THIS FATHER'S DAY, we're celebrating dads - not just the ones who bring home the bacon, but the ones who'd flip it and make the family breakfast. We celebrate dads who cook up storms in kitchens and are proud to feed their families oh so well.
Known to most given their celebrity status as famous chefs on TV, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are fine examples of fathers who never fail to show their love in the kitchen with their Brady bunches.
While Ramsay is known for his fiery temper on his reality TV shows, a peek into his family life reveals a softer side to the chef. The father of four teenagers playfully embarrasses his kids in 'Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch', a TV show hosted by Ramsay's youngest, 16-year-old Matilda. See his fatherly side as he whips up moreish easy-to-cook meals with his kids in 'Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking'.
On the other hand, Jamie Oliver is known for his well-intentioned "Food Revolution", with a mission to give every child the food they deserve. Likewise, he is generous with his 5 kids, often including them in his shows and letting them help with the cooking.
Moving closer to home, dads who take on the role as the cook at home are often seen as inspirational role models, feeding their families to the envy of many.
Local Mediacorp actor Ben Yeo actively shares about the meals he prepares for his sons. Having published a cookbook, the SHATEC (Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre) graduate takes the lead as a young father, taking the initiative to share his love for food with his two sons while running his food enterprises.
In spite of his busy schedule as a Mediacorp artiste, Yeo still finds the time to cook with his elder son, Javier. He believes this helps "build a bond between parent and child" and we couldn't agree more. If you're hoping to start cooking for the young ones at your home, check out Yeo's debut cookbook, 'Cooking For Kids' for a tip or two.
Cedele celebrates dads
Whether your dad is a Masterchef or a weekend home cook, give him a well-deserved break and treat him to a wholesome feast at Cedele. We've got a special cake that will add a sweet touch to your celebration this Father's Day. Our Espresso Hazelnut Praline cake is dark and rich, with a strong coffee cake base, topped with crunchy hazelnut praline and chocolate shards; pretty much how our fathers are like, robust but a sweetheart in unexpected ways.
Check out Cedele Market online to pre-order this cake and collect with ease from any of our outlets.
Here's to the world's greatest dads out there.
THE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION of Singapore (BCF) turns 20 this year! We join their celebrations being in the pink of health with a cake collaboration. Earlier in the week, we unveiled the Pink Ribbon cake at BCF's 20th Anniversary Exhibition launch event at VivoCity.
Pink Ribbon Cake
With a light vanilla chia seed cake as its core, the Pink Ribbon cake is studded with pistachio and finished with raspberry frosting. In line with our Eat Well, Be Well ethos, we have mindfully crafted the cake using extra virgin olive oil and organic unrefined sugar. The cake also bears the Breast Cancer Foundation's signature double pink ribbons.
Set up in 1997, BCF is a non-profit organization with a mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. BCF is committed to raising awareness through talks, events and publications that advocate early detection through regular screening. They also support survivors and their families through counselling and training activities.
This year they celebrate 20 years of good work and we're glad to be a part of their milestone occasion with the Pink Ribbon cake, personally designed by our founder, Ms Yeap Cheng Guat.
Keep your eyes peeled as the cake goes on sale at Cedele outlets later this year, in October! 20% of proceeds from the sales will go towards supporting the foundation in their cause and efforts. In the same month, BCF will also be hosting a Pink Ribbon Walk. Follow BCF on Facebook for more details about upcoming events.
(BCF's 20th Anniversary Exhibition launch, photo from BCF Facebook)
"A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take."
If we're being honest, most of us would agree that we take our mothers for granted. We definitely need more than just one day to celebrate our mothers. So with Mother's day round the corner on 14 May, what are you going to do?
While some celebrate their mothers by making them front page news, here at Cedele, we're sticking to what we do best. Introducing our Lychee Rose cake, exclusively crafted for Mother's day! Read on below to find out what is in this delectable cake.
It's not too late to treat your mum to a slice of our Lychee Rose cake. At its core, it is a soft, tender vanilla cake layered generously with lychee compote. It is then topped with rose water scented frosting for a delicious, perfumed finish. A cake fit for the most important woman in your life, wouldn't you say?
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
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
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
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?
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!
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!
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
[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
[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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHAT FOOD COMES TO MIND when you think about Easter? For us here at Cedele, it isn't colourful Easter eggs, it's our wide array of hot cross buns. But have you ever stopped to wonder why hot cross buns are only eaten during Easter? We've decided to dig a little deeper into the origin of these spiced buns and here are some interesting anecdotes...
Three things you didn't know about Hot Cross Buns:
1. A monk introduced the cross to the bun
Like most food histories, there are multiple stories. The most common story is that a 12th Century monk baked the buns, and marked them with a cross in honour of Good Friday. The spiced buns soon grew popularity around England as a symbol of the holiday weekend. However, some researchers say that the cross on the bun was not originally a reference to the Christian story. Instead, it was modelled after the Celtic cross that has equal length bars which represent the intersection of earth and Heaven, the human and the divine. Nevertheless, this seems to have blended over the years to point to the traditional Christian symbolism.
2. Hot cross buns got banned in England
In 1592, Queen Elizabeth I issued a decree that forbade the sale of hot cross buns, except at burials, and during Good Friday and Christmas. Some historians say that it was because the buns were just too special to be eaten year round. Others believe that the Protestants in power were trying to rid the country of a symbol of English Catholicism. Despite this, people got around this rule by baking their own buns in their own kitchens. However, if caught, they had to give up all of their illegal buns to the poor.
3. Many superstitions surround the humble hot cross bun
According to English folklore, buns baked and served on Good Friday will stay fresh and not grow mold for a whole year. In the past, some considered the hot cross bun almost like a good luck charm. They hung it in their kitchen rafters to protect from evil spirits or prevent kitchen fires. Similarly, sailors brought it with them on voyages, claiming that the buns endow their boats with protection from shipwreck.
Our Easter hot cross buns
[From left to right: Pandan Coconut, Chocolate Chip, and our Classic hot cross buns]
At Easter every year, we consistently offer you a range of hot cross buns. This year is no different! We're bringing back the Classic hot cross buns, which are filled with raisins, cranberries, orange peel, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
We know you love these, so we're bringing back our Pandan Coconut and Chocolate Chip hot cross bun flavours. Choose the Pandan Coconut for hot cross buns with a local twist. Or pick our kid-friendly soft dark roll, because you can't really go wrong with chocolate chip.
[From left to right: Green Tea Chocolate Chip, and Mexican Cheese hot cross buns]
This Easter, we're introducing a couple of exciting new flavours. First, our Green Tea Chocolate Chip hot cross bun, where chocolate chips are baked into a light and tender matcha brioche. Also available, our Mexican Cheese bun, which combines Mexican spices and cheddar cheese for a slightly spicy kick.
But that's not all: Mexican Hot Cross Sliders
On top of our range of hot cross buns, we're also offering Mexican Hot Cross Sliders at our Bakery Cafe outlets. Order pulled pork & avocado (pictured above) or turkey ham & cheese paired with our Mexican Cheese hot cross bun.
Can't wait? Visit our Bakery Cafe outlets to bite into these hot cross buns!
IF THIS NEW WORK WEEK has got you down, why not make some plans to treat yourself during lunch or dinner? We're introducing three yummy desserts from our new menu that come with a healthy side of our homemade superfood granola. So don't hesitate, make plans to grab our new desserts, available now at our all day dining outlets.
Sweet Dreams are made of these: our new dessert menu
"Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best ones make you dance." - Chef Edward Lee
Pavolva & Fruits
It's hard to deny that this dessert plate is not a stunner. Shards of berries swirl meringue are perfectly placed on top of our eggless vanilla ice cream. To top it off, we serve fresh fruits, a moat of mango coulis and our crunchy superfood granola*.
Warm Apple Crumble Tart
For a more comforting, nostalgic flavour, our warm apple crumble tart comes with a scoop of eggless vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of caramel and our homemade superfood granola*.
Cheesecake Ice Cream & Cookie Stack
For this sweet treat, we have balanced two scoops of our eggless Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream between two of our homemade vanilla oat cookies. Served with fresh fruit, our superfood granola* and a drizzle of maple syrup.
*So what's so great about our granola?
Our superfood granola is homemade, and contains the following healthy fruits and grains.
Chia seeds: Historically, these tiny seeds were used as strength and energy boosters. So much so that the word "chia" used to stand for "strength" in ancient Mayan culture. According to modern science, chia seeds are a highly concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and dietary fibre. They offer a long list of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory action and a reduced risk of heart diseases.
Oats: Oats are rich in carbohydrates and packed with fibre. They also contain beta-glucan, a soluble fibre that reduces cholesterol reabsorption in the gut, which reduces your risk of a heart attack. Oats also have a low to moderate glycemic index (GI), which means they fill you up and keep your glucose levels stable.
Pumpkin seeds: Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. They also contain a high concentration of magnesium and zinc. These aid in poor appetite and sleep patterns, skin conditions and mood disturbances.
Almonds: Once avoided for their high fat content, almonds are making a comeback. They are high in protein and are proven to help stave off heart disease, diabetes and bad cholesterol.
Cranberries: Chock full of antioxidants, these tart red berries are rich in vitamin C and fibre. They are also known to be one of the best foods for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries also fight against inflammation, aid oral health and prevent ulcers.
IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, we launched our new menu for our All Day Dining outlets last week. Our previous post took the time to introduce two dishes on our new menu that we're really excited about. This time around, we're looking at two more "super" nutritious brunch items we can't wait for you to try!
Super Green Omelette
Don't be put off by the name of this dish, it's just as delicious as our other brunch items! This Super Green Omelette is made with following healthy greens:
Zucchini: Extremely low in calories, zucchinis aid in weight loss and boost the nutrient value of your diet. It also promotes eye health and prevents diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency.
Avocado: Although high in fatty acid content, avocados contain extremely low levels of cholesterol. Their soluble and insoluble fibres help keep your digestive system running smoothly. Packed with nutrients, avocados are also great for enriching dry or chapped skin.
Spinach: Rich in water-soluble vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, this leafy vegetable is amazingly versatile. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K which is important for maintaining bone health.
The omelette comes topped with feta, pine nuts and sauteed onions. It is also served with rosemary focaccia with homemade lingonberry orange chutney and pink Himalayan salt butter. So heed your mother's advice and eat your greens!
Super Acai Bowl
You probably have heard of acai (pronounced ah-sah-ee) berries, which originate from Central and South America. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats, they were traditionally used as treatment for diarrhea, parasitic infections and hemorrhages. Today, acai bowls are all the rage among clean eating enthusiasts.
Our Super Acai bowl builds upon an acai yoghurt base, with fresh berries, immunity-boosting goji berries and raw honey. We top it off with our blend of crunchy superfood granola, which includes:
Chia seeds: Despite its tiny size, these seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. Loaded with antioxidants, chia seeds are also high in quality protein, which aids in weight loss.
Oats: Research found that oats increase appetite-control hormones, improve insulin sensitivity and helps lower bad cholesterol.
Pumpkin seeds: Despite being small, pumpkin seeds are rich in iron and are a healthy protein option. Their green colour comes from the high amount of natural chlorophyll which alkalises and naturally cleanses the body.
Almonds: Almonds are known to deliver huge amount of nutrients including powerful antioxidants largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin. They are also high in vitamin E, which protects your cell membranes from damage.
Cranberries: Often associated with holiday feasts, cranberries are at the top of the list of healthy foods for their high nutrient and antioxidant content. The cranberry is known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) and improving immune function.
Pick this Super Acai Bowl or our Mango Berries Yoghurt Bowl as a vegetarian option for your brunch!