Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Belated Musings and Updates

This post is very much belated, sorry for the absence! We've been busy here at C&C, and we have just moved some of the furniture around! Do drop by and see what differences you can spot!

Other things we have been busy with include developing some new items that we have introduced on the menu in the past week. Chef Shenn has come up with her interpretation of two of the ultimate comfort foods - a bread and butter pudding and a brownie. C&C's version of the former uses our soft brioche buns to make the classic dessert even richer and more buttery and our brownie has chewy bits of toffee and walnuts in fudgey chocolatey goodness. Sorry no pics yet, as they usually fly off the shelves even before we have time to photograph it so come down and try it for yourselves!

We are also very excited to be styling some dessert tables at upcoming parties, and can't wait to show off the amazing creations once we finish them, so stay tuned! Until then, I leave you with one of my favourite people/places to be inspired by - Food Stylist and Photographer Emilie who styles many lovely amazing cookbooks and the author of the very popular Griottes blog (sorry it's in French!). Do check out her Pinterest boards as well, they are amazing and hopefully will inspire you as much as it does me.

Monday, July 16, 2012

We are 1 month old!

How time flies! It's a Monday again and it's also our one-month birthday! Carpenter & Cook opened its doors officially one month ago (although we have been slogging far longer than that!) and we are very happy to have served everyone who have come in that time! To celebrate, Shenn made a special pavlova yesterday, an airy light and crisp meringue drizzled with chocolate icing and smothered with whipped cream and if that's not enough, she piled on generous helpings of fresh fruit and mint. Yum. A few lucky who dropped by yesterday got to try it!

In the span of a month, I think we have achieved quite a bit -  numerous blog reviews about us, some good, some not so good (feedback which we definitely take into consideration); and a smattering of print coverage like iWeekly, 8days, Straits Times, mypaper, with more to come. We will be on a Ch U programme come Sept, and we hosted our first wedding couple taking their pre-wedding photos! We have also made lotsa new friends and are glad we are starting to see regular faces :) That's quite a bit!

I leave you with the picture of a lovely birthday party we hosted over the weekend. The pretty cake pops, cupcakes and cookies were made by one of our friends Picnic Sunday Cakes, whom we work with for special events. Her stuff is amazingly pretty and gorgeous, and I promise you, it won't be the last time you will be seeing Picnic Sunday Cakes!

So here's to us turning 1 month with a great big pat on our backs, and to many great months and years ahead!

Monday, July 9, 2012

We Love Mondays!

So what's happening with us these days? Well, Mondays are our official off days i.e. the shop's closed, so we actually have time to blog! This is the start of our weekly Monday posts, which we hope will make the start of your week more interesting.

In the last couple of weeks, we hosted a couple of events at ours. One group had a bridal shower, while the other had a baby shower :) We had the opportunity to decorate the place and make everything look pretty (something we really like!). We made a topiary, laid out all our prettiest vintage wares, made special place cards and even a corsage for the bride-to-be!

We also catered for birthday and made a huge cupcake cake, with lots of smaller cupcakes with pretty butterflies! Don't you just love the bunting topper?

It's been great fun coming up with ideas on how to wow our guests, and we love it when people have fun and leave C&C with a smile on their face :)