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Philips Avance XL Airfryer – Bigger, Better, Faster!

We love fried food, but we hardly get any of those at home. The cooking method of deep-frying is strictly forbidden in my kitchen.

I detest having to clean up an oily kitchen and the aftermath smell of deep-frying!

We did contemplate into getting a deep fryer, but changed our mind, feeling guilty at the amount of oil needed to fry our food.

When Philips introduced its first revolutionary Viva Airfryer in 2011, we were tempted to get ourselves one, but was skeptical about the claim of frying without oil. Needless to say, we didn’t get one. But, our faith waiver over many occasions when there were sales on the Viva Airfryer!

I was absolutely delighted when Philps say they will be sending the latest model; Philips Avance XL Airfryer over for reviewing purposes.

The sleek Philips Avance XL Airfryer arrived with a fully colored recipe book featuring more than 30 yummy dishes.

Other than frying,
the Philips Avance XL Airfryer can also be used to grill, roast, gratinate and bake!

I was again impressed at new advancement of Philips Avance XL Airfryer when I attended the media launch hosted by Bryan Wong & Dable recently.

I am in love with my new kitchen tool and made so many healthy meals with it! The latest Philips Avance XL Airfryer has a bigger capacity of 1.2Kg, which is good to feed 5 adults. An increase wattage of 2100w as compared to prior model simply means an increase in power for faster cooking results. Esthetically good-looking with digital screen for easy control of cooking time and temperature.

I am sharing my favourite Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe done with the Philips Avance XL Airfryer instead of conventional methods of frying it in sinful butter. It’s 100% oil free as compared to original recipe! Good on the lips, Great on the hips!

Cordon Bleu Chicken

8 Chicken breast
8 Ham
8 Swiss cheese
Salt, pepper, and dried rosemary
2 Egg

1 Campbell Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 tsp Lemon Juice

1) Pound chicken breasts if they are too thick. Marinate chicken breast with salt, pepper & dried rosemary. Place a ham & cheese slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, roll and secure with toothpicks.

2) Dust Chicken with flour, then dip into egg and finally roll it onto dried breadcrumbs.

3) Preheat Philips Avance XL Airfryerfor 3 minutes at 180°c. Place chicken into Airfryer and cook for 10 mins. Increase temperature to 200°c and cook further for 8 mins.

4) Remove toothpicks when done.

To Make Chicken Cordon Bleu Sauce:
In a small saucepan mix together the soup, sour cream and lemon juice. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, and serve hot over Chicken.

Not a lot of work for a fancy french name isn’t it?
Bon Appétit!

Still not fully convinced that Air is the New Oil?!?!?
Head over to “I Love Philips Airfryer” facebook community by Dable Kwan for many exciting testimonies and inspiring healthy meal ideas.

Cook with Air today! Quote SingaporeMomBlogs and buy the Viva Digital Airfryer at $399 (Usual price: $459), FREE $50 SHOPPING VOUCHER and Avance XL Airfryer at $479 (Usual price: $539), FREE $50 SHOPPING VOUCHER at the PHILIPS EXPERIENCE SHOWROOM. This promotion is valid from 1st December till 31st January 2014.

Limited to 1 Airfryer per person. IC must be produced.

Address: 620A Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Building TP4 Level 1 S(319762)
Tel: 6882 5800
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The Viva Digital Airfryer and Avance XL Airfryer are also available at regular prices in leading electronics stores, department stores and supermarkets island-wide.

Keep life simple with the PHILIPS Philips Avance Collection Airfryer XL with Rapid Air technology (S$539). Available in stores in December 2013 at leading electronics and departmental stores.

Full Disclosure: We were gifted Philips Avance XL Airfryer for reviewing purposes. No compensation was recieved for this post. All views and opinions are my own.

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Ahoy! We’re getting onto Rss Endurance | Navy@Vivo

The Endurance-class Landing Ships Tanks (LST) are the largest vassels in the Republic of Singapore Navy’s fleet of warships.

Designed and built locally, they move vehicles, supplies and personnel, as well as support helicopter operations.

RSS Endurance is at VivoCity Promenade for Navy@Vivo 2013!
We are one of the many lucky souls that managed to get tickets through balloting.
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

The Super Puma helicopters on the flight deck of Rss Endurance.
Totally love the vision onboard this ship, it says “To be a happy cohesive family that achieves people excellence and mission success safely”. How AWESOME is that!
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

I have always picture warships to be hot, stuffy and short of space. But, I was so wrong about it! Rss Endurance is so comfortable i could have mistaken it for a cruise ship instead! Seriously state-of-the-art amenities!
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

The bridge is equipped with advanced integrated bridge system, that navigates, controls, and monitors vital system of the ship…..
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

We were disappointed to have missed the ride on board the Fast Craft Utility (FCU) around the Harbourfront waters. Do note that Fast Craft Utility rides are available daily for time slots starting from 10.00AM to 1.30PM, with the exception of 15 Nov 2013, when no rides will be available for time slots at 11.00AM and 11.30AM.
Photo Credits to Republic of Singapore Navy
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

The sunset ceremony will take place at around 6.45PM. This is one of the oldest naval traditions, dating back to centuries ago. It is practised by navies worldwide, where they salute the lowering of the Ensign during sunset on ships.
Photo Credits to Republic of Singapore Navy
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

Remember to visit fringe activities at the shore exhibition for Navy@Vivo located at level one, Southeast Boulevard of VivoCity (nearby Gong Cha) from 14 to 17 Nov 2013, starting from 9am till 9pm.

100 pieces of limited edition Navy figurine key chains will be given out every hour. My personal advice would be Q early. These key chains are like hot commodities! Collect all 4 for a complete set.
Photo Credits to Republic of Singapore Navy
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

A chance to try on some dive gears and equipments.
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

And finally, Play dress up, meet a real life naval diver, get inspired and get your FREE photographs taken by Professional Photographers from Photo Inc.
Singapore Navy Rss Endurance

For those who didn’t manage to get balloted tickets to visit RSS Endurance, you will get stand a chance to do so at the shore exhibition! Republic of Singapore Navy will be giving out tickets twice daily through on site tickets lucky draw.

Navy@Vivo runs from 14 – 17 November 2013.
9.00AM to– 9.00PM (Last boarding at 8.00PM)
Exhibition within VivoCity and admission to ship is free.
Admission to ship is by balloted tickets only.

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The Star Vista Food Trail (Jamaicablue, Brotzeit, Owl Cafe & Marble Slab Creamery)

Thank you food&travel by Regent Media for the exclusive invitation to Food Trail @ The Star Vista.

(The Ultimate Source for cooking, dining and travelling)
An inspiring food magazine for modern foodies who love to cook, dine and travel. In every issue there are easy, seasonal recipes plus features on the best restaurants in town and travel guides to the world’s most exciting foodie destinations.

JamaicaBlue (#01-32)
I am amazed by the passion these people have for coffee. JamaicaBlue is one of Australia’s most successful retail franchise companies. I expected no less for a company that was built on two simple beliefs: the belief in sourcing for the very best coffee; and the belief of using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

We were offered the Fabulous Christmas Sampler.
French Bread and Butter Pudding
(Served with dark chocolate Ganache and a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
I enjoyed the eggy taste of french bread in my bread pudding. Love it, and will highly recommend it!

Classic Chocolate Mousse Pots
(Served with a dollop of whipped cream & Strawberry)
Extremely smooth and airy chocolate mousse. Didn’t knock me over my socks for this one.

Jamaica Blue Signature Blend Latte
I am hardly a coffee person. But, I am not leaving Jamaica Blue without having the Signature Blend Latte. The smooth and aromatic coffee was a nice round-up to the delicious desserts.

Brotzeit (#02-17)
Brotzeit® is a highly successful Singapore based brand conceived in 2006 to introduce authentic Bavarian cuisine and world-famous quality German beers in a chic and contemporary setting.

I’ve spent 2 years of my flying career in Singapore Airlines as a German Speaking Crew specialising in German-speaking routes such as Frankfurt and Zürich. This explains why German food has an extra special spot in my heart and stomach.

We were offered Beef Wellington & Heisser Gluhwein from the Christmas menu,
along side with many other best-selling dishes from Brotzeit.

Beef Wellington (Only Available in Christmas Menu 2013)
Prime cut tenderloin wrapped with fine leg ham and mushrooms encased in a crispy puff pastry. Served with sautéed beetroot, parsnip, spinach and slow cooked potatoes.
This is so good, I cleared my plate in a jiffy! The beef was PERFECTLY cooked to my liking and the vegetables were delectable! The only draw back is I didn’t quite like how the puff pasty turned out. But still, I will order this in a heartbeat for christmas dinner!

Heisser Gluwein (Only Available in Christmas Menu 2013)
A traditional German warm red wine spiced with cinnamon and cloves.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Heisser Gluwein in the past, but this experience at Brotzeit changed my opinion about it. The red wine which was spiced with cinnamon and cloves smell surprisingly pleasant. It did work out an appetite for the rest of the meal.

Brotzeitplatte / Brotzeit® Platter
Pork knuckle, best of Brotzeit sausages, pork schnitzels and two side dishes.
I swear you can feed a village with this one! Sinking my teeth into the pork knuckle is absolutely delightful! The crackle from the skin is music to my ears! Assorted sausages tasted great. I didn’t quite like the pork schnitzels, they were a tad to dry in my personal opinion.

Owl Cafe
Owl coffee is an old brand name. One that my parents could closely relate to. It is authentic Straits Asian-inspired coffee, perfected over 50 years of roasting and blending coffee. With its latest offering of Owl Café, it is sure to bring Straits Asian food to a whole new level.

To be brutally honest, we were already quite filled from the 1st 2 stops of The Star Vista Food Trail. But, we cannot let good food go to waste, so we forge on…..

Thai Style Chicken Strips Salad
Crispy Chicken Strips against crunchy refreshing salad coupled with spicy dressing. This is quite a workout for my taste buds.

Hae Chor
I find that the Hae Chor lacks texture, but James seems to think otherwise as he happily chomps up.

Assam Chicken Wings
Great snack for tea time.

Cheese Baked Spaghetti with Mushroom cheese in creamy Sauce
Visually appealing. The kids would love it!

Spaghetti Laksa with tiger prawns
Undeniably my favourite. It’s a reduction of Laksa sauce served with Spaghetti, Tiger Prawns and See Hums!

Coffee Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream
It wasn’t too bad, but I was expecting to try something more out of the original like the Durian Pengat.

Marble Slab (#B1-42)
Christmas Star Indulgence
Vanilla Ice Cream with Kinder Bueno, Brownie, & Walnuts in a dipped Chocolate Waffle Bowl.
Perfect combination….. I am already feeling pretty christmas-y!

Christmas Star Layered Log Cake
Salted Peanut, Red Velvet, Cool Mint, & Double Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
If you are still indecisive on which christmas gift to get me, please buy me one of these yummy Christmas Star Layered Log Cake. This is so tasty I can have the whole log cake to myself!!

**Please note that the Christmas Star Indulgence and Christmas Star Layered Log Cake is ONLY AVAILABLE at The Star Vista.

This Christmas, Specials Await at The Star Vista
From 15 November to 31 December, stand to win shopping and dinning vouchers in the sure-win lucky dip with minimum $80 spent. Other christmas treats include complimentary gift wrapper and sticker with minimum of $60 spent. Top up to $120 ($90 for CapitaCard members) for a specially designed Xmas mug! CAPITASTAR members get extra goodies!

What’s more, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of jolly jingles in The Star Vista with a series of creative Christmas Craft activities lined up this christmas.

The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green
Tel: +65 6694 3111

Full Disclaimer: We have been invited to The Star Vista Food Trail by Regent Media. We are not compensated for our time nor this post. All opinion and tastebuds are our own.

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Summon To Be In The System | Singapore Educational System

Sophia’s Orientation letter came in the mail today.
I look upon it with mixed emotion.
Part of me feels happy that it is another milestone achieved for the both of us,
but yet, the other half feels deeply sadden that she will be part of
Singapore’s demanding Educational System.

Oh Lord, please watch over us closely and give us the wisdom and strength to carry on.

Linking up with Ai Sakura:

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