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5 Healthy Herbs & Spices used in Local Cooking

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5 Healthy Herbs & Spices used in Local Cooking

One of the reasons why local dishes boast such rich flavours is because of how we incorporate a variety of herbs and spices into our daily cooking. Bursting with flavour and taste, these herbs & spices are integrated perfectly in signature dishes like Laksa and Rendang to create a flavour of depth that makes them our local favourites!

Many of these herbs & spices have intrinsic health benefits and relieve many common ailments too, talk about killing two birds with one stone!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice used frequently in Southeast Asian cuisines, especially as a flavour enhancer in delicious curry dishes! Providing a rich and robust flavour, Turmeric also contains a powerful antioxidant known as curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory benefits, aiding in the prevention of cell damage in the body.

Love Chicken? Check out this Cashew Butter Chicken Masala recipe from EatingWell which contains a generous portion of turmeric and other spices  – making it both a delicious and healthy dish!

2. Laksa Leaf

Laksa Leaf, also known as Vietnamese Coriander is an exotic herb commonly found in tangy, spicy Southeast Asian dishes. Be it cooking, baking or garnishing, this herb is extensively used in our local cuisine, especially for spicy, hot and sour dishes like Assam Fish and even Tom Yam!

Not only do Laksa leaves give your dishes an additional kick, it also has a plethora of health benefits including aiding in digestion and inflammation. Its diuretic properties also make it a great way to detoxify the body, cleansing the liver of various toxic substances.

Start cooking with Laksa leaves using this healthy Laksa Fried Rice recipe from Health Hub!

3. Garlic

Everybody’s favourite ingredient in the culinary world that goes hand-in-hand with local staples like Chicken Rice and Char Kway Teow! Aside from adding intense flavours and aroma to any dish, it comes with heaps of health properties too!

Garlic helps lower blood pressure  and cholesterol, improve one’s immunity system and contains cysteine, an amino acid that boosts hair strength and elasticity, giving you thicker and healthier hair!

Heres a recipe from Watch What U Eat on a healthy Asian Chilli Garlic Tofu Stir-Fry you can cook in under 30mins!

4. Star Anise

An aptly named spice because of the star-shaped pods they reside in, star anise is often confused with anise, but the two are entirely unrelated as it carries its own distinct liquorice flavour and medicinal benefits.

Famed for its presence in the Chinese “5 spices” and Indian “Garam Masala” blends, this versatile spice is rich in powerful bioactive compounds, giving it many antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial capabilities!

We have just the recipe to fully make use of this spice in a hearty bowl of Braised Pig Trotters with Mushrooms and Chestnuts.

5. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a fragrant herb that is commonly found as an ingredient in Asian dishes – injecting a bright citrus flavour to everything from soups to curry!

What’s more, lemongrass is also often steeped in water to be drunk as tea because of the great health benefits within the herb. It includes relief from flu, insomnia, stomach problems and even respiratory disorders!

So indulge in this Ginger Lemongrass Detox Iced Tea from Rasa Malaysia, a healthy and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for the summer.

What’s more, check out our SG Local Favourites Cooking Classes and learn how to prepare even more local cuisine!

Hari Raya Special: 5 Absolutely Sedap Recipes

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Hari Raya Special: 5 Absolutely Sedap Recipes!

Hari Raya Puasa is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some delicious home cooked local recipes that’ll be sure to leave your family and friends wanting for more!

1. Malaysian Fried Potato Patty (Begedil)

This well-loved local dish is a savoury explosion of potato goodness with every bite, eaten either on its own or with a delicious bowl of Lontong or Mee Soto! Plus, this quick and fuss-free recipe is just under 30 minutes! If you want an extra fluffy Begedil, use the Zyliss Potato Masher to ensure your potatoes are mashed well without breaking a sweat!  #QuickBites

Featured Kitchen Tool: Zyliss Potato Masher

2. Pulut Inti

What better way to bond with the family with this sweet treat! A traditional Malay dessert, Pulut Inti is a steamed glutinous rice dessert topped with caramel coconut filling made of Gula Melaka sugar and grated coconut! Psst… save those precious fingers of yours by using a Multi Slicer Mandoline too.

Featured Kitchen Tool: Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline

3. Tau Hu Telor

Traditional Indonesian street food that is packed with flavours! Known also as tofu or bean curd omelette, it is paired with a sweet and spicy sauce! Garnish it with peanuts and sliced cucumbers for that additional crunch and texture. Tight for time? Use the Microplane Spiral Cutter and get the perfectly shaped cucumber toppings in no time at all!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Microplane Spiral cutter

4. Nasi Goreng

This spicy fried rice dish is a hot favourite amongst locals! Stir-fried with sambal chilli, fish sauce and dark soya sauce, each grain of rice is infused with an aromatic, earthy and smoky flavour. Topped with a sunny-side-up, cucumbers and prawn crackers for a meal that’ll whet anyone’s appetite. Get the wok-hei aroma in this dish with an Aluminium Non-Stick Fry Pan that is perfect for reaching the high temperatures essential in frying fried rice!

Featured Kitchen Tool: De Buyer Choc Aluminium Non-Stick Fry Pan

5. Mee Rebus

This nostalgic Malay dish is a bowl of delicious, springy yellow noodles that are thickly coated with an aromatic, rich gravy! This recipe shares the secret in perfecting the sauce – a combination of chilli, spice paste and dried shrimps. Our personal favourite is to throw in a Begedil and let it soak in the thick, rich gravy.

What’s more, be the best host this Hari Raya with our sale of up to 60% OFF your favourite selection of cookware, bakeware and tableware until 16 June!

5 Burger Recipes with a Local Twist

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 5 Burger Recipes with a Local Twist!

In celebration of Hamburger Day today, we’d like to share 5 fantastic recipes with a local twist that is sure to satisfy any cravings for delicious buns!

1. Homemade Burger

-By Chef Mimi

First off, our own take on a delicious fuss-free homemade burger by Chef Mimi!

Perfectly shaped chicken patty topped with sliced cheddar cheese that can be either cooked straight away or frozen for next time makes this a quick fix for anyone with a burger craving. Have a smaller appetite or hosting a BBQ party? Downsize the patty portions and make them into burger sliders!

2. Chicken Satay Burger

-By delicious.

Who doesn’t love grilled chicken satays accompanied with a crunchy savoury peanut sauce? Check out this Chicken Satay Burger recipe from delicious. that’ll take this savoury dish to new heights! Give an extra char to your burger with our Cuisinart Griddler and let the extra crispy burnt bits give the burger added texture and taste!

Featured Kitchen Appliance: Cuisinart Griddler $468 (Usual $624)

3. Nasi Lemak Burger

 – Foodie Baker

Now you can get your fix of a delicious Nasi Lemak Burger without going to McDonald’s! We love this variation by Foodie Baker because they use pandan-infused rice as the buns, which really brings out the soul of the “Nasi” in the Nasi Lemak! Afraid that you will have uneven rice patties? Check out our Nordic Ware Burger Press to shape the rice!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Nordic Ware Stuffed Burger Maker and Patty Press ($17.90)

4. Chilli Crab Sliders

– kitchen.nine

Singapore’s signature Chilli Crab, on delicious crispy and fluffy mantou buns! This recipe from kitchen.nine nailed the sauce with a fantastic chilli paste mixed with Belachan for that extra oomph! These little sliders will definitely be the highlight of any party. Our personal favourite is to add on crisp shaven iceberg lettuce to give that extra crunch when you sink your teeth into this delicious burger. Short of time? Simply use the Mastrad Mandolin to help you with the veggie slicing!

Featured Kitchen Tool: Mastrad Multi-Slicer Mandoline Green ($64.90)

5. Vegan Mushroom Bean Burger

– The Spruce Eats

Vegan? Have no fear! This incredibly tasty burger is both vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free! Mushrooms are of the best alternative ingredients to meat in terms of taste and texture! Combine them with a variety of ingredients you can easily find locally and you’ll be able to create a delicious patty (that you can even grill!) for all your vegetarian friends.

Mama Mia! 5 Must-Have Tools for Mum

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Mama Mia!
5 Must-Have Tools for Mum

Mother’s Day is around the corner and we’d like to share with you Cooking, Baking and Hosting tools that’ll make the perfect gift for her. With hundreds of gift ideas to choose from, here’s a highlight of 5 Must-Haves that’ll show your mum your appreciation!

1. Martellato Italian Silicone Moulds, Entire Range – 50% OFF

If you sneak into the kitchens of Italy’s famous bakeries and pastry shops, you’ll find there is no shortage of chefs working with Martellato bakeware and moulds!

These high-quality and flexible Italian-made moulds are perfect for anyone who loves to bake. Coming in all shape and sizes, they are perfect for baking delectable muffins, madeleines or even macarons!

2. Garnier Thiebaut 100% Cotton Luxury Linens, Entire Range – 1-FOR-1

This luxurious range of damask table linen is definitely a gift that will impress! Made in France using 100% Egyptian cotton with unique water and stain resistant coating, they don’t just look amazing, they are built to be durable and long lasting!

3. Luminara LED Flame Wax Candles – 1-FOR-1 (with FREE remote)

Add a touch of grandeur to any space with Luminara Flameless Candles. These candles are the perfect tools to create gorgeous centrepieces and displays.  Beautiful and convenient, these flame-less candles use LED flames, making it kids and pets friendly too! The incredibly realistic LED flame comes with remote capability for even more convenience and a timer function to make sure your evening is perfectly planned.

4. LAVA Cast Iron Casserole, Selected Shapes & Colours – 20% OFF

These gorgeous cast iron casseroles are made from the most advanced casting and enamelling technology in Turkey for the past 40 years. Enamelled cookware is more durable, safer, easier to clean, non-stick, rust-resistant and best of all, unlike traditional cast iron cookware, it doesn’t need to be seasoned!

A definite must-have for all mums looking for a gorgeous piece of cookware that not only looks amazing but cooks incredibly well and lasts almost forever.

5. Imperia iPasta Detachable Noodle Maker – $81.60 (Usual price $102)

Making your homemade pasta is easy as 1 2 3 with the Imperia iPasta detachable Noodle Maker.

Not only is it easy to use but your family will be able to taste the difference between homemade pasta and store bought pasta! Did you know that fresh homemade pasta absorbs sauces better and also taste better too!

This is why Imperia’s Italian chrome-plated steel noodle maker is a god-sent to pasta lovers around the world. The machine clamps to the side of your table, leaving your hands free for feeding dough through the rollers on to the guiding tray.

It is easy to use and clean and has an adjustment dial that lets you make six different thicknesses of pasta, including linguine, ravioli, tortellini and super thin spaghettini!

Check out our Mother’s Day-themed cooking & baking classes here as well 🙂

Looking for more gift ideas? Be sure to check out our Mother’s Day Sale below!

Go Green with ToTT!

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Go Green with ToTT!

Go Green with ToTT and kick start your eco-journey with our range of earth-friendly products. 

1. EcoVessel Stainless Steel Straw with Silicon Tip, Set Of 4 (Comes with Brush) – $19.90

Did you know as much as 500 million drinking straws go to waste every day, that’s 125 school buses filled with straws!

These environmentally friendly stainless steel straws come with soft and colourful silicone tips and are a great alternative to wasteful single-use plastic straws. It even includes a straw cleaning brush that will ensure your straws stay clean.

2. LEXNGO Foldable Silicone Collapsible Meal Box W/Chopstick & Lid –  $23.90/each

This handy lunchbox is perfect for bringing healthy and tasty meals everywhere! Made from 100% BPA free food-grade material, it has a collapsible design making it perfect for storage.

This nifty set also comes with a pair of chopsticks, an air-tight cover and is microwave and dishwasher friendly!

3. Epicurean Cutting Boards – (from $24.90, various sizes)

Epicurean’s signature cutting boards have earned their place in the heart of the kitchen, meeting the highest standards of cooks and chefs worldwide.

Made from eco-friendly materials, these boards are durable, nonporous, knife-friendly, and dishwasher-safe. Exclusively manufactured in the USA, Epicurean boards are built to last through years of daily kitchen use.

4. Bfooding Birch Spoon / Forks, 100 per packet from $8.65

Planning for a party or picnic? Look no further! Made from FSC-Certified sustainable Birchwood and 100-percent Biodegradable material, Bfooding’s range of sturdy and elegant wooden cutlery is not just earth-friendly, they are stylish as well!

5. Le Parfait Glass Jars – from $4.60, in various sizes and a clip top version

With its iconic orange rubber seals, La Parfait is a household French brand since the 1930s.  Its quality glass jars are perfect for preserving, storing food or simply keeping your snacks! So skip the plastic and start using these sturdy glass jars!

Hosting The Perfect Easter Party

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Hosting the Perfect Easter Party

Easter is right around the corner, and we’re super egg-cited! Usher in the long weekend with a delicious Sunday brunch, Easter egg hunt and share your delicious recipes with everyone – because let’s face it, who doesn’t like eggs?!

To make sure you are ready for the perfect Easter weekend, we’ve prepared a list of pointers that’ll teach you everything from menu choices to tips on decorations and games!

  1. Egg-citing Brunch Recipes

Be the ultimate party host and make sure you nail it with some of the best recipes. Whether you’re looking for a delicious entrée, a savoury main or some decadent after-party desserts, we’ve got you covered with 5 recipes for the perfect brunch.

2. The Most Egg-squisite Decorations

Get yourself into the festive spirit by decorating your Easter party with Meri Meri’s Peter Rabbit tableware collection! Stun your guests with a Peter Rabbit Wonderland party theme that will knock their socks off with a 16” table centrepiece, beautiful plates & cups and a cake stand overflowing with adorableness!

The best part is, we’re having an Easter sale where you can get all these at 30% OFF! Head down to our stores or shop online at ToTT @ Redmart now!

3. Egg-ceptional DIY Napkins

You’ve got a fantastic menu and table decoration in place, why not step up your Easter game further by folding your napkins into adorable bunny ears?

So if you want to leave your guests even more impressed, check out this video by Better Homes & Gardens on how you can DIY your own bunny napkins with just a few easy steps!

4. Egg-splosive Devilled Eggs

We love quick and easy recipes that look delicious and taste even better! Watch this step-by-step #QuickBites Video tutorial from us, and you’ll be able to make these adorable chicks with just eggs and a few other ingredients. Decorating them is easy as 1-2-3 too!

5. Egg-travagant Party Treats

Be sure to fill up the stomach of all your guests with a variety of Easter party treats! We recommend these 5 recipes that include a Singaporean favourite – Durian Cream Puffs that will add a local twist to the party!

6. Easter Games That’ll Make Everyone Egg-static!

Whether your activities and games are fun or exciting can make or break your party! Fret not, here’s 20 tested and proven Easter games from The Spruce that’ll be sure to leave everyone wanting for more.

From running those calories off with a Jelly Bean Race to having some good ole’ fashioned Easter Pinata fun, even the adults might not want to leave your party!

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 🙂

Planning on getting new tools for the kitchen? Be sure to check out our March Madness Sale below!

House of the Rising Pancakes

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House of the Rising Pancakes –

5 types of pancakes that will make you go WOW!

In celebration of Pancake Day on 5th March, let us share with you 5 must-try pancake recipes you normally wouldn’t think of!

What’s Pancake Day? It’s actually the last day of feasting before Lent (A period of Christian observance that precedes Easter). During Lent, Christians commit to fasting or giving up on certain foods to reflect and contemplate on their lives in preparation for Easter.  It became a tradition to finish all the rich food that you have on the last day before Lent starts – and what food is richer than delicious fluffy pancakes? That’s how Pancake Day was born!

So without further ado, welcome to The House of the Rising Pancakes!

1. The Fried Chicken Checks in

Crispy, savoury fried chicken goes surprisingly well together with pancakes! Just imagine the crunch of the chicken being complimented by the soft texture of the pancakes. So the next time you see Colonel Sanders, be sure to bring a basket full of pancakes and indulge in a finger licking good time. You will be blown away by this sweet and savoury combo!

Check out this Crispy Chicken and Pancakes with Blueberry Butter recipe for even more delectable goodness!

2. A Smoky and Creamy Twist

Enjoy a healthy salmon avocado toast? Why not take it up a notch and pair them with buttermilk pancakes instead of your standard toasts! This decadent pairing is packed with vitamins and omega3, so yes, go on and indulge in this breakfast treat with your family!

Check out this Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Mashed Avocados recipe to get you started!

Want to poach eggs easily like a boss? Click here for the Nordic Ware Microwave 2 Egg Poacher

3. Nothing says it like Caviar

Extravagance at its best, caviar and pancakes is a match made in heaven! These traditional Russian pancakes also known as Blini are simply indulgent, delectable and a show stopper at any parties!  Remember to serve them straight after you have prepared them and for that added touch – place some fresh dill for garnish

So if you’re looking for a recipe fit for royalties, click here for a Caviar Blini recipe.

4. The Pork-Sperity Suite

Well, it is the year of the pig after all, how can we forget the king of breakfast meats – bacon? A brunch favourite and a must have for any Sunday breakfast, this dish will satisfy both your sweet and savoury senses! Craving for some oozy egg goodness? Bring on some eggs benedict, a breakfast classic that is the perfect way to start a weekend.

5. The Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-styled pancake that is made from a variety of customisable ingredients (hence “Okonomi” which means “as-you-like-it”).

Traditionally, the batter is made of flour, nagaimo (Chinese yam), dashi (Japanese soup stock) and shredded cabbage, resulting in an extremely savoury pancake which smells and taste out of this world.

Also known as the Japanese Pizza, you can have the option to have toppings like seafood, meat and vegetables for the extra oomph! Click here for our okonomiyaki recipe!

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 🙂

Planning on getting new tools for the kitchen? Be sure to check out our March Madness Sale below!

Cooking the Perfect Steak!

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Cooking the Perfect Steak!

There’s nothing more impressive than being able to cook a mouth-watering and juicy steak for your sweet valentine! Cooking an elegant piece of beef steak can be quite daunting for a beginner, especially when just a difference of a minute can determine whether your meat will come out rare, medium-rare or well-done.

Fret not, we’ve got you covered with this guide! So beat the queues this coming Valentine’s Day with a romantic home-cooked dinner with your special someone.

1. Selecting the Prize

With many different parts, it can be challenging trying to recall the differences between each type of cut. As a general guideline, you should keep these pointers in mind no matter what you are buying:

  • The meat should be in good colour (not pale) and appear moist but not wet.
  • The edges of the meat should be evenly cut instead of ragged.
  • If it’s pre-packaged, avoid those with tears or with liquids at the bottom of the tray.
  • It should also feel firm and cold to the touch.

If you’re looking for a quick cheat-sheet on what are the best cuts, here’s a summary:

Most Tender:

The Beef tenderloin (aka Filet Mignon) is your top choice. This is cut from the mid-loin of the cow and while it is not the most flavourful, it is undisputedly the part that is most tender.

Special Occasions:

If you don’t mind breaking your wallet a little, the Top Sirloin (the most premium cut amongst the loin), the T-Bone and the Ribeye are amongst the richest, most opulent steaks you can buy.

Grilling/Out-Door:

Beef steaks are awesome for the grill! Not only are all the above-mentioned meats great for grilling, the flank, skirt and tri-tip cuts are also good (marinate them beforehand for best results.)

2. Don’t immediately cook the steak!

When you first take a steak out from the fridge, the inside of the meat tends to be much colder than the outside. This means that any cooking done will be uneven as the outer layers of the meat will cook much faster with the interior being undercooked.

A good way to make sure that the steak is of even temperature before cooking is to let it sit on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes. This will bring the steak up to room temperature and will allow you to cook it with more precision! Finally, before you throw your steak onto the grill, remember to dap them with paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.

3. War Preparations

First off is to choose the right tool for the job. Ideally, you’ll want a cast iron pan or skillet. This is because they are naturally non-stick, great at retaining heat and the materials give a better sear than stainless steel pans.

Don’t have a cast iron pan yet? Check out the LAVA Cast Iron Grill Pan with Handle at our Redmart store!

Next off, instead of using oil, we prefer to add a knob of butter onto a hot pan. Yes, remember to ensure that you heat the pan till it’s very hot before you cook the steak too! Next up, sprinkle salt, black pepper or your favourite go-to seasoning right before you place the steak on the pan.

 The timing of this is crucial as salt will suck out the moisture of the meat if you add it too early.

4. Onwards, to the great sear!

Now add the steak to the pan, make sure there’s a loud sizzling noise else it means the pan is not hot enough and you should immediately remove the steak and heat the pan higher and longer.

While steaks of different thickness have different cooking times, on average, a 2cm-thick piece of steak should be cooked 2 – 3 minutes each side for rare, 3 – 4 minutes each side for medium-rare to medium and 5 – 6 minutes each side for medium-well to well-done.

Remember, turn the steak only once as the steak will dry out if you keep flipping your prized meat. Always use a tong so that you don’t pierce the meat and let the juices escape.

A trick to find out if your meat is currently at the right doneness is to touch the beef with your finger. The texture of the meat can be compared to the same texture of touching the area of skin below your thumb, at the different tension points as illustrated below.

Illustration courtesy of lifehacker.com

5. The spoils of war

Always rest your steak before serving! This isn’t because your steak is tired but it’s to make sure it’s as JUICY as possible!

Rest it on a plate for the same amount of time you’ve cooked it, giving it ample time for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat like a sponge. If you had to make some adjustments to the cooking time for whatever reason and can’t remember how long you’ve cooked it, 10 minutes is a good benchmark.

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 😉

Planning on preparing the perfect candlelight dinner? Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day sale below!

5 Ways to Eat Clean!

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5 Ways to Eat Clean!

As we approach 2019, many of us will be filling up our list of New Year resolutions. New Year New Me! Right? We’re here to help you with one of the most common problems for everyone hoping to pursue a healthier lifestyle, a guide on eating clean!

By the end of this article, not only will your digestive tract thank you, but you’ll also realize it’s not that hard at all. So here’s to us inspiring you to Cook, Bake & Host… healthily!

1.  Choose Wholegrain

We all love our carbohydrates and it’s a staple in many of our diets. While you might have heard this one before, you probably did not realize how much better whole grain is compared to refined grain.

This means choosing wheat, brown rice, barley, maize (aka corn), rye and oats. Avoid white bread, white rice or cornflakes at all costs!

So why do we refine grain? This is to give them a finer texture and improve their shelf life, but it also removes dietary fibre, iron, and many B vitamins. These are vital nutrition that the body needs for our daily tasks! Health benefits aside, people who eat more whole grains have an easier time losing weight and keeping it off long-term – here’s a slice of a tidbit for all you out here:

  1. In one analysis of 2,834 adults who took part in a large health study, people who consumed mostly whole grains were shown to be less likely to carry excess belly fat than those who consumed mainly refined grains. – U.S. National Library of Medicine

2. More Fruits & Vegetables

Something we have probably heard since we were growing up – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well, it’s undeniably true as they are the best source of fibre, vitamins and minerals that help combat inflammation and protect your cells from damage.

Make your salads as colourful as possible; doesn’t hurt to throw in some berries, apple or orange slices too! Be CAREFUL on the type of fruit juice you drink though as many contain sugar and other substances which are actually more detrimental than beneficial to your health.

In layman’s terms, you will fall sick less often, improve your immune system and worry less about big chilling words like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer. So keep it clean and eat your greens!

3. Avoid Processed Foods

A lot about eating clean is simply the basic notion of trying to eat food at their most natural state. Processed food is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish by eating clean. Often times, this “processing” includes taking out fibre and other important nutrients from the food and replacing them with sugar, chemicals and god knows what!

Love breakfast cereals, bacon rashers, sausages, microwavable meals, granola bars or instant noodles? Repent, as these sinful indulgences are the worst kinds of processed food you can put into your body!

What’s more, our body digest processed foods and whole foods very differently. Processed food takes less energy to digest and absorb, making them one of the key culprits in causing weight gain. If you’re looking for a healthy way to burn those calories, eat whole foods like grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables!

4. Limit your Sugar Intake

Sugar, the ultimate villain in the world of eating clean, takes the form of some of the most appealing and delicious looking food in the world. Don’t be fooled! Sugar, especially in high amounts, is a one-way road to obesity, diabetes, fatty liver and a whole range of other diseases!

It’s not enough to just avoid sweet stuff! Sugar is cleverly deceptive and is often found in foods that do not taste especially sweet, like condiments and sauces.

Fortunately, you still can have your fill of sweet tasting foods through fruits and other whole foods. You also don’t have to worry about naturally occurring sugars found in fruit and dairy; they come packaged with fibre, protein or fat that helps mitigate the effect of sugar on insulin levels, making them very well balanced foods!

5. Cooking at Home

A brilliant way of making sure you’re eating clean is to cook at home! Eating out can make trying to stay clean an arduous task. From the flavourful MSG content to the oily and greasy wok hei we’ve all come to love, we can understand why it’d be an uphill task on a night out!

Cooking at home means you can control every ingredient of your meal, right down to the cooking oil. You should avoid trans-fat or vegetable oils that are highly processed and linked to heart diseases and weight gain.

In fact, you can exercise all of the previous tips when you choose to cook at home – choosing whole grain, adding more fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed food (remember to read the labels!) and limiting sugar in your meals is an excellent start to the perfect clean diet.

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 😉

Planning to stock up on your kitchen equipment?

Be sure to check out our year-end clearance sale below!

One Secret Santa to Rule Them All

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One Secret Santa to Rule Them All!

It’s the season of giving and you can be the one secret Santa to rule them all! That’s right, here at ToTT Store you can get the best Christmas gifts for less and shop the most ToTTful and unique presents for your loved ones!

  1. A Cheesy Surprise

This excellent gift bundle is perfect for all cheese lovers and you don’t even have to break your wallet for it! Carved from solid beech wood, the cheese board includes a convenient handle that offers the option of hanging it up in the kitchen. It also comes with a cheese knife that is suitable for cutting all kinds of cheese to serve at any parties this Christmas season

BOSKA Beech Wood Cheese Board + Mini Oak Cheesy Knife (Bundle Deal Now $15.40, U.P $23.80)

2. Is that you, Hansel?

If you’re looking to bake delectable Christmas treats, look no further! Instead of trying to find strange cottages in the forest (that may or may not be owned by witches), you can simply get this adorable baking kit. With a non-stick baking mat and our handy rolling pin, you’ll have the perfect surface to roll up any kind of dough you want. Take out our gingerbread cutters to cut out delicious gingerbread boys or girls!

SAFICO Teflon Non-Stick Baking Mat + Ginger Bread Cutters 2pcs (Boy/Girl) + Wooden Rolling Pin (Bundle Deal Now $18.90, U.P $24.20)

3. Danger:  Festive Firearms Detected

If making sweet, decadent delicacies is a crime, then this would be the perfect murder weapon. This cookie press & icing set will make you feel like a secret baking agent, with a collection of 8 different nozzles and 13 types of cookie cutters, you’ll be well equipped to tackle any cookie baking missions heading your way.

LACOR Cookie Press & Icing Set (Now $45.90, U.P $62.90)

4. No Roast for the Wicked

Make roasting a cinch with this amazing roaster & rack combo. The perforated base of the roasting rack allows for juice and fat to drip onto the premium non-stick interior of the handy roaster, letting you serve up delicious savoury meats right from the oven! So sit back, relax and enjoy a meal that is a cut above the roast. 😉

NORDIC WARE Large Roaster + Fold Up Roasting Rack Bundle (Bundle Deal Now $84.90, U.P $114.80)

5. The Grape Gatsby

This wine aerator bundle lets you fill stunning lead crystal stem glasses with the perfect amount of aerated wine – with just a push of a button! Bring out the Pinot Noirs and serve it with style. A must-have accessory and the perfect gift for all wine lovers.

VINAERA Electronic Wine Aerator + Set of 4 NACHTMANN Vivendi Lead Crystal Red Wine Stem Glasses (Bundle Deal Now $139.90, U.P $324.80)

That’s not all! Bring a buddy and check out our 1-for-1 Christmas cooking & baking classes just for you, exclusively at ToTT Store!

From Cottage Pie & Apple Crumble by Chef Michele to Gingerbread Man Macarons by Chef Lin Weixian, roll up your sleeves and get ready to wow your friends and family!

Full class listing available here.