Healthy Homemade Treats for your Fur Kid

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Healthy Homemade Treats for your Fur Kid

Cooking homemade dog food can be as simple as 1-2-3 even if you are not a seasoned baker or cook. Pamper your fur kids with these wholesome and straightforward recipes, which are not only good for their gut but delicious too!

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BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR FIDO 

What’s a birthday celebration without cake? Don’t pay exorbitant amounts of money at a Pet Bakery again. Instead, try this simple Meatloaf Birthday Cake recipe with a good balance of protein, vegetables and carbs. Top the cake with whipped potato and yoghurt frosting to make it look just like a real birthday cake!

Recommended Product: Jamie Oliver Mini Springform Cake Tin

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PEANUT BUTTER DOGGIE BISCUITS

Peanut Butter is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins B, and vitamin E for your pup. More importantly, dogs love them! This 4-ingredient Peanut Butter Biscuit recipe is simple to prepare and a nutritious treat for your beloved fur kid.

Recommended Product: Nordicware Aluminium Puppy Love Treat

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DEHYDRATED DOG TREATS

If your dog is prone to food allergies, a dehydrator is a must-have. Commercial dog treats are filled with preservatives and fillers that can be harmful to your dogs and aggravate skin allergies. Dehydrating treats gives you better control over the ingredients that go into your dog treats. You can dehydrate anything from vegetables, fruits or meat slices. Want to learn more about dehydrating treats for your pup? Check out this comprehensive guide from Kolchakpuggle.

Recommended Product: Excalibur Tray Dehydrator

Our favourite Tik Tok recipes and which to skip

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OUR FAVOURITE TIK TOK RECIPES AND WHICH TO SKIP

Tik Tok came to our attention recently when a local Tik Tok influencer visited our parent company, Siahuat, and mentioned how it is the place to be if you want to meet hunky tattoo-clad Chefs. The post received 51.4K views, a modest number in comparison to the explosively popular Dalgona coffee fad but enough to leave our boomer board of directors bewildered. “What is this Tik Tok?” they asked. Well, we were happy to explain. Also, to clarify, ToTT has its fair share of hot Chefs visiting our stores now and then.

Tik Tok is not just a social media platform for Gen-Z and Millenials to showcase their dance moves, lip-sync to funny videos, or troll their friends. It also offers many ingenious food hacks and recipes. Who knew you could cook eggs to your preferred doneness in an Air Fryer? It is easy to see why Tik Tok food trends go viral and how it is changing food culture. However, with a plethora of food content posted daily on Tik Tok, it isn’t easy to differentiate which recipes are worth trying. Here are some of our favourite tried-and-tested recipes and which to skip.

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FETA BAKED PASTA

The Feta Baked Pasta recipe is by far one of the best recipes on Tik Tok because it is so simple to replicate and taste delicious. Simply combine cherry tomatoes, a block of feta cheese, garlic, olive oil, and seasoning in a baking dish or a cast-iron casserole dish. Bake it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. Once it is out of the oven, mix in a handful of herbs and ready-cooked pasta or cauliflower rice.

Recommended Product: Lava Cast Iron Roasting Dish

Image adapted from @simplefood4you

TORTILLA WRAP FOOD HACK

This culinary hack ensures maximum fillings with minimal leakage simply by strategically slicing a single cut from the centre of your Tortilla Wrap Hack to the bottom and folding it in quarters as you fill it with your favourite toppings. There are no right or wrong ingredient combinations; use any ingredients you prefer or leftovers from dinner. Fancy a Philly Cheesesteak wrap? Add sliced beef, cheese, onions and warm it up on a Griddler until it’s nicely toasted and oozing with melted cheese.

Recommended Product: Cuisinart Griddler

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PANCAKE CEREAL

We love this Pancake Cereal recipe because it is too cute to pass up. This food trend makes coin-sized pancakes, which is brilliant because why have three pancakes when you can have 50 mini pancakes instead. And, it is the same amount of calories. While it was time-consuming to make mini pancakes and the texture was more crisp than fluffy, the Instagram-worthy shot we snapped afterwards made it all worthwhile. It helped that we used our Bruno Hot Plate for this culinary trend as it allowed us to make more mini pancakes simultaneously.

Recommended Product: Bruno Hot Plate

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AIR FRYER PASTA CHIPS

If you’ve got the munchies, this out-of-the-box Air Fryer Pasta Chips might be for you, but we are going to have to sit this one out. The pasta chip didn’t crisp up evenly, and it was too carb-heavy for a snack.  Instead, we recommend a healthier alternative by slicing carrots, sweet potatoes or zucchini with a mandoline, sprinkling a little salt or grated parmesan, and popping it into your Air Fryer.R

Recommended Products: Cuisinart AirFryer Toaster Oven and Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline

Image adapted from @Melissa Metrano

POTATO CHIPS MASH POTATO

The Potato Chips Mash Potato food hack involves boiling a bag of potato chips until it turns into mush, then you add ingredients as you would for a regular mash potato recipe. Unless you live in a post-apocalyptic world where real potatoes are scarce, and you have to survive on processed food for rations, this food hack is a hard pass. It tastes as outrageous as it sounds. We recommend using an old-fashion potato masher and cooking mashed potatoes the traditional way.

Recommended Product: Zyliss Quick Masher

Flavours of Singapore

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FLAVOURS OF SINGAPORE

9th August is almost upon us! There is no better day to incorporate our local popular and favourite ingredients and flavours into your dishes to celebrate our nation’s birthday! It’s time to take out your pots and pans, toss in the ingredients, and cook up a storm in the kitchen with your family.

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1. SALTED EGG YOLK

Just like parmesan, salted egg yolks are incredibly versatile. You can simply grate cooked egg yolks onto pasta, toast, or anything else you want to add a bit of oomph –the possibilities are endless! Salted egg yolk is everything we love in our food -savoury, sweet, with a lingering taste of umami.

Need an idea to get started? Try this Salted Egg Yolk Cookie recipe that melts in your mouth.

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2. GULA MELAKA

Gula Melaka or palm sugar is a type of sugar made from the sap of flower buds from the coconut tree, caramelised by boiling at low temperatures. The sweet mild caramel flavour is used extensively in many desserts like ice kachang, chendol, ice cream or as a general substitute to sugar. This is a well-loved ingredient by many Singaporeans.

Sharing this drool-worthy No Bake Ondeh Ondeh Cheesecake recipe that will surely delight everyone. Yes, You can thank us later!

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3. PANDAN

Pandan, also known as screwpine, is a tropical plant prized mostly for its long, palm-like leaves. Pandan has a fresh, floral, earthy smell and taste, almost like sweet grass. From rice dishes and curries to homemade kuehs and cakes, pandan lends its distinctive flavour to many perennial classics. This recipe for Kaya uses homemade pandan extract and creamy coconut milk which gives it a silky smooth texture, perfect for your Kaya Toast and soft boiled eggs.

Do you sometimes notice a bunch of pandan leaves inside the taxi? Cabbies use it as a cheap, efficient, and natural air freshener. It also acts as a cockroach repellent.

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4. LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass, being a prized cooking ingredient has many health benefits. It helps to aid digestion, relieve headaches and boost one’s immunity. Often used in curries, 1 bulb (or two) is used in the paste, and another bulb is used whole and dropped into the curry to give it an additional fragrance.

How about baking this Lemongrass and Lime Madeleines, an Asian twist to the traditional French cake. Savour the fragrant aroma of the lemongrass as you bake and bite into a refreshingly light sponge that is sure to delight your palate

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5. DRIED CHILLI

More chilli, please! Are you up for a fiery, spicy challenge? Chillies are also a good source of nutrients such as Vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium. The usage of dried chillies does not only makes the dish spicy but also provides a stronger taste and colour to the dish compared to fresh chillies.

Spice it up with this stir-fried Chinese dish that originated from Sichuan – Kung Pao Chicken. Try recreating this yummy dish in the comfort of your home and serve it with a bowl of rice, garnished with some green onions and sesame seeds.

BONUS!
LOCAL CUISINES CLASSES

Are you inspired and keen to learn how to prepare more local cuisines? Check out our Baking and Cooking Classes!

UPCOMING CLASSES:
05 Aug 1-for-1 | Local Favourites: Chicken Rice Set
07 Aug 1-for-1 | National Day Special Buttercream Cake
13 Aug 1-for-1 | Local Favourites: Laksa & Hokkien Mee
15 Aug Pandan / Butterfly Pea Ondeh Ondeh Cake

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Waffle Maker Recipes to upgrade your Brunch Game

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WAFFLE MAKER RECIPES TO UPGRADE YOUR BRUNCH GAME

Get ready to ride the waffle wave and celebrate International Waffle Day on 25th March. Traditionally celebrated in Sweden, the day is now honoured further afield, given the fast-growing appetites for the deliciously versatile baked treat. Take your waffle machine to the next level with these mouth-watering treats for brunch.

CARROT CAKE WITH MAPLE CREAM CHEESE DRIZZLE

Win the brunch game with these whole-wheat carrot cake waffles topped with a sticky-sweet maple cream cheese glaze. Made with all the classic carrot cake flavours without the guilt, this waffle recipe will get you started on the right foot.

MAC & CHEESE

These Crispy Mac and Cheese Waffles are the perfect indulgent side dish! Crisp on the outside and soft cheesy Mac and cheese on the inside of these divine waffles! Oh yes, did we mention you can also use your leftover mac & cheese? Best served warm with maple syrup!

CINNAMON ROLL

These Cinnamon Roll Waffles bring together all the goodness of a cinnamon roll in your breakfast waffles to create the most heavenly combination. Drizzled with cinnamon topping and cream cheese icing, this recipe is a simple and delicious way to satisfy your cravings, all in the comfort of your own home.

PIZZA WAFFLE

The perfect excuse when you fancy pizza for breakfast. Try your favourite toppings or even breakfast fillings like ham and eggs on this waffle pizza. .

BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST

Making French toast in your waffle iron combines the best of both worlds. You get all the custardy richness of a French toast plus a waffle’s signature crispy ridges. Get your kiddos to help up with the preparation works such as whisking the ingredients together! A great fun family activity to do over the weekend.

EASY BAKED APPLE SLICES

It only takes 1 minute to make these easy and healthy snacks! Simply slice apples thinly, line them up in a waffle iron and voila! Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon for that extra punch!

6 Easy Meal Prep Ideas

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6 EASY MEAL PREP IDEAS, READY IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES: START YOUR WEEK WITH THESE AWESOME & HEALTHY RECIPES!

It doesn’t have to be complicated! Meal prep can range from simply preparing overnight oats for breakfast to cooking complete dinners for the upcoming week. There is no one right way or method to meal prep, it differs based on food preferences, schedules and personals goals. Set aside an hour or less on your Sunday to prep these easy meals for the rest of the week.

Overnight Oats

Too busy in the morning to prep a healthy breakfast? Overnight oats are the breakfast meal prep that will change your morning routine for good. They take less than five minutes to make and are packed with whole grains and fibre. Oats are rich in fibre, plant-based protein, and B vitamins. They are 100% whole grains which means they are not heavily processed like other types of cereals. They are low in sugar and can help to increase your metabolism. Add in superfoods like chia seeds, flaxseed or your favourite berries and you are good to fuel your body for the day ahead!

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

We love a classic P&J sandwich as much as the next person, but sometimes the old standbys can get a little boring. Try this simple and delicious Greek Yoghurt Chicken Salad Sandwich. Swop your usual mayo with greek yoghurt for the rich and tangy flavour. Tip: Toast your bread lightly before assembling your sandwich to avoid soggy bread!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
This Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe is hearty, healthy, and packed with fresh flavour! It keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days, so make a big batch for lunches all week. Quinoa salad is a perfect meal for a busy day, Simply pull out of the fridge and it’s ready to go It is high in protein and fibre so you will feel sated for a long time after eating this salad.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Avoid the long lunch queues under the hot sun! Try making this one-pot pasta for your lunch. Loaded with hearty mushrooms, garlic and parmesan cheese, it’s a simple and comforting meal to prepare. For a non-dairy option, you can use soy, almond or coconut milk. The best part of one-pot pasta? You only have one single pot to clean!

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado

To kick off a new year and new you, bring a healthy twist to a classic. Tuna Salad stuffed avocados are a delicious low-carb, keto and paleo-friendly lunch option. Made with only 5 ingredients, it is packed with lean proteins and healthy fats. A yummy way to boost your immune system!

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Chock-full of vegetables and so easy to make from scratch, this hearty lentil soup is full of protein, fibre that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Save yourself some time and freeze a big batch so you can eat it the next weekend or within 2-3 months. When portioning it out into meal prep containers, keep in mind that you should leave some space up top as it helps keeps spills at bay when reheating it at work.

BONUS: PICKING THE RIGHT STORAGE CONTAINERS

Your food storage containers can make the difference between a fabulous or mediocre meal.
Here are some of our favourite picks:

Celebrate National Day With 5 Heritage Dishes

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Local Dishes for the National Day Festivities

August calls for National Day! There is probably no better way to celebrate in the most Singaporean way – with food! So gather your friends and family at home with food while catching the National Day Parade on TV. Don’t know exactly how to pull it together? Don’t worry — we’ve got the menu, kitchenware figured out for you!

1. Singapore Chilli Crab Pasta

Known as one of Singapore’s national dishes, chilli crab can be enjoyed and available at most seafood restaurants, and surprisingly, it can be quite simple to recreate at home. Instead of the traditional wok fried chilli crabs, why not bring it to another level with homemade pasta. Skip your store bought  pasta and make your own with the Jamie Oliver Pasta Machine. With different attachments, you can create a variety of pasta from lasagne to fettucine.

Serve it with steamed or deep-fried Mantou (a Chinese bun) by the side – dip and soak up the sweet and spicy chilli sauce. To reach the sweet crabmeat, use the Zyliss Seafood cracker  which offers a firm grip for cracking, crab legs or shells!

2. Rojak

Throw on the apron and try your hand at whipping up a plate of your own rojak; a local salad of mixed vegetables and fruits, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce comprising of local prawn paste, sugar and lime! A mandoline will come in handy for the preparation. Unlike other mandoline slicers, this Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline provides five different options of slicing. Stability is enhanced by the safety hand guard and the non-skid base allows you to hold firmly and safely as slice your vegetables. Eat it like a local and throw in some chopped chilli padi in that sauce!

3. Laksa

Take the heat to the next level with a fiery bowl of laksa, a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture. Thick rice noodles in a rich, spicy coconut broth topped with shrimp, fish cakes, egg and chicken meat. Stir in a dollop of sambal and fragrant laksa leaves, sit back and enjoy this heartwarming dish! Use the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Processor to blend the rempah ingredients. A compact, yet powerful processor features a three-cup bowl with handle so it can handle plenty of food preparation. Easy-to-clean touchpad allows you to chop or grind with a simple touch of a button.

4. Kaya Toast with Soft-Boiled Egg

Start your day with classic Singaporean breakfast – Kaya Toast with soft boiled egg, best paired with a cup of kopi or tea. Prepare the soft boiled eggs in sous-vide style or using an egg maker. Try making your own kaya jam from scratch in just 30 minutes and  store them in mason jars to keep it fresh for a month.

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5. Milo Ice Cream

Beat the heat and whip out a delicious dessert! Transform your milky childhood drink into velvety, creamy and smooth ice cream bursting with rich chocolate and malt flavours. A simple recipe that can easily be made with the Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker.

Secret tip: Go all out and pile heaps of Milo powder to your ice cream, don’t worry, we wouldn’t judge :P!

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

Mother’s Day Recipes Mum Will Love

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Mother’s Day Recipes, Mum Will Love

From breakfast in bed to brunch, dinner, and dessert, here’s what to cook for mom on Mother’s Day.
These recipes are simple and easy to make without breaking a sweat.

1. BREAKFAST – HAM AND CHEESE QUICHE

Treat your mum to breakfast in bed with this quick and easy breakfast that can be made within an hour. A decadent savoury pie that is loaded with generous slices of ham and cheese is simple to make with everyday ingredients that are easy to find.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Boska Monaco Cheese Grater

2. BRUNCH – POACHED EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON AND AVOCADO

Real, healthy food never tasted so good!

Enjoy the ultimate brunch with this Avocado Smoked Salmon Benedict. Creamy avocado, silky smoked salmon and fresh poached eggs, all on top of toasted bread.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Nordic Ware Egg Poacher

3. APPETISER – LAYERED SALMON TARTAR WITH KAFFIR LIME ZEST & SALMON ROE ON CUCUMBER ROSE AND WASABI CREAM

A mouth-watering spin to the traditional beef tartare. This recipe is easy on the palate but just as gratifying! Prepare in advance before Mother’s Day and keep them covered and refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Zyliss Easyslice Folding Mandoline

4. SOUP – SHELLFISH BISQUE WITH PAN SEARED TIGER PRAWNS

This seafood bisque recipe is a rich and delicious way to enjoy seafood and will impress even non-seafood lovers. Master this thick, rich and creamy seafood soup, flavoured with a generous splash of cream.
Tip: The best way to defrost frozen shrimps are in a colander in the refrigerator overnight.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Safico Non-Stick Frying Pan

5. SALAD – WARM NUT CRUSTED GOAT CHEESE CROUTON ON MESCLUN SALAD
A definite hit with cheese lovers! Goat cheese is known for having a delicious tanginess that is even more intense when warmed. A fresh Mesclun salad with garlic dressing completes this  drool-worthy Mother’s Day meal.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT:
Evelin Round Bowl Large

6. MAINS – SALMON CONFIT WITH GREEN LENTILS

Nothing says I love you like a homemade Mother’s Day dinner.

Confit derived from the French word means to preserve and is a method of slow cooking any choice of your meal. This recipe, shows you how to achieve Salmon Confit without cooking it for a long time using a Sous-Vide! Results? A melt-in the mouth dish that will wow not only mum but the entire family!

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Lacor Sous Vide Stick

7. DESSERTS – CARAMEL ROSE APPLE TART

This is for moms with a sweet tooth. You don’t need to be a pastry chef to bake this deliciously tempting rose-shaped dessert. It tastes just like apple pie and it looks a lot like beautiful red roses.  Made with sweet apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled up in a perfectly crispy puff pastry, this dessert will bring a smile to her face

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Nordic Ware Compact Oven Muffin Pan

8 Chinese New Year Recipes with a twist

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8 Chinese New Year Recipes with a twist

Usher in a Bountiful Lunar New Year with ToTT! For the Year of Rat, try out these 8 fuss-free recipes that infuses fresh ideas into old-school classics!

  1. Passion Fruit Yu Sheng

Whip out your own unique take of yusheng this CNY! With all the festive feasting since Christmas, this Passion Fruit Yu Sheng is a lighter but equally yummy version of the traditional dish. Toss in your raw salmon slices, crackers and get started!

Recommended equipment: Nachtmann Crystal Plate Large

2. Banana Nian Gao French Toast

Nian Gao which is also known as sticky rice cake is a must-have to ring in CNY. For breakfast with a twist, combine Nian Gao and banana slices sandwiched in between slices of golden toasts. Simple, child-friendly and tasty!

Recommended equipment: Lacor Non-Stick Square Grill Pan With Insulated Handle

3. Crispy Bakkwa Cookies

Went overboard and bought too much bak kwa?
Turn your leftover bak kwa into sweet, savoury and crunchy cookies in just under 35 mins with this fuss-free recipe ! Don’t forget to cool them with the Nordic Ware Stackable Cooking Grid to ensure that they are crispy before storing them in your cookies jars.

Recommended equipment: Nordic Ware Stackable Cooling Grid

4. Wontan Fortune Cookies

Instead of your traditional fortune cookies, try out this easy recipe which requires only three ingredients – dumpling wrappers, butter and sugar! Fill them with your own personal fortunes for a fun and delicious crafty treat with the family.

Recommended equipment : Nordic Ware Compact Ovenware Muffin Pan

5. Rose Dumplings

Make this Chinese New Year extra special with these juicy rose dumplings. A fun feast for both the eyes and the palate. Dip the dumplings in the homemade sauce for that extra punch!

Recommended equipment:  Zebra Mixing Bowl

6. Pineapple Orange Punch

After that hearty reunion dinner, try this refreshing pineapple orange punch instead of the usual cordial. Make them with your kids by simply blending pineapple and oranges and top them off with berries, cherries and even mandarin oranges!

Recommended equipment: Jamie Oliver Acrylic Jug

7. Chicken and Pomelo Salad

Get in some greens this festive season! This light tangy salad is not only great as an appetiser, it is also packed with vitamins and fiber! Save time with the Benriner Plastic Vegetable Slicer with perfectly cut vegetables where no fingers will be hurt too!

Recommended equipment: Benriner Plastic Vegetable Slicer

8. Mandarin Orange Pretzel Dessert

A lighter version of a traditional New York cheesecake, the Mandarin Orange Pretzel dessert is a must-have for any dinner parties. This no-bake dessert will keep you stress-free in the kitchen and will certainly wow your guests.

Recommended equipment: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

9. Bonus! Chinese New Year Themed Cooking & Baking Class.

With a new year around the corner, celebrate and learn a new skill with our exclusive Chinese New Year classes! What’s more, we have 1 for 1 CNY Special classes, grab a partner and enjoy the class together! Let us usher in prosperity together for the new year ahead!

Check out our Chinese New Year Classes here.

Tips for hosting the perfect BBQ Party

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Tips for hosting the perfect BBQ party!

It’s time to fire up the grill for a month of BBQ goodness! Whether you’re planning a small get-together or a big grilling party, you’ll definitely need to do some planning ahead! Fret not, here are some tips to ensure you tick everything off the checklist and have a sizzling good time!

1. Grilling Equipment

Having a good set of grilling equipment is essential in making sure you have all the right tools needed to fire up your favourite dishes without any hassle!

A basic checklist would include stainless steel tongs, spatula, basting brush, grill gloves and aluminium foil. Up your BBQ game with stir-fried dishes Teppanyaki style or grill delicate fish and meats with the    O’Plancha Griddle & Lid from Mastrad (now $158.80, usual $226.90) What’s more, check out our red hot sizzling deals this August with up to 54% OFF all your BBQ-Must Haves!

2. Beverages

Cool it off with a nice summer sangria while feasting on those lightly charred Wagyu steaks!

Here are 20 delicious big batch cocktail recipes from wide open eats you can make and bring to the BBQ to impress your friends.

Don’t forget, presentation is key as well! Get a 2.5 Gallon Glass Beverage Dispenser from Tablecraft (now $62.60, usual $78.30) and serve up your delicious cocktails in style.

3. Condiments & Spices

Don’t forget to pump up the flavours of your BBQ with condiments, spices and sauces for that extra OOMPH! Remember, it’s the small things that make your food taste a lot better!

Aside from the standard ketchup, mustard and sauces, we find having a good Sambal Belachan mix really turns up the heat – especially for those that love spicy!

Love to spice things up even more? Head down to our stores and check out our full range of McCormick Spices that are essential for any BBQs. Add them to your spice rubs, poultry or even vegetables and be sure to taste the difference.

4. The Menu

The highlight of any BBQ party is its menu! From age-old staples to exotic new recipes, the freedom of customising what you want to cook is part of the fun!

Here are 5 recipes from us that can show off your culinary prowess and let you grill astoundingly delicious dishes for your friends and family to feast upon!

If you love your steaks, be sure to check out our guide on grilling the perfect steak!

5. Table Setting

Finally, the place where the feasting takes place! For tableware, you’ll definitely need disposable wares for easy clean-up. Go Green with ToTT and get our earth-friendly disposable tableware from B-Fooding.  Made from FSC-Certified sustainable Birchwood and 100-percent Biodegradable material – at 20% OFF thanks to our BBQ Month sale.

Need a way to keep your drinks cool? Use Magisso’s Terracotta Tableware, made of naturally cooling ceramic, allowing you to keep contents cool for up to four hours by simply soaking the tableware for a minute or two!

Lastly, if you want to ramp up the ambience, there’s no better mood-setter than Luminara’s Flameless LED Wax Candles that is battery operated and perfect for the outdoors.

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!