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WE KNOW HOW MUCH you love our classic cakes, especially our Carrot Walnut and our Gula Melaka Pandan cakes. But we're eager for you to try our new cakes, we're pretty sure they will be your favourites too.

 

Apple Cinnamon Olive Oil cake

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We know how well apple and cinnamon taste together. Hence, we've created a moist, tender apple cake, frosted with sea salt and cinnamon cream cheese. The most unique part is that we've used extra virgin olive oil in this cake. We love how it produces a lighter, textured crumb. Moreover, using olive oil cuts back on the cholesterol and saturated fat content of our cake. This moist cake is also topped with crunchy oat-nut granola.

 

Yuzu Raspberry Cheesecake

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If you're more of a cheesecake fan, our newest Yuzu Raspberry cheesecake will be your best bet. We pair the sweetness of raspberry with the citrus hints of yuzu to create a cheesecake that is light and refreshing. This cake is also one of textures. Enjoy bits of ground pistachio that line the edge of the cake, and the smooth, generous raspberry mirror glaze that tops it.

 

Pro tip: take advantage of our tea time special

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Pop by one of outlets for a leisurely afternoon or a break from work. We suggest getting the cake set. It includes a slice of cake and a cup of organic coffee or wellness tea for less than $10. After all, research shows that tea breaks can boost your mood, even increase your productivity and creativity. Obviously, we hope you'll try our two new cakes as well.

DESPITE BEING USED in cooking for hundreds of years, researchers are still surprised by turmeric. With its wide-ranging health benefits, some call it "the most powerful herb on the planet". Over six thousand peer-reviewed articles have been published on its healing properties. And it was even pinpointed by Google's Food Trends reports as a "breakout star" ingredient last year. Over the last five years, Google searches for turmeric have grown 300%. Why is there so much hype surrounding this spice? We did some research to find out.

 

What is turmeric?

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We probably know it as one of the spices in curry, but more specifically, turmeric is a rhizome of the ginger family. Have you tasted it? The bright orange powder is slightly peppery in flavour. Unfortunately, it also stains everything - home cooks you'd know this - from your hands, down to the table and dinnerware. But don't worry, Food52 has a helpful guide on how to get rid of these tough stains.

 

What are the health benefits?

When discussing its health benefits, you'll hear about curcumin. This bright yellow compound is the reason why turmeric is commonly used as a natural dye. But more than that, according to Diane Morgan in Roots, scientists study curcumin for its anti-inflammatory, anticancer potential. Turmeric is also known to better regulate blood sugar levels and treat depression. Evidence suggests that it also wards off dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

But is all the attention really warranted? A new review published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests otherwise. But rather than changing our minds completely, this article has us rethinking about the hype surrounding the spice. Besides, there's no harm having it in moderation, isn't it?

 

Tips for consumption

A short note on dosage:

As previously mentioned, the main benefits of turmeric come from its curcuminoids. However, curcuminoids only comprise a tiny part of the rhizome. According to Parsley Health founder, Robin Berzin, MD, about 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day will help you feel its anti-inflammatory effects. A common rule of thumb is that there are 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric.

 

Power pairing: black pepper

Despite its healing properties, curcumin is poorly absorbed on its own. You could be taking the recommended dosage, but it might not be making its way into your gut. And you're not getting the whole scale of benefits. However, if you look closely at the ingredients in turmeric or curcumin capsules, you'll notice that they always include a spice found in your kitchen: black pepper. Consuming both spices together is found to increase your body's ability to absorb the inflammation-fighting spice. So if you're cooking with turmeric, remember to add some black pepper to your recipe!

 

Endless possibilities

Besides curries, there are so many ways to incorporate the spice into your diet. Cook up some turmeric broth soup, which can be used as a base to add greens, noodles, or even leftover chicken. Drink your fill in an Ayurvedic detox tea or a milkshake. Or use it in your cooking oil!

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At Cedele, we're celebrating the inflammation-fighting effects of the spice in our Turmeric Honey latte. At the same time, we're introducing our Matcha latte, available hot or iced. Swap your afternoon coffee/tea for a much-needed spicy kick. Try both drinks at our all-day dining outlets today!

DID YOU NOTICE the recent popularity of grain bowls this past year? It’s being touted online as the go-to weeknight meal that makes dinner a “no-brainer”. It’s so simple that Food52 isn’t even providing a recipe for it! But here in Singapore, grain bowls bear a striking resemblance to our local everyday hawker fare: economy rice (菜饭). Grubstreet even published an article titled “Congee is the original grain bowl”. For our newest outlet at GSH Plaza, we’re offering a wider range of grains, grills and greens for you to design a grain bowl you would enjoy. And you can do it in just four simple steps. Think of it as a tasty upgrade from your usual 菜饭 lunch. Let's begin.

 

Step 1: The base - Grains or greens

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[Pictured: our Garlic Black Rice, Char Siew and a sous vide egg]

First things first, build your bowl by focusing on the grains (or greens) as a foundation. For a hearty bowl, we recommend choosing one of our 4 warm bases. They're made of - surprise, surprise - grains: quinoa & dhal, goji brown rice, soba and garlic black rice. For something a little lighter, we suggest selecting our greens: romaine lettuce or baby spinach.

What we love: we've got our eye on the Garlic Black Rice. On top of its garlicky flavour, we love that it offers a bit of bite.

 

Step 2: The Protein Deli

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[pictured: our belly pork char siew with sous vide egg on top of soba]

If you were building a sandwich, now's the time to think about the juicy, meaty filling. And just as we revamped our all-day dining menu to focus on proteins, we're highlighting them here in our Protein Deli options. Our selection of warm proteins include our lemon salmon (glazed with lemon butter), honey garlic thyme chicken, our delicious char siew (with hoisin sauce) and our spiced falafel patties.

What we love: it's hard to deny our yummy belly pork char siew, but for a vegetarian option, we'd pick our spiced falafel anytime.

 

Step 3: 4 picks of veggies/crunchies

Now it's time to build up your bowl. At this stage, feel free to pile on your favourite veggies, from blanched broccoli and sweet cherry tomatoes to crunchy Japanese cucumber or the ever-popular avocado. If you'd like a little crunch, pick from our heart-healthy chia seeds or sunflower seeds.

What we love: for obvious reasons, we find ourselves choosing a 63° sous vide egg. It has the perfect texture: medium-set whites and a runny yolk. When in doubt, put an egg on it!

 

Step 4: Dressing

Finally, top off your grain bowl with our selection of homemade dressing. We make ours fresh daily, without preservatives and we use 50% less fat compared to regular dressings. To match your grain bowl, choose from Yuzu Mustard and Orange Wholegrain Mustard to the simpler Olive Oil or Balsamic Vinaigrette. More options are available in-store!

 

Visit us

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We've opened our newest store at GSH Plaza, formerly Equity Plaza, opposite Prudential, along Cecil Street. Visit us at #01-05 where we're offering our current meal of choice (Grain Bowls!) and specialty coffee from Workspace Espresso Bar. Find out about opening specials by following us (@cedelesingapore) on Facebook or Instagram. See you there!

 

IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, Easter will be upon us. We've already talked about the curious history of hot cross buns, now we're hopping into the season with a bunch of Easter sweets. Chocolate lovers, get ready - this will definitely interest you.

In the US, next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year? Statistics reveal that over 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91 billion eggs are produced each year for Easter. Workers in Birmingham, UK, who make the highly sought after Cadbury Creme Egg, produce more than 1.5 million egg delights a year.

Our selection of Easter sweets

This Easter season, satisfy your sweet tooth with our selection of sweet treats.

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Since it is Easter, we're offering cupcakes topped with chocolate shavings and candied eggs. Take your pick from our two yummy options. First up, our Chocolate Nest cupcakes are made with moist dark chocolate cake and ganache. On the other hand, our lighter Peanut Butter Banana cupcakes perfectly pair tender banana cake with creamy peanut butter frosting. Both make for a sweet boost during tea time.

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Who doesn't love chocolate? Our aptly-named Chocolate Velvet cake is made with soft, smooth chocolate cake layered with luscious fudge. With decadent frosting made with 70% couverture chocolate, a slice is definitely enough to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

 

Available now

So head over to any of our outlets to sweeten the season with these exclusive Easter delights. These treats are only available till 17 April, so head on down to grab yours today or shop online at Cedele Market.