KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

Back in my kitchen, I have many opened and re-sealed dried food products stored in my cabinets. Pretty unsightly, I will either use a ziploc bag or a plastic clip to seal them up to prevent air from making them stale. Innovatively, many food processing manufacturers improved their packaging by making them re-sealable or even packed them into individual small packs. Usually, these type of packaging lead to a slightly higher cost.

To save some money, I will buy my dried food and condiments in larger quantities and divide them into two portions: one for storage and another for daily cooking usage. One good example is my cooking oil.

I believe many of us uses air tight plastic food containers to store our dried products like instant oat meal, spices or coffee beans. These food containers served me well but unfortunately my usual chocolate chips container might be ended up storing my mother’s diced garlic instead. Yikes!

 

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

 

To better organize my kitchen and using the right food container for the right stuffs, KitTags has come to help me. Using a white or clear background with black texts, my food containers are clearly labelled and easily identified. Creatively, SCKitchen added barcode or QR code into each label, making them go for an extra mile in today’s smartphone technology. You can download any shopping app and scan it into your shopping list.

 

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

 

With each label priced less than $0.50, you can create your own KitTags from saucecode.com.sg/kitchen. Singapore local postage is free and it took 2 days to reach my mailbox.

Of course, nothing is perfect. KitTags do have many rooms for improvements. The only downside is how do I label my purchased or expiry date of my food products. My simple solution is to use a pencil and write these dates down onto the desired KitTag.

 

KitTags | Creative Kitchen Labels

 

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We Are Busy At The Airport!

We Are Busy At The Airport!

Today, we are going to be busy at the airport. My wife, myself and Kayden will be ferrying the passengers to their destinations and picking up cute souvenirs along the way. The airport is crowded with people and there’s a huge tower overlooking everyone. These passengers are all getting ready in the airport and so are we. We are going to be pilots.

“Oh, I want the banana plane! No, I want the blue plane!”, exclaimed Kayden because he could not decide which plane he want to take charge today. Before starting his job on a new day, Kayden will take his plane for a test flight to make sure all mechanics and electronics are running fine. A very responsible pilot I would say. My wife took the green and shiny plane, while I took the yellow and cute banana plane. The skies are clear today and looks good to fly.

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

On our checklist, there are 4 lovely places, also known as destination maps, we need to take charge today – the beach, mountains, forest and city. There will be a total of 16 passengers to be ferried to these faraway destinations and 16 souvenirs have to be collected.

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

To start our first day on our first job, one of us will start by dropping the 2 dices into the control tower, or dice tower. These dices will show how many passengers we are allowed to pick up and how many destinations we can go to. If there is no passengers onboard, the plane is not allowed to take off.

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

Kayden rolled the dices and said, “I got 2 passengers!” He slotted 2 random passengers into his plane gently, flew them to their destinations and picked up souvenirs after he had dropped his passengers off. The destinations could have been a direct flight but Kayden flew his passengers across huge oceans and mountains. All passengers taking Kayden’s flights are bound to have bumpy and long duration flights.

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

As for these souvenir cards, they have points behind them and the pilot with the most points will win this game. Sneakily, Kayden will exceed the allowed passenger quota onboard so that he can earn another souvenir point. Smart move!

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

Also known as Richard Scarry Busy Airport game, the Busy Busy Airport is a beautiful constructed board game. I like the 3D dice tower, making this airport more real life. Kayden brings out his creative imagination when flying all his passengers. Strategic planning can be cultivated in this game as children can think how they could earn the most points. The pictures printed in this board game are colourful and the materials are made up of cardboards, which is able to prolonged well through many years of flight.

 

We Are Busy At The Airport!

 

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Paddy Hills’ Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

Paddy Hills’ Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

Aesthetically, Paddy Hills is a beautiful cafΓ© that everyone will fall in love at the first sight. Lovely mural paintings at the exterior walls and cosy interior designs carve a signature for this coffee house. With the food fusion of Western and Asian delights, those beautifully presented food sure made every customer want to capture some photographs and share them on their social networks.

In an estimation, Paddy Hills can fit about 120 to 150 people in this cafe. The overall layout is nicely done, packing all the tables and chairs right at the edge, making sure that the whole area is fully utilized. With those comfortable sofa seatings available, Paddy Hills is a good place for families with children.

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

Let’s move on to the food. Paddy Hills open early to serve the morning crowds at 8:30pm. The breakfast menu are priced from $12 to $24. Their lunch menu starts at 11:30pm and includes some interesting lunch bites such as the Squid Ink Tagliatelle ($23), Kimchi Fried Rice ($20) and Salmon Carpaccio ($18). They served pretty standard coffee menu like Espresso ($3.50), Cappuccino ($5.50), Mocha ($6.50) and Affogato ($6.50). To quench your thirst, Paddy Hills served caffeine free beverages like Rise & Grind ($7) which is yoghurt, grapefruit and lime drink, Pinkish Lemonade ($7) and Yuzu Effervescent ($7).

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

Calling it the Big Breakfast ($24), this meal was served with two slices of toasted bread, house-cured salmon, bacon streak, double roasted mushrooms, avocados and eggs of your choice: 63, poached, fried or scrambled. The food on this plate was all nicely done with good taste. The bacon streak is fatty on the top layer, lean on the bottom layer, the sauce coated on it was sweet and tasted much like BBQ sauce. Spread some avocado onto the toasted bread and dip it into the 63 done eggs, it is seriously wonderful.

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

Next up was the Asian Brick ($18). Interesting enough, this meal is played up with goreng pisang (also known as fried banana fritters), round brioche French toasts which one of them has cream in it, purple-coloured sweet potatoes and yam-flavored ice-cream. Those round brioche French toasts were very soft and the goreng pisang were not oily. Best of all, I like those sweet potatoes.

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

With much disappointment, Paddy Hills’ coffee are not up to my likings. The latte ($5.50) and the Mocha ($6.50) tasted hollow and sour, not a well-rounded natural coffee flavor profile.

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

With the comfortable ambiance, the food served in Paddy Hills were good despite the letdown in coffee as it is not my preference of taste. From the quality of food served, the pricing is reasonable and there is no GST and service charge included at the end of my bill. There is only one bus service number 200 from Buona Vista terminal which drop outside this cafe directly. Overall, my family breakfast at Paddy Hill was a nice one.

 

Paddy Hills' Breakfast at South Buona Vista Road

 

Address of my visit
Paddy Hills
38 South Buona Vista Road
Singapore 118164

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 10:00pm

Telephone: 6479 0800
Website: https://www.facebook.com/paddyhills.sg

 

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Kong Bak Pau Recipe

Kong Bak Pau Recipe

When the slices of fatty pork belly meat slowly braised under low flame with sweet and dark sauce until tender, this delectable Hokkien dish when served with the soft lotus leaf buns create the Kong Bak Pau. Enjoying this dish is really simple: peel open a lotus leaf bun and sandwiched a slice of braised pork belly and some lettuce. The key ingredient for my homecook dish was the pork belly, where the top layer fats are juicy and the bottom layer is lean. Waking up early, I headed down to the wet market and ask for advice from the professionals to get the best cut of pork belly – the butchers.

The rest of the ingredients such as the fresh lettuce, cinnamon, star anise and lotus leaf buns can be found in the supermarket easily. Additionally, I have added small cubes of tau pok and hard boil eggs to go along with rice for my little boy.

 

Kong Bak Pau Recipe

 

Serving size: 8 to 10 persons
Preparation and Cooking time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:
1. 250 grams pork belly (you can get the butcher to slice them)
2. 10 lotus leaf buns (steamed)
3. 300 ml of water
4. 1 stick of cinnamon
5. 1 star anise
6. 2 cloves
7. 3 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
8. 6 cloves of garlic (unpeeled)
9. 1 tablespoon of sugar
10. A pinch of salt

 

Kong Bak Pau Recipe

 

Directions:
1. Wash the slices of pork belly clean and put them into a bowl.
2. Pour some hot boiling water into the bowl and allow the submerge pork bellies to sit for 1 minute.
3. Rinse the pork bellies clean and set them aside.
4. Pour the water into a pot and allow the water to be fully boiled.
5. Add the dark soy sauce, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, sugar and garlic into the boiling water. Mix them well in the boiling water.
6. Add the slices of pork bellies into the pot.
7. Set the flame to low and allow the ingredients to slowly simmer for 30 minutes or more until the pork bellies are soft.
8. Serve with the steamed lotus leaf buns and fresh lettuce.

 

Kong Bak Pau Recipe

 

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My Breakfast With 40 Hands

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

Tiong Bahru is one of Singapore’s oldest estates built in the 1930s. After my visit to Flock Cafe with my family, I fell in love with this charming and quiet neighborhood. The low-rise estates with the French doors windows and curved architectural designs makes them rather special. With the food culture blooming in Tiong Bahru today, I have decided to head down to this district for a good early breakfast and a warm cup of coffee.

So, what’s on my breakfast list? I have decided to visit this cafe called 40 Hands, which is one of the pioneer cafe in Tiong Bahru owned by Harry Grover back in 2010. Meaningful enough, “40 Hands” is derived from the average pairs of hands used right from the coffee plantation to a cup of coffee on our table.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

With no service charge to my receipt, the brunch menu starts from 8am to 4pm daily which includes Salmon Hash ($19), Banana Bacon French Toast ($17), Eggs Cocotte ($17) and Big Boy Breakfast ($22). Additionally, the 40 Hands’ main menu is served from 8am to 6pm which includes Pork Katsu ($18), Pesto Chicken Panini ($16) and 40 Hands Cubanos with Tiong Bahru Bakery’s baguette ($18). This cafe also served two Asian food delights to their customers, which are the Tau Sar Pau ($2.50) and Kong Bak Pau ($7.50). Therefore, if you are not hungry and want a light bite for breakfast, the Tau Sar Pau might sounds like a good idea.

The coffee served by 40 Hands’ baristas are beans roasted by Comman Man Coffee Roasters located at 22 Martin Road. A decent range of coffee selections such as Latte ($5), Cappuccino ($5), Mocha ($6.50) and Espresso ($4) are available to their customers. If you love their beans and want to bring them back home, the coffee beans are packed in boxes of 250 grams at a price of $16.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Here comes my favorite morning coffee, the Flat White ($5). Nicely done latte art, the coffee was smooth and creamy. I would say pretty decent taste.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

For a change from my usual bacon and bread toasts, I decided to try the 40 Hands’ Homemade Granola ($14) for my breakfast. Bowled with fresh cut fruits such as berries, pineapples and strawberries, the granola topped with Greek-style yoghurt will definitely sweeten everyone’s day. For those like myself who preferred to have their cereals and grains soaked with fresh milk, this bowl of Homemade Granola might be dry for the taste buds.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Probably, the Eggs Benedict with organic bacon and spicy roasted potatoes ($17) is a better choice compared to my bowl of Homemade Granola. With the red sauce made up of tomato and well coated onto the potatoes, these roasted cubes of potatoes are really soft with a small hint of spiciness. A little disappointed that the eggs were not runny, nevertheless this brunch still taste delicious.

 

My Breakfast With 40 Hands

 

Open at 8am, 40 Hands serves many early birds with freshly brewed coffee and decent tasty food. The ambiance is cosy but might be a little cramped for large size gathering. I would say 40 Hands is a good spot to sit down, have a cup of coffee, read a book and relax your day.

 

Address of my visit
40 Hands
Blk 78 Yong Siak Street
Singapore 163078

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Closed on every Monday

Telephone: 6225 8545
Website: http://www.40handscoffee.com

 

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The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

Everyone is familar with the popular UNO card game, where these 108 cards are well concealed by each player on their hands. The game play is all about matching the correct colours or numbers and sabotaging the next player. The player with the last card have to shout “UNO!”, else there will be a penalty given. Well, this game is designed for age range 7 and up. How about children between the age range of 3 to 6, where their analytical and response skills are already developing?

Thanks to Mattel games, they have developed the UNO Moo! game for these preschool children which is good for up to four players. With the use of 28 cute farm animals with the usual UNO colours: yellow, red, blue and green, all these animals are well-kept in the Play-and-Store barn.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

The rules of the game is almost similar to the usual UNO, but much more simpler and fun. The Farmer, or I call it the Farm Boy, is the wildcard which it represent any colours and animals. Therefore, it comes in really handy. The Skunk is another wildcard which will cause the next player to drawn 2 more animals from the Play-and-Store barn.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

To start the game, each player will take a standing cardboard haystack to hide their farm animals from the eyes of other players and draw 5 cute farm animals from the barn without looking at it. After which, the youngest player will pick an animal in the Play-and-Store barn and place it on top of the barn. Turn by turn, each player will replace the top animal with accordance to same colour, same animal or wildcard. The player with the last animal have to shout “UNO Moo!”, else the penalty is to draw another 2 more animals.

 

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

The UNO Game For Children: UNO Moo!

 

Limit to the age range from 3 to 6? I don’t think so. This is a really fun game not just for preschoolers, but also for the whole family. It is a fantastic learning game for the children to learn about colours, animals and strategy. No wonder UNO Moo! is rank the finalist for the 10th Annual Toy of the Year Awards.

 

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