Oven-grilled.

After Monday’s not-so-great dinner, I decided to put in a little more ‘heart’ into researching and to whip out a nicer meal for last night’s dinner.  Had some leftover ribs in the freezer and was in the mood for some finger-licking barbequed ribs.  Since I don’t have much sauces to play with, I made do with the remaining ingredients in our fridge before the move into our new rental.

Baked Finger-licking Ribs (Recipe adapted from Cooks.com)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
  • 1 small pack of orange marmalade (the type they give at hotel buffets)
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 2 springs of fresh thyme
  • Lean pork ribs or Pork Chops
Directions:
  1. In small bowl, combine orange marmalade, soy sauce, rosemary, garlic, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix well.
  2. Rub salt into both sides of ribs or pork chops.
  3. Pan-fry ribs or pork chops till slightly brown.
  4. Place the ribs or chops onto a baking tray and pour sauce over the meat.
  5. Pop the meat into the oven (200degrees) for about 15 minutes or until meat is pink inside.
As for the sides, I whipped up some asparagus using a recipe that I found on Noobcook – btw, fantastic blog that I stumbled upon and will be blog-marking for future reference.
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon & Thyme (Recipe from NoobCook)
Serves 2
Ingredients:
  • 20 medium to thick stalk asparagus (do not use pencil-thin types) – I used about 12 stalks of asparagus for this recipe
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled & finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, slightly mashed
  • 3 thin slices lemon
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (for better results, dip them in hot water for 30 seconds before use)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Directions:
  1. Prepare the asparagus by trimming & discarding the bottom ends and removing the outer skin on the stalks.
  2. Coat asparagus with extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Arrange asparagus spears one layer on a roasting tray. For convenience of cleaning, you can line the tray with aluminium foil.
  3. Top asparagus with chopped garlic, lemon slices, thyme, bay leaves and garlic cloves. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice (not too much – you want a mild citrus flavour but not sour taste).
  4. Roast the asparagus in pre-heated oven of 200C for about 20 minutes, or until the tips start to brown slightly.
Much happier with the results for last night’s dinner!  These recipes are a keeper and I look forward to perfecting them further.  😉

Ristorante Da Valentino

A lovely send-off dinner party with authentic Italian cuisine and amazing wine together with friends that made all the difference.

Sicilian red prawns with Aglio Olio pasta

Ristorante Da Valentino
Address: 11 Jalan Bingka, Singapore 588908
Telephone: +65 6462 0555

Day 2.

Decided to get up at 7am plus after B kinda woke me up when he went for his morning run.

The panic is sinking in so I frantically grabbed my stuff to pack. Tried searching for some of my other stuff but somehow when you need those things, it always seem to just disappear in thin air. Darn!

20110419-034717.jpgAt 8 plus, I emerged from the bedroom and brought Sparky for his morning walk. The Man has been bringing the fur-kid for his walks and I thought since I have the week off, I better cherish the time I spend with the little furball. Yes, having a dog is like having a child, similar responsibilities except that the dog will not be able to talk and he will always retain his childlike mentalities no matter how old he grows.

Thereafter, headed out to get my International Driving License before meeting my ex-colleagues for lunch at Linda’s Home Kitchen.  The incessant chatter filled the air the moment the five of us got together to update on our lives and ‘gossip’ about the previous workplace.  Since most of them have been to Geneva, I asked them what exactly there is to do there.  They just smiled and told me to enjoy my time there.  They said I could go cycling around Lake Geneva.  Kinda tough seeing that I just learnt cycling last year.  Yeah, at a ripe ol’ age of 30+, I just learnt cycling last year and I’ve not been on a bicycle since.  I don’t think I can manage cycling around Lake Geneva with my poor handling skills.

It’s time to pamper myself!  And since I was in the area, I thought I head back to my trusty nail salon to get a much-needed manicure and pedicure.  I think I will miss having pretty nails for a while for it would be subjected to loads of house-chores (read: washing/ cleaning/ scrubbing) in Geneva.  I better enjoy it while it lasts.

Time for some girlie chit-chat over martinis with Fashionista Cat at Morton’s!!!  They are simply THE BEST IN TOWN!  Best part?  The free steak sandwiches from Morton’s!  What’s not to like?  So, we parked ourselves there from 5 – 8pm with four martinis each.  I will miss the girlie as she is contemplating on moving back to Singapore while I’m making my way out.  But we figured we ‘survived’ 3 over years of long-distance relationship, we should be able to ‘survive’ this.  What is 1 year?

Finally, rounding up the night with a late dinner with Del at ‘no menu’ restaurant!  I’ve been wanting to try out this place after seeing some Facebook pics from friends on this place plus Notabilia raved about this place too so expectations were pretty high.  I must add that food at ‘no menu’ met the expectations for both Del and me.  Over a half bottle of Chianti, the babe and I shared a lovely conversation.

So, that pretty much sums up my day – a meaningful one shared catching up with friends.  I’m sure I will miss them but it’s just a year and there’s email / Skype and ‘What’s app’ that we could rely on in the meantime.

A delightful French affair.

A quiet and intimate dinner with one of the besties as the men headed out for yet another ‘farewell’ party.  The Man just has too much fun!  He had a string of farewell parties arranged ever since he officially announced that we are leaving our tiny island heading to S-land.  I think it’s just another excuse for the men to come together and party.  Tsk…

There were a couple of restaurants that I had wanted to try or to revisit before we leave.  Was doing some research on dining places to check out and pop – Cotton Bleu – came into the picture.  I recalled reading a couple of reviews on Cotton Bleu and decided to head there with the girlie for dinner last night.

Cotton Bleu is a cozy, family run restaurant that serves homespun French delights with the promise of simple food cooked well.  It took us a while to get there due to the heavy rains and when we eventually did, we were famished!

We opted for the 3-course set dinner which priced at S$48 is one of the best-value-for-money meals around town. Continue reading

Pizzeria Mozza

Rescheduled our dining date with the fashion bud and she had wanted to try Pizzeria Mozza for it came highly recommended by 2 other friends of ours.  We were keen to sink our teeth into the famed pizza and try for ourselves to see if it was really that good.  I checked out Sparkling or Still’s blog review of the restaurant and made a mental note to order that mushroomy pizza.

There was a great buzz when we arrived at Pizzeria Mozza, and thank goodness for reservations cos there were a couple of people waiting outside the restaurant trying to secure a table.   I thought the idea of storing the cutlery in the envelope was rather innovative.  That’s not all,  there’s even a postcard stored inside for you to write a letter to a friend.

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Jap dining in Joo Chiat

One of the latest fine dining restaurants to make its way to Joo Chiat is Maeda.  We’ve driven past the Joo Chiat stretch often and when Maeda first ‘popped’ into the scene, I immediately tried googling it to see if anyone had blogged about the place.  But as it was a tad bit new then, there were few reviews available online.  So, with or without any reviews, we decided to pay a visit together with NL and EL to Maeda in support of this new restaurant.

The place was cosy and we requested to be seated at the sushi counter for it meant further interaction with the chef – Maeda San. There’s an ala-carte menu available but we prefer to take the Omakase (Chef’s choice) menu instead.  Here’s what we ate throughout our dinner:

One of our all-time fave sake : Hakkaisan ハ海山 Continue reading

Food-tasting: Anthony Bourdain’s Poulet Roti

Ee (who is an excellent chef – btw) offered to cook us dinner on Friday night as he was interested to try out Anthony Bourdain’s Poulet Roti (French-styled Roast Chicken with Herb Butter) recipe.  Well, guinea pigs or not, we went all out to have a good time at his place.

I must add, the bird turned out pretty fine and the chef vowed to perfect the recipe in the next couple of tries.  B’s inspired, so I decided to share this recipe for he is going to replicate this sometime soon.  Can’t wait!

Recipe by Anthony Bourdain Continue reading