NOSHtrekker - Brunch with the Jam Therapist
Freshly baked prunes from an oven, picking fruit in her grandfather’s orchard and the smell of jam caramelising on a stove. These are fond memories for Rochelle’s. Although quintessentially French, most of her life has been lived outside of France, in distinctly different places like South America and Canada.
A former corporate executive at L’Oreal, Rochelle is now leveraging her marketing acumen to produce her own artisanal line of jams. These are jams made with the sweetness of memories from the past and present. Recipes from her French heritage mixed with Asian fruits and spices. As Rochelle talks about these jams, it is her way of time-travelling; each flavour has a story behind it.
What will tantalize your tastebuds at the table? Will it be Jackfruit Memories, a jackfruit jam seasoned with cardamom and black pepper? Or a tropical mix that recalls sipping Pina Coladas but with hint of local spice? Each jam is made with locally sourced produced and the concoctions are lovingly handmade over the stove in Rochelle’s Joo Chiat kitchen.
Getting In There
The saloon doors that guard the doorstep of Rochelle’s renovated shophouse in Joo Chiat is the perfect introduction to an expat home in a historical Singapore neighbourhood. The regal paved garden at the back makes it easy to feel like you’re in the aristocratic quarters of a modern Singaporean dynasty. The internal courtyard sings with the warmth of deep wood accents, and the general spaciousness imparts a sense of intimate and laid-back luxury.
Brunch and jam lessons go hand-in-hand. Besides being an expert in jams, Rochelle is also an accomplished baker and cook with a flavour profile that draws on her globetrotting experience. A signature dish? Carrot veloute with coconut milk.