Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Nomming Days

Since I was at home the entire day (yesterday)... plus the fact I only woke up at 1.45pm, I didn't bother to make a trip downstairs to get some proper food (spoilt for choice - but kinda sick of all the food downstairs currently :<), so I just switched on my lappy, started catching up with all the Korean dramas & reality shows I wanted to watch.

However, like duhhh, everyone gets hungry after a while ;) So I went to ransack my kitchen for food :P & coz my mum just came back from Aussie not long ago, she brought back a gazillion goodies back home! <3 Honestly, supermarkets in Singapore should import more food products from Aussie, it's got so much good (and healthy!) stuff :DDD

The first thing I went to get was the... Hormel Kid's Kitchen ready-to-eat pasta!! *drools*

Cheezy Mac 'n Beef pasta

Wonder why there's 4 holes on top?
Back in Aussie, I used to eat this all the time! The supermarkets there had plenty of Hormel pastas, and being the kid I was that time, I loved eating all of their various pastas, and the best part of all - it tasted amazing :) Of course, don't expect restaurant standard, c'mon this is a heartwarming homey delicious bowl of goodness hehe :D It's more of a comfort food - I take my time to savour the awesomeness, since it's so darn good!

For each different kind of pasta, for e.g. Cheesy Mac n Beef & Spaghetti n Meatballs, they come in different colours as well! As you can tell from the photos, it's blue, and for the others that I have at home, I currently have red (spag&meatballs) and purple (ravioli beef) ones. I think that it's really appealing to kiddos & young adults like myself, who grew up eating these.

Oh yes, did I mention that this is really fast & fuss-free to prepare? All you gotta do is:

1) Remove the top cover
2) Take off the sealed metal lid
3) Put the cover back on
4) Pop the entire bowlful into the microwave/oven
5) Micro power on high heat, preferably 1000watt, for about 1min 10secs
6) Take out of microwave (careful! it's really hot)
7) Remove the cover, stir and enjoy! :)

The cover is quite useful, as it prevents the sauce from splattering onto the microwave/oven, yet it has the innovative four small holes on it, so that the cover doesn't pop off the bowl due to high heat pressure gathered on the inside. :)

 Doesn't it look absolutely appetising?
Honestly speaking though, if you're looking for something to really fill up your empty tummy to the brim, this isn't enough. As you can well see for yourself ;D It's more of a wholesome snack in the day, breakfast for kiddos or just a satisfaction for your pasta cravings :)

I super duper love this, and I totally recommend this to you... if only it was stocked up in Singapore :( Well, Cold Storage might be able to bring this in, as my mum had actually requested them to bring EasyMac before, and they did! :D THERE'S HOPE!!! XD

For this rating, I give it a full 5NOMX! *yayeness*

Okay, moving right along to my next nom of the day! VEGE CHIPPIESSSS <3

Healthy Vege Chips

 I've never tried this till today, and my oh my, I must say, these healthy vege chips, that are made out of genuine wholesome products, like substituting potatoes for cassava (a kind of tapioca), cooked in sunflower oil (which is healthier), less saturated fat (thank God), and having nearly no allergen type of ingredients inside (except for sesame seeds)... the entire package of chippies are healthy, produces an undeniably good crunch, not salty, not oily, just nice :D nomnomnom

These come in 4 different flavours: BBQ, French Onion, Natural and Sweet&Sour.
So far, all their flavours are pretty awesome, and my favourite is the Natural. Sweet&Sour comes in second place though, as it has a tangy good flavour! :) All of them come in one huge bag, with small packets inside. Great for packing these for kiddos' school lunches :) Again, this is only available in Aussie. However, you could take a look at Candy Empire to see if they imported this brand.

For this rating, I give it a full 5NOMX as well! :) Healthy, yet great tasting!

Organic juice :)
Sometimes, organic products might not be the most flavourful things on earth, but for this Wild Harvest organic juice, it has opened my eyes to how good organic stuff can be! :)

My parents recently bought 2 boxes of it, Grape & Strawberry Kiwi flavoured. Again, this is a healthy product, one that both kiddos and parents will love!

The Good Stuff:

  • naturally flavoured juice beverage w/ other natural flavours
  • 100% daily value Vit C 
  • no artificial sweeteners
  • 1/3 less sugar than other leading juice drinks (Caprisonne for example)
  • no artificial colours or preservatives 
  • no high fructose corn syrup
  • certified organic

See, isn't it a packet of amazing stuff? Alright, about the taste~ The drink is surprisingly flavourful, and yet, you can really reaaaaally tell that they used natural ingredients (your own tastebuds will tell you), and the natural fruit drink overpowers the sugar that was added in (which means they used less sugar and more natural stuff), and overall, I love the fact that it's just not that sweet. I think this is great for packing kiddos' lunches too, or a picnic - better than buying sugared can drinks out there ;) Packaging wise, I think it's just lovely ;)

For my rating on this, it's got a full 5NOMX as well! It's just amazing how I actually thought Caprisonne was a not-so-sweet drink, then after drinking Wild Harvest's au naturale version, I can't drink Caprisonne now without cringing at the ultra-sweet taste. Anyways, personal preference!

Finally now... for the My Little Pony golden cookies!! :D

For the girls especially, you'll love the packaging and the pretty petite cookies :)

The huge bag that has 10 packs inside
Inside each bag, there's a pop-up sticker! Super cute for us girls hehe (young at heart kays). Personally, I feel that this packaging is so attractive coz it's pink, pink, and PINK. :D It's sorta shiny too :P

Girly Golden Bikkies
 It's great that they don't have artificial colours, as I think that nowadays, I tend to look out/buy more products that have don't have all these artificial ingredients added to it.

One of the few designs of bikkies~
Like what the description says, golden cookies! It's petite sized, and perfect for people of all ages. It's not exactly a butter cookie, but I would say that it's a cookie that has brown sugar & honey added to it (maybe), so it gives it that caramelised taste, but at the same time, not a super omg sweet cookie kinda thing :D Ah yes, if you like the brand, 'Lotus' cookies, you'll love this cookie! The texture is nearly the same (crunch-wise), but less hard (Lotus cookies tend to be slightly hard to bite).

I really like these cookies, as they're not overly sweet, has cute designs, and most importantly, taste great! Sadly though, these are only available in Aussie.. well, at least Cold Storage does bring in Tiny Teddies! :) That's another cookie worth nomming :D

For this, my rating is 4NOMX! Enjoy your cookies, everyone :D Have a cup of tea with it too~

Okay, this comes to an end of my nomming day ;) Hope y'all enjoyed reading this! :D

Cherlyn xoxo

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's TEA Time!

Tea for you, readers? ;)

Personally, I love sipping tea at any time of the day, I even went for a tea session with my friends right after a sports event >v<

Since I'm such a tea lover (I prefer tea to coffee :B), and love to try out any kind of teas that come along my way, my house has a cupboard filled with different varieties of tea :D My mum loves it too! keke..

My favourites are Earl Grey (if there's Lavender infused ones, that is really awesome) & the humble matcha japanese green tea ;) Seems like I love the kind of teas that have a strong flavour? Ah well.

I think that Earl Grey tea is amazing! When I get a whiff of it, it almost seems like I smelt Heaven~ ;D Yeah, a bit cheesy maybe, but really - my love for Earl Grey tea is that huge. <3 <3 <3

I'll do a review on a few types of Earl Grey tea, and find out the What, Why & How exactly, can teas of the same kind, taste different. :) {Coming soon!}

Moving onnnn... the reason why I started rambling about tea, teas & more teaaaaaaa, is coz, I tried a new brand of tea today!

TA-DAAAAAAA! Crabtree & Evelyn, English Breakfast Tea ^__^

Comes in 1 box of 25 sachets

I never knew that Crabtree & Evelyn sold tea - until my friend told me, and said that the tea is great! It's under their 'Fine Food' selection, and it comes in a box of 25 sachets (S$15). From what I know, the 25 sachets per box is only available in Earl Grey, Afternoon & English Breakfast tea. As for the rest, they come in 10 sachets per box (S$8), which I wonder why... ?^o^?

Anyways, I did buy the English Breakfast tea for my friend's birthday prezzie, since she likes tea! In the end, she was so lovely, she gave me 3 sachets to sample hehe :D Which finally brings me to the point of this tea-thingamajig - what do I think about this brand of tea? Especially since its specialty lies not in teas, but in its beauty&fragrances~

Normally, this is the kind of tea that you're served at any western restaurants/airplanes after your meal. There's the option of putting creamer aka milk & sugar, which I've always liked to add into my tea (I love milk tea, you see..). By the way, only after today when I drank English Breakfast, did I then realise this is the very same tea they serve. :D

Well, since I've rambled for a while, let's watch a video shall we? Tea, served by the nommer who wrote this post.

The sound of the hot water hitting the tea bag, the sight of the richness in the colour of the tea & the aroma of the robust tea - *ahh* doesn't it just make you want to sip some too? >v<

Small joys, people call it~ but I enjoy seeing the tea infuse into the hot water, and sniffing the goodness of the aromatic delight :)

Once opened, the iconic logo greets you ;)
Colour of tea after simmering for 3 min 
 Clearly, just by the colour itself, one can tell that there is some depth in flavour :)
Did you know? The darker the tea, the longer it has undergone fermentation!

For this brand of tea, I think that the tea aroma is quite strong, and if you add creamer/sugar, it'll overpower the loveliness of the tea >v< Well, everyone likes their tea in different ways! I think this tea was generally quite good, like I say, aroma is something that I loveee, and when the expectations of the tea was met as well, I'd say that the tea is really worth its price :)

Both a wakeup call & a night soother, I recommend Crabtree & Evelyn's tea, which really satisfies :D Oh yes, if you let the tea linger a lil' longer in your mouth for a while, you're able to appreciate the robust flavours more, and believe me, the aftertaste is dreamlike. <3

Cherlyn's rating for this cup of nom: 4NOMX

My way of enjoying tea: 
1) Lean close to your cup of just-made-tea
2) Close your eyes for a split second
3) Take a deep breath of the aroma of tea (not with your mouth!)
4) Take sips at the beginning, let the myriad of flavours burst in your mouth
5) Enjoy it, don't take big gulps of it! XD 
6) Pair your tea with some cookies/biscotti for an indulgent time ^_^

Alright, this was a wayyy longer post than I intended XD Hope you enjoyed reading!

Cheers to all the wonderful teas in the world,
Cherlyn xoxo

Friday, September 21, 2012

Small Bites of the day

For today, since I was just lazing around the house, I didn't make myself a proper (late) lunch, but instead, opted for a cereal :) Well, it may be nothing new, but I'm sure this is a cereal many haven't tried before~

Oho! Morning School Crispy Breakfast Cereals :D credit: redmarket
It has condensed milk & cocoa hazelnut flavoured cereals, and on top of that, it comes in alphabets! :D Although, I couldn't find all the letters from A-Z... But, since I had loads of time, I went on to taking photos of my cereal (random, yes I know).

Managed to find all the alphabets in my name!

I've had it both ways, with or without milk, but personally, having it with milk makes everything better :D I'd say that if the hunger pangs hit you during the day, just before dinner, I recommend this, as it is really quite filling, and satisfies your tummy :D

At first, I expected the cereal to be really sweet coz of the condensed milk, but surprisingly, the cocoa is actually sweeter. The condensed milk just has a milky essence in every bite, and yeah, drowned in the loads of milk that I poured in anyways~ For the cocoa, think koko crunch. ^_^

Overall, it's quite a pleasant snack/cereal, and it certainly is worth the $ too! From what I remember, I guess it retails for 'under $5'.

Well, this ends my short post on 'Small Bites of the Day'! :) Enjoy nomming, it's FRIDAYYYY!

Cherlyn xoxo

Oh, for the love of food

Hey everyone! 

I'm Cherlyn, and this is my blog to tell the world about my love for food! Some will be reviews, and be it tremendously delicious or insanely horrid, I'm here to dish out the details! ^_^ 
For ratings, it'll be out of 5 NOMX, and we'll see how deliciously nomworthy it turns out :D

Just more about what y'all will see on this blog:

- Food Reviews \(^_^)/

- Baking recipes & tips 

- Cooking recipes & tips

- "What are my favourite nomnomx?" (Recommendations - a monthly review on delectable nomx)

- What are the newest places/outlets to nomx in SG? (e.g. The Star Vista)

- "From Me To You" (reply to questions - if y'all readers have anything to ask haha :D)

- "The Gastronomical Complexities of le nomx" (e.g. Why can't we use olive oil for everything? FYI, it has a smoking point!) :P

Yeah, those are basically the stuff I'll be writing about~ :) :) 

Hope y'all will all enjoy reading my foodie blog, and if you'd like to share your experiences with me/recommend a place, just drop a comment down below! :) 

Cherlyn xoxo