or mains, and they have sides like fries too! Not only do they offer western food, a local selection is available too from dishes like hor fun to homely soups to warm your tummy :) 

The utensils were placed in these old, antique-looking cups! 

The outdoor area is definitely worth considering to dine at; the atmosphere is just the same, and perhaps even better if it’s slightly chilly and windy outside! (The environment is like a little garden) Just that it rained that night, so we ate in! 

In conjunction with the “old school” theme, they provided a free flow of Julie’s crackers and iced gems that I’m sure everyone can remember from their childhood (and perhaps for some, even now!). And yes, the catch is that it’s completely free of charge! (And in whatever amounts you please ;))

Their cutlery and everything is well thought of; everything goes in line with their concept and theme!

We ordered a Wild Mushroom Soup, which comes with three small slices of baguette. The soup was creamy and pretty good, loaded with mushrooms and I loved how it came in an old tin! 

The Spinach and Strawberry Salad, topped with almond flakes was a little disappointing because it proved to be nothing special, and it was a tad too pricey for its stingy portions. The sauces were quite unique though, it was like a raspberry jam and a blueberry vinaigrette with a tinge of alcohol taste inside! (I’m not quite sure why and I forgot their names)

Water was served in these glass bottles, not surprising anymore, eh?

The Wild Mushroom Pasta was not bad, but not too fantastic either!

My dad got their Sliced Fish Soup, which was served in this mini pot. Ultimate cuteness!

We also tried their Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza, which was kinda small, but very nice indeed! It was a thin-crusted pizza with air pockets in the crust, giving it a nice, airy yet crunchy and crispy tinge! They were quite generous with the arugula too :) The only flaw is that there was perhaps a little too much cheese and was a tad too oily! Other than that, it was close to perfect! 

More of their decorations :)

To end the meal, we had their Brownie with Ice Cream! They helped us decorate one plate with “Happy Birthday”, haha x) The brownie was not bad and so was the ice cream (definitely tasted of good quality and not supermarket-bought ones)! And they put effort into decoration so kudos to them! 

Overall, this restaurant is a nice place to chill and hang out, especially with its ambience and atmosphere! A definite must-go to try out, but don’t have too high an expectation of their food, because it’s not excellent, but still not bad :)

The Coastal Settlement

200 Netheravon Road

<3,

Kok

Another dessert we tried at Xian Yu Xian during our third visit there: grass jelly ice shavings topped with grass jelly and rice cakes! It was splendidddd :) 

During our stay, we made lunch for ourselves one day and cooked some buttered broccoli and baked pasta! :) 

Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Place blueberries in a separate bowl.
  4. Take a couple tablespoons of the flour mixture and toss with blueberries (fun fact:this ensures that the blueberries are evenly spread out!). Set aside.
  5. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy with a hand mixer (or you can work your arm muscles).
  6. Add eggs one at a time, and mix well. 
  7. Add vanilla.
  8. Mix in flour, until incorporated. 
  9. Add milk, until just combined. 
  10. Fold in blueberries with a wooden spoon or spatula. The batter will be fairly thick! 
  11. Divide mixture between 12 muffin cups. 
  12. Sprinkle with demerara sugar if you please! 
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  14. Let cool for about 10 minutes. 

Recipe obtained from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook (do check out Martha Stewart’s website for a variety of detailed recipes accompanied with amazing pictures!) 

We had a meal at Saizeriya, which is a Japanese restaurant serving Italian food! :) They have quite a history that you can find out about here. They serve almost all kinds of Italian food - pizzas, pastas, mains like steak and chicken, and even salads! They have desserts too! We tried their:

Fruit Salad, which was pretty normal and there was far too much sauce. The portion was quite measly too. 

Carbonara, which was okay! 

Hawaiian Pizza, which was surprisingly good for its price! :)

Magheritta Pizza, which looked good but we wouldn’t know how good it tasted for sure for her brothers ate it! 

Pudding, which Khong thought was not very good! 

Overall, it’s a pretty good place for a quick meal; you can think along the lines of Italian fast food! And it’s really cheap so it’s a good hang out with friends, especially when you feel extra hungry and want to order a lot! The portions are not very big, be warned, but not too little that you would feel angry and cheated. 

Advice: Order the pasta and pizza, don’t bother with desserts and salads! 

And although this was in Suzhou, you can be rest assured that it’s not completely out of reach!!!! Saizeriya has reached Singapore’s shores and there are currently a few outlets, among them one at Citysquare Mall and another at Liang Court! 

We’re not sure of how Singapore’s ones differ, but the prices are around the same! So yay for affordable meals! :)

In Suzhou, we ate this traditional flat bread that’s called Kao Nang in Chinese! It’s pretty awesome as the edges are soft and chewy (the right thickness!) and the slightly thinner crust is a slightly soft with a tinge of crispiness! There’s also quite a strong sesame taste as it’s garnished with sesame seeds! 

Definitely for those who like bread and pizzas, and a definite must-try! :) 

On our last day (although this was ages ago), we had dinner at Papa John’s! We ordered a variety but our main motive was to have their cheese sticks which are super awesome!!!! It’s like a plain pizza with just the right amount of cheesiness! It was the perfect comfort food :) 

The other food present at the party were freshly cut fruits, a pasta salad (topped with chopped eggs that were definitely complementary to the pasta) and the classic potato chips! :) 

We went to this Japanese bakery called Ichido, and we spotted this Cheese Bread that we thought looked pretty good, so we decided to give it a try! 

It had like a cookie top (like a melon pan/coffee bread), and there were lots of nuts inside. There was a huge chunk of cheese in the middle (definitely generous, this bakery is) and the bread was just super full of flavor! It was pretty unique and unlike anything else we’ve tried before, so it was pretty cool to try :) (although I can’t say for sure whether I really liked it or not)