Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A House Blessing

Dean & Deluca opened in Singapore six months ago and last week was the first time I had my meal there. The menu is quite extensive and I ordered an American Country Breakfast from the All-Day Breakfast menu. I shared the meal with daughter M because the portion was huge.  The American Country Breakfast has Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Hash Brown, Sausage, Sauteed Portobello Mushroom, Vine-Ripened Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Farmhouse Multi Grain Bread. I also ordered a Triple Mushroom Soup.
My daughter enjoyed the scrambled eggs because it was velvety smooth with the right consistency of cream and eggs. The mushroom soup tasted ordinary and was a bit over priced.

I ordered a Raspberry Vanilla cupcake because I wanted to try the cake. I do bake cupcakes and like to try cupcakes from shops to improve and compare my own.
The cupcake is not overly sweet but was a disappointment. The vanilla cake is dry and the raspberry cream is ordinary. I had a small  bite and my daughter didn't even want to finish it.

After our meal, we checked out their products because I was looking for a house blessing gift. They were all beautifully packaged and very suitable as gifts for culinary loving friends, but were insanely overpriced. I did not get anything from there.

The December issue of  Asian Edition of BBC Good Food magazine has a delicious breakfast recipe similar to Jamie Oliver's One Pan Breakfast.

Full English Potato Cake (serves 6)

.1.5 potatoes, diced into 1 cm chunks
4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
4 spring onions, finely chopped
2 thyme sprigs, leaves stripped, plus 1 sprig left whole
25g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
12 rashers streaky bacon
3 large plum tomatoes, halved
cracked blacked pepper
6 medium eggs
buttered toast, to serve


  • Bring a big saucepan of salted water to the boil. Tip in the potatoes and simmer until almost tender, about 20 minutes. Drain really well and steam dry for a few mins. Return to the pan and toss with 2 tbsp of the oil, the spring onions, thyme leaves and lot of seasoning.
  • Grease your largest baking tray with some melted butter and press the potatoes into it. Put a baking sheet on top and gently press down to squash the spuds into a cake. Cover and chill until ready for breakfast.
  • Heat oven to 220C. Drizzle the melted butter and remaining oil over the potato cake bake for 30 mins until golden.
  • Add the bacon in a few piles and bake for another 15 mins. Dot over the tomato halves and the remaining thyme sprig, sprinkle with plenty of pepper, then crack the eggs among the gaps and bake for 5-8 mins, depending how you like your eggs.

  • To serve, cut the potato cake into portions and pile onto 6 plates, along with the eggs, bacon, tomatoes and some buttered toast. 

Note: I made half recipe and you can add mushrooms and sausages if you like. The cost of making this breakfast is less than $5 for 3 persons.  The breakfast at Dean & Deluca is $22.

A House Blessing

I was invited to a friend's house blessing and it was my first time witnessing a Christian house blessing. Pastor Y conducted the occasion and we started by singing a few praise songs, a short scripture reading, message by the Pastor and testimony by the host, closing prayer followed by a buffet dinner.
The affable host, M gave a heartwarming testimony of thanksgiving expressing his gratitude and gratefulness to God for blessing him and his family through his years of struggling from an average educated person with an average income to a company boss with a nice, big landed house. It is something he will never dreamed of and he revealed that 25 years ago, Pastor Y had also conducted his first house blessing when he got married. It was a small government flat, sparsely furnished with borrowed furniture. Today, his two children have grown up and one has completed her university studies and working in a bank. M, the Lord has certainly 'Bless thee and keep thee'  Number 6:24.

I wrote 2 Samuel 7:29 on the gift tag.

'Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."

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