Freebies Of The Week

Posted on October 31st, 2007 in Freebies by Stephanie

As you can see I’m back from sunny Vegas and it’s back to the daily grind for me :-( So thought I’d start off with my weekly freebies post in case you have all been missing it!  This week I have free 1 week Fitness First gym membership passes, free Nivea Visage Young samples and free prizes from Baileys.

1 Week Fitness First Gym Membership: Quorn are giving free gym membership for 1 week at any branch of Fitness First.  Click here to download your voucher.

Nivea Visage Young: Simply fill in your details here to request your free sample.

Baileys Prizes: Baileys are offering the first 1 million visitors who register a guaranteed prize.  These prizes range from chocolates to holidays.  All you need to do is go to the Baileys Million website and register your details.

For more Freebies from past weeks click here

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Off To Vegas!

Posted on October 17th, 2007 in Random Thoughts by Stephanie

Just to let you know that I’m off to Vegas tomorrow until the 30th October to hopefully get some sun and escape from the dreary English weather!  Not to mention all the shopping and buffet/cheesecake factory eating I’ll be doing!  Will update you when I get back :-)

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Freebies Of The Week

Posted on October 15th, 2007 in Freebies by Stephanie

This week I have free France Show 2008 tickets and Nivea DNAGE Cell Renewal cream.

France Show 2008 Tickets: Claim up to 6 free tickets to the France Show 2008 in Olympia worth up to £48 from here

Nivea DNAGE Cell Renewal cream: Get a free sample of Nivea DNAGE Cell Renewal cream from here.  Click on “skip intro” at the homepage and then click on “get your free sample” on the lefthand side.

For more Freebies from past weeks click here

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Simply Singapore Buffet At The Royal Garden Hotel Kensington

Posted on October 14th, 2007 in All-You-Can-Eat-Buffets by Stephanie

Every year at the beginning of October the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington has a Simply Singapore festival which gives visitors the chance to experience a Singaporian buffet in their restaurant The Park Terrace.  The restaurant is transformed into a Singaporean eatery reminiscent of Singapore’s famed Hawker Stall food markets and the food is prepared by some of Singapore’s leading chefs who are flown in especially for the event. 

This year the Simply Singapore buffet was held from the 5th October and ended today.  There were 3 different menus this year which rotated between the 10 days of the event and I was lucky enough to sample 2 of the menus having attended last Saturday 6th and tonight.  The menus included a lot of delicious traditional delicacies such as char kway teow, laksa, satay, chilli crab and mee siam as well as a variety of starters and desserts.  Below is an example of today’s and last Saturday’s menu:

Today’s menu:

Appetizer
Drunken Chicken
Shredded Duck and Lettuce Rolls
Sliced Pork with Garlic
Nonya Acar (Mixed Vegetable Pickles)
Pickled Tien Tsin Cabbage
Poached Prawns In Sweet Chilli Sauce
Fruit Rojak
Gado Gado
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Soup Of The Day
Chicken Herbal Soup
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Hot Entrees
Chilli Crab
Assam Fish
Chicken Briyani
Stir Fried Beef with Black Pepper
Braised Beancurd with Minced Pork
Steamed/ Pan Fried Carrot Cake
Sesame and Seafood Dumpling
Kong Bah with Steamed Bun
Seasonal Vegetables
Indian Mee Goreng
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Live Station
Braised Duck with Yam Rice
Mee Siam
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Dessert
Ice Kacang
Fresh Fruits
Mango Pomelo and Sago
Peanut Pancake
Sweet Potato Fritter
Barley and Ginko Nut Soup (Hot)

Menu last Saturday:

Appetizer
Shredded Chicken with Peanut Sauce
Braised Duck
Fried Wanton with Sweet Sauce
Nonya Acar (Mixed Vegetable Pickles)
Pickled Tien Tsin Cabbage
Salad Prawns
Pork Ngoh Hiang
Tauhu Goreng
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Soup of The Day
Hot and Sour Soup
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Hot Entrees
Stir Fried Prawns with Dried Chilli
Fish with Onion Sambal
Chicken Curry
Braised Pork Knuckle
Oyster Omelette
Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf
Char Siew Soh
Seasonal Vegetables
Char Kway Teow
Beef and Chicken Satay with Condiments
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Live Station
Roti Prata
Laksa
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Dessert
Ice Kacang
Fresh Fruits
Sago Gula Melaka
Red Bean Pancake
Baked Tapioca
Or Ne (Teochew Yam Pudding)

As you can see, it is quite an extensive menu and takes its influence from Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisines.  So if you missed it this year I would definately schedule it in your diary for next year!

Buffet Food

Satay, Char Kway Teow, Char Siew Soh, Glutinous Rice In Lotus Leaf, Oyster Omelette, Chilli Prawn and Plate Of Starters

Laksa

Laksa

Dessert - Ice Kacang, Sago Gula Melaka, Red Bean Pancake, Baked Tapioca, Yam Pudding, Fruit

Dessert – Ice Kacang, Sago Gula Melaka, Red Bean Pancake, Baked Tapioca, Yam Pudding, Fruit

Starters - Fruit Rojak, Prawn Crackers, Shredded Duck and Lettuce Rolls

More Starters – Fruit Rojak, Prawn Crackers, Shredded Duck and Lettuce Rolls

Mee Siam

Mee Siam

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La Maison Du Chocolat – Chocolate Pleyel Cake Recipe

Posted on October 12th, 2007 in Places To Visit,Recipes by Stephanie

La Maison Du Chocolat - Chocolate Pleyel Cake Recipe La Maison Du Chocolat chocolates are one of the finest chocolates in the world and probably the most expensive too, where a box could set you back a few hundred pounds!  La Maison Du Chocolat has a shop in London on Piccadilly and their chocolates are also sold in Harrods in Knightsbridge.  Besides selling chocolates, they also sell a variety of macaroons and cakes.  My favourite cake is the Chocolate Pleyel Cake which costs £2.50 for a piece so you’ll be glad to know that I came across the recipe for it in the Canary Wharf Citylife magazine which I picked up whilst I was in the area last week!  I would really recommend trying out the recipe especially if there isn’t a La Maison Du Chocolat near you!

Ingredients:

200g dark chocolate
5 eggs (3 yolks – 5 whites)
190g butter
10g vanilla extract
170g icing sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
70g granulated sugar
100g flour
75g almond powder

Method:

  • Grease a 25cm cake tin and put it in the fridge
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a glass bowl.  Heat the bowl gently by placing it over a saucepan filled with boiling water until the chocolate has melted.  Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
  • When the chocolate has melted, add the butter cut into small cubes.  Blend and then add the vanilla, yolks and icing sugar.  Mix again.
  • Add the almond powder, take the bowl off the saucepan, add the flour and mix throughly.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C (gas mark 7).
  • Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, add the salt and then add the granulated sugar a little at a time and keep beating.  Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and blend well.
  • Flour the cake tin and pour the mixture into it.
  • Place the cake tin in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • To check it is baked, poke the cake with the blade of a knife and if the blade comes out dry, then it’s ready.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and the tin, and leave to cool before serving.

Well that’s all folks!  Hope you enjoy eating it! :-)







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