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Nespresso Christmas Gift

I finally gave in and let hubby buy me a Nespresso machine.

I am for sure not a coffee connoisseur.  I don’t know what makes a good coffee and I only judge by how my taste buds take it.  I notice some coffee tastes a little more acidic than others but that’s about it.  Don’t ask me about woodsy, nutty, etc.  I have no idea…

But I know for sure too that my taste buds don’t like those instant three-in-one coffee.   So at home, hubby and our helper usually have their own brand of three-in-one, while I have a separate jar of plain black decent instant coffee for myself.  But even that is at most, decent.

I usually prefer plain good brewed black coffee or if I have to have it with milk, I like it as a cappuccino, lots of froth and no sugar.

And for those reasons, hubby has always wanted to get me a coffee machine, while I’ve always resisted his offer because I didn’t think it was worth it.  But yesterday, while at the mall, we chanced by the Nespresso year-end promotion – S$50 off any nespresso machine.

My friend, Grace, has one and swears by it.  We have tried the samples during one of her visits to SG to stock up on her capsules.  I must say, my taste buds liked it.

So yesterday, we got ourselves our own Nespresso Essenza machine.

It came with 16 capsules, one of each coffee type.

I almost had a bad experience with it because when we got home to make our first coffee,  it wasn’t working out of the box.   I had to call Nespresso support because there was no water coming out of the machine but they explained that it was a common occurrence for brand new machines because there was air inside somewhere that had to be pumped out so I just had to keep pressing for coffee until water comes out.  Fortunately, it’s working now and all that bad stuff is almost forgotten because the coffee is just really good.

We also got the Aeroccino so we can have frothy milk.  I can do my cappuccino at home now!

Each capsule is about a dollar, so it’s not exactly cheap (as I was complaining to the Nespresso support.  I mean you spend money on something, you at least expect it to work out of the box!  – good thing they were sport about it).  But the overall experience is worth it because the coffee is good and Nespresso service and support is so far good too.

So today, I went back to the boutique to buy the welcome pack which is 160 capsules for about S$158 sgd with a free container/dispenser.

Nespresso Welcome Pack
Nespresso Welcome Pack

So far I like the Dulsao do Brasil.  I tried the Finezzo to see if I can taste the Bergamot – haha no comment.

But so far so good! I’m looking forward to having great coffee everyday and letting my mom try all the flavors.

Next week I’ll probably come back to the boutique to try the Christmas edition – flavored coffees in vanilla, cherry, or dark chocolate.

 

Popeye’s Pasta

Until now I still haven’t really mastered the art of planning meals.  I usually just rummage through whatever’s in the ref and come up with something edible.

Today, I found myself with a bag of organic spinach left over from dinner with Majel and Jenm last Saturday.  But I didn’t want to cook the same pasta coz that would be boring.

Last Saturday, I served linguine in spinach and alfredo sauce – not carbonarra as Jor calls it.   (FYI: Carbonarra is made with eggs and lots of cheese.)   I also served my regular meat and tomato sauce so we can mix it with the white sauce for a twist.   We had pepperoni pizza for starters.  I would usually serve focacia or ciabatta and an olive oil/balsamic dip but the last time I did that with Jorey’s friends, everyone was so stuffed by the end of the evening.

For dessert, we had brownies and ice cream.  It was a different brownie from my previous post.  The one I served was a double chocolate cookie pre-mix which I baked as a brownie and added more eggs to make it cakey.  I think it was good because when I baked it in the morning I wasn’t sure it was going to last for dinner because Jorey couldn’t stop picking on it.

So what did I do with the spinach? Continue reading Popeye’s Pasta

Brownies

Partly the reason both Jor and I have been expanding lately is because of baked goodness like chewy cookies and moist brownies. They go great served warm with vanilla ice cream! Mmm mmm mmm…

Banana Walnut Bread Pudding with Hot Fudge

I’ve always been a little scared of baking because I keep hearing Wolfgang Puck in my head saying “Baking is like architecture.”  (If you don’t put the right amount of ingredients, the building crumbles – or something to that effect.)  And though I love cooking, my cooking style was never the measured type.  I go by instinct and taste.  Plus if I see all those sinful ingredients that goes into a delicious baked masterpiece, I start to imagine all the calories in every bite and then I get guilty.

Continue reading Banana Walnut Bread Pudding with Hot Fudge

Fish and me

I’m really picky when it comes to eating fish.  First, I don’t like the fishy kind of smell most fish have.  Second, I find too much effort to pick through the bones when eating fish that’s not boneless.  Third, for all that effort, it’s not quite as filling as meat.  If I had fish for a meal, it’s guaranteed that I’ll be hungry again in a few hours.

Sashimi, though, is different.  I love it.  Since getting pregnant I’ve had a conscious effort to keep it out of my mind.  All I can think about these days is me going on a sashimi binge as soon as I give birth.

Sardines on the other hand, those that come in cans, are one of the few edible stuff that I don’t like.  Continue reading Fish and me

Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs

Today I was thinking of what to cook for dinner when there’s nothing really left in the fridge but processed meat like ham and sausage which I think is not very healthy for preggers like me.  But I do have spare ribs in the freezer and I was wondering what I could do with it that’s not complicated.  I remembered the salt and pepper spare ribs I like eating in Chinese restaurants.  Though recently I’ve developed an aversion to chinese food,  (For some reason, ever since being pregnant, instead of cravings I get aversions.) the salt and pepper spare ribs don’t really taste distinctly chinese unless you mix it with those thick sauces which I have no intention of doing.  I’m pairing it with good ol’ spiced vinegar. Continue reading Salt and Pepper Spare Ribs