Tuesday, April 22, 2014

F&N Seasons NutriSoy Breakfast Love Campaign: My Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Loves!

Breakfast Made with Lots of Soy Goodness!

Earlier two weeks ago after attending the F&N Seasons NutriSoy Breakfast Love Campaign cooking demo here, I was inspired to take on the challenge to make delicious healthy breakfast with soy milk for my family. With my crazy work hours, it’s only fair I take some time out to make sure my family gets taken care the right way.

At the cooking demo, my eyes were open to the endless possibilities of using soy milk in breakfast recipes. In fact, after the Breakfast Love demo, my brain was just running wild with all sorts of recipes that I can whip in no time at all for my little one and it would be a nutritiously balanced breakfast too!

I came up with 3 simple recipes that really don’t take much time and effort at all. One only needs basic ingredients that most families have in their fridge and the recipes are also simple ones that we enjoy often. The only difference is a little tweak in the ingredients. Simplicity is the way to go, especially for mothers like me who are trying to balance a family and a career.

After rummaging in my fridge, I decided to make a smoothie, scrambled egg with salad and French toast. Recipes like these can easily substitute dairy products with F&N Seasons NutriSoy as a healthier option and the best part is this substitution does make the breakfast recipes delicious and healthy. F&N Seasons NutriSoy has no cholesterol and is low in fat. Its protein helps to build new tissues especially for young ones. There are also no added preservatives, flavouring and coloring in the F&N Seasons NutriSoy as well.

First up, gather your favorite fruits available. I had blueberry and plums that day. Add in your favorite yoghurt and F&N Seasons NutriSoy. If you like icy smoothies add in some ice and blend it all up. Multitask and whip up two fresh eggs with some F&N Seasons NutriSoy. Scramble the egg in a pan with a little butter or oil and serve up with a side of salad. It’s easy-peasy and you’ll have some Breakfast Love in less than 20 minutes.

On Saturday, my little one enjoyed creamy Scrambled Egg with a Blueberry & Plum Fruit Smoothie. The F&N Seasons NutriSoy really makes a lovely smoothie. He enjoyed it a lot and since there is enough sweetness in the soy milk and fruits, I didn’t need to add any sugar. The fruits blended really well in flavours and the yoghurt added a tangy and creamy note to the smoothie.



Handful of Blueberry
1 Plum
135gm Plain / Fruit Yoghurt
125ml F&N Seasons NutriSoy
Ice cubes (optional)

Clean the fruits and cut them or remove their seeds if needed
Add in all the rest of the other ingredients in a blender and blend it up
Serve chilled

*replace the fruits above with banana, apple, melon, kiwi and more 


2 Eggs
2 Tbsp F&N Seasons NutriSoy
Pinch of salt
Butter or Vegetable Oil

Handful Rocket leaves or Mixed Greens
Dash of Olive Oil
Dash of Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to dress
Fresh Baby Tomatoes to serve

Whip the eggs with the F&N Seasons NutriSoy and salt till airy and bubbles surface.
Heat up pan on medium heat and add in butter or vegetable oil.
Pour in the egg and use a spatula to gently scramble the egg till just set.
Turn off the heat before it cooks completely as the rest of the heat will complete the cooking.

Dress the rocket leaves with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper.
Serve the rocket salad with tomatoes and the fluffy scrambled egg.

On Sunday, I whipped up my little one’s favorite French toast. I substituted the milk for soy milk and it produces similar yumminess. The toast was meant to be sweet so the soy milk helps to reduce the sugar that I usually add into the egg mixture. My little one was definitely a happy camper and polished off his French toast with great happiness!


2 Eggs
3 slices White/Wheat Bread
3 tbsp F&N Seasons NutriSoy
Pinch of salt and cinnamon
Butter or Vegetable Oil

Maple Syrup / Honey (to serve)

Whip up the eggs with F&N Seasons NutriSoy, salt and cinnamon powder.
Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture for 30 seconds to make sure the yummy egg is soaked into the bread.
Heat up Butter or Vegetable Oil in a pan and cooked each side of French toast for a few minutes on low fire till golden brown.
Served with maple syrup or honey and a glass of F&N Seasons NutriSoy


Besides the above, there are just plenty of other dishes to enjoy with a glass of chilled nutty and creamy F&N Seasons NutriSoy all day. Even our local food like half boiled eggs and toast, Kway Teow Soup, Wantan Noodles, Nasi Lemak, Chee Cheong Fun and more goes well with soy milk. For a healthier breakfast, warm up F&N Seasons NutriSoy and serve it with soda biscuits for a sweet and savory combination!

A little effort goes a long way. My Breakfast Love recipes are easy and simple, taste good and are a great way to kick off the day with the much needed energy. It feels really good to be able to feed my family a healthy and nutritious breakfast on some days when I can. On days when I working, I also find myself replacing my cereal and milk with cereal and soy milk for a healthier option. Thanks to F&N Seasons NutriSoy for the Breakfast Love campaign that sparked my awareness on the importance of feed my family with soy goodness!

For more information about F&N Seasons NutriSoy and more tips on breakfast recipes with F&N Seasons NutriSoy, check out their Facebook at www.facebook.com/NutriSoy.MY

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hennesy X.O Appreciation Grows: The Spirit of Conquest Disembarks for Johor Bahru For The First Time!

This year, Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows returns to enthrall connoisseurs with a gastronomy experience unlike any other. To be held in Johor for the very first time ever, the Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows will port into Danga Bay from 16-18 April this year. Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows is a platform that delivers the ultimate Hennessy experience through a journey of great cuisine and fine cognac that truly showcases the legacy of Hennessy X.O.

Honoring superior savoir-faire, craftsmanship and innovation in creating an elegant cognac, Hennessy X.O. captivates cognac connoisseurs today just as it did the world when it was first created by Maurice Hennessy in 1870. Pioneering the class of X.O, Maurice Hennessy established a world-renowned benchmark of quality, now prominently appreciated by discerning drinkers worldwide.

By exclusive invitation only, this year’s Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows will feature culinary masterpieces wonderfully composed by three times James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southwest and “Iron Chef Winner”, Chef Viet Pham.

Chef Pham was born in Malaysia and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California Culinary Academy in 2002. With sufficient experience and culinary techniques under this belt, he went on to open his own restaurant in Salt Lake City, Forage, which was quickly well-received, winning Salt Lake City Magazine's Best New Restaurant in Utah in 2010 and Best Restaurant in Salt Lake City in 2011.

“Chef Viet’s conquests and dedication for perfection mirrors our own. Just as he has spent years perfecting his craft, refining recipes for the modern palate, Hennessy X.O has evolved over centuries to create the world’s finest and original X.O from the Cognac region in France enjoyed by the most discerning,” said Mathieu Duchemin, Managing Director of Moet Hennessy Diageo Malaysia.


Chef Viet makes his presence at a recent media pre event preview of the Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows Danga Bay Dinner to be held on April 18, 2014. At the event, distinguish guests and media were treated to a sneak peak at Chef Viet’s culinary skills as he whipped up a dish with an ingredient chosen by the attendees. It will definitely be an exciting night!

Through the years, Hennessy X.O Appreciation Grows has developed a reputation as a series of intimate engagements for the enjoyment of true connoisseurs of the World’s number one cognac. Hosted through an immaculate gastronomic experience, Hennessy X.O A.G is aimed at enhancing guests’ true knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Hennessy X.O, the world’s first and original X.O cognac.

*Stay tune for a night of Chef Viet's creations and fine cognac!

For further information, kindly visit www.hennessy.com and www.mhdm.com.my


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Garrett Popcorn Shops® Open Its Third Outlet at Mid Valley Mall!

Something’s Popping and It’s Utterly Sweet…

I remembered tasting Garrett Popcorn® when it first open 2 years ago in Kuala Lumpur. No ordinary popcorn, Garrett Popcorn Shops® serves up tempting crunchy balls of gourmet popcorn that is coated with scrumptious flavors. With 60 years of Chicago tradition in its history, Garrett Popcorn® now feeds the international market across the globe. It may have started in Chicago, United States, but today Garrett Popcorn Shops® are now popping up all over Asia Pacific and Middle East. This April, Garrett Popcorn Shops® will be opening its third outlet at Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur.

“We are proud to chalk up another milestone for Garrett Popcorn Shops® in Malaysia with the opening of our third and latest Shop at the Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur” says Lance Chody, Chairman and CEO of Garrett Popcorn Shops®.

I am huge fan of corn, Serve it to me in any ways and I’ll always enjoy its sweetness happily. What makes Garret take popcorn to the level of gourmet? Garrett uses a custom “Golden Butterfly Blend” of butterfly and mushroom popcorn kernels.  Mushroom kernels pop up into a rounded shape and butterfly kernels pop into a butterfly shape, creating a blend that ensures the perfect combination of texture and flavor in every bite.

There are quite a few luscious flavors to choose from at Garrett Popcorn®. Choose from the signature flavors of Chicago Mix®, Plain Buttery, CaramelCrisp™ and CheeseCorn™ to their specialty flavors of Almond CaramelCrisp™, Cashew CaramelCrisp™ and Macadamia CaramelCrisp™. There are also limited special flavors available from time to time.

I tried the 1 gallon tin of The Chicago Mix®, a combination of their signature CaramelCrisp™ and CheeseCorn™. Deep intense caramel coated nuggets of popcorn are contrasted with cheesy cheddar popcorn, rendering a gourmet combination of bittersweet and salty cheesy flavors. Packed with crunch factor, it’s no wonder Garrett Popcorn® is deemed the gourmet popcorn and continues to attract its followers from all over the world. Each kernel is serious well coated with flavor so that every kernel you eat gets maximum flavors. The Chicago Mix® is highly addictive and once you have started enjoying them, there is simply no stopping or going back to the regular popcorns.

My family and I literally almost polished of the tin at one go! It’s just that good and addictive…. I am itching go grab their special nuts collection!

The Garrett Popcorn Shops® story

In 1935, each member of the Garrett family was challenged to create a caramel popcorn recipe. One creation stood out from the rest and became known as CaramelCrisp® – distinguished by its unique flavor and delicate, crème brûlée crunch from other ‘caramel corn’ variants available at the time.

When the first original Garrett Popcorn Shop® opened in 1949 in the heart of Chicago, a long queue of customers, all eagerly waiting to purchase a tin of handcrafted Garrett Popcorn marked the beginning of A Chicago Tradition that continues until today.

Very little has changed from 1949; every batch of Garrett Popcorn® is still handmade with care throughout the day using old-fashioned copper kettles and wooden paddles.  We mix our signature blend of kernels into our secret family recipe, passed down through three generations.

“We like to say that Garrett Popcorn is Happy Food™ and we hope that our launch in Mid Valley Megamall this April will make Malaysians  as happy as our popcorn makes us,” says Scott Schroeder, Chief Brand Officer of Garrett Popcorn Shops®.

Garrett Popcorn Shops® are currently located at Mid Valley Megamall and Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur and 1Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more information, visit www.garrettpopcorn.com.my

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