Disney on Classic – A Magical Night in Singapore, 16 and 17 July 2015 (Tickets GIVEAWAY + Mickey Mouse Cookie Recipe in this post!)

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Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night arrives in Singapore for its first ever live orchestral show in Southeast Asia, where familiar Disney favourites are brought to life by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. This magical experience runs for two nights only, 7.30pm on 16 and 17 July 2015, at The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are on sale from 29 April at all SISTIC outlets, priced at $120, $85, $65, $55, $35, and $165 (VIP).

Following 12 years of sold out performances in Japan, Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night is the most successful live orchestral show in the Disney franchise. The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, led by Disney music maestro Brad Kelley, will be companied by eight international singers and members of The Orchestra JAPAN, will be delivering a full-length concert featuring the most beloved tunes from the famed Walt Disney Studios songbook.

Sing along to songs from classic Disney movies including Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Frozen (OMG I SOOOOO LOVE FROZEN), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and more. Scenes from these movies will be projected – larger than life – onto a cinematic screen suspended overhead, accentuated by dramatic lighting and staging effects, creating a spectacular and memorable experience for Disney fans.

For more information, visit disneyonclassic.sg.

The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617

Buy tickets through SISTIC Website www.sistic.com.sg or call the Hotline at (65) 6348 5555.

Now, here’s something fun for Disney fans. Those without the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter can use any cookie cutter, this recipe makes delicious cookies!

Recipe: Mickey Mouse Cookies (credit: Eaglemoss)
Makes 9-10 cookies

My Mickey cookie cutter came with the Disney Cakes & Sweets Collection Issue 1, by Eaglemoss (Australia), but Singaporeans can find them easily, try Qoo10!

Ingredients:
– 200g unsalted butter, softened
– 200g caster sugar
– 1 egg, beaten
– 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
– ½ tsp vanilla essence

What you need:

– Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and embosser
– Baking tray, baking paper
– Oven
– Mixer/whisk
– Cling film
– Refrigerator

Method:

1. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat them until they are just creamy in texture (do not overmix or the cookies will spread during baking). Add the vanilla essence and then beat in the egg until well combined.
2. Add the flour and mix it in until a dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling film and chill it for at least 1 hour.
3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll it out to an even thickness, of approximately 5mm. (Easier to roll when you dust rolling pin with some flour too)
4. Dust the top of the dough very lightly with flour, then cut out a cookie and leave the cutter in place.
5. Push the embosser section gently but firmly into the cookie dough to mark the features.
6. Remove the embosser, easing it away from the dough to leave a deep impression on the cookie. Cut out more cookies and mark on the features in the same way.
7. Transfer the cookies to a baking tray lined with baking parchment and chill for at least 30 minutes before baking. (I did not chill the cookies but they were sitting in a cold room, about 15 degrees Celsius, because my fridge wasn’t big enough hehe.)
8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes until they are a pale golden colour. I baked for a further 1-2 minutes to get a deeper golden colour.
9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
10. (Optional) Dust with icing sugar.

Another fun way to use the cookie cutter, make ham and cheese sandwich! All you need is the cookie cutter with embosser and a sandwich press. Stack two pieces of bread with ham and cheese in between, push the cookie cutter down, and then the embosser. Place them in a pre-heated sandwich press and it’s done in a minute or two!

GIVEAWAY: 2 pairs of Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night tickets to be won! Stay tuned to facebook.com/melicacyblog

(Mother’s Day Special) Pure Love by Bakerzin

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Bakerzin hardly ever disappoints when it comes to cakes. This Mother’s Day, there are three variants of celebratory cakes, named Pure Love, Classic Love, and Tender Love. Whichever you pick, mum will get the hint of your love for her.


Pure Love ($55.65, serves 10 to 12 pax)

Underneath the coating of white, rich Chantilly cream, is a vibrantly hued red dragonfruit sponge cake with a layer of white cream cheese.

The colourful myriad of berries and dragonfruit that adorn the cake barely gives hints to that striking pink beneath. Who would’ve thought dragonfruit would work so well in a cake?

The cake is deliciously moist and not too sweet –definitely a clever choice this Mother’s Day.

The other flavours, Classic Love and Tender Love, feature (flourless) chocolate cake and the brand’s iconic tiramisu respectively.

The Mother’s Day cakes are available for orders at bakerzin.com and at all eight Bakerzin stores islandwide (last day for orders is 7 May 2015, 2pm). Customers can make arrangements to either pick up their selected cakes personally from an outlet of their choice (except Gardens by the Bay) or have them delivered directly to mum.

Bakerzin outlets:
Jurong Point
Paragon
Tampines 1
United Square
Vivo City
MyVillage (Serangoon Gardens)
Gardens by the Bay
Connexion@Farrer Park

(Lunar New Year 2015) Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore

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Blessings of Fortune ($88 for 1kg, available for takeaway at the Deli)

This Lunar New Year, Goodwood Park Hotel stirs up buzz with its exquisite goodies by the brilliant pastry team, such as the Blessings of Fortune cake encompassing dark chocolate fudge cake swathed in crimson and gold icing and adorned with milk chocolate gold coins, dark chocolate ingots and golden rice crispies, and also the gleaming Golden Prosperity Pumpkin, a cashew nut cake coated with gold icing, both available at the Deli from 29 January to 5 March 2015.


Golden Prosperity Pumpkin ($88 for 1kg)

These stunning creations are bound to be the centre of attraction at house parties.


Kanpachi and Tuna “Yu Sheng” ($138 for large, available for dine-in only at Min Jiang)

Chef Chan Hwan Kee of Min Jiang elevates the traditional Yu Sheng to a new level with great flavour profile and complementing textures, featuring a fresh seafood stars, kanpachi and tuna, along with a lofty stack of mesclun greens, strips of radish, carrot, red ginger, jellyfish and fried silver cod fish, a sprinkling of pine nuts, sweet potato and yam crisps, ground peanuts, sesame seeds and ‘pok choy’ (crispy golden ‘pillows’), tossed in his own concoction of the highly coveted plum-wasabi-lime juice sauce. Continue reading

UNA presents Singapore’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with Spanish flair, Viva la Vida

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Seafood & Chicken Paella

Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno brings his wealth of culinary experience (from 3-Michelin starred Chez Nico the remarkable Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar and one of UK’s top restaurants Quo Vidas) to UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park, taking the Spanish dining scene in Singapore to greater heights. With Spanish, Italian and French roots (his mum is Spanish, dad’s Italian, and he’s born in the South of France), he complements his expertise in Spanish cuisine and Italian and French influences with his expert precision in utilising the best raw ingredients to bring a whole lot of excitement into his cooking.

Staged in the lush, rustic garden setting, UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park is an ideal place for any form of celebration, for instance the fast-approaching New Year’s Eve. Come 31 December 2014, UNA will transform into an iconic Spanish boqueria (traditional market), complete with a stunning array of authentic Spanish cuisine and lots of entertainment. Continue reading

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) Chocolate-coated Fresh Fruit Bouquets from Rainbowly

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Flowers dry out, and plushies turn old. What can be more practical than gifting an edible bouquet, with sweetness that linger in the memory throughout the coming years?

Perfect for any special occasion be it Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas or birthdays, the chocolate-coated fresh fruit bouquets from Rainbowly is bound to bring endless joy to your loved ones.

Happy Feet for instance feature a dozen of adorable penguins made of strawberry coated in chocolate. Continue reading

(Christmas Guide 2014) Christmas Gourmet Festive Pack by One Paradise and Silver Tray ($468 for 10 pax)

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It is quite a big deal for a humble 25-seater coffee shop to see the progression of opening multiple restaurant concepts and expanding to foreign countries to eventually launching a catering arm. Paradise Group has been satiating palates since 2006, accumulating loyal patrons ever since. It is no surprise that fans would want a taste of Paradise Group at their own home parties, events or corporate functions.

If you’re looking for a caterer this festive season, why not try the sumptuous Christmas Gourmet Festive Pack by One Paradise and Silver Tray ($468 for 10 pax).
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Tiger Beer-inspired Menu at Restaurant Labyrinth in celebration of National Day

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“Uncaged” is a term defined by Singapore’s national icon Tiger Beer as having the courage to follow your instincts, live on your own terms and look at things afresh. The home of the 82-years-old brand, Tiger Beer looks to become the symbol of courage, inspiring young adults and the new generation to ‘uncage’ their ambitions, igniting and leaping full of passion to achieve their dreams. This campaign upholds the pride of the Singaporean identity and it is only fitting to lead the launch of Tiger’s global repositioning on home grounds.

This symbol of courage is also portrayed and runs deeply in Chef Han’s culinary roots –Chef Han of Resetaurant Labyrinth being one of Tiger’s Uncage personalities. Continue reading

(Father’s Day 2014) Peony Jade’s Steamed Bao with Roasted Duck and Glutinous Rice

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Steamed Bao with Roasted Duck and Glutinous Rice ($24++ for 6 pieces; dine-in subject to 10% service charge; available both dine-in and takeaway)

A time-honoured classic dish that Chinese daddies are well acquainted with, steamed pillowy white buns that are customarily paired with braised pork belly are now given a new twist at Peony Jade. Superseding the traditional filling are two layers: roasted duck and Cantonese-style steamed glutinous rice studded with Chinese sausages. Served alongside is their houseblend of sweetened hoisin sauce.

This Father’s Day special is available for a limited time only, from 9 June through 15 June 2014, at both the Keppel Club and Clarke Quay outlet. A one-day advance order is required for takeaways.

For enquiries or reservations, check out contact details here: http://www.peonyjade.com/contactus.htm

Magnum turns 25!

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Here’s wishing Magnum a happy 25th birthday! You’re almost as old as I am, which means I’ve been enjoying the goodness & deliciousness for most parts of my life. Thank you for all the joy you’ve brought into my life. A stick of ice cream that does wonders –only Magnum, the iconic ice cream brand, is capable of that. Continue reading

Eu Yan Sang Mother’s Day Experience –Home-brewed Bird’s Nest for the Loved One

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Bird’s Nest is a highly prized delicacy that boasts a great deal of health and beauty benefits for all ages and genders. It is rich in nutrients and minerals with restorative effects, and contains Epidermal Growth Factor, which promotes youthful complexion and smooth radiant skin. Many of us, especially women, luxuriate in this delicacy for that reason. It is every woman’s wish to look always young and radiant –of course that includes moms.

This Mother’s Day is the best opportunity to help mum look her best with a heart-warming bowl of home-brewed Bird’s Nest soup.

Always go for the best quality possible! Bird’s Nest from Eu Yan Sang is harvested in a natural, pollution-free environment in Kalimantan where swallows have abundant food and are well taken care of. The result is healthier and better quality nests.

I’ve always had the privilege of enjoying already-cooked Bird’s Nest, thanks to the pampering and love from mum. I never knew how to prepare it, but thanks to the little pocket guide by Eu Yan Sang, cooking it was a breeze.

Here’s how:

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(Mother’s Day Special) Longevity Peach buns with Egg Custard by Peony Jade (6 to 11 May 2014)

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Longevity Peach buns with Egg Custard

Peaches are traditionally associated with long life and immortality since antiquity. According to legends, Queen Mother of the West had a magical peach tree that blooms every three thousand years. These peaches were known to grant immortality to those fortunate enough to taste them. As the folklore is passed down through generations, peaches and similarly shaped steamed buns remain a staple at any Chinese celebrations.

This Mother’s Day, what better gift to present your beloved than the peach-shaped longevity buns that symbolises health, eternal blessings and longevity?

Longevity buns are typically stuffed with red bean paste or lotus paste. Specially for this occasion, Peony Jade gives this traditional item a twist with its well-loved buttery sweet and flowy egg custard filling.

Made fresh daily, these Longevity Peach buns with Egg Custard are priced at $1.20 per piece for dine in (minimum order of 4 pieces) and 6 pieces in a basket for $10 for takeaways. A one-day advance order is required for takeaways. They are available at both Keppel Club and Clarke Quay for both dine-in and takeaways from 6 to 11 May 2014.

(Mother’s Day Special) Velvety Mom-ents Cake from Swensen’s

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Velvety Mom-ents ($49)

This Mother’s Day, pamper mom Swensen’s new Velvety Mom-ents cake that’s fashioned in the shape of a heart – the universal symbol of love – and blanketed in a passionate red hue.

The gorgeous cluster of fondant flowers and marbled white chocolate emulate the spectacle of a dazzling bed of flowers. The cross section of the cake reveals thick layers of red velvet sponge cake sandwiching vanilla ice cream.

This has got to be my favourite ice cream cake creation from Swensen’s thus far.

The Velvety Mom-ents cake is vailable at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets from 25th April 2014 while stocks last.

Visit swensens.com.sg for the list of outlets.

(Mother’s Day Special) Fish & Co.’s Mom’s Platter

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Fish & Co. has been a huge part of my teenage years, and it was where fond memories with family and friends were built. During those days, Fish & Co. was one of the few establishments that serve up satisfactory fish & chips consistently, that’s why my family choose to return on many special occasions.


Mom’s Platter ($65)

I decided to bring my mum to Fish & Co. for an early Mother’s Day celebration upon receiving the media invite, and made use of the opportunity to bond since we hardly spend time together on regular days due to our (or rather, her) hectic schedules. Continue reading