Sunday, July 24, 2011

Italiannies Pasta Pizza & Vino

It was another birthday celebration for a friend and colleague and we had arranged a dinner at Italiannies which located at the previous Singapore Power Building. Now it has undergone into a dining and retail property as TripleOne Somerset.

The restaurant has a nice and relax ambient. The interior design are mostly in wood and gives a homely feeling and very country style. It will also be a good place to chill out and have some wine or beer after a day of hard work ^.~

To start off with our dinner, we ordered a bottle of white wine which the waitress recommended. The taste of the wine was smooth and flavorful.

Sicilian Chicken Salad ~ Diced chicken breasts, mangoes, red grapes and pine nuts, tossed in Lemon-dijon dressing on crispy romaine lettuce.

Grilled Salmon Spinach Salad ~ Marinated salmon with fresh spinach, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions,roasted peppers, green olives, Parmesan and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.
Their Salads are fresh and delicious. Beside the wine, another good start to stimulate our appetizer.

Spinach Artichoke Formaggio ~ This sauce dip is absolutely yummy and very cheesy.
Goes well with the bread.

Clams Lombardi ~ Simmered in white wine, olive oil, oregano, garlic and parsley
The sauce was not too bad but the clams are small, little meat and not very tangy.

Pepperoni Pizza ~ Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and shaved onions.

HAM & MUSHROOMS PIZZA ~ Ham, tomato, mozzarella cheese and mixed mushrooms.

Fettuccine pasta with fresh button mushrooms and smoked bacon in a Parmesan cream sauce. This pasta was just too much for us and we did not finish all up.

ROASTED CHICKEN ITALIANNIES ~ Spicy roasted chicken with peppers and rosemary potatoes in a tangy pan-gravy wine sauce. This is one of the restaurant specialties.

The chicken meat was soft and tender. The gravy was tasty and peppery. The potatoes were a little hard so we dipped with the sauce to eat.

Personally, I liked this dish as it had a strong flavor which suited my taste bud and moreover, i was craving for a savory dish. ^0^

AUSTRALIAN GRILLED LAMB CHOP IN HONEY ONION SAUCE ~Australian marinated lamb chop served with onion and honey sauce.

This dish was disappointing :( as my friend had the first bite and it tasted bitter and charred. The honey sauce was not handled properly and burnt. You could see from the photo that it was blacken on the surface. We feedback to the waitress and she felt apologetic and gave us replacement of another dish. But we decided not as we were quite full. So they cancelled this dish in our bill.

As for dessert, we skipped away and headed to Sauce @ the Esplanade Park for chat & drinks :P

My strawberry Mojito Cocktail ^.~

I love this snack ~ Luncheon Meat Chips
Thinly sliced and fried till crispy and dipped with chilli sauce.
Oh that cheesy sauce was for our nacho chips :)

It was a fun and enjoyable Friday nite.
Happy Birthday AWB and Linda!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekend Baking

Lately, I stumbled into some blogs on how to bake purple sweet potato chiffon cake so I decided to arrange with Li to try the recipe. Winks The sweet potatoes that we usually tasted were yellow-flesh in color but these sweet potatoes from Okinawa were purple-flesh in color and tasted sweeter. A little information to share here (which I read online) ~ these potatoes are fat-free, low in calories, high in fiber and antioxidants.Cute EmoticonsYou can use them to make puree for your desserts, snacks or soup.

3 pieces cost $6.60 ~ Hmm, quite ex :( but they were yummy!

To make the puree, we steamed the sweet potatoes till soft and smashed into paste.

Then, add milk to the sweet potato paste and put into the blender.

The puree was done and would put to our cake mixture.

We had successfully baked the chiffon cake Cute Emoticons
The color was beautiful ~ purplish in color with the sweet potato bits ~ Yummy!

The cake texture was soft and moist Cute Emoticons

Couldn't wait to serve a piece of the cake with a cup of piping hot coffee or tea Cute Emoticons

We had leftover kuro-goma (black sesame) spread so we decided to
bake another chiffon cake with it.Cute Emoticons This was fragrant and saved the
trouble of roasting and grinding the sesame seeds.

We got the right color this time
~ slightly darker and could taste the goma flavor Cute Emoticons

We love Hershey's Chocolates so we decided to get this
for baking our Chocolate Yogurt Cupcakes.

Ready to get into the hot oven.

Freshly baked ~ Hmmm, the surface cracked due to the oven was too hot
and we didn't control the temperature well.

Nice strong cocoa flavor of our cupcakes.

"C" = Cupcakes ^0^

Great way to de-stress through BAKING!