Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Bread Project

This small lil' bakery nestled in the corner of Joo Chiat Road seems unassuming an nondescript, but produces scrumptious baked goods loved very much by the residents of the area.

Compared to Tiong Bahru Bakery, The Bread Project was launched without much fanfare, nor helmed by some famous chef and doesn't boast an extensive variety of confectionery. However its bread and pastries are all baked with care and very much pleases the taste buds~! (^-^)

Although located millions of miles away from my home, I had the luck to try this bakery twice!

Notice something? The above photo was taken the first time I went when they were near closing time. Price of Bostok is $2.30 and Cranberry Raisin Swirl $2.30. Below photo was taken the second time I went, a few weeks later.

The price of the Bostok is now $2.90 and Cranberry Raisin Swirl $3.20!! (O_O) I have no idea what happened, is it because near closing and they sell the pastries cheaper? It can't be such a great rise in pricing in such a short period of time right! (O_O)

Anyway, their bestsellers are:
Almond Crossaint ($3.60)

Bostok ($2.90)

Both yummies contain a similar almond vanilla filling that's wonderfully fragrant and delicious, not cloyingly sweet, with crispy almond flakes on top~
Almond Crossaint interior:

Other than that they're different. I personally prefer the Almond Crossaint, buttery crispy layers of crossaint encasing the soft interior and fillings~ A plus point is the very crunchy and sweet layer on top, makes the whole pastry very enjoyable! It's quite filling despite the size! A must-try there! :D

Bostok on the other hand is akin to 2 pieces of crispy lightly toasted bread encasing the fillings. This is a lighter, less filling pastry that delivers a different texture compared to the crossaint. In my opinion, this is abit less exciting and flavour isn't as strong, but tasty enough for a light almond snack! (:

Almond Shortbread ($1.50)

Almond again! Love it. (; The almond flavour is good, not too sweet balanced with the perfect amount of saltiness. But it could have been much better like the Chinese New Year almond cookies I've eaten~ Texture-wise inclusion of almond slices was great but other than that it was abit disappointing... Not the crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth texture that I expect of good shortbreads, but somewhere in the middle of crunchy and chewy texture. Hmm...

Orange Cream Tart ($3.50)

Uh deceiving name! Not exactly a tart! Rather, it's a soft bread baked in a similar concept as a tart, so no crunchy/crispy tart shell here. Orange cream was bursting with citrus flavour and isn't the sour type. It includes bits of orange rinds so occassionally biting on the bits within gives a very very subtle bitterness. This paired with the buttery crumbles on top (my favourite!) and the pillowy bread makes a rather great combination of textures and taste!

But I've eaten a similar bread from Sun Moulin Bakery @ Shaw House that's much better and cheaper!

Orange Custard Sweet Bread ($2)

The orange filling is smoother and sweeter and more generous, bread pillowy soft with a fragrance of its own and crumbles are bigger, more crumbly and yummy! Go try it! (:

Didn't have the chance to stomach the tempting Sticky Bun and famed Kouign Amaan which they make only occasionally, I only saw it's delicious photos on Facebook. ):

They do sell a variety of French bread like baguettes and loafs etc on racks by the side of the store and I'm sure those include lacto-veg (eggless) options! I didn't spot anything that looks vegan though...

Anyway, do drop by  The Bread Project  if you can! Small but quality variety of confectionary! But don't go when it's near evening cos all the yummy stuff would have been gone by then! (:

The Bread Project
174 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6440 9228
Tue-Fri 9am-6pm
Sat-Sun 9am-3pm (Closed on Mondays)

Real Food (I)- Naturally Delicious

Sorry guys, have been too lazy to muster any effort to post lately. (><) :B

If you realised I've been posting a great deal on bakeries and dessert places, and only abit on mains and savoury food. Sorry, I love my desserts and pastries too much! :P

Anyway, this shall be a post on proper meals (finally)! Real Food is a vegetarian cafe that I fancy very much. Real not cos other food outside are fake (lol) but cos they believe in using natural, pure organic ingredients and seasonings to create yummy wholesome food, no artificial crap but real food that your body will love. (^-^)

Both their outlets are an interesting combination of restaurant, cafe, grocer and bookstore. You can have your meals, then a cuppa coffee with dessert, browse through the various books and magazines on healthy living/cooking and maybe buy a couple of them, lastly shop through their interesting selection of organic goods before leaving~ Their cafe interior is really hip and cool and is a perfect place to chillax with friends or with a book. (; 

Lunch hour gets really hectic though due to the office crowd and waiting time for food can be long especially cos they prepare almost all food from scratch upon order! No pre-cooked and pre-packaged ones so the food you eat will be fresh and full of nutrients! :D

To save you readers from overload of desserts, I shall save the review of their sweet all-day-breakfast items for another post! Look forward, cos their breakfasts are really yummy.

Quinoa Lentil Burger w Sweet Potato Wedges ($12.80)

I REALLY LOVE THIS. The combination of unique ingredients, quinoa etc, create a really tasty and hearty flavour that makes you can't stop on the first bite!! (^o^) Patty of quinoa, lentil, mushrooms, onions, and lots of goodies is very lightly crisp on the outside and moist and mushy (but not too mushy) on the inside. Sundried tomato paste was superb~ Artisan buns are toasted to be perfectly crisp on the outside and nicely warm and soft on the inside, complementing the patty flavour very well! *dreamy~* 

The sweet potato wedges fell short of my expectations though. They're basically chunks of sweet potatoes lightly grilled/baked, abit too chunky and stiff. I loooovee sweet potato very much so I still like the flavour but wedges should be baked til crispy on the outside and really soft inside!

Overall I wouldn't mind ordering it again cos the burger's really special and yummylicious and nutritious~ :D But don't expect a Veganburg-like burger cos it's a really different sort, not the meaty-like type but mmm natural wholesome type? Hahaha.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Cake Salad ($13.80)
(sorry blurry pics cos i only had my lousy iphone 3 camera... )

First thing: steer clear of this if you hate raw veggies! There's a load of veggies piled on the cake, but they're dressed in a fragant delish salad oil and toasted crunchy flaxseeds. (: However it would have been nicer if the french beans and asparagus was grilled/cooked softer and cut into shorter pieces cos they were abit tough and fibrous to chew on!

Sweet potato chickpea cake, the star of the salad, was quite delicious and unique! Cumin and indian spices' flavour is laced within the cake, enhancing the grainy nutty and subtly sweet flavour of chickpeas and sweet potato! Texture is mashed potato-like and mushy, might get overwhelming for some~! Slightly disappointed though cos the outer layer is barely crisp, expected those crispy exterior encasing a soft interior sort of cake... Cake is quite big and cos it's made of starchy vegetables so this is actually a filling salad meal!

Price-wise, this is definitely a killer, like most of their mains there... (X_X) A unique try but prolly won't order again!

Stuffed Veggie Salad ($9.80)

Grilled capsicums stuffed with homemade patty made of grated beetroot, carrot, mashed potatoes, onions and fresh thyme accompanied by salad of greens, baby radish, avocado slices, olives and lemon slices! Taste and dressing of salad is similar to the previous salad! 

The patty was okay, light sweetness from beetroots and carrots, but a lil too much onions for me (personal preference). Would like it too be firmer and less mushy though. I've a feeling that the patty would taste yummier in Can't Beet this Burger, which uses the same patty! Peppers were abit too raw and thick in my opinion, would be great if they were nicely grilled to be softer and tastier!

Overall salad oil dressing with toasted flaxseeds really ups the flavour of the salad veggies but this doesn't make it to my must-try and must-eat-again list.

Pesto Pasta ($8.80)

Fragrant herbal sort of pesto flavour nicely blended into the pasta! A fresh, clean taste, simple but satisfying! Mozzerella cheese is in small amount so flavour is light, not for cheese fans. (: Pasta texture was just right and good to taste.

Mushroom Aglio Alio Pasta ($7.80)

Pasta tossed in garlic and olive oil with delicious sauteed wild mushrooms. Mildly spicy and can be made spicier if you opt for chilies to be added in! A well-done simple dish that is not too oily and light on the palate~

Mushroom Noodles ($7.80)

Looks so ordinary but the broth/sauce which the bouncy, springy wholegrain Japanese ramen noodles are tossed in is aromatic and amazingly yummy! Braised mushrooms were really good too~

In general their pasta and noodles are well done, no tough rubbery or overly mushy textures, and flavourful without being too overwhelming!

No photos but their Signature Brown Rice Set ($6.80)  are not bad too! Vegetable side dishes changes everyday and it makes a yummy nutritious meal. Waiting time is shorter for this cos they do have to pre-cook the side veggies for this one~!

Apparently their pizzas and calzones are superb too! Haven't had the chance to taste them and I can't wait to! (; Their menu is very comprehensive and list most ingredients in their food items and label whether they're vegan/gluten/wheat/soy-free, making it convenient for various diets! (: 

It's rather hard to find special western dishes that are vegetarian AND yummy AND healthy in Singapore so I'm really grateful that Real Food exists (although yes, they are slightly pricey but most of the time their quality is really good). Can't wait to nibble up the rest of the yummies on their menu! :P

6 Eu Tong Sen Street (The Central), #B1-52/53
Tel: 6224 4492
Daily 10am-9.30pm (last order 9pm)

110 Killiney Road
Tel: 6737 9516
Daily 10am-10pm (last order 9.30pm)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Delcie's Desserts (II) - Cakes That Care For You!

Finally I've gotten down to do my second review on Delcie's yummy and healthfulicious vegan cakes~! Read an intro and review about Delcie's here! (: I'm still so amazed how their cakes are nutritious and guilt-free yet so varied and yummy!!!

Molten Chocolate Cupcake ($6.80)

Yummylicious chocolate bomb! Can be eaten either heated up or chilled for a different expereince~ I had it chilled (though I would love to try it warm again!) and it was a lovely treat, rich pure cocoa flavour with none of the artificial additional sweetness! It's a dense, almost fudge-like cake (most of their rich choco cakes are like this e.g. Mud Fudge!) with a harder chocolate centre (I guess it turns gooey when heated? :P). The density I guess it's due to the high cocoa percentage and lack of eggs and dairy. Choco soy(?) cream on top was fabulously light and moistened up the cupcake.

Banana Walnut Cupcake ($6.80)
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Simple homely taste is executed in this cupcake! Banana fragrance is light and it reminds me of having a cozy breakfast at home or bringing a lunchbox to school. Accompanying toasted walnuts enhanced the taste. Oh and lastly I really can't stop raving about Delcie's whipped soy(?) cream. I usually hate the normal dairy whipped cream cos it always feels so heavy and makes me feel sick.. But Delcie's cream is so light, moist and yummy I can't have enough of it! :D

Durian Cupcake ($6.80)

I LOVE THIS. Nothing can really go wrong if pure quality durian pulp is used in a food. :P In this case the yummy durian was filled in the middle of the vcanilla cake base and topped generously with silky, light and delicious durian soy(?) cream! *squeals in delight~* The cake flavour complemented the durian well but the only gripe is that cake could be moister and softer! And... Durian flavour could be stronger! Well I guess nothing beats eating the actual durian on its own~ :P

Durianian ($50)

Ordered this for my dad's birthday and specially requested heart shaped! The cream was great as usual and it was actually rather similar to durian cupcake! Same cake texture problem too though and durian pulp should be thicker cos the durian flavour is really too light. Overall not bad but not the best durian cake! (ps I think the cupcake is nicer~)

Durian Chocolate Cake

Sounds amazing right~? It's combining 2 of my major favourites! This one's a limited edition cos they were still experimenting and unfortunately it didn't make it to their newly launched menu... ); Anyway, the choco cake base was yummy as always, fluffy and soft, and I particularly fancied the dark choco fudge layer on top~ However it would have been a great hit if the durian pulp and cream between the layers and around the cake had higher percentage of durian pulp! Hmm I realise it's the same problem for their durian cakes!

Blackforest Cake ($7.80)

Fluffy and soft chocolate cake embedded with superb juicy and large sweet cherries, layered and frosted generously with delicious soy cream and garnished with chocolate shards and sweeter cherries~ *bliss~* This is one extremely enjoyable cake, not cloyingly sweet and without dry aftertaste of usual cakes! Cherries are really good but I'm not sure what they were soaked in, it's not alcohol.

Blueforest Cake ($7.80)

A cousin of the traditional Blackforest Cake! The blueberry jam on top was tart and sweet, and perfect with the spongy cake and cream and dried blueberries within the cake~ A light yummy treat! Though I still prefer Cedele's Blueberry Maple Cake. :P

Cosmos Mango Cake

Ordered this for another dad's birthday! This one tasted okay only for me though... The least impressionable one amongst all I've tried... Don't know if it's because we didn't defrost it anough or what, the mangoes sandwiched between the cake layers was half soft half icy and very un-mangoe-ish... Hmm I guess it's quite hard to maintain the freshness and juicyness of fruits in cakes...? Overall acceptable~

Woah post is getting abit long! Haha maybe I shall save muffins, teacakes and cup desserts for another post then! (^-^) As for sliced cakes, Choconana and White Chocolate Carrot Cake are still on my to-try list! (;

Sad thing is that they're not a dine-in cafe so only a very limited number of flavours of sliced cakes are available in store at one time... And it's nopt fixed so you can never be sure of what's available everyday! (><) And there's the problem of it being miles away from my home.... (T_T)

Hope to have the luck soon! (; As for you, go gobble up some of their delish and yet still nutritious desserts!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cedele (II)- Megadelicious Cakes

I'm back from a really busy 2 weeks!! (: Bringing you back upon my nibbling journey~

Cakes at Cedele are something you must not miss! Quality wholesome ingredients used, organic unrefined sugar, unsalted butter, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and even whole wheat flour, without compromising on their superb flavour! They can even do eggless and diabetic-suitable cakes if ordered 3 days in advance! (:

Don't know it's me or what, Cedele cakes always have a very special distinct taste that differentiates it from other brands' cakes, a homely taste? Haha. What's more almost all their cakes are not overwhelming and it's easy to finish a slice and even crave for more! :D

Apart from their extensive range of permanent cakes that they rotate and retail at their outlets, they do seasonal and special creations during special occasions. Last month I fell in love with their Apple Caramello Cake done exclusively for Mothers' Day!

Apple Caramello Cake ($6.50)

Moist flavourful maple apple cake studded with apple bits, layered and frosted with salted caramel cream cheese and topped with yummy granola oats and cranberries~! *bliss~* Nibble after nibble, it's a natural not-too-sweet satisfying flavour that gives a fuzzy feeling that makes you smile happily. Very abstract I know hehe. Some outlets might still sell it but it'll prolly be gone completely very soon! ); So go grab it now! (;

Another seasonal cake (can be made upon order) that I love is Black Sesame Cake w Tahini Frosting ($6.50) that was a Fathers' Day special last year!

Black Sesame Cake w Tahini Frosting ($6.50)

Perfect blend of nutty fragrant black sesame flavour into the soft fluffy cake complete with lil crunchy black sesame seeds embedded within and subtly sweet tahini (white sesame) frosting!! Megadeliciousness~! Topped with dried figs and cranberries~ Mmmm a must-try for sesame lovers! Sadly they do not retail permanently as slices but only made upon order as whole cakes... *sigh~*

Chocolate Truffle Cake ($6)

This is one sinful cake! Pure decadent smooth velvety wonderfully rich dark chocolate truffle mousse on top of a delicious crumbly biscuit crust and dusted with a layer of fine bitter cocoa powder~ *melts~* Not cloyingly sweet with a weeny tinge of bitterness, it's awesomely chocolatey!! Super shiok eating this! But unless you're a crazy chocolate fan (like me), you might be unable to finish a whole slice! :P

By the way this is eggless (lacto-veg) and I ordered it for my sis' bday last week! Yumz~ The impressive thing is that you can actually smell the aroma of the chocolate from some distance from the cake! :D A sign of good quality~

Spot the cake with candles! (; The ice cream pints by the side are from The Daily Scoop: Black Sesame, Earl Grey and Strawberry Shortcake! Super good too~~!

Blueberry Maple Cake ($6)

Ahh~ Another cake that puts a smile on your face! Not super exciting, but a simple sweet fragrant maple flavour of this moist crumbly cake accompanied by fruity flavour of blueberry jam and blueberries makes it a light and yummylicious treat! Toasted almond slices studded on the side makes it even better! :D Moreover it's made of nutritious whole wheat flour making it even more a must-try~! (;

Carrot Walnut Cake ($6)

The famous bestselling carrot cake of Cedele. I'm not exactly a carrot cake fanatic so I'm unable to rate whether it is indeed the best. But undeniably it is one scrumptious cake with a light cinnamon fragrance! The texture is denser compared to the maple cake and studded with generous amount of toasted walnuts and carrot shreds! I would love it more if it had juicy raisins too~ :P Cream cheese frosting is very thick (I would prefer a lighter one cos it gets abit too "gluey") and slightly sweet, best eaten with alot of cake~ The slice is rather huge and filling and heavier in taste compared to maple cake!

I'm craving for another slice of Cedele cake now already... Still got more of their cakes I've yet to taste! And these are only their chilled cakes! They still have a wide assortment of pastries, tarts, muffins, cookies etc that are equally yummylicious~! :D Hehe until then, go pop by the nearest Cedele outlet now!

Read about Cedele's veg sandwiches here.

For full list of Cedele outlets and opening hours click here.