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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.

 

5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch.

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5 Recipes for the Perfect Brunch

The holidays are just around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse for everybody’s favourite meal; that one meal that combines a hearty breakfast and a wholesome lunch – BRUNCH.

While showing up at one is easy, hosting one on the other hand, really takes some grit and courage (Ugh, those fussy poached eggs!).

Fret not, with this 5 easy-to-make recipes from us, hosting brunch will seem like a breeze! 😉

1. Vanilla Waffles 

For our entrée, let’s start with some fluffy home-made Vanilla Waffles!  Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, topped with vanilla ice-cream and sweet maple syrup. The perfect way to kick-start any brunch.

Looking to maximise kitchen space while rolling out perfectly shaped waffles? Try the Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker; no mess, fuss-free and easy to clean!

Recommended Cookware: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Avocados 

Next up, delicious smoked salmon topped with perfect poached eggs served with some mashed avocado goodness. There’s nothing like a dish that is both Insta-worthy and delicious for brunch, and this easy-to-follow recipe does just that! Be prepared though, your friends will start hounding you to teach them how to make this!

Psst, sometimes we cheat by using the Nordic Ware Egg Poacher Pan which makes poaching eggs ridiculously easy.

Recommended Cookware: Nordic Ware Egg Poacher & Omelette Folding Pan

3. Ham and Cheese Quiche

Say Cheese with Quiche! Sink your teeth into this decadent savoury pie that is loaded with generous slices of ham.  Show off with this classic savoury pastry that originated from Germany and you’ll be turning your brunch to the next level.

Not a fan of ham or prefer something lighter? Swap them with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes or even smoked salmon! You really can’t go wrong with this, especially not when we’ve recommended you the perfect cheese grater below!

Recommended Tool: Boska Stainless Steel Trio Formaggio XL Cheese Grater

4. Croissant 

Bonjour! Our next addition to the perfect brunch will be this classic French staple. Nobody can resist buttery croissants that are fresh from the oven, and this simple recipe teaches you exactly how to do it!

Knead your dough in style with our Jamie Oliver Rolling Pin, made from solid acacia wood with contoured handles that provides superior grip.

Recommended Bakeware:

Jamie Oliver Acacia Rolling Pin

Silpat Silicone Non-Stick Pastry Mat

5. Matcha Souffle 

Soufflé and brunch are a Matcha made in heaven! This stunning recipe highlights the different layers of aroma in Japanese green tea leaves. Truly a dessert to behold!

Serve them in our Lava Soufflé Pots and you’ll have yourself a winner at any brunch table!

Recommended Bakeware:  Lava Cast Iron Round Soufflé Pot

That’s not all! For the month of November, we have a ton of cooking & baking classes just for you, exclusively at ToTT Store!

From Dim Sum Classics by Chef Michele to Love for Macarons by Chef Lin Weixian, roll up your sleeves and get ready to wow your friends and family!

Full class listing available here.

 

ToTT 8th Anniversary Special – 5 interesting things to do this October!

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5 interesting things to do this October!

ToTT Store celebrates its 8th birthday this October with a line-up of fun-filled activities just for you!

1. ToTT Atrium Sale

For the first time ever, ToTT Store will be having its first atrium sale at Century Square Shopping Mall from 5 to 11 October 2018, 10 am – 10 pm daily. Come down and shop your favourite kitchenware brands WMF, Tefal, Scanpan, KitchenAid and SodaStream! Exclusive deals definitely not to be missed!

Click here to find out more!

2. Meet Your Favourite Kitchenware Brands

ToTT @ Century Square will be converting its 1,100sqft cooking studio into an exclusive pop up market where you can shop and learn more about your favourite kitchenware brands on 12 October 2018, 6 – 9 pm. Shoppers can expect live product demonstrations and exclusive deals during this event too!  What’s more, this event is complimentary! So come on down with your family for a fun night out.

3. Food From The Heart Classes

For the third year running, ToTT is once again bringing back its popular charity baking classes in collaboration with Food from the Heart. Participants can sign-up for a variety of baking classes every Sunday in the month of October, where they will be taught how to bake delectable Rustic Pot Pies, melt-in-the-mouth Egg Tarts or even Quiche Lorraine from scratch!

Half of everything baked will be donated to Food from the Heart, a non-profit voluntary food distribution programme that channels surplus food to those in need.

For a token registration fee of $38, each participant will receive a ToTT cookbook and learn how to bake these delicious treats!  Interested participants can sign up here!

4. Anniversary 1-For-1 Classes

For the entire month of October, cooking enthusiasts will be able to bring a friend and enjoy 1-For-1 classes including Thai Street Food by Chef Shih Er, Tasty Italian Dishes by Chef Michele Ow and Luscious Strawberry Shortcake by Chef Philia.

That’s right! Spend quality time with your friend and learn these delicious recipes at just $88 for the both of you. Interested? Click here to sign up now!

5. Spin The Wheel

Spin the wheel at ToTT @ Suntec and stand a chance to win amazing prizes! Don’t miss the chance to win incredible prizes from Jamie Oliver Oven Gloves (worth $30.90) to our grand prize of a Grant Uno Sous Vide Controller worth $281.90!

Simply shop at ToTT @ Suntec from 27 September to 28 October with a minimum of $100 in a single receipt to participate!

That’s not all! Enjoy amazing deals and discounts throughout our entire anniversary month, including lucky draw prizes worth over $1,200!

Click here to find out more!

 

Bake with Your Kids – 6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

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6 Baking Recipes Under 30mins!

School holidays are just around the corner! What better way to spend time with the kids than to have a fun baking session together? We’ve selected 6 hassle-free and easy recipes that takes less than 30mins for you to share with your children!

1. Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

These addictive morsels of Rocky Road Peanut Clusters only require FIVE ingredients and are made in the microwave! A delicious sweet treat for everyone to enjoy! Be warned, once you start, you can’t stop!

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

2. Dutch Baby Pancakes

Forget regular pancakes! This super fluffy, super moist Dutch Baby Pancakes are perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings when you want to do something extra special for breakfast! Not a fan of blueberries? Go with strawberries or even cobbled peaches as toppings!

Recommended Bakeware: Magisso Ballon Whisk

3. Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

Here’s how to make gooey, cheesy, garlicky pull-apart bread, one step at a time! Addictively buttery and cheesy with each piece bursting with fresh herb and garlic flavours!

Recommended Bakeware: Mye Wooden Round Pizza Board With Handle

4. Banana & Raisin Cinnamon Muffins

Get wowed by this simple recipe that will fill your kitchen with the aroma of cinnamon and baked bananas. In just 3 simple steps, and less than 30 mins get ready to bond and bake these tasty treats with your children! Perfect for tea parties!

An easy to make recipe that combines delicious creamed banana batter with a healthy and flavourful cinnamon mix.

Recommended Bakeware: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Muffin Tin

5. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Feeling peckish and looking for a kid activity this school holiday? Grab your mixing bowls, spatula and get ready to bake these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. A perfect teatime snack for the children as they wash it down with a glass of cold milk!

Recommended Bakeware:  Jamie Oliver Balloon Whisk with Acacia Wood Handle

6. Classic Waffles

A popular snack worldwide, waffles can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here’s our version of classic waffles – fluffy, moist and tasty. Serve it with your favourite ice-cream, topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream or icing sugar!

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker

That’s not all! For the month of September, we have a ton of Junior Chef Classes just for you and your child! From Handmade Pasta & Molten Lava Cake by Chef Michele to Ice Cream Cone Cake by Chef Phillia, roll up your sleeves and get ready for the time of your life with your kid!

Full ToTT Junior Chef Class listing available here.

 

Have a Beer-Tastic September – Here’s 5 Cocktails Using Beer!

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Here’s 5 Cocktails Using Beer!

Not going for Beerfest Asia 2018? We got you covered! Enjoy 5 refreshing easy-drinking summer beer cocktails right in the comfort of your own home.

1. Soju with Beer (Somaek)

Soju is taking Singapore by storm! While some might find it too strong to drink on its own, did you know that it goes surprisingly well with beer? It enhances the sweetness of the beer while making it smooth. Koreans call this concoction Somaek, an abbreviation of 2 Korean words; Soju (Soju) and Maekju (Beer).

  1. Choose your favourite flavour of Soju (Original, Grapefruit, White Grape, etc).
  2. Pour half a pint of beer into a glass.
  3. Pour either 125ml of Soju or 2 Shots. Stir well.
  4. Bonus: A Korean trick by using chopsticks to mix; put 1 chopsticks at each end of the cup, and bring them together fast in a clapping motion so the liquid and gas from the beer stirs by itself.

Recommended Item: ToTT Copper Plated Heavy Jigger

2. Espresso Stout

Go bold with this creamy concoction that brings out the intense coffee aroma and deep roasted malt. Pair this thirst quencher with a Seafood Pie for an extra ooomph. Definitely a favourite for those looking for intensity and richness in their drinks!

  1. Pour 10ml of cold espresso into a small jug and add 10ml of coffee liqueur (Kahlua/Baileys).
  2. Stir and place in the fridge to chill for 30 mins
  3. Take out and add 150ml of stout. Stir well and serve

Recommended Item: Cuisinart Nut And Spice Grinder

3. Coronarita

If you love Corona, this Coronarita concoction is going to knock your socks off! This refreshing cooler is just perfect to combat Singapore’s hot weather!

  1. Pour ice cubes, tequila (1½oz), triple sec (¾oz) and lime sour mix(3oz) into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the mixture and strain it into a salted pint glass.
  3. Flip a Corona upside down and place it into the drink
  4. Enjoy as the Corona dispenses slowly into your Coronarita!

Recommended Item: ToTT Copper Plated 2-Piece Cocktail Shaker

4. Beer Găo

Time for a recipe created right here in Singapore ! You’ve probably heard people at your hawker centres ordering their Coffee through terms like Kopi O Kosong, Kopi Xiu Dai, or even Kopi Gao! But did you know you can order a BeerGao too?! This local favourite is a simple concoction that combines the refreshing zest of lager and deep nutty flavours of stout.

  1. Pour ½ pint of lager beer into glass. 
  2. Pour ½ pint of stout into a glass and stir.
  3. Sit back, relax.
  4. Bonus: Test your local hawker’s level of customer service and just shout “Beer Gao!”; chances are, they’ll bring you exactly what you need!

Recommended Item: Spiegelau Lager Beer Glass Collection

5. Michelada

Michelada, is a must-have summer drink! With a right balance of cold light beer, hot sauce, zesty lime juice and Worcestershire, be prepared to be blown away by this refreshing and flavourful drink. Salud!

  1. Salt the rim of a large, tall glass. (For an authentic experience, use a chili-salt mixture!)
  2. Fill the glass with lime juice (60ml), 2 teaspoon of hot sauce and 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  3. Fill glass with ice and top with beer (Mexican beers like Victoria or Corona works best)
  4. Stir gently and enjoy!

Recommended Item: Spiegelau Crystal Long Drinking Glass Set

We hope you enjoyed these amazing recipes! Plus, if you’re looking for a fuss free way to make these drinks with the right tools, ToTT Store is offering AMAZING discounts to our collection of bartending tools; only for the month of August!

Click here to find out more!

P.S. Please practice responsible drinking 😉

 

Be the Greatest Potluck Host – 6 Items That Make Any Potluck a Breeze!

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Be the Greatest Potluck Host –

6 Items That Make Any Potluck a Breeze!!

A potluck is a great way to catch up with your friends and family. While it can be quite challenging to cook up the perfect dish given our hectic schedules, here are 6 items we recommend that will ensure you are able to prepare hassle-free delicious meals for your loved ones!

1. Casserole

What’s a potluck without some piping hot casserole? Whether you’re planning a pasta or meaty dish, having a good Casserole pot is paramount in transporting and displaying your dish! We recommend a cast iron casserole as its tough, durable and helps preserve the heat for a longer period of time.

Recommended Kitchenware: Lava Cast Iron Round Casserole (Available at ToTT Store)

2. Sous Vide Controller

Struggling to find time to cook with the perfect temperature? Look no further! With a Sous Vide controller, you can simply plug and play with your existing rice/slow cookers. Not only will you achieve precision in temperature control; you can simply set the timer and go about your daily activities, returning home to a nice evenly-cooked gourmet meal! So if you are thinking or cooking up a storm, this nifty gadget is a definite must have in your kitchen!

Recommended Appliance: Grant Uno – Sous Vide Controller

3. Ice Cream Maker

A potluck is never complete without some tasty desserts to tempt everyone’s sweet tooth. With the warm weather in Singapore; what better way to end off your potluck than with some ice-cold ice cream, gelato, sorbet or even yoghurt? It may be daunting at first to think at how long one might need to freeze the necessary ingredients, but with an ice cream maker, you can do it in just 20 minutes or less! Simply throw in the ingredients, switch on the maker and the machine does the rest!

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker

4. Cake Stand

Part of the fun of a potluck is laying out everyone’s favourite dishes on the table; and a good cake stand goes a long way in displaying prop a decadent birthday cake or even smaller pastries like cupcakes and brownies! We recommend this chic and beautifully hand-painted stand from Jamie Oliver to help up your show-casing game to another level.

Recommended Kitchenware: Jamie Oliver Embossed Cake Stand

5. Bartending Tools

What’s a party without some Gin & Tonic or Sangria! With Quench’s first ever 10-in-1 bartending tool, you no longer need to be a pro mixologist in order to mix up your favourite cocktails. This affordable set of tools come with a muddler, knife, reamer, stirrer, channel knife, corkscrew, jigger, strainer, zester and bottle opener. Looks like having a margarita at the next potluck won’t be so far off after all!

Recommended Tool: Quench Bar10der (Available at ToTT Store)

6. Cheese Board

From Cheddar to Mozzarella; cheese lovers would be absolutely delighted to see it at a potluck! A bona-fide cheese board is not only a great way to lay out your cheeses; it’s also made from carefully selected wood that ensures undesirable flavours from permeating into the cheese. Aside from cheeses, you can even use it to display appetisers or petite pastries on it!

Recommended Tool: Boska Geneva Cheese Board

Now that you’re equipped with these tools, you’ll suddenly find yourself on-top of any potluck! If you’re looking for even more items to complete your arsenal, you can visit us online at Redmart, Lazada or simply just come down to our stores at Century Square & Suntec City to take a look around!

 

Be Reminded of Home – 6 Home-Made Recipes to Celebrate National Day!

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Be Reminded of Home –

6 Home-Made Recipes to Celebrate National Day!

Let us bring you down memory lane this National Day as we explore the joy of wholesome home-cooked meals. Join us as we relive the precious memories of heat warming dishes lovingly set upon the family dining table with these six delicious recipes!

1. Signature Ayam Chin

A firm local favourite, Ayam Chin is perfect as a main dish or finger food! Whip up this signature Perenakan dish with an easy recipe by Chef Lisa Leong. Your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of cinnamon, garlic, coriander as this chicken stew gently simmers over the stove! Perfect with hot steaming rice.

Recommended Cookware: ZEBRA, Estio Pro II Sauce Pot with Lid

2. Shark’s Fin-Style Seafood and Shrooms Potage

Sharks Fin?! Gasp. Don’t worry, this recipe is 100% shark-friendly. A popular street snack in Hong Kong, this amazing potage has a broth oozing with delicious dried scallops and chunky prawn meat. So yes tuck in to this guilt-free heart-warming soup!

Recommended Cookware: Justin Quek Double Boiler.

3. Turmeric Nasi Lemak

There’s nothing like waking up to a piping hot plate of Nasi Lemak in the morning. This recipe will teach you how you can achieve the perfect aromatic rice with a touch of turmeric powder.  Trust us, you will be asking for more!

Recommended Kitchenware: Jamie Oliver Pestle and Mortar

4. Singapore Satay

A visit to famous local haunts like, Chomp Chomp or Lau Pa Sat isn’t complete without ordering a plate of Satay to share with everyone! Look no further as this recipe teaches you how to create the sweet and spicy peanut sauce that accompanies these juicy tender bite-sized chicken morsels.  Yes you can now enjoy your own savoury satay at home!

Recommended Cookware: Lava Cast Iron Grill Pan

5. Beef Rendang

Nothing says delicious, rich and creamy better than Beef Rendang! Enjoy learning this local home favourite that goes super shiok with both rice and Roti Prata!

Recommended Cookware: Cuisinart Mini Prep Processor

6. Black Pepper Crabs

Never thought you might master the art of frying your own Black Pepper Crabs right at home? Fret Not as Chef Michele’s simple recipe teaches you how to prepare this local dish in just 6 Simple Steps! So yes, bring out your trusty wok and get ready to impress your dinner guests!

Recommended Appliance: Zebra Chinese Wok with Lid and Steamer

That’s not all! For the month of August, we have a ton of National Day themed cooking classes just for you, exclusively at our ToTT Stores!

From Crabs 3-Ways by Chef Michele to Singapore Popular Roasts by Chef Julie, roll up your sleeves and get ready to wow your friends and family!

Full National Day themed class listing available here.