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LOCAL FOOD SPECIAL – 7 Classic Local Recipes to try in July!

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LOCAL FOOD SPECIAL – 7 Classic Local Recipes to try in July!

As Singapore celebrates our Annual Singapore Food Festival in July, why not join in this fiesta by recreating your childhood’s most-comforting food memories in your own kitchen with classic local recipes that will surely bring you on a nostalgic journey to the past!

Cook up a storm with favourites such as Kueh Dadar, Onde Onde, and all-time favourite Singapore Laksa. Take your pick from our list below and start whipping up these delights!

1. Kueh Dadar

A Sink your teeth in a local Peranakan delicacy made from pandan flavoured crepes with shredded Gula Melaka coconut filling.This sweet coconut stuffed pancake roll is usually served as a snack at tea time that goes wonderfully well with coffee or tea!

Recommended equipment: Nordic Ware Traditional French Steel Crepe Pan

2. Chicken Satay

Instead of heading to the Satay Club for your satay fix, learn how to make your own rendition of this Singapore classic right at home! Be the hero of the barbecue with these dangerously addictive sweet and sticky satay skewers! These flavourful morsels of chicken are marinated in a blend of spices overnight, allowing the meat to absorb all the flavours before hitting the grill. Served with a homemade delicious peanut dipping sauce, trust us when we say you won’t be able to stop at one!

Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Griddler®

3. Pisang Goreng

Pisang Goreng (banana fritter) is a beloved local snack that is gettingmore difficult to find these days! Make your own sweet bananas cookedtill tender and coated with a delicate crispy batter makes for theperfect tea time snack!

Recommended equipment: Ibili Inducta Ceramic Frying Pans, Set of 2

4. Wanton Noodles with Char Siew

A firm favourite with local diners, some prize the texture of thewantons over the texture of the noodles, while the soup and condimentsmake or break the dish for others.
With this recipe, you can cook the noodles’ texture till your likingand add as much or little condiments as you like. Enjoy a delicious bowlof Wanton Noodles served with dark soya sauce, topped with wanton andbarbecued char siew in the comfort of your own home!

Recommended equipment: Zebra Sauce Pan with Glass Lid & Frying Basket

5. Siew Mai with Scallops

Along with Har Gow (crystal shrimp dumplings), Siew Mai (Chinese pork and shrimp dumplings) are a dim sum classic. Though it has Cantonese origins, Siew Mais are a perennial local favourite when diners head to dim sum restaurants.
Learn to make these little treasures filled with pork and shrimp that are incredibly juicy and flavourful with Chef Trish Yee’s recipe!

Recommended equipment: Oval Chinese Bamboo Steaming Case

6. Chili Crab with Mantou

This is one that needs no introduction! An iconic local dish with aneggy, slightly sweet and tangy sauce, it is almost a must to enjoy withmantous. Traditionally served with steamed mantous, they are equallygood with deep-fried mantous as well.  Indulge this finger-licking goodlocal favourite dish with Chef Michele’s recipe for a home-cooked crabfiesta at home!

Recommended equipment: Zebra Chinese Wok with Lid

7. Traditional Sliced Bak Kwa

Best described as ‘Chinese Pork Jerky’, this is probably the mostindulgent dish on the list! Commonly seen during Chinese New Year, theseaddictive sliced meats are easier to make that you think – bookmarkthis for Chinese New Year and you won’t have to brave the long queuesfor store-bought Bak Kwa!

Recommended equipment: Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator

Stretch your dollar with ToTT this GSS! Enjoy 50% off selected products, 10% off STOREWIDE* and more! Shop for all your essential cook, bake, and host ware at irresistible prices – only from 9 June – 13 Aug! T&Cs apply.

For the month of July only, shop exclusive Purchase with Purchase deals in-store with a min. spending of $100, $300 and $500!

10% off storewide only applicable for Citi Credit Cardmembers from 9 – 30 June & 1 – 13 Aug.

Hungry for more local delights and Peranakan kuehs? Then be sure to check out the upcoming Kueh Appreciation Day only at ToTT @ Dunearn on 23 July!

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy traditional kueh (the Malay word for cake) from nine local kueh artisans from different ethnic groups – Eurasian, Hainanese, Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka, Peranakan, and Malay – that are stalwarts in the trade; as well as watch live demonstrations of rarely-seen creations.

Find out more here!

School Holiday Special: 6 classes & recipes to try with your kids this June!

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School Holiday Special: 6 classes & recipes to try with your kids this June!

School’s out! Wondering where to bring your kids this June holidays? Check out our list of fun activities and recipes to try with junior!

Baking is a wonderful way to spark a lifelong love of the kitchen in your children. It teaches them about the processes of cooking: following a recipe, measuring, combining ingredients and baking them in the oven to create scrumptious treats. It’s fun, engaging and more than often, the results are delicious! Here are our suggestions for baking with kids:

1. ToTT Junior MasterChef Classes

Put your young chefs to work at the ToTT Junior MasterChef Classes! In just two hours, junior will learn to cook or bake from scratch under the guidance of our professional ToTT Chef Instructors. Cook up a storm with them and bring home your very own handmade treats! Classes include Burger Cupcakes, Oreo Chocolate Cupcakes, Artisan Cream Cheese Cake in Cups!

Sign up now: http://content.tottstore.com/classes/filter/133

2. Bake&Go Parties

30 minutes is all you need for a bag of freshly made yummy cookies designed and baked by you. For $14.50nett, you can purchase a tin of cookie dough or a batch of cupcake batter. Standard toppings of chocolate chips and ground peanuts come with the price!

Celebrating a birthday? Go for the Bake&Go Birthday Party Package that includes goodie bags, drinks, and a party platter for the kids! *Minimum of 6pax required for both ala-carte and party packages.

When it comes to baking, there’s a job for every set of hands in the kitchen — even the littlest ones. Test these recipes out during your next weekend at home with the whole family.

3. Quick Bites! – Egg Toast Cups

These delicious all-in-one breakfast muffins make for a great grab-and-go breakfast and require just one muffin tin to create perfect single-serving portions.
Have fun flattening the bread with a rolling pin and feel free to swap any of the ingredients for your own favourite

4. Rainbow Cake in a Jar

Make these cute Rainbow Cake in a Jar from scratch with Chef Jehanne’s recipe! The recipe is simple enough for kids to follow alongside with your guidance, and the end results speak for themselves!

6. Quick Bites! – Nutella Skillet Cookie

Buttery chocolate chip cookie dough, baked in a skillet, with a thick layer of Nutella hidden in the middle. Once baked, you’ll end up with a golden brown cookie with crisp edges, a slightly under cooked middle, and Nutella oozing everywhere!
Task your kids with the job of mixing the ingredients (you can take over if they get tired!) and spreading the dough onto the skillet. Feel free to add in their favourite toppings – think M&Ms, mini marshmallows and more! Once baked, gather everyone and dig straight right into the skillet!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Mom will Appreciate!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Mom will Appreciate!

Celebrate the amazing women in your life with one of these thoughtful gifts that will last! From stylish champagne coolers to cool kitchen gadgets, we have something to suit everyone. Shop our Mother’s Day Sale from 28 April – 14 May!

Make Mother’s Day an extra special celebration and present a toast to Mom or the leading lady in your life with the Magisso Champagne Cooler and fine Nachtmann Bavarian Lead Crystal Champagne Glasses (Set of 6) (Now $78.30, U.P $111.90)! Celebrate in style as you won’t need a freezer or a fridge to keep your drinks cool with the awarded Naturally Cooling Ceramic barware. Just soak the Naturally Cooling Ceramics in water for a minute or two before use. It will keep content cool for two to four hours. You can also create your very own design or write a personal message for Mom on the side of the Ceramics with a chalk!
Magisso Champagne Cooler (Now $101.40, U.P $144.90)
Nachtmann Bavarian Lead Crystal Champagne Glasses (Set of 6) (Now $78.30, U.P $111.90)

A staple for many Mother’s Day gift-giving seasons, the food processor is essential for any household gourmet looking to create succulent and nutritious meals. The Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor is the perfect little helper for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to finely grinding hard cheese. Its versatility lies in the special Auto Reversing Smart Blade™, which makes it easier to process both soft and hard foods. Designed in Italy, the Mini-Prep Plus’ sleek touch pad controls afford easy cleaning and an elegant look.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor (Now $138.60, U.P $199)

If Mom is an early riser, why not surprise her with a delicious quiche for breakfast in bed? Roll up your sleeves and start making a delicious homemade quiche with the Nordic Ware Pro Form Quiche/Tart Pan. With a self-crimpled edge, this 10 inch quiche/tart pan has a removable bottom, which makes for easy release and serving. Pair your quiche with a simple salad and a refreshing drink and you’ve got yourself the perfect Mother’s Day lunch or brunch!
Nordic Ware Pro Form Quiche/Tart Pan (Now $23.70, U.P $33.90)

Is that special lady in your life an avid baker?  The mYe FUSION 3-Tier Cake Stand makes for the perfect setting for her edible works of art to be displayed on. Tie a ribbon to the stand and gift it with some delicious goodies for Mother’s Day! Whether you are presenting a show-stopping celebration cake or passing around a batch of brownies, this 3-Tier Cake Stand will do the job perfectly.
mYe FUSION 3-Tier Cake Stand (Now $121, U.P $172.90)

If you need some décor inspiration for your dining table this Mother’s Day, try the luxurious Garnier Thiebaut 100% Cotton Table Runner with Green Sweet Coating. Established in 1870, Garnier-Thiebaut creates beautiful, quality French table linens. Their linens have been used by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, The Ritz Carlton and many other renowned establishments. Garnier-Thiebaut’s damask cotton tablecloths are made using 100% two-ply twisted cotton, mercerized for long life and durability of the product. The designs are created by our team of designers to follow the home fashion trends.

Garnier Thiebaut 100% Cotton Table Runner with Green Sweet Coating (Now $118.30, U.P $147.90).

Treat your Mom to a different kind of celebration this Mother’s Day and enjoy a precious bonding activity together!  Spend some quality time in the kitchen making delicacies from scratch under the guidance of ToTT Chef Instructors. ToTT Members enjoy one for one off these special classes.

Mother’s Day 1-for-1 Special: All About Macarons
Bake delicate macarons with fragrant rose and red velvet buttercream with Chef Michele Ow in the comfort of a state-of-the-art hands-on studio! The class also includes a discussion with Chef Michele that covers tips, techniques and troubleshooting through-out the class.

Mother’s Day 1-for-1 Special: Orange, Cherry & Chocolate Cake
Learn to bake a refreshing Orange Yogurt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Sour Cherry & Berry Compote, and a decadent Chocolate Glazed Orange Cake with Chef Claire Marie Change! The class also includes a discussion with Chef Michele that covers tips, techniques and troubleshooting through-out the class.

Easter Delights: Baking Essentials for your perfect Easter party!

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Easter Delights: Baking Essentials for your perfect Easter party!

Easter is always a great time for families and friends to get together – if you’re planning an Easter party this year, get baking and treat your guests to some homemade Easter goodies! Whether you’ve decided to bake cookies, cupcakes or show-stopping cakes, here’s a round-up of all the baking essentials you will need this Easter for the perfect party! Discover everything you need to rise to the occasion with our range of Easter baking essentials.

1. Meri Meri Easter Party & Bakeware

Decorate your Easter cakes in style with these cute cake toppers featuring Easter bunnies with flowers and flags. The toppers are embellished with satin cord and shiny gold foil. Perfect for that carrot cake
Here’s a fantastic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting to get you started!
Enjoy 35% – 50% off selected Meri Meri Party & Bakeware!

2. Nordic Ware Cake Pops Keeper with Dome Cover

Transport all your yummy cake pop creations easily with the Nordic Ware Cake Pops Keeper with Dome Keeper! The keeper works with standard-sized treat sticks and securely holds your cake pops in place for decorating and transport. It holds 35 cake pops with the dome cover on, and 36 with the dome cover off.
Get the Nordic Ware Cake Pops Keeper with Dome Cover at $32.10 (U.P $45.90)!

3. Jamie Oliver Bakeware

The new range of bakeware and baking tools from Jamie Oliver is every home baker’s dream. Each piece has been smartly designed to help turn out show-stopping cakes and melt-in-the-mouth dishes time after time. The new range includes non-stick baking tins, loaf tins, whisks and many more baking tools.
Enjoy 30% off selected Bakeware & Baking tools from the new range of Jamie Oliver bakeware!

4. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

Enjoy the finest homemade frozen treats – at home! The fully automatic Cuisinart® Frozen Yogurt – Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker lets you make your favorites in 20 minutes or less, with no fuss and no mess. Just add ingredients to the bowl, press ON and the machine does the rest – delicious frozen treats for everyone in no time!
Enjoy the 35% off the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker with a FREE Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop worth $22.90!

5. Nordic Ware E-Z Deco Icing Pen

Decorate cakes as easily as if you’re writing with a pen! The Nordic Ware E-Z Deco Icing Pen fits perfectly in your hand for quick and easy decorating. You do not need to be a pro to decorate cakes and cookies that look good enough to come from the bakery. Perfect for piping those carrot and bunny butter cookies! Try these Vanilla Butter Cookies to get you started!
Enjoy 30% off the Nordic Ware E-Z Deco Icing Pen!

6. Ibili MINI Aluminium Non-stick Frying Pans

The MINI Aluminium Non-stick Frying Pans from Ibili is ideal for making eggs or pancakes in the shape of a bear. This pan will brighten up your food kitchen. The sloped sides let food slide out easily, and the non-stick surface makes cleanup effortless. Whether you’re a serious gourmet, a regular entertainer, or cooking for the family, no other piece of cookware performs with this omelette pan. Make delicious mini pancakes with these frying pans for the kids this coming Easter!
Enjoy 20% off the Ibili MINI Aluminium Non-stick Frying Pans in Bear, Heart and Frog shapes!

Promotional prices are valid from 1 – 16 April at ToTT Stores. Selected items available on ToTTstore.com

6 Magical Things Your Food Processor Can Do

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6 Magical Things Your Food Processor Can Do

The humble food processor is one of the most magical and versatile appliance you can own in the kitchen. Unlike a blender, it doesn’t require any liquid to chop up its contents, which means you can grate up pretty much anything! If you don’t have a food processor already, try the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Processor. From the main course to healthy desserts, it’s incredible how much one appliance can do! You’ll definitely want one once you see the 6 amazing ways you can use it below!

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1. Perfect Buttery Pie Crust

Need to cut butter into flour to make that pie crust? Let your food processor do the work! Even, flaky, buttery crusts in half the time! Here’s a Chicken Pot Pie recipe that will be a dream to make!

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2. Smooth & Creamy Pesto 

Say goodbye to over-priced, mediocre store-bought pesto!  Believe us – you’ll never be reaching for those again. All you need is a handful of ingredients, throw them all in your trusty food processor, and blitz them all up! Here’s a quick and easy recipe that we like to use:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 4 cloves Garlic (more if you like it garlicky!)
  • 4 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

 Add all ingredients (except olive oil and salt & pepper) into your food processor. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified to your desired consistency. Season to taste!

Toss your pesto into pasta, or serve it with steak, like this Grilled Steak with Pesto!

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3. Homemade Nut Butter

 What can we say? Nut butter is too easy not to make your own at home. Customise it to your heart’s contents and you will never have a dull breakfast! With a simple jar of nut butter, you can spread it on toasts, turn it into peanut sauce, and even use it in salad dressings! The possibilities are really endless. You can also mix and match – if you have a few handfuls of different nuts, try blitzing them together to see how they taste! Here’s how: Add your nuts into your food processor, along with a good pinch of salt and any flavours or sweeteners if you’d like. Shredded coconut or maple syrup maybe? Pulse to combine, taste and season to your liking!

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4. Gluten-free Flour

On a quest to healthier baking and eating? Try substituting plain flour with oat flour. Not only are they more filling, but they’re high in fibre and protein! A great alternative to highly processed flours you get from store-bought flours.  We recommend using this oat flour in pancakes and muffins. Since it’s gluten-free, bear in mind that it will not have the same binding ability that white flour provides in baked goods such as bread and cakes.

To make your very own homemade oat flour, simply pulse your steel-cut/traditional rolled oats into your trusty food processor till the oats resemble fine crumbs/flour. Try it with our Blueberry Pancakes recipe this weekend!

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5. Fresh, Homemade Baby Food

Using a food processor to make baby food at home allows you to control the quality of food your baby eats. In addition to having the ability to guarantee the freshness of your child’s meals, you can also save money by eliminating the extra costs of buying pre-packaged foods. Start by steaming your fruits or vegetables of your choice. Separate the liquid that the foods produce during the cooking process. Begin pureeing the fruits and vegetables in your food processor and add in the liquid that you set aside to your desired consistency!

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6. Cookie Crumble

You can now have your own cookie crumble in a matter of seconds! Use it as a foundation for a delicious pie, or sprinkle over ice cream, froyo or your other favourite desserts! Simply add your favourite cookies into your food processer, hit pulse and you’re done! Try using your cookie crumble with our recipe for a delicious No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake!

About the Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Food Processor:

The Mini-Prep® Plus is the perfect little helper for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to finely grinding hard cheese. Its versatility lies in the special Auto Reversing Smart Blade™, which makes it easier to process both soft and hard foods. Designed in Italy, the Mini-Prep Plus’ sleek touch pad controls afford easy cleaning and an elegant look.

FEATURES

  • 250-watt food processor with 3-cup plastic work bowl
  • Chops and grinds with patented reversible stainless-steel blade
  • Simple push-button control panel; durable, yet lightweight plastic body
  • Dishwasher-safe bowl and lid for quick cleanup; spatula included

Get yours now at ToTT Store!

Surprise your valentine with 6 perfect gifts!

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Surprise your valentine with 6 perfect gifts!




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Do you go big for Valentine’s Day, or do you keep it low-key? Whether you prefer going to a fancy restaurant or keep things simple by spending the occasion at home, it’ll be nice to splurge on something that makes home life a little more thoughtful and beautiful! Be it a partner, friend or little one that you’re going to celebrate this romantic day with, we’ve prepared a list of goodies to help find your own unique and heartfelt way to say ‘I love you’!

1. Boska Grey Tapas Fondue

This Tapas Fondue by Boska consists of a ceramic fondue pot with two fondue forks, a concrete base, and a tea light to top it off. The smaller size of this set is well suited for two people to enjoy Spanish tapas or Dutch snacks, while the tea light creates ambience and a warm, cozy atmosphere. In addition, the fonduepot can be used in the microwave so the cheese can be melted quickly – less time in the kitchen and more time with your date!

Usual price $67.90, now $53.10*

2. Nordic Ware Platinum Heart Cakelet Baking Pan

Bake lovely cakelets for your sweetheart with the Heart Cakelet Baking Pan from Nordic ware. The cast aluminium baking pans provide fine details and superior baking performance. The non-stick coating makes for easy release and clean-up!

Usual price $89.90, now $58.40. Enjoy 35% off all Nordic Ware products!*

3. Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage Chiller

Great for date nights at home or for picnics, the Rapid Beverage Chiller from Cooper Cooler quickly chills room temperature beverages down to a cold and refreshing drink. Just pour ice and water into the Cooper Cooler, select the container setting, and the cooler does the rest. The patented process chills by rotating beverages while simultaneously spraying them with ice water. The appliance will cool a 355ml beverage can from 25°C to 6°C in about 1 minute. The “extra” chill setting chills beverages to 1°C. The cooling process will not affect your drink’s taste, composition, or cause carbonated beverages to fizz and explode upon opening.

Usual price $175, now $113.70*

4. Magisso Champagne Cooler

Long gone are the days of bulky buckets filled with ice to keep your wine or champagne chilled. By combining both functionality and modern art, we now have the sophisticated and chic Magisso Naturally Cooling Ceramics Champagne Cooler! Just soak the Naturally Cooling Ceramics in water for a minute or two before use. It will keep content cool for two to four hours. You can even write a love note on the side of the Ceramics with a chalk!

Usual price $144.90, now $86.90*

5. Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker

The Cuisinart Belgian Waffle maker will make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. They will love you even more when you wake them up to a lovely breakfast in bed!  If you think your sweetie deserves a special treat this Valentine’s Day, surprise them with some festive red velvet or strawberry waffles to set the mood! The Cuisinart® 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker cooks golden waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. With a stylish brushed stainless steel cover, the waffle iron offers an adjustable temperature control with six browning settings for ultimate control.

Usual price $217.90, now $152.50*

Need inspiration? Check out our Classic Waffles recipe or Vanilla Waffles recipe.

6. Jamie Oliver Bakeware

Serve up sweet treats using the all new range of Jamie Oliver bakeware, and you’ll be winning hearts all day! With a selection of pans and baking tools, it’s easy to make the perfect cupcakes, cookies and even a cake that’s sure to, well, take the cake. Each piece has been smartly designed to help turn out show stopper cakes and melt-in-the-mouth dishes time after time! Decorate them with bright icing and sprinkles, and create picture-perfect displays using stands and elegant doilies from Meri Meri . When you’re equipped with these, your valentine will surely be impressed!

Usual price $8.90 – $43.90, now $5.70 – $28.50

Click here to view Meri Meri products.

*Shop for more unique gifts now with the Valentine’s Day Sale from 3 – 14 February!


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8 Simple & Delicious Treats to Ring in the Year of the Rooster

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8 Simple & Delicious Treats to Ring in the Year of the Rooster

We’ve put together a roundup of 8 simple and delicious treats to ring in the Year of the Rooster! From appetisers to desserts, we’ve got you covered on most of the ideas that you’ll need to put together a festive Chinese New Year’s feast for friends and family.

1. Fried Five Spice Pork Rolls (Hokkien Ngoh Hiang)

Ngoh Hiang (五香), also known as five-spice meat roll, is a common favourite during the Chinese New Year. This Hokkien version by Chef Julie is mouth-wateringly addictive – serve it hot with chilli sauce and your guests will be reaching for seconds!

Recommended equipment: Zebra Chinese Wok with Lid  & Steamer (5 ply)

2. Golden Sesame Prawns
The perfect starter for any meal, this dish of Golden Sesame Prawns is crisp on the outside, yet soft and juicy on the inside. The sweet and fresh prawns encased in a golden delicious coat of breadcrumbs will be a favourite among kids and adults alike! These delicious treats only take less than 30minutes to prepare – perfect for last minute get-togethers!

Recommended equipment: Ibili VITAL Aluminium Non-stick Round Fry Pan with Basket

3. Thai Style Chicken Wings
A perfect balance of sweet, salty with hint of spice — these Thai Style Chicken Wings are the perfect appetizers for a party!

Recommended equipment: Lava Cast Iron Rectangular Griddle/Grill

Get the recipe here.

4. Nonya Crispy Kueh Bulu

Kueh Bulu, a fluffy egg cake with a slightly crusty layer; also known as Asian Madeleines. Bake this delicate Nonya Kueh Bulu for the perfect Chinese New Year snack!

Recommended equipment: Magisso Balloon Whisk, Cuisinart Convection Oven

5. Pineapple Tarts
These treats require no introduction. A must-have at many homes during Chinese New Year, Pineapple Tarts are buttery, sweet, slightly tangy and oh-so-addictive! Some folks like them ‘open-faced’, while some prefer them closed, like little pillows of pineapple goodness. Try this simple recipe by Chef Vivian Pei this year to share with friends and family – you won’t be disappointed!

Recommended equipment: Microplane 4-Sided Box Grater, Safico PRO Silicone Baking Mat

6. Apricot Almond Cookies
Serve these easy-to-make Apricot Almond Cookies to your guests when they visit – they’re sweet, crunchy and absolutely delish! Swap out the almonds for cashews or even macadamia nuts if you’d like!

Recommended equipment: Flour Sieve with Hand Press,  Safico PRO Silicone Baking Mat

7. Prawn Otah Otah
Traditionally made from mackerel, Otak Otak is a grilled fish cake dish popular across South-East Asia. This recipe puts a twist on the familiar favourite by using prawns instead of fish, but is just as delicious as the original.

Recommended equipment: Lacor Non-stick Square Grill Pan with Insulated Handle

8. Chinese-Thai Style Fruit Yu Sheng
Impress your guests with a flavourful and colourful twist to the Yu Sheng. Throw in the prosperous “旺来” (pineapple), and auspicious “大吉大利” (oranges) for a refreshing mouthful!

Recommended equipment: Benriner Turning Slicer, Westmark Dressing Shaker with Mixing Insert

8 Essential Kitchen Tools for a Stress-free Christmas!

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8 Essential Kitchen Tools for a Stress-free Christmas!

Cooking is easy and fast when you have the right equipment and tools. With Christmas right around the corner, the kitchen is bound to be one of the busiest spots in the house this festive season! From Christmas dinners to New Year’s Eve parties, food is sure to be the highlight of the festivities!
Work through this list and make sure your kitchen is adequately stocked and ready for action – prepping and cooking Christmas dinner will be a breeze!

1. Food Processor

You might think that having a food processor might be a bulky equipment to have around at such a busy time – but the Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor will come in handy when you’re prepping Christmas Dinner and snacks! Use it to make salsas, dips and more! The Mini-Prep® Plus is the perfect little helper for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to finely grinding hard cheese. Its versatility lies in the special Auto Reversing Smart Blade™, which makes it easier to process both soft and hard foods. Designed in Italy, the Mini-Prep Plus’ sleek touch pad controls afford easy cleaning and an elegant look.

Try your hand at these recipes with the Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor: Wild Mushroom Soup, No Bake Mini Matcha Oreo Cheesecakes, Roast Pork Loin with Apple Chutney

2. Measuring Jugs

Now we know everyone has measuring cups & jugs, but the Jamie Oliver Tilt and Mix Bowls with Lid (Set of 3) eliminate the need for dirtying extra measuring cups, while their non-drip pouring spouts ensure that ingredients dispense neatly into muffin tins, bread pans, or cake pans. The set includes bowls in 1-liter, 1-3/5-liter, and 3-liter capacities, each of which features gleaming stainless-steel construction that work well for both wet and dry ingredients. Furthermore, the uniquely shaped bowls sport 45-degree non-slip silicone flat spots on their bases, which allow for tilting them comfortably to get at all the ingredients while whisking–no more clumps of flour or unmixed butter at the bottom. Best of all, the large 3-liter bowl comes with a tight-fitting polypropylene lid with a built-in spoon rest!

3. Chopping Board

Let’s talk turkey and other meaty fare. The redesigned Epicurean® Carving Board features a generous juice groove that easily collects drippings for gravy and sauces. It is a hearty board perfect for roasts, hams, and large birds – an absolute must-have to avoid ruining your countertop and any Christmas mishaps!

4. Meat Thermometer

When cooking in large quantities, uncooked meat is definitely one of the most common worry of home cooks. Forget charts, timers and  the poke test. The best way to guarantee that your turkey, chicken and other meats are properly cooked is to check its internal temperature. The Meat Thermometer from Cooper-Atkins is NSF® certified and includes a 6″” / 15.2 cm stem. It includes HACCP minimum temperatures for poultry, ground beef & pork, and fish for easy reference as well!

5. Pastry/Basting Brush

Don’t underestimate how useful a plain-looking pastry brush can be! Most commonly used for a quick egg-wash over pastries, the brush can also be used to grease pans with melted butter, or used to brush sauces or marinade on meat or fish. It can even be used to remove excess flour, salt or herbs from another surface if you had a shaker mishap! The Lacor Silicone Pastry Brush will do the job perfectly – the heat resistant silicone bristles on this pastry brush are designed to make brushing on butter and other sauces effortlessly and is easy to clean and odour-free!

6. Fine Grater

This little gadget is another absolute must-have in the kitchen! Use the Microplane Professional Series Fine Grater to grate horseradish over smoked salmon, lemon zest over your pies and more. While there’s no other tool that does such a fine job of turning thin citrus skin into beautiful, fragrant zests, there are a few more foods that it can handle with great finesse. The Microplane can turn a block of chocolate into beautiful flecks for garnishing pies and cupcakes. You can also run your cinnamon stick or other whole spices over the Microplane for a fragrant drink or dessert. It can also turn the flesh and seeds of a chilli or jalapeno pepper into tiny pieces so you just taste that mild kick in your food!

7. Balloon Whisk

A great whisk is a great kitchen essential – especially so with the holiday season coming up! The uses of a balloon whisk are not just used for whisking eggs and cake batter. It can also be used to whip cream, lightly mixing together dry ingredients in lieu of sifting, and even making your salad dressings! The User-friendly Magisso Balloon Whisk is easy to wash. The handle, held together by magnets, splits into two, unfurling the stainless steel wires so they can be thoroughly wiped and cleaned!

8. Blender
Having a blender not only whizzes up smoothies in no time, but it’s also a great equipment to have on hand to make spreads, soups, dips and much more! Cook homemade soups from start to finish or blend up your favourite smoothie with the Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup Maker. The built-in non-stick heater plate provides the perfect surface to sauté ingredients, simmer or boil soups, and with a touch of a button blend it all to a perfect consistency. Crush ice and blend everything from smoothies to frozen cocktails.

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: Chefs’ Favourites & More!

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Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: Chefs’ Favourites & More!

Those who love to cook can’t ever have too many kitchen gadgets and accessories; we’ve put together the ultimate gift guide to give your favourite foodie this Christmas. In this guide, you’ll find ideas for great kitchen-themed presents perfect for gift exchange items, shower gifts, Secret Santa parties at the office and many more!

Don’t just take our word for it – we’ve even had a chat with some of our popular Chef-Instructors and they’ve shared with us their favourite kitchen tools and what they love gifting over the holiday season!

Hot picks by ToTT:

1. Lava Cast Iron Rectangular Grill Pan (Red) with Westmark Pincer Tong

The large cooking area of this pan grills large cuts of meat on specially designed grill bars that distribute heat efficiently and creates beautiful char marks every time. The high-quality stainless steel Westmark Pincer Tong holds your meat or fish down while slicing, providing you with perfect handling. It is also ideal for turning food while frying and decorating your creation!
Bundle Price ($94.90) available at ToTT from 12 Nov – 26 Dec.

2. Magisso Terracotta Dessert Bowl and Terracotta Plate

Enjoy your cold desserts, salads and more by the pool or at the dinner table with the Magisso Terracotta Dessert Bowl and Terracotta Plate. Just soak the naturally cooling ceramics in water for a minute or two before use and it will keep the contents cool for two to four hours. You can also create your very own design or write a personal message on the side of the ceramic with a chalk!
Bundle Price ($44.90) available at ToTT from 12 Nov – 26 Dec.

3. ToTT Store Cash Vouchers

Celebrate the season of gifting with ToTT store gift vouchers – after all, it’s the ToTT that counts! Accepted as payment for products, cooking classes, Bake&Go and the Bistro, it’s the ideal gift for that special someone who loves to cook, bake or host. *Vouchers are sold at full price and not valid for discounts with membership privileges, sales and other promotions.

4. Nordic Ware Platinum Gingerbread House Bundt Pan & Gingerbread Kids Cakelet Pan

Build a home for the holidays with this Nordic Ware Platinum Gingerbread House Bundt Pan! Bake your favourite tasty treat and have fun decorating it with family and friends. This will make for a beautiful centrepiece for any table. What’s a gingerbread house without gingerbread boys and girls? Delight the kids with the Gingerbread Kids Cakelet Pan! Made in USA, the cast aluminium construction ensures even browning for the perfect gingerbread house and gingerbread kids!
Bundle Price $59.90, available at ToTT from 12 Nov – 26 Dec.

5. Cuisinart® 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker with Belgian Crispy Waffle Mix

The Cuisinart® 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker with Belgian Crispy Waffle Mix cooks golden waffles that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. With a stylish brushed stainless steel cover, the waffle iron offers an adjustable temperature control with six browning settings for ultimate control. A recipe book is included to get you going – great for indulgent breakfasts this holiday season!
Bundle Price $173.90, available at ToTT from 12 Nov – 26 Dec.

The ToTTful Christmas Sale will begin from 12 Nov – 26 Dec 2016. Enjoy 15% OFF STOREWIDE on 12 & 13 Nov!

Featured Chef: Mimi Wahadi
Q: What is one of your favourite products that you like to use in the kitchen?
A: As a Pastry Chef, a stand mixer is one of my most favourite item that i use and A MUST in the kitchen. It helps me save a whole lot of time and of course while using my mixer I can multi-task!

Q: Christmas is right around the corner – what do you think would be the Ultimate Gift to give a friend who is a cooking enthusiast?
A: The KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer because it is very functional  and you could even do pasta with the extra attachments! And the best part is, they come in an assortment of colours which brightens any kitchen!

Check out Chef Mimi’s upcoming classes here! Learn to make a beautiful Macaron Tower, dainty Asian Macarons and more!

Featured Chef: Tang Meng Choo (Mong)
Q: What is one of your favourite products that you like to use in the kitchen?
A: One of my favourite products to use in my kitchen is the Lodge Cast Iron Pan. Cast iron allows even heating that allows me to fry, cook and even bake my bread in it. It is versatile and easy to maintain.

Q: Christmas is right around the corner – what do you think would be the Ultimate Gift to give a friend who is a cooking enthusiast?
A: An ultimate gift for Christmas to my cooking/baking enthusiast friends would be either the Lodge Cast Iron Pan or any of the cast iron pans from the Lava series!

Check out Chef Mong’s upcoming classes here! Learn to make Brunch from Scratch, Orchid Flower Making & Cade Decorating Techniques with Martellato and more!

Featured Chef: Michele Ow
Q: What is one of your favourite products that you like to use in the kitchen?
A: I probably use my chef’s knives more than any other tools in the kitchen. I don’t advocate any particular brand as long as they are sharpened regularly and properly.

Q: Christmas is right around the corner – what do you think would be the Ultimate Gift to give a friend who is a cooking enthusiast?
No matter how good a chef you are, it’s not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others. Therefore I’ll choose a pasta maker – the best advantage of utilizing a pasta maker is that your pastas will at all times be fresh. This freshness will give them a sharper and more delicious taste. It is soft, chewy, supple, and the sauce simply clings to the pasta, coating it decadently and easily. In addition, you know what you add into your fresh pasta – including flavours like ground spices and herbs!

Check out Chef Michele’s upcoming classes here! Learn to make Crabs 3 Ways, cook up a Classic British Meal and more!

Anniversary Special: 6 Light, Easy and Nutritious Recipes to try this October!

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Anniversary Special: 6 Light, Easy and Nutritious Recipes to try this October!

Made a resolution to start eating healthy earlier in the year? It’s never too late to start! We’ve put together a range of lighter choices for a guilt-free mealtime. Try out any of these inspirational healthy dishes, from delicious Brown Rice Salads to a luxurious Tofu Cheesecake!

1. Baked Organic Pumpkin Gnocchi

Indulge yourself in this tasty yet healthy organic pumpkin gnocchi without any guilt! Fun to make and delicious to eat, this homemade gnocchi combines pumpkin, tomatoes and toasted organic pumpkin seeds for added crunch and texture!

2. Healthy Yogurt Bark (Quick Bites video)

Stay cool with this light and refreshing frozen yogurt bark! With just the right mix of crunchy, barely sweet and slightly tangy, this frozen treat will have you snacking through-out that mid-day snack attack! For an extra boost of anti-oxidants, add raspberries or even wolfberries, or swap in your favourite nut and berry!

3. Vietnamese Spring Roll with Wagyu Beef

These Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Wagyu Beef are a refreshing appetizer for an Asian-inspired meal. Made with a chock-full of fresh vegetables and herbs, Vietnamese Spring Rolls are great for a healthier alternative to deep-fried spring rolls! The addition of succulent Joshu Wagyu beef will definitely add an explosion of flavor and juices to these delicious spring rolls. If you’re not a fan of beef, you can replace with fresh prawns instead – enjoy!

As ToTT celebrates its 6th Birthday this October, we hope to continue inspiring all to Cook, Bake and Host by organising conducting cooking classes that are centred around healthy eating! These include collaborating with various non-profit organizations including Singapore Cancer Society, Food Bank, and Food from the Heart.

In collaboration with Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), we are excited to organise and conduct a cooking class for the SCS Rehabilitation Centre Nutrition Programme. SCS Rehabilitation Centre clients (in the SCS ‘Specialised Rehabilitation Programme’ and ‘Next Step’) will learn how to prepare a nutritious three-course meal with ToTT Chef Instructor Michele Ow that is easy to prepare and packed with wholesome ingredients! Dishes include:

We are also happy to announce that in collaboration with Simply Her, our official media partner, ToTT will be organizing its first-ever bake off for a cause with Chef Mimi Wahadi! This bake off is open to public and encourages everyone to flour their surfaces, grease their tins, break their eggs and start baking artisanal cupcakes!

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

We interviewed Chef Mimi and here’s what she had to say!

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer your services for this bake off?
A: Giving back to the society through baking has always been one of my life satisfaction.

Through this, I can share my love for baking, knowledge and techniques to baking enthusiasts who will in turn spread the love of baking to others, but at the same time do my part as a community who cares!

I hope and believe that this will raise more awareness for the community to do more for a good cause and cheer the underprivileged with these sweet treats!

Q: Why did you select these specific recipes for this class?

A: Simply because I love local food and ingredients!

As a Pastry Chef by profession, I love to create and improvise on recipes mixing western and eastern and turning them into fusion.

For the Chendol Talam Cupcake, I describe it as my local twist on the western cupcake! Instead of creamy frosting, I choose to frost the cupcake with a concoction of hoon kueh flour, pandan water and of course GULA MELAKA! I believe it resonates well with Asian tastebuds and those people who do not prefer to have creamy cake but just want a nice simple fuss free cupcake to go along with your kopi or teh! If you ask me to describe it in one sentence, it will be KUEH IN A CUPCAKE!

And the same goes for the teh tarik cupcake. I love the idea of turning our unique local drink into a cake. It is a out of the box recipe that uses the FRENCH technique to do up the mousseline frosting! Which Singaporean do not love their TEH TARIK?

Interested participants can sign up at: http://content.tottstore.com/classes/details/tott-simply-her-anniversary-special-baking-from-the-heart

For full range of our Anniversary Hands-On and Demo Classes, go to http://content.tottstore.com/classes