Archive for May, 2009

Rosso’s New Groove

Posted in Baking with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by thepseudoepicurean

I’m back in action! I’ve finally decided to get my act together and start putting up pictures of all that Rosso and I have been up to.

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve become very well acquainted with each other, and Rosso is an absolute joy to work with. To date, we’ve already made macarons a la Duncan (which I must add had a decent result for a first attempt), a butter cake, a Cordon Rose banana cake complete with sour cream ganache, a cream cheese pound cake (so decadent and heavenly and loaded with calories but it’s worth it) and other random little cakes in between.

I used to work with my mother’s Kenwood Chef back in Singapore and loved it, but can I just say that nothing beats the whirring sound of the KitchenAid in the background while you’re sifting your flour, weighing the butter, etc!

Banana Cake Mixture

Banana Cake Mixture

Sour Cream Ganache

Sour Cream Ganache

Cordon Rose Banana Cake

Cordon Rose Banana Cake

Cordon Rose Banana Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

Cordon Rose Banana Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ok that’s it for my baking post. Next up – all the cooking we’ve been doing!

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The 5th Dilemma

Posted in Restaurants on May 20, 2009 by thepseudoepicurean

Reading through Mellie‘s post on Shira Nui has just made my life SO much harder! 😉 The Jman and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary next weekend and we were deliberating over our celebratory options (it’s the 5th, so it’s a unanimous decision and no surprises – we’re equal on this one, and I think he’s more than happy to dispense with the ‘formalities’) given our financial constraints with the upcoming wedding.

However, food lovers that we are, we still insisted on celebrating with a nice meal. We just can’t decide on the venue…here are the options:

  1. Shira Nui (I know everyone would tell me to just go for it…but!)
  2. Grossi Florentino – either the Cellar Bar which we absolutely adore, or The Grill just to take things up a notch since it is, after all, a reason to celebrate
  3. An extravagant meal at home. Think pucker-fresh seafood, lobster, scallops, Rustichella pasta, decadent dessert, and a kickass time whipping up our meal.

Does anyone else have any other suggestions? We’re done with MoVida, Hellenic Republic, and all the oh-so-hip establishments. We’re looking for the tried-and-tested, and the ones that have classically stood the test of time without having to fork out an arm and a leg! Why, oh why is life filled with such tough choices?