Danone Yoghurt

I never used to be much of a yogurt person, all until frozen yogurt dessert chains started popping up a few years ago! Froyo made me appreciate the sourish taste of yogurt, while making me feel like I’m making a better diet decision because it’s supposed to be better for your digestive system than ice cream (right?! please tell me I am right).

Danone yogurts are made with 100% Australian Milk, fresh fruits (not dried) and it is ultra thick and creamy! I love that it’s made in Australia. Australian produce are always fresh, top-notch and overall usually unbeatable quality!

Look at all the delicious flavors I got my hands on. Black Cherry, Raspberry & White Chocolate, Honey, Blueberry, and Strawberry! Totally spoilt for choice.

Because I’m obsessed with anything white chocolate, I singled this flavor out as my top favorite – Raspberry & White Chocolate.

I love the taste and texture of this yogurt! It is thick and smooth while retaining a refreshing lightness. The fruity flavor is distinct and not at all artificial.

The most basic way to enjoy the yogurt is obviously just by the spoonful for a snack or for breakfast, but because I AM miss baker extraordinaire, I had to find a way to include this gloriously creamy ingredient in one of my baked recipes! And I thought a rustic yogurt loaf would be the best fit for this verstatile ingredient.

Raspberry & White Chocolate Yogurt Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 and a half cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup Danone Raspberry & White Chocolate yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of of raspberries

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Lightly dust medium sized loaf pan with thin coating of flour, tap out excess
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Add in yogurt, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, mix until well incorporated
  5. Fold in dry ingredients into wet ingredients until mixture is smooth
  6. Stir in raspberries lightly into the batter mixture
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean
  8. Let loaf cool in pan for 15 minutes before transferring onto wire rack for cooling

This is the first time I’ve ever made a yogurt loaf, and I fell madly in love with the outcome! The texture of the cake is incredibly moist and crumbly.

The best part is probably how fragrant the loaf and entire kitchen smells after baking, thanks to Danone’s amazing yogurt. I’ve made this recipe but with different flavors of yogurts (a total of 4 times!!!).

I made more yogurt loaves, namely Blueberry (with fresh blueberries), Honey (with walnuts), Black cherry (with fresh strawberries) and each and every one of them was legit to-die-for. The sweetness of the loaf is just perfect, and it’s something even people who do not usually eat cake will definitely enjoy.

There’s no need for fancy glazes or toppings because the loaf itself is so delicious!

I sliced up this yogurt loaf made with Danone yogurts and packed them as gifts to bring for different people as I visited them at their work place and homes. Needless to say, they were extremely well-received.

So much that I’m considering selling this as a permanent item at my dessert cafe, Shiberty Bakes! It’s just perfect for an afternoon snack or even a sweet breakfast treat.

You HAVE to try this recipe on your own, because it’s so fuss-free and easy that anyone can achieve great results with this!

Danone yogurt is having a contest, whereby you can stand to win a 2D1N getaway at The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa! Simply post a photo of your favorite yoghurt recipe, and hashtag #CreateWithDanone in order to qualify! The top 10 winners will also be receiving a special prize.

For more information, hop on over to their Facebook Page and Official Website!

xoxo,
Jess

Recipe: Ham & Cheese Waffle with Perfect Italiano

You know what I find to be a popular food trend nowadays?

Food hybrids. You know, combining two things into one new brilliant creation that’s been hardly attempted before. Like cronuts. It’s a very novel idea, and usually fun to experiment around with.

I always keep Perfect Italiano cheeses stocked in my fridge, because cheese is just one of those ingredients that’s simple enough to cook with yet complex enough to add to any dish to bring about a brand new dimension of flavors. And Perfect Italiano does just that – it is Singapore’s number one cooking cheese that adds simple Italian flair to everyday family meals, making your home cooked meals that much more exciting.

I was plating some Buttermilk Waffles in my dessert cafe the other day, when I thought to myself… look at how beautifully crisp these golden things are. And what a pity they’re only being used for dessert-related dishes. They’re so glorious, they should be used in savory food also. Then it just dawned upon me. Why not make a Ham & Cheese Waffle, since you know… I have a waffle machine, and Perfect Italiano cheese in the fridge.. Not a bad idea at all. You don’t need a professional machine for this, waffle machines that are meant for home usage are fine too!

Ham & Cheese Waffle

Ingredients:

Waffle Mix (makes 6 waffles, adjust accordingly, adapted from credit source)
2 eggs
2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups (595g) milk
1/2 cup (109g) vegetable oil
1 tablespoon (12.5g) white sugar
4 teaspoons (18.4g) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (1.5g) salt
1/2 teaspoon (2g) vanilla extract

Toppings
handful of cut up pieces of chicken or pork ham
half cup (50g) of Perfect Italiano Mozzarella cheese
sprinkling (5g) of Perfect Italiano Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy
  3. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth
  4. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray
  5. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron
  6. Cook until golden brown
  7. Top off with half cup of Perfect Italiano Mozzarella cheese, sprinkling of Perfect Italiano Parmesan cheese and handful of ham
  8. Finish off by baking in the oven for 3 minutes at 180 degrees

The end result… is pretty genius.

It tastes just like a breakfast waffle, thanks to the ham and sweetness from the waffle itself! I can see myself making this over and over again.

Probably with tomato sauce and bacon next time, to amp it up more, or even fry up some sausages and lay them on top. Or perhaps some crispy fried chicken and a drizzle of maple syrup? Mmmmm.

Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Cheese has a mild flavour that melts beautifully and stretches to perfection, their Parmesan Cheese has that sharp and savoury taste which packs a nice flavourful punch! Mixing them together creates the best oomph of flavourful stretchiness. Double Mmmmm.

I spread some tomato sauce on the side of the plate for a bit of zing, which lifted the overall taste. I didn’t spread tomato sauce all over the waffle, because I thought it would be too similar to a pizza then!

The waffle retains its fluffy and crispy bite while the two different blends of oozy Perfect Italiano cheese made it super delectable! Although I just made some this morning, I feel like I could go for some again right now.

That’s how addictive this is. Cue hearts in eyes emoji. Savory waffles are SO underrated. I think adding garlic/onion powder (or other spices / seasoning you prefer) to the waffle mix itself and reducing the sugar would be a great variation as well! Depends how sweet you like it. I like that the waffle itself is still sweet because it contrasts with the salted cheese and ham.

Gone within a few bites. Few things in the world bring me as much satisfaction as melted mozzarella on my food, especially if it’s from Perfect Italiano.

There is so many more yummy talk about cheeses and home cooked food on the Perfect Italiano’s website. Check them out if you need a little inspiration to spice up your cooking or just some inspirations for the next meal! Perfect Italiano is available in leading supermarkets.

Don’t forget to hashtag #PerfectItalianoSG when you use their cheese in your homecooked food and post photos on social media!

xoxo,
Jess

Ribena Cordial – Blueberry Blackcurrant Cake recipe

When thinking about local childhood drinks, the name Ribena surely comes to mind.

This deep purple / reddish cordial has been a household name in Singapore ever since I could remember. Their signature bright purple colored packet drinks were a favorite of mine when I was in primary school! And it seems like not much has changed about the people’s love for Ribena throughout the years. It’s still a popular beverage, especially with the kids.

What’s not to like about it?

Ribena is a cordial made from 100% blackcurrants from New Zealand and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavorings or colors! Rich in Vitamin C, a 200ml glass of Ribena drink provides a child’s daily Vitamin C requirements.

Everyone already knows the most fuss-free way to enjoy Ribena – pour some cordial and water into a glass, then stir, and drink up!

But because I own a spiffy little dessert cafe… I can’t possibly just stop there, can I? Experimenting with new flavor combinations and plating of food happens to be one of my favorite hobbies!

As part of our daily Seasonal Cake offerings that are sold at Shiberty Bakes by the slice, I decided to come up with a Blueberry Blackcurrant cake inspired by and made with Ribena!

I love the pretty purple ombre effect and the simple but effective finishing touches on the cake. Can’t help but dab a little bit of gold on everything I touch these days!

To our usual sponge cake and buttercream recipe, I added blueberries and Ribena cordial! The end result is tasty and rather subtle in taste. It won’t taste overly-Ribena-ish as I’d initially expected! I think this would be a great cake to make for Mother’s Day, and for any Ribena lover.

If you added raspberries in the middle cream layer, I reckon it would be even more delicious! To achieve the ombre purple effect, just make different shades of purple, ranging from light to dark, and always start from the bottom (dark) part first, and work your way up!

Blueberry Blackcurrant Cake

Plain Sponge Cake (base recipe source)

Ingredients:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 225g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 200 grams blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4
  2. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl
  3. Mix all of the ingredients using a electric whisk, then add blueberries into batter and gently stir
  4. Pour the mixture into 2 non-stick 7 inch tins
  5. Place them in the oven till golden brown 15-25 minutes
  6. Cool on a wire rack before serving

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (base recipe source)

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons of Ribena cordial

Directions:

  1. Place the egg whites and sugar into a metal bowl and stir vigorously over a bain marie.
  2. Transfer the heated egg whites and sugar to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer
  3. Mix at high speed until they have reached their maximum volume / stiff peaks
  4. Mix on medium speed while pinching off small pieces of butter and throwing them in
  5. Mix in 8 tablespoons of Ribena cordial
  6. The buttercream may look like it is breaking down, but keep on mixing and it will come back together

And there you have yourself a deliciously fluffy and tempting Blueberry Blackcurrant Cake! Just look at that color!!! To achieve this deep purple in the frosting, you will need violet food colouring.

To relive my childhood memories, I made my own sparkling Ribena drink a tad bit more sophisticated by just adding 3/4 cup soda water to 1/4 cup Ribena cordial, and some cut up fruits to go along with.

The sweetness of the cordial can be adjusted simply by adjusting the amount to suit your own preferences! I suppose the kids would like it slightly sweeter, while adults may prefer to cut down on the sweetness.

Just as I was done frosting the cake and making the drink at my cafe, my awesome friend Geraldine spontaneously walked in, so I made her share the yummy treats with me!

She was all too happy, of course. She’s the sweetest thing ever!!!

Good things are made great by sharing them with someone you love! Who will you make these Ribena treats for?
Ribena is having a promotion now, for every 1L of Cordial drink bought, you will receive a free jug to make awesome concoctions at home with!

xoxo,
Jess

Anchorpoint

Now that I’m gearing up full time for the launch of my new dessert cafe, there’s been tons of action going on in the kitchen!

Practically everyday we have macarons and cakes being made, and a few weekends ago, I brought down a few hundred macarons to surprise the shoppers at Anchorpoint!

The flavours as seen here are our classics: Ferrero Rocher, Red Velvet, Earl Grey, Matcha and SALTED EGG YOLK, which is our newest best-selling flavor that’s been making people go Ooooh and Ahhh all around! To say it’s been well-received, would be a slight understatement! These are all available retailing daily at my cafe.

I love doing events!

I get a bit restless working in the same small kitchen & cafe every single day, so it was nice to be able to get out of the cafe and be in a casual setting like this every once in a while. My favorite part about events would be meeting enthusiastic shoppers who come across our macarons and seeing them try it for the first time! The shoppers at Anchorpoint are so friendly.

We had one elderly lady come up to us and asked if she could sample one, because she’s never had a macaron in her life before, and had no idea what they were except that they “look pretty”. I thought, why not? So I gave her one piece to try, and to my surprise, she bought 14 more pieces immediately on the spot! I asked her if she’s buying them for her kids / grandchildren, to which she chuckled and replied, “No, they’re all for myself. I’ll probably finish them tonight.

LOL…And they say older people don’t like sweets!!! Well, our macarons are generally a lot less sweet than those sold at other places, anyway!

Big thank you to the people who spontaneously came down to the mall after seeing my Instagram (@shiberty) shout out about my pop up booth at Anchorpoint! I appreciate your support so so much.

With the two sisters, Zoe & Zonia Raymond! I’ve known Zoe from a long time back… I think since 2009 or something! How time flies. Glad we can still get along and exchange friendly banter even though we only see each other at events every now and then! She was kind enough to help me tend to my booth for an hour when I had something to attend to, and was a great help whenever she saw something she could contribute to. Thanks babe!

Got my staff to man my booth one afternoon, and I went exploring Anchorpoint with a good friend of mine to check out what dining options, retail stores & beauty services were waiting to be explored!

First up, lunch at Jack’s Place (#01-09/10)! I love me a nice chunk of steak any time of the week.

Dining here brings back a lot of nostalgic memories, I used to eat at Jack’s Place with my family pretty often, years ago. I looove their baked potato with a mini mountain of sour cream, spring onions and bacon bits!!!

They had a lunch promo, enjoy a glass or house red or white wine for only $6 or something… Could I say no? I didn’t think this day would finally come, but I’m honestly at that age where I would order a glass of wine for pure enjoyment (and not because I’m being forced to drink it). Didn’t think I’d actually get here. Doesn’t seem too long ago, when the teenage me would go, “Wine, ew!”

After some good talks over a slow lunch, I decided to go for some pampering treatments, after all… I’ve been working so hard!!!

Surely, I deserve it?

Came across VIP Boutique (#B1-24), a one-stop shop for your beauty desires!

The interior was very clean and comfortable. I can’t stand doing my nails (or any beauty services) in shops that look like they haven’t been properly taken care of.

Hygiene is a big deal to me, and VIP Boutique was definitely immaculately clean! The lady boss and staff were also extremely accommodating and friendly.

Super dry skin around my fingers from all the dishes I’ve been washing. Also haven’t had a manicure done in about 29476133782919 years.

Happy to have a few hours off to pamper myself… but at the same time, I STILL gotta work. Being a small business owner means work never stops, work never ends! There’s always something to handle, or something to attend to.

Aaand we’re done.

I chose a very nude and plain mani because that’s how I roll nowadays. Simple, practical and classic is the way to go! Even though it’s so simple, it made me happy to feel like I was taking care of myself. Being well-groomed does so much for your self-esteem!

I loved how gentle and careful the nail technicians were at VIP Boutique. I have sensitive skin that’s very thin and nails that tear easily, so mani pedis can be quite uncomfortable and even painful for me, however I experienced minimal discomfort here because they paid extra attention to not hurt my nails accidentally after I warned them about my situation.

Saw that they have other services such as lip and eyebrow embroidery, both of which I really need! Looking forward to trying their other beauty services some other day! :)

Going grocery shopping with Daric, one of my best takeaways from an online game I used to play really often.

Dragged him along to check out the meat selection at MMMM (#B1-58) - Meats, marinades and much more!

I love the wide variety of different cuts of meat they have here, their beef and pork selection is especially impressive! You can even find whole slabs of foie gras sometimes, something not readily available in your average supermarket. Bought a couple of steaks to cook dinner with, and also some pork shoulder to make pulled pork sliders for another day!

Because I’m a very proud mid-20′s-hipster-auntie, my favorite stores in a shopping mall aren’t the fashion ones, like most girls. I LOVE homeware stores. Anything that goes into your home, I love. Furniture stores, hardware stores, cookware….

I could spend hours in there!! I like browsing Japan Home (#B1-30/31) for good steals. Cheap prices = happy Jess.

To satisfy my inner geekiness, every time I pass by a Challenger store, I absolutely have to dive in. The Challenger Mini (#B1-34) is well stocked!

I love looking at all the gadgets. I bought my keyboard and mouse from Challenger this year! I think I need a new pair of headphones also. When it comes to technology and IT gadgets, it seems like you can never have enough upgrades, can you? There’s always a new or more tempting release out there!

My last shopping stop of the day was Pet Lovers Centre (#B1-26/27).

They have everything you’ll need for your furry friends – and I usually head in to pick up some hay, pellets and bedding for my two fluffy bunnies.

Just to share with other bunny owners, my rabbits LOVE these apple-flavored treats! They smell so delicious, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve even eaten one piece myself. LOL. They are actually relatively tasty, I kid you not…

After a long day of browsing stores and walking around, I decided to end it with a bang by doing one of my favorite activities – getting a massage. ABSOLUTELY one of the top things in life that I enjoy.

Refresh Bodyworks (#B1-42) at Anchorpoint hires people with disabilities, providing them a stable job and source of income.

I had a 1 hour foot reflexology, and I fell asleep about 20 minutes into the massage, that’s how relaxing it was! I left the place feeling totally rejuvenated.

And thus, concludes my entire fruitful day out at Anchorpoint!

The first time I’d been to Anchorpoint was back in my MDIS schooling days, as the campus is really nearby! We’d come here for a quick meal after school if we weren’t heading into town and wanted to access a nearby mall. I’m glad to see it is still the same mall with cozy vibes, offering retail solutions and services for our everyday needs, after all it’s the only one in the area!

Anchorpoint now holds monthly fleas, so if you’ve ever in the area during the weekend, don’t forget to pop by the basement to find out for yourself what interesting booths they have on that particular week! For more info, check out Anchopoint’s Facebook page at facebook.com/fcm.anchorpoint.

xoxo,
Jess

One Raffles Place

The Central Business District area in Singapore is one place I have definitely not explored much of, despite my 23 years of existence in this country.

Throughout my adult life, I’ve always thought that there was absolutely nothing to do in the CBD except get lost in the concrete jungle maze. I was definitely caught by surprise when I exited Raffles Place MRT one evening and walked right into One Raffles Place.

You’ll see this huge sign and H&M as soon as you exit the MRT station. Surrounding this mall are numerous trendy bars & restaurants that ooze modern city vibes!

Upon entering the shopping mall, I realized I had 6 whole levels of food, fashion, beauty & lifestyle services to explore! All of this being right smack in the middle of the CBD, with huge skyscraper office buildings surrounding it. A lighthearted oasis in the middle of a very serious place! Some of the more notable stores that One Raffles Place houses are H&M, Melissa, Swatch, Owndays, Pandora, The Body Shop, Uniqlo, Paris Baguette, Gong Cha, and many more brands we love.

Because I haven’t window shopped (or actually shopped) in months, I headed straight for the upper levels where the fashion stores are mainly located!

The first shop I dived into was Amanda.

It was my first time hearing of this label, but they carried an impressive range of semi-formal clothes that will take you from day to night and work to play, which I figured would be perfect for the many office ladies that patronize this part of the city! They’ve even got gown selections in case you’re shopping for a formal event.

I almost bought this dainty bejeweled neckline dress from Amanda (#04-33/34), because you know what they say about a girl never being able to have too many LBDs.. I like A-line cut dresses the best, and this simple dress could take me anywhere from a corporate event to a romantic dinner date with my boyfriend!

A couple of stores down from Amanda, you’ll find Sarah B (#04-21), probably my personal number 1 store in all of One Raffles Place! The shopkeeper was extremely friendly and helpful as well, so ++++ points for service!

I LOVE that most of their apparels seem to be in these colors: black, white, navy blue and nudes. Those are all of my favorite colors to wear, missing only one of my other staple wardrobe color: grey.

While they do have other fancy and unique apparels, my style choice will always be something more timeless and classic.

Candid shot of a happy shopaholic going about her ways!

Shopping is extremely serious business.

Tried on this lace tunic which I regretted not stumbling across earlier, because this would’ve been so apt for Chinese New Year!!! It’s really difficult to find clothing with oriental details that don’t scream “I AM FOR WEARING DURING CNY ONLY”, and this top is one of the few options out there.

But then I found another blouse from Sarah B which I adore even more!!!!!! Can’t stop obsessing over this white lace top. It’s basically perfection.

Easy to wear, very comfortable, a staple in your wardrobe that will look good anywhere and anytime. I’m all for practicality and comfort, so this ensemble was right up my alley!

Just because I was in the CBD, I decided to try on something more office-appropriate. Fun fact: I have never worked a day in any office in all my life! Ever since I was a teenager, I have been self employed. In my teenage years, I did some side blogging and part-time modeling work. When I was 18, I focused more on blogging and cake making work… I’ve never looked back since!

Although I wear my home clothes to my work place (and by work place I mean either in front of my computer or in the kitchen) sometimes I wonder what life would be like as an office lady, having to look good and dress up every single day!

I really have to give it to those ladies who embrace pencil skirts and uncomfortable stilettos every single day in the good name of fashion and professionalism.

Apart from clothing stores, One Raffles Place has other lifestyle options for you to browse, such as all sorts of eyewear from Owndays (#03-02/03)!

If I didn’t have corrective eye surgery already done, I would be sporting fun-looking eyewear frames like these to show people that you can be geeky AND cool at the same time.

There’s something for everyone here at Sarah B (#04-21), including a whole lot of pretty accessories to try on and match with your outfits!

Remember how Swatch (#01-14) was all the rage when we used to be in school? (if you’re from my era!)

They’re still coming up with fun-looking watches that are targeted at the younger generation! When I was in primary school, I would rotate Swatch watches every year and it would be the coolest thing to happen to me. I wore them with so much pride. When my nephew grows a little older, the first watch I’ll buy him will be Swatch!

To showcase the fashion choices available at One Raffles Place, a few of my other blogger friends and I will be styling 2 mannequins each, that will be on display at th atrium from 31 March – 27th April and they’re a part of a contest that’s happening in April, so look out for my mannequins when you head down! Both outfits I’ve picked out are from Sarah B, whose clothes I’m sure you girls will love.

If ever you find yourself wandering around the CBD, you now know where you can find a one-stop shopping mall that will settle all of your needs!

xoxo,
Jess
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