Elixir Juice – Delicious Cold Pressed Juices in Singapore!

I love me a big glass of fresh fruit juice in the morning, but these days, it’s not just about your regular blended fruit juice anymore.. it’s no secret that cold pressed juices have been the talk of the town, piquing people’s interest in the suggested health benefits of raw juices with living enzymes that are said to help you thrive, detox and heal!

Elixir Juice, a local homegrown brand sends over some of their best sellers and unique concoctions of cold pressed juices based on my given preferences of tangy and refreshing drinks. Promptly delivered to my doorstep in eco-friendly packaging, I’m extremely pleased to report that they were all rather delicious! Some more so than others, but on the whole, I’ll have to be frank and say that these were a lot tastier and palatable than other local cold pressed juice brands I’ve tried, perhaps due to their wide range of choices available which suited my liking.

Here’s some quick information on what all the cold pressed juice hype is about!

What Is Cold Pressed Juice?

The natural extract from raw fruits and vegetables is referred to as pressed juice. This requires a slow and careful process, using  juice extractors under hygienic conditions in accordance with the highest regulatory standards. Instead of spinning fruits and vegetables madly on a blade to separate flesh and juice via centrifugal force, cold pressed juice extracts the juice hydraulically, by “pressing” instead of cutting. 
 
The result is that the maximum amount of juice is extracted from the fruits and vegetables, but enzymes and nutrients living in the fruits and vegetables remain protected. That means getting maximum benefits from a single cup of cold pressed juice. The end product is a juice with a high nutritional value with no artificial preservatives and sugar added. The benefits we stand to derive from this is enormous as this is a very convenient way of getting all the nutritional requirements of the body, leading to a healthy lifestyle. Cold pressed juices are widely considered to be the most nutritionally complete juice, containing 3 to 5 times more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than juice extracted via traditional methods. 

With over 32 different blends of cold pressed juices made from a combination of fruits and vegetables, Elixir Juice is your go-to for your daily pick-me-up. Don’t get used to the idea of this large a selection, it’s something you won’t easily find elsewhere.
They’ve got specific categories to cater to individual needs, such as “Weight Shifter” for the ladies, “Iron Man” for males and “Wit Sharpener” for the little ones! Instead of focusing primarily on “juice cleanses”, a diet fad that’s been all the rage recently which allows you only to consume cold pressed juices in replacement of your meals, Elixir Juice strives to introduce cold pressed juices into your everyday lifestyle for long term health benefits.

Let’s face it: the proposal of a several day juice cleanse sounds daunting and IS difficult for the average person. I have personally tried doing a 3-day cold pressed juice cleanse program before (twice actually, from two separate brands) and as much as I’d like to say I succeeded with great results.. let’s just say.. they didn’t end well. I couldn’t bring myself to not eat solid food at all for 3 whole whopping days, especially when I did not find most of the juices to be nice tasting in the slightest. I have no doubt in my mind that they were super healthy and good for my system, but I almost gagged after taking a sip or two, and finishing the entire bottle was out of the question. I guess a few were sort of okay-tasting, but it wasn’t my cup of juice. I failed the juice cleanse program by binge eating and giving it up halfway, which was kinda horrible, especially when the programs aren’t cheap. I’ve been put off juice cleanse programs ever since.

But if we turn the tables around, and you told me I could pick nice tasting juices that were wonderful not just for my well-being but to my taste buds as well, and that I wouldn’t have to force down 6 whole bottles in a day as meal replacements.. well then, Elixir Juice has got a formula that really works for me. They make healthy living and eating that much easier. I like variety, and having a say in when and how I drink it. I hate having to feel like I’m not committed to my health just because I can’t stand pure green juices. And as much as I like a good cup of juice, having to consume 6 whole bottles in less than 24 hours is just…. not my idea of fun. It’s my body and choice after all, shouldn’t the journey to better health be an enjoyable one? It ought to be a guilt-free process!

My bottles of Elixir Juices as seen:

Defensive Potion-  Defensive portion is a smooth blend of Pineapple, Mango, Orange, Lime and strawberries. It is rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K, combining the benefits of lime which is known to combat aging and astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat which are anti-oxidants that fight against colon and breast cancer. By far my favorite juice from the lot, and something delicious enough for me to want to order in a restaurant as a smoothie. I love it!!! It’s very tangy, and the main flavors I picked up from this was mango, orange and lime. I could have a whole bottle of this every day!

Power Glow – A blend of Apple, Raw Beetroot, carrot and Celery, rich in Vitamin A and lots of antioxidants that are sure to protect your skin from harsh ultra violet rays that damages the skin. It also prevents dryness, acne and uneven tone of the skin. I can’t stand celery, so this wouldn’t be my top pick… having said that, I’d still take this over a fully green juice any day, though.

Breakfast Fruit Buffet – Packed with the rich benefits of Blueberries, Oranges, Lime and Banana. Blueberries are known to contain more antioxidants than any other fresh fruits. This neutralizes free radicals which are introduced into the body through exposure to smoke, toxins and pesticides, thereby boosting the immune system. With a strong banana taste, I can tell why they call this the breakfast buffet! Pleasant and easy to drink, no problem.

100% Pure Pomegranate Juice - Many studies show that the pomegranate is one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health. It aids in: slowing aging, immune system supporting, the flow of blood circulation, bone health, protecting and your skin and cells regeneration. Can you believe I’ve never tried pomegranate juice prior to this bottle? It’s sweet and has a slight berry-like flavor, which will appeal to most people.

Since you can keep these cold pressed juices in the fridge for up to 72 hours, you can enjoy sharing the goodness with your family or have two juices a day to yourself to maximize the effects!

Sometimes I use a nice cold juice to supplement meals when I’m in a rush, feeling bloated, not that hungry or whenever I need a pick-me-up to give me a boost of energy. Pop it into my bag before I leave the house, and drink on the go! It’s also a great snack to replace the sweet cravings I have for cakes, biscuits and other artificially sugared food items.

I’m not the most adventurous person when it comes to trying new vegetables or fruits, I stick to my favorites – strawberries, mangoes, oranges, coconuts, grapes and apples. Anything else beyond that list is considered mildly foreign to me, and my usual intake definitely doesn’t meet the recommended nutritional requirements. Elixir Juice can fix that problem with a bottle or two a day, and introduce various kinds of fruits and veggies I wouldn’t normally eat, resulting in a much more balanced diet.

Just for my readers, you can start on your cold pressed journey with the code “healthyliving” - with every pack of 6 juices ordered, you get 1 juice for free! I promise that you will never look at the artificial bottled or canned stuff the same way ever again, because cold pressed juices honestly look, taste and feel so much better.

Elixir Juice SG
Website: elixirjuicesg.com
Facebook: facebook.com/elixirjuicesg
Contact: 9106 2682
E-mail: gabrielhui@elixirjuicesg.com

xoxo,
Jess

The Eyebrow Chronicles with Browhaus

If there’s one thing I’ve always struggled with for many years apart from my obviously fluctuating weight, it’s my god damn eyebrows.

Looking at this hilariously embarrassing timeline of myself from 2008 till 2012.. all I can say is.. double you tee eff? WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY EYEBROWS? The answer: everything. It all begins, and ends with one problem: I don’t have enough brow hair.

I have an extremely pitiful amount of hair that I call my “natural eyebrow”, but I seem to have a bountiful abundance of leg, upper lip and armpit hair. Whoever said life wasn’t fair, wasn’t kidding. My brows used to be downward sloping when I was a kid, and this was before Korean eyebrows were the in thing. So I had funny looking puppy dog eyes, up until I was about 13, when I discovered the eyebrow pencil and started plucking them, shaping them to have a higher arch, in an effort to make them more normal looking.

Ever since then, it’s been a war with them brows. Some battles I won, but mostly, I’m sad to say I’ve lost… I’ve suffered from all sorts of brow problems: too thin, too thick, too light, too dark, too straight, too arched, too long and too short. I swear, there isn’t a type of eyebrow shape I haven’t had on my face. It’s not until recent years that I’ve discovered Browhaus, and in no way am I exaggerating when I say… life hasn’t been the same since.

Browhaus is your one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, built for the image-conscious urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style.

I was at their Wheelock Place outlet to get my Brow Resurrection done (again)!

This was me in late June with my brows drawn, lying on a chair waiting for my makeover. My brows don’t look too bad here huh? That’s because I’ve already got a base template from my previous Brow Resurrection, which makes drawing a nice shape much easier! I only did the Brow Resurrection (Natural) once and didn’t go back for regular touch ups, so my brows faded considerably after a year.

Not that it completely disappeared of course, much of it was still intact, but I’m a lazy person who’s perpetually in a hurry before she leaves the house, so I would prefer if I only needed to draw it minimally! Imagine the time I save everyday by not doing my brows. Fact: I can go from bare-faced to all made up in under 10 minutes thanks to not having to fuss over my brows, which usually took up the bulk of my time spent on my make up routine before Brow Resurrection entered my life!

My brow make up is cleaned off, then thoroughly groomed before my specialist, Wayne, draws some temporary brows in the shape that I request for, so I know what they’ll look like before it’s inked on! I asked for a thicker and straighter look this time, and she gladly complied. When I asked her if she thought I would suit thicker brows, she confidently told me “yes”, which made me happy – pretty much everyone else I asked said I shouldn’t go any thicker as it would be too unnatural.

My friends thought a change to my eyebrow shape was unnecessary. But I wanted thicker, straighter brows whether other people ultimately agreed with me or not! Wayne assured me that I’d love the outcome and that I could pull it off given that my face shape is towards the long side.  This gave me a lot of confidence in her and put my mind at ease while she worked. She expertly draws them into my desired shape, then made adjustments to it until I was absolutely satisfied with how it looked on me. Once we got the perfect shape, numbing cream was applied and left to take effect for about 15 minutes.

Browhaus uses vegetable dye that is safe for even sensitive skin to make small & precise incisions, stroke by stroke, onto your skin to replicate the look of real hair.

The effect is semi-permanent, lasting for 1-2 years, depending on how you take care of it, how much make up remover is frequently used on that area, whether you go for regular touch ups, etc. It is a different method from the traditional “eyebrow embroidery” technique and doesn’t leave a weird reddish or greenish undertone when it fades. Once the numbing cream kicks in, the procedure takes only around 35 minutes to complete. You can feel the little cuts being made on your skin throughout the process, but they don’t hurt much. You’ll only feel a bearable stinging sensation every now and then. Overall, the pain factor for this was relatively low and I would say a brazilian wax would probably hurt a whole lot more!

Before I knew it, the treatment was over and my brows had new life breathed into them!

This is straight after having them done – with no down time at all, I was happily parading my new brows around town after my treatment!

There will be a bit of redness and swelling, which is normal and not even that obvious. If you stare hard at my picture, you may notice a small halo around my brows due to the swelling, but other than that they were already looking perfect! I think Wayne did a fantastic job and I highly recommend her services!

Not only is she utterly professional, she’s also kind, gentle and friendly which makes the experience that much more pleasant. I appreciated how she encouraged me to embrace a new eyebrow shape I was initially slightly apprehensive about no thanks to other people’s discouragement, but she helped me find the confidence I needed to pull off a new brow look. I heard she’s the most senior brow specialist at Wheelock Place and is highly popular with customers, so you’ll need to book her way in advance if you want a slot with her.

This is my third time doing Brow Resurrection with Browhaus, and it’s my favorite outcome thus far. I really couldn’t be more pleased! There’s no other place I trust more than Browhaus to give my brows new life, and I see myself returning throughout the years to come. They are always professional, accommodating and the results are impeccable.

Here’s what my newly resurrected brows look like:

They may be a little thick and bold, but I think they bring out my features this way. This is with almost no drawing at all, only to fill in small gaps that have lightened after scabbing (which will be fixed during my next touch up). Looking back on the collage of pictures at the start of this post… My brows have come a long way indeed.

In my opinion, the results from my Brow Resurrections are startlingly convincing. Nobody ever realizes it’s not real hair until I tell them. Freshly done brows can look a bit harsh, and they will scab and peel off after several days, so these pictures were taken a few weeks after they were done, when they look the most ideal.

Never under estimate what a drastic difference eyebrows make to your whole look!!! Please take my pictures for example! Having well shaped and groomed eyebrows is essential to looking presentable. To me, they’re as vital as having clean teeth, nice hair and clothes that have been ironed. If you’re sick and tired of having strange looking eyebrows that are difficult to deal with, you don’t have to put up with it a day longer. We’ve all got enough problems in our life to worry about, and I’m just infinitely glad that every single day is a good brow day for me now, and I’ve got Browhaus to thank for that!

Quote “Jessica” at any Browhaus outlet (except One Raffles Place) to enjoy a Brow Resurrection Trial at only $300.

Only valid for first time Brow Resurrection customers, and T&C apply!

xoxo,
Jess

Tokyo Bust Express

“I must, I must, I must increase my bust!”

- One of my favorite lines from a book I used to love as a teen, called Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This catchy line comes along with the physical action of sticking your elbows out and pulling them backwards, supposedly to “exercise” your boobs! I doubt it works. But it left a deep impression on my young and naive self.

So today we’re going to talk about breasts, and the different types of issues women face when dealing with them. Let’s start with my own story, and problems. As a pre-teen girl, I didn’t really have much of a chest… While going through puberty, it seemed that while I fared well in the height & weight department *cough*, I couldn’t say the chest department was up to speed. It seemed that I was a very tall and rather big-built girl with a relatively flat chest. Most of my shorter and more petite / skinnier friends back in primary school already had more well endowed chests than me, which puzzled and confused me, doing nothing for my self confidence. I thought I was going to stay an A cup forever, until I got into my late teens.. only then, much to my relief, did they start growing into a satisfactory size! One that was proportionate to my overall build.

It remained at a good B cup, all until I started gaining weight, then my boobs got, well…. to put it bluntly, huge. My entire body was huge, so naturally my boobs would’ve gotten huge too, right? Too big, in fact, that it genuinely bothered me. It was super heavy, as though I was carrying around watermelons on my chest. Like you wouldn’t believe. Running and lying face down on my front were considered painful activities. This was a side effect of weight gain, and definitely NOT something I personally found attractive.. It grew to a robust C cup, but luckily for me, ever since losing weight my boobs have now reduced to a B cup again, which is my preferred size. They no longer feel excessively heavy, and I really like them this way. Not too big, not too small. Ain’t got a problem with them anymore!

So at least, that was what I thought until I was enlightened about my current boob situation at Tokyo Bust Express.

Tokyo Bust Express is Singapore-based, but derives its names from Japanese methods of using proprietary technology, age-old techniques and the purest herbaceous extracts to boost your feminine charms and confidence – safely and naturally. They are currently the leading and most established bust enhancement centre with most outlets island-wide in Singapore.

I was at their Square 2, Novena outlet to find out what the fuss about – I was honestly curious to find out what they could do to help me boost my self confidence and body image! It’s not that I’m terribly dissatisfied with my boobs, but one should always strive for self-improvement, right? I’m getting older, gotta upkeep and maintain!!!! I’m no longer “underage-girl”.

During my first consultation with them, I was given a holistic overview of Tokyo Bust Express and the services they provide – 100% natural ingredients such as soy-infused treatments combined with advanced technology and traditional Japanese massage techniques. The products used contain organic soybeans extracts containing phyto-nutrients to stimulate female hormones and aid in optimal bust development. In other words, it’s non-invasive and all-natural.

I’ve heard about them prior to my visit from online reviews and friends who’ve personally tried their treatment before, and so it piqued my interest to give this a shot. What do I have to lose? Only a shapelier bust line to gain!

Knowing that they’ve worn a number of acclaimed awards ensures me that my boobs, are literally, in good hands. Not solely used for aesthetic appeal, Tokyo Bust Express also boosts circulation and helps in lymphatic drainage.

I was asked about my main concerns regarding my boobs, and I guess the first thing that came to mind was that I think it’s become rather oddly shaped over the years. No thanks to my fluctuating weight, my boobs have increased, decreased, increased and yet again decreased rapidly through the years.. they’ve been through a lot. As a result, they’re not as perky or as shapely as they used to be anymore. My upper cleavage is no longer as prominent – it seems like they hang lower on my chest as compared to before, and it’s not just due to gravity! I think it might’ve also be due to the fact that I used to hate wearing bras, for some odd reason. I could not go an hour without wearing a bra these days, but in the past, I would avoid wearing it for as long as possible – I found them uncomfortable and a hindrance, when they’re actually much needed support. Wearing good bras is SO important!!!!! What happened next was a kick in the gut. I kid you not, my therapist referred to a boob chart and classified mine was “abnormal”. Excuse me while I go dig a 2 meter deep hole in the dirt and lie in it for a thousand years now.

I was told, though, that there is hope for me. With regular treatments like the one I was about to receive, it will help me in achieving a more “normal”, attractive and healthy bust line again! My measurements were taken, and then I was whisked off for my first treatment.

All smiles sitting on the bed in the comfy treatment room, because I’m super excited to see what this could do for me!

The treatment was customized to suit my own needs, and it begins with a relaxing shoulder massage. The rest that follow have no visual imaging accompaniment (I’m not that hungry for traffic) but it took place in this order:

1. Firming Scrub
Removes dead skin cell around bust area, for better penetration of treatments and products

2. TT Push-Up Therapy using Bust Toning Essence:
Helps in toning and lifting of breasts
Prevents current condition from worsening
A bust-care treatment that aids in maintaining shape of breasts

3. Bust-Up Therapy:
Helps in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage for detoxifying purposes
Stimulate the mammary glands to enhance and firm the breast
Aids in preventing breast cancer

4. Bust Suction Therapy
To help shape up a rounder and fuller bust line by stimulating mammary glands
To re-position your breasts, reducing armpit fats between breasts and armpits

Maybe it speaks volumes of my childish nature, but I was giggling throughout the treatment, especially during the Bust Suction Therapy… it’s like nothing you’ve experienced before. Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to breast feeding in the future. While some parts of the treatment were mildly uncomfortable and strange, it was still bearable on the whole. The massaging part does hurt, but it’s over in a few minutes and because it actually helps in lymphatic drainage (detox for the bust), something every girl should take care of but end up neglecting. No pain no gain, that’s the first rule of aesthetic beauty! All in all, the treatment takes a little over an hour, and when it was done, I couldn’t wait to get up and stare at my bare chest in the mirror to try and spot the difference, hah!!

Was there an immediate visual difference? To my surprise (I’m a natural born skeptic)….

YES!! There really was. My boobs looked perkier (hehehe), more roundly shaped and there was a slight yet noticeable lifting effect. Do note that this is not a permanent result from one session, you will require to undergo more sessions in order to enjoy longer lasting effects. I didn’t necessarily notice an increase in size, which is fine, because that’s not what I’m after. For me, the “lifting” effect lasted a good couple of days.. and it did look nicer, honestly!

I was also given Tokyo Bust Express’ specially formulated Bust Essence and Intensive Bust Enhancement Firming Cream Serum to apply after showering in a massaging motion for daily home maintenance! I refuse to submit to sagging boobs in my mere 20′s!!!

Here with my specialist Elaine who made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Be it for aesthetic or health reasons, Tokyo Bust Express is worth a try – after all, our womanly curves are definitive of our feminine nature and deserves us paying more attention to them!

Exclusively for my readers, you can achieve your ideal bustline with this promotion:

Free 3x Bust-Up Maximizer Treatment for all readers! 1st 30 readers enjoy complimentary Bra Bulge Reductal Treatment on top of that. Worth $798 in total!

To participate:

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only for females without Eczema or other skin conditions
  • Strictly by appointment only
  • Promotion valid for 2 months

Location (Tokyo Bust Express):

  • City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road #B2-39 Singapore 208539
  • Park Mall, 9 Penang Road #11-06 Spore 238459
  • Nex Mall, 23 Serangoon Central, #03-32 556083
  • Novena Square 2, 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111 307506

For more information, you can visit Tokyo Bust Express or call 6262 6161 to make an enquiry or to book an appointment!

Instagram: instagram.com/TOKYOBUSTEXPRESS

Facebook: facebook.com/TokyoBustExpress
Official Website: tokyobustexpress.com/

xoxo,
Jess

Mainland Egmont Cheese

Cheese is a staple in my fridge at all times of the year.

I always have to keep a healthy supply of it – ready to use whenever I have a craving or recipe that calls for it. It’s that practical long-lasting, easy-to-use ingredient that brings life to boring everyday ingredients, and quite often the center piece of many indulgent recipes!

With so many dairy & cheese brands in the market, which one do you automatically gravitate towards when shopping in a supermarket? Perhaps it’s their minimalist yet eye-catching colorful packaging, or just the fact that they’ve got a wide range of different and delicious cheeses available.. Mainland has been the brand that I’ve been purchasing and using for my home cooking since first discovering it a few years ago.



“Established in the pure and natural goodness of New Zealand, Mainland has been crafting premium specialty cheeses for over half a century. The cheese making tradition is retained and the process is never rushed. The slow natural aging of the finest cheeses give Mainland its unique rich and authentic tastes. Mainland cheese symbolizes craftsmanship, superior quality and authenticity.”

Of course you know where this post is going already.

I’m going to share with you two recipes you can re-create at home with Mainland Egmont! It has a semi-hard cheddar-like texture, with a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that is mild enough to suit most Asian palettes. An excellent choice for cooking and baking, Mainland Egmont melts smoothly, making it versatile for use in various recipes such as pastas, omelettes, savoury tarts, quiches, baked rice, and any cheesy recipe you can think of!

The first recipe I’m about to share is one I know a lot of you are going to love for its flamboyance and decadence. It’s also been highly requested in the past, and here you have it now!

Truffled Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients: (serves 3-4)

  • 100g grated Mainland Egmont cheese
  • 300g mixed mushrooms, sliced (I used portobello, white and brown button)
  • 1 cup / 200g uncooked, unrinsed risotto rice (short and fat grained)
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 60 grams unsalted butter
  • 60ml white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt, black pepper, truffle oil / mousse to taste
  • optional: bacon or other meats of your choice for a protein punch

Directions:

  1. Sautee onion, garlic, sliced mushrooms together in a large pan until mushrooms release juices. Drain the mushroom liquid into a bowl, and set aside both solid and liquid contents separately.
  2. If you have a meat choice, cook it in the same pan, then set aside for later use.
  3. Using medium heat and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, toast the rice grains evenly for 2 minutes while stirring vigorously to make sure it does not stick to the pan or brown too much.
  4. De-glaze the pan with white wine. Once the wine has been mostly absorbed by the rice, add in chicken stock 50ml at a time, stirring constantly.
  5. Keep adding chicken stock to the pan a little bit at a time, always making sure to scrape through the bottom of the pan and to use medium heat. The stock will slowly but surely be absorbed by the rice. This should take around 500ml of chicken stock and approximately 20 minutes for the rice to cook thoroughly.
  6. Once your risotto rice is cooked to the right onsistency, stir in Mainland Egmont cheese, butter and cooked contents (mushrooms, onion, garlic and choice of protein).
  7. Serve immediately and garnish with more Mainland Egmont, herbs and truffle oil / mousse!

If your heat is too high, you run the risk of running out of stock before your rice is adequately cooked. If you run out of stock, you may use the mushroom liquid or some milk to substitute. The texture of good risotto should be thick, sticky and chewy. A firm bite, with no uncooked bits or overly mushy texture. If you have any soupy or burnt bits, you did something wrong.

If you like it simple, you could eat it like this on its own. It’s honestly more than good enough to. But what’s now good… could be turned great with just a few extra ingredients. And I like to go all the way. We’ve already got Mainland Egmont mixed into this deliciously creamy risotto, but because I’m a cheese addict, there’s no such thing as too much! ;)

The full package – with more Mainland Egmont, parsley, truffle oil / porcini mousse, spring onions for garnishing, bacon pieces and cracked black pepper. Magnifique!

Why pay what’s usually more than $25 per small serving in high end restaurants, when you can do it yourself at home with a little tender loving care over your pan for 30 minutes? I believe this is a dish that even amateur home cooks can attempt, as long as you don’t let the rice burn or overcook, it’s a simple process that simply takes up a bit of your time. There’s no particular science or skill involved.

The amazing thing about risotto is that despite how creamy it is, I didn’t have to add a thickening agent or cream to the rice. It’s the natural starches breaking down that gives it that signature sticky chewy bite. This is the sort of magical meal you’d cook for your boyfriend to convince him to marry you. One bite is all it takes! ;) As a person who cooks, let me tell you that the way to ANYONE’S heart is through their stomach!

A risotto ain’t nothing without good cheese. While some like to use parmesan for their risottos, I find parmesan a little strong for everyday dishes and in contrast, appreciated the subtle sweet flavor Mainlang Egmont offered. It was easy to grate because it’s semi-hard, yet at the same time, the cheese melded into the rice mixture effortlessly within seconds. Baking this cheese would be a dream!

Very soon, this theory will be tested and proven.

On days you don’t feel like you’re up to making risotto, you can also use Mainland Egmont in a 5 minute recipe. The kind of recipe you go to for the quickest lunch in the world, or when you need a fantastic side dish to accompany your mains! I’d also do this for an afternoon snack any day of the week. This time, I’ve grated Mainland Egmont into a finer and more delicate size because it will be sprinkled over a small surface area, this way, it will stick to the surface better!


Cheesy Cajun Corn On The Cob

Ingredients:

  • Mainland Egmont
  • Corn on the cob, de-husked
  • Melted butter
  • Cajun spice seasoning
  • Choice of herb – I recommend fresh dill, parsley or spring onions
  • Cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking dish, pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Soak corn in cold water for 10 minutes prior to baking. Dry thoroughly, then lay on the baking dish.
  3. Brush melted butter all over corn, turning to cover the different sides.
  4. Pop into the oven to bake at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until you’re happy with how it looks. Some like it a little more charred, and others a juicier yellow piece of corn.. I like mine still juicy with nicely browned bits here and there.
  5. Remove from oven, immediately generously top the baked corn with Mainland Egmont, cajun seasoning and the rest of your garnishings, then eat while it’s still hot!

My idea of good corn. Melted butter, salt, and corn – yeahhhh.

My idea of EPIC corn.    …..YEAHHHHHHH!!!!

Look at that Mainland Egmont shamelessly lying seductively atop that juicy golden corn. They weren’t kidding when they said its usage is awesome for both cooking and baking purposes!

The cheese gives the corn a whole new dimension of flavor, amplified by the cajun seasoning which is a little spicy.. you have yourself a perfect combination that will have your taste buds positively break dancing in glee. I didn’t need to add any salt to this recipe because the cheese and cajun seasoning already contains enough. But of course, feel free to amend this any way you like to your own preferences. This will be a definite hit at dinner or potluck parties, when you need something easy to prepare that’s easy on the wallet, and everyone will be dying to know the recipe because you took an extremely ordinary ingredient and turned it into something pretty extraordinary! In that event, please direct them to this blog.. thank you. :P

Small in buck and effort, but huge on taste.

If corn is “just corn” to you, then you obviously ain’t never had something like this! Corn, will never be just corn again. You’re welcome.

Before I go, I want you guys to know that every single recipe I put up on here, I genuinely want you all to try because I think you’ll LOVE it, not because it is a promoted product. Like I said earlier, I’ve been using Mainland cheeses for years now – their full range includes Vintage, Tasty, Epicure, Gouda, Edam, Swiss and Gruyere cheese. Tasty is another one of my favorites!

I’d love to see you attempt these recipes. Remember to hashtag #mainlandcheese on social media if you do so I check out your yummy posts!

xoxo,
Jess

Air is the new oil with the Philips Airfryer

Cooking, is without a doubt, one of my favorite past-times!

Not only is it a hobby or interest of mine, but an actual way I sustain life. I know not many people in Singapore around my age group cook a lot, but I’ve been actively cooking since I was 19 because I believe in the importance of home cooked food. Ever heard of the saying.. A family that eats together, stays together? That’s proven to be true for me! Cooking at home is just so much better than dining out sometimes, in terms of both quality and pricing! It may not necessarily compare to the best restaurants in the world, but what could be more heartwarming than coming home to a lovingly home cooked meal at the end of the day? Only when I started to take a real interest in cooking did I actually start appreciating food properly! So much planning & consideration goes into a good meal. From the prep work, to the actual cooking process, and then finally presentation. 
Having said that, while I enjoy whipping up home cooked meals, there’s nothing I love more than a fuss-free dish. Time is precious, time is money, something you can never get back no matter what you do. So when there’s a smarter, easier and heathier option to cook food with the Philips Airfryer, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be taking full advantage of it!!!
I was first introduced to the Philips Airfryer at Cookyn Inc, where we had a cooking challenge going on that day, and that was to use the Airfryer to whip up intermediate food dishes for judging within a certain time limit!

While listening to the nice people at Cookyn Inc talk about the product, we were fed appetizing quiches made with the Airfryer!

Both MissTamChiak and I were competing against each other to guide our respective teams towards victory. Maureen and I have known each other personally prior to this event, having gone overseas together once before, so thankfully it was a very friendly competition! 

My team hard at work to create recipes they’ve never even seen before that will hopefully impress the judges! Thank you to my very game friends, Xavier, Peggy, Byrne and Sam for joining me in this activity. I know I have your support in everything I do!!! Nawww.

While anxious to win, we did not let that get in our way of having fun the whole time.

Look at what my pal Byrne carved out with a little knife to earn some brownie points in the presentation department!

Turns out the Airfryer is amazingly convenient and easy to use, my friends who don’t even cook ended up churning out dishes so tasty, I would’ve sworn they were restaurant quality had I not seen them prepare it from scratch before my very eyes!! I am SO proud of them, and the rest of my team! They showcased good teamwork and impressive learning skills, resulting in these beautiful dishes:

The Airfryer was used for every thing you see above: grilled eggplant, roasted chicken, baked gratin and even dessert – cherry pie!!!

I was honestly blown away.

Although we did not win the 1st Prize despite our best efforts, we did receive nice consolation prizes from Philips, and I speak for everyone when I say we had a jolly good time regardless of the outcome! I also got to bag home the Airfryer at the end of the day, much to my delight.

I started imaging and thinking up all the different types of food I’d make with this genius machine as soon as I got home.

Meaningful Innovation with Air
The Airfryer emits hot air from the top which is circulated rapidly and evenly within the device to cook the food. At a temperature of up to 200C, the air moves quickly and forcefully within the device, adding a perfect crisp to the exterior of foods being cooked.
With the unique star-shaped design of the base, the heat is propelled, guaranteeing a fast and even cooking session to deliver deliciously fried food that has reduced fat and oil content. Powered at 2,100W, the Philips Avance XL Airfryer HD9240 is now 30 percent faster.

Some of the notable highlights the Philip Airfryer boasts include:

Rapid Air technology
Airfryer’s unique Rapid Air technology enables you to fry, bake, roast, and grill the tastiest snacks and meals with up to 80% less fat than a conventional fryer! Its unique combination of fast & precise circulating superheated air, starfish design, and optimal heating profile allows you to fry a variety of delicious fried foods in a fast and easy way with no oil**. With Rapid Air technology you also get less odors than traditional frying, making it is easy to clean, safe and economical for daily use!

Digital touch screen
With the digital touch screen you can control the time and temperature of your cooking in an easier and more precise way. Enjoy your favorite food, prepared at the right temperature and time for the best result!

Versatile cooking
Not just great for frying, the innovative Philips Airfryer with Rapid Air technology also lets you grill, bake and even roast your favorite dishes all in one

1.2kg cooking capacity
1.2kg Capacity to feed up to 5 people. Now even larger families can enjoy the Airfryer experience with an additional 50% extra capacity

International recipe booklet
This recipe book created by culinary experts gives inspiration for a variety of low-fat fried food that you can cook in the Airfryer. It also introduces you to recipes that showcase the versatility of the appliance so that you can grill, bake and even roast food healthier, quicker and more conveniently.

Let’s see how it fares in my own kitchen, shall we?



Recipe: Baked Portobello Mushroom Bites

Ingredients: (2 servings)

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms de-stemmed
  • A bunch of spinach leaves
  • A handful of diced onions & garlic
  • Sundried tomatoes / minced bacon or sausage bits (optional)
  • 80g mozzarella or tasty cheese

Directions:

  1. Stir fry the diced onions, garlic, spinach leaves and your optional meat (bacon / sausage bits) together over medium heat in a pan until the spinach no longer oozes water and meat is cooked
  2. Lay out the mushrooms on the airfryer grill, salt & pepper the mushrooms then top with ingredients previously cooked in pan
  3. Finish off with a generous sprinkle of your favorite cheese
  4. Bake in Philips Airfryer for 8 minutes at 180 degrees or until mushroom is cooked (timing depends on size of your mushrooms)

And there you have a simple homecooked meal whipped up in only 15 minutes, including prep time!!

Leave out the meat bits for a vegetarian version. I would advise to go easy on the salt because the cheese and sundried tomatoes already provide some sodium content.

The portobello shrooms are still juicy and tender. The cheese is all melted with some crisp edges. The spinach and other ingredients remain soft and at the perfect consistency. Perfect. How easy was that?

To get that beautiful color on your baked cheese, just add a dash of paprika powder to achieve the same effect! I guess I could make this with a traditional oven, but then I’d have to wait for my oven to pre-heat, prepare an extra baking pan lined with baking paper.. and probably bake it for 15 minutes instead of 8 minutes in the Airfryer. All those extra minutes I save will add up to be a significant amount of time over days of cooking! Although some people recommend that you preheat the Airfryer, I have not found it to be an important step. It heats up very evenly and ridiculously quickly, that it makes no big difference whether you preheat it or not.

Inspired by the chicken dish we made at the Cookyn Inc event, I wanted to grill some at home too!

The outcome was absolutely stunning.

Even though the chicken steak was pre-marinated, I added NO oil, but the airfryer worked its magic so all of this glistening glorious madness is natural fat aka chicken jus from the meat itself! Look at the beautifully charred bits on the side!!! 12 minutes at 180 degrees. Just pop the chicken in, then take the chicken out. I can honestly say that to achieve this with a conventional grill or an oven would not be an easy task at all. But the Airfryer did it so effortlessly. I. am. sold. (and smitten.)

So we know the Airfryer is good at baking, roasting, grilling etc. But just how good is the Airfryer at, well…. frying? Would my fries still be sinfully crispy and addictive?

To complement my chicken, I decided to test how well the Airfryer would cook my waffle fries. Which are, by the way, the king of fries to me. I never say no to them.

And I definitely did NOT say no to this.

Crispy? Yes. Delicious? You betcha. Did I have to get splattered by a pan full of hot oil to enjoy this texture of fries? NO!

I would be lying if I said it tasted exactly the same as a deep fried version. That would be factually incorrect, anyway. It’s much crispier, and without the greasy taste. It works well for most fried items. If you want the taste of oil so bad, nothing’s stopping you from pouring some truffle oil into a bowl and then shaking your fries around to thinly coat them. No more patting fried food in kitchen towels before serving to drain unhealthy excess oil because it’s just guilt-free pleasure from now on.

Mmmm mm. Look at my tantalizing meal prepared entirely with the Airfryer, waiting to be devoured! All in all, it took me less than 30 minutes for this plate of yummyness.

I can see why the Philips Airfryer is so highly raved about! It has proven itself to be convenient, quick, easy to use and most importantly to me, improve the quality of my food and life by making it easier. I am most impressed by its versatility because it does what my grill, frying pan and oven can do, but better and quicker. There’s endless food possibilities to be explored, and hassle is kept to a minimum for your maximum enjoyment.

To learn more about the awesome Airfryer or other Philips gadgets, why not check out their range of appliances and products here? If you’re not entirely convinced yet, perhaps these reviews by other users will seal the deal. For a more visual understanding of what the Philips Airfryer can do, watch some intriguing demonstration videos of the product live in action via this link.

Thanks Philips for revolutionizing the way I cook at home! Goodbye grease, and hello to tasty, healthier air fried dishes at home!

xoxo,
Jess
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