gloria jean’s @ vivocity

November 30, 2006 at 11:51 pm | Posted in Cakes, Chocolate, Reviews | 4 Comments

i thought i’d set up a new category – reviews, which will comprise comments about my gastronomic encounters with desserts of all sorts. the boy thought it was a good idea, so here i am, writing about our coffee and cake experience yesterday, at gloria jean’s.

the first time i had coffee at gloria jean’s was in johore, many years back. i was pleased to learn of the existence of two outlets here – one in the vicinity of chijmes and the other at one fullerton. both ceased operations since then, and we were pleased to see the outlet at vivocity. apparently there’s another one at raffles city.

our drinks were great, i had the very vanilla chiller while he had the gj’s creamy cocoa. however we can’t say the same about the cakes.

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he had a slice of mortal sin, which consisted of two layers of dense and somewhat dry chocolate cake, sandwiched with a layer of caramel and covered with a thick wad of chocolate ganache. it’s difficult for him not to like a chocolate something, so this must have been considerably bad. the texture of the cake tasted like it has been in the cold for too long.

i initially wanted a slice of carrot cake, but i just thought i’d try this cute little cupcake.

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wrong move. it was a mildly flavoured chocolate cake, with orange rind. i particularly dislike orange-chocolate combinations, so this was a chore to finish. the icing was a mediocre sugar-glaze, which was also chocolatey-orange.

i guess we’ll just stick to the drinks the next time round. 🙂

oatmeal butterscotch cookies

November 26, 2006 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Cookies | 4 Comments

i wanted to use up the bag of butterscotch chips, so i made these.

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i didn’t think they were spectacular, but it wasn’t too bad either. i thought they tasted a bit “too healthy” because the amount of oats clearly overwhelmed that of the flour. shidah and the boy had no qualms about finishing the whole bag i brought for our study session on friday. sometimes i can’t understand them. :p it pays to have people close to you who are not fussy about food. 😀

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i’m still searching for the quintessential oatmeal cookie recipe. perhaps i’ll try the one in the williams-sonoma book next.

chocolate chip cookies

November 23, 2006 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies | 25 Comments

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this, i believe, is the best (crunchy) chocolate chip cookie recipe i have attempted to date. i brought around 60 to 70 of them for our study session and they were wiped out.

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cupcakes trio

November 23, 2006 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders | Leave a comment

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cocoa brownie-cake

November 19, 2006 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Slices | 10 Comments

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this is a brownie-cake i made for the boy. i used chitz’s (tastegoblet’s) recipe, with a couple of modifications. i omitted the nuts and used 1 cup of dark chocolate couverture bits and 1 cup of chopped cadbury old gold (70%) chocolate.

and those lines are from the good morrow by john donne. we came across his works during the JC2 literature days, and it’s one of my favourites. i remember him memorising it during his NS days and reciting it to me one day over coffee at starbucks. 🙂

cocoa sandwich cookies

November 19, 2006 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies | 17 Comments

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i made these for the boy in view of our 70th month. i don’t usually do “monthly” things, but i thought it was timely to make something just for him. 🙂 these were adapted from a vanilla cookie recipe and i sandwiched them with chocolate ganache.

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vanilla cupcakes & lemon cream cheese frosting

November 18, 2006 at 12:13 am | Posted in Cupcakes | 5 Comments

my mum is having a few of her friends over for tea tomorrow and i offered to make these cupcakes.

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i used this recipe. although i thought the taste was pleasant, it was not moist enough for me. if anyone is willing to share a terribly moist vanilla cupcake recipe, please do! 🙂

more cupcakes

November 15, 2006 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders | 10 Comments

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chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 🙂 i kept two for myself and i ate them in one sitting. -_- i thought the richness of the cakes contrasted well with the tang of the cream cheese and strawberries.

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tomorrow’s order. 🙂 i hope they’ll be well-received.

chocolate mousse

November 11, 2006 at 12:02 am | Posted in Chocolate, No-Bakes | 30 Comments

the best way to savour chocolate mousse is to let it roll around in your mouth before letting it slide down your throat. it’s like letting clouds melt on your tongue.

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evan, thank you for sharing this recipe because it is the BOMB.

i hope the girls will like it, and then i’m making another batch for the secondary school gang when they come on sunday. this time i’ll use lindt chocolate. 😉

cupcakes times four

November 9, 2006 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders | 4 Comments

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and this was my pre-bedtime snack. 🙂

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