Mother’s Day Gift Guide: For Every Mom’s Personality

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: For Every Mom’s Personality

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the culinary genius and nurturing spirit of moms everywhere than with the perfect kitchenware gifts? Whether she’s a gourmet chef, a baking aficionado, or simply loves to whip up delicious meals for her loved ones, there’s a kitchen tool or gadget out there that suits her personality perfectly. To make your Mother’s Day shopping a breeze, we’ve curated a list of kitchenware gifts, tailored to different personality types. Let’s dive in!

The Culinary Connoisseur

For the mom who appreciates the art of cooking and demands the finest tools for her kitchen, the De Buyer Frying Pan is an exceptional choice. Crafted with high-quality materials and precision engineering, this frying pan offers superior heat distribution and control, allowing her to sear, sauté, and fry with perfection. Its durable construction ensures years of culinary adventures, making it an ideal gift for the mom who takes pride in her culinary creations.

The Baker Extraordinaire

If your mom’s happiest moments are spent in the kitchen, covered in flour and surrounded by the scent of freshly baked goods, she’ll appreciate top-of-the-line baking tools. The Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer is a timeless classic that will elevate her baking game. With a range of attachments available, she can whip up everything from fluffy cakes to artisan bread with ease.

The Eco-conscious Chef

For the environmentally conscious mom who prioritizes sustainability in her cooking endeavors, opt for the Zebra Stainless Steel Food Carrier. This durable and stylish food carrier is crafted from high-quality stainless steel, making it an eco-friendly alternative to disposable containers. Perfect for transporting homemade meals, snacks, or leftovers, its stackable design and secure latches ensure food stays fresh and secure while on the go. From picnics in the park to office lunches, this food carrier allows your mom to reduce waste without compromising on style or convenience.

The Organized Home Chef:

Is your mom’s kitchen always immaculately organized, with every utensil in its proper place? Help her maintain her pristine culinary kingdom with the Mastrad Stor’Eat Smart Food Compartment Storage Box. These stackable and space-saving containers are perfect for storing dry goods, leftovers, or meal prep ingredients, keeping her kitchen tidy and efficient.

The Entertaining Hostess:

For the mom who loves to entertain guests and add a touch of elegance to her gatherings, the Spiegelau Set of 6Pcs Champagne Glass 250ml, Definition is the perfect gift. Crafted with precision and sophistication, these champagne glasses are designed to enhance the tasting experience, allowing her to savor every bubble and nuance of her favorite sparkling wines. With their timeless design and crystal-clear clarity, they add a touch of glamour to any celebration, making them an essential addition to her entertaining repertoire.

This Mother’s Day, show your appreciation for the special mom in your life with a kitchenware gift that reflects her unique personality and culinary passions. From high-tech appliances to eco-friendly essentials,ToTT store has everything you need to make her day truly unforgettable. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!

Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas Gift Guide 2022

Get your festive shopping done and check off your Christmas gifting list at ToTT store! Find stocking stuffers, Christmas bundles and exclusive ToTT e-store gift ideas that fit all budgets.

Gift Under $25

To complement the kitchens of Bundt® aficionados, this Nordic Ware Set (Now $19.90 U.P$34.80) in sea glass colour consists of a 5-piece Bundt Measuring Spoons and 2 Spatulas. Whimsical, fun, and dishwasher-safe, these essential tools are great for bakers of all ages! Stock up your quality bakeware products from Nordic Ware with an irresistible Buy 2 get 1 Free Christmas deal *lowest priced item free*

Gift Under $50

Know anyone who hates a mess at home? The EKO Morandi Motion Sensor Bin 12L (Now $49.90 UP $89.80) opens with a sensor to keep your hands and feet free from any latches or levers and it is a great housewarming gift. Bundled with compatible drawstring liners that are easy to lift, tie and carry, this eco-friendly bundle is the perfect complement to your stylish home.

Gifts from Me to You

Mastrad Chef Torch + Lightzone Gas Refill (Now $49.90 U.P $84.50)

The perfect kit for caramelizing, peeling tomatoes and peppers, browning meats or flaming in a flash. A chef’s torch will come in handy in your busy kitchen especially when you are going to host a dinner party. Featuring an adjustable jet flame and a child-resistant lock, it is also easy to handle thanks to its streamlined ergonomic design and non-slip base. If you are looking to brown a meringue pie or a lamb roast this Christmas, look no further as this bundle is just for you.

Nachtmann Tastes Good Lead Free Crystal Gin Tonic Set + 4 Pcs Cocktail Set
(Now $49.90 UP $74.10)

There’s no time of year better for embracing fun and festive cocktails than the holiday season. Bring out your inner mixologist and craft classics like negroni and mojito that will surely impress your guests. This duo Gin & Tonic set and the 4-piece cocktail set will crown you as the hostess with the mostess. Looking to host a huge party, we’ve got you covered. You can enjoy exclusive Nachtmann deals at our e-store with Mix and Match deals too.

Nordic Ware Large Roaster + Fold Up Roasting Rack + Mastrad Oven Meat Temperature Probe (Now $149 UP $241.70)

Perfect for roasting a variety of meats and vegetables, this non-stick roasting tray with rack is a must-have for cooking a delicious Christmas Dinner. Get the perfect crispy herb-roasted chicken as you can simply lift out your roast using the wire handles for a mess-free transfer to the serving plate! Paired with Mastrad Oven Meat Temperature Probe, you don’t have to worry about overdone steaks or a dry roast chicken as it accurately and continuously monitors food temperature while cooking and will indicate when your dish is perfectly cooked.

Dining Table Decorating: Create the perfect tablescape

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Dining Table Decorating: Create the perfect tablescape

Have you ever wondered how much personality your dinner table gives off? Do your guests think of you as fun, quirky or boring when they leave your house? Much like an outfit, a dining table is a great way to express yourself! It can influence the entire dining experience, including the atmosphere, enticement of the food, along with showing your guests you appreciate their company. So if you are planning to  have a dinner or lunch party consider these elements to lift your party from a dull meal, to a spectacular soireé

Set the theme

It’s important to set the theme for your event, no matter how large or small the gathering. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, barbecue or intimate luncheon, setting a theme will energise and captivate your guests. Create a consistent look from start to finish.

Curate your colour theme

Adopting a few key colours will help make your table look harmonious and balanced. Pick two to three complementary colours to create a cohesive table setting that is easy on the eyes. A dinner party over a holiday could suggest its own selection with gold flatware, red tinted glasses, and gold-rimmed dishware, plus accents of red in linens, the table centerpiece and accessories.

Shop: Tabletop Accessories

Blend the old with the new

Try mixing vintage and modern items. Using antique pieces will add charm to your setting and create talking points with your guests. Borrow your grandmother’s silverware and breathe new life with a modern dining set.

Shop: Nachtmann Drinkware

Plan a centrepiece

Bring out the beauty of your table settings by using a centerpiece to create a focal point. It could be a bouquet of nicely arranged flowers, candles, tabletop sculptures, twigs. Height is crucial, consider your guests’ line of sight – you want to make sure your guests can see each other across the table.

Shop: Natchmann Quartz Crystal Bowl

Select the right linens

If you like the idea of using a tablecloth for your dining table, a linen version is ideal for a look that’s well dressed but relaxed rather than overly formal. Runners themselves are a further option as table linens for a dinner party. Placing a row of runners across the table’s width can help encourage conversation between diners sitting opposite one another as well as those seated on the same side.

Shop: Table Linens & Cloth Napkins

ToTT Christmas Cooking & Baking Classes

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ToTT Christmas Cooking & Baking Classes

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright and celebrate this magical time of year with ToTT Christmas Baking & Cooking classes. Whether you’re looking for parent-child activities or even things to do over the weekend, start the holiday season with a bang and gather friends and family to bake and cook together. With a string of curated Christmas baking and cooking classes, there is something for everyone. Worried about not having the right tools to make them at home, you can simply get all our recommended kitchenware right after your class!

1-for-1 | Christmas Tree Stump Buttercream Cake

Take a walk through the enchanted woods with Mr Santa and Frosty the snowman.  

Together with Chef Claire, learn how to make layers of soft and moist sponge cake  frosted with a delicious and delicate vanilla bean or swiss chocolate buttercream frosting. Unleash your creativity and start decorating your very own Christmas Tree Stump Buttercream Cake. This show-stopper cake will definitely get your family and friends talking!

Recommended Products: Jamie Oliver Palette Knife,  Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray, Nordic Ware Naturals 5 Tier Round Pan Cake Set

1-for-1 | Christmas Cupcakes

Love fondant decorating and fancy taking your cake decorating skills to the next level? Learn how to work with fondant to create your own exclusive Christmas cupcakes with Chef Claire. Psst, she will also be sharing  tips and tricks to give your cupcakes that cafe Instagram-worthy look and taste!

What’s more! Bring home a set of cookie/ fondant cutters per pair for every sign up!

Recommended Products: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Muffin Tin, Mastrad Pastry Bag Set

ToTT Junior Chef: Christmas Donuts

Donut worry, we’ve got your kids covered this festive season! Join Chef Philia as she shares how to prepare the dough, technique of colour making  and making these adorable holiday-themed donuts that are almost too cute to be eaten. Bond with your child and they will have truck loads of fun decorating them in a Christmas style all on their own all under 2 hours!

Recommended Products: Nordic Ware Non-Stick Doughnut Baking Pan, Nordic Ware Donut Bites Microwaveable Pan

1-for-1 | Sourdough Brioche for Busy Bakers

Get ready to awe your family and friends this season. Skip those store bought presents and gift them your homemade fluffy Italian panettone and Caramelised Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. Learn the art of fermentation and the different skills to create these delicious savoury and sweet breads using traditional festive ingredients.

Recommended Product: Schneider Wooden Proofing Basket

Exquisite Christmas Dinner

 Indulge in fabulous festive feasting with your family this Christmas. Join our Exquisite Christmas Dinner class and learn how to prepare a perfect holiday dinner. From a juicy slow roasted chicken to a homemade decadent log cake, you will  learn how to incorporate simple ingredients while achieving authentic flavours to make a 4 course scrumptious meal for this holiday season!

Recommended Products: Jamie Oliver Carving Knife, Zyliss 2 In 1 Baster and Infuser, Lava Cast Iron Rectangle Roasting Dish, Nordic Ware Fold up Roasting Rack

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.

Image credit: BBC Good Food

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.

Image credit: Nyonyalicious

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!

Image credit: tasteatlas.com

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.

Image credit: MedicalNewsToday

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

Image credit: Nyonya Cooking

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

SIGN UP NOW!

8 Red Hot Kitchenware to spruce up your kitchen for CNY

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8 RED HOT KITCHENWARE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR KITCHEN FOR CNY

Let’s go all red for Chinese New Year! Red symbolises good luck, joy, and happiness. We handpicked eight red hot kitchenware to brighten up your tables for the New Year!

LAVA Cast Iron Casserole

Whip up a prosperity feast to usher in the Chinese New Year with your family and friends. Serve them up right from the stove in this eye-catching and vibrant Cast Iron Casserole from LAVA. It is perfect for braising, roasting and stewing ingredients. Three layers of beautiful porcelain enamel are fired twice for maximum beauty, lasting durability and superb cooking performance. Did we mention it is pre-seasoned too? You do not have to spend the extra time to season your new pot before you start cooking. Comes in other vibrant colours and sizes too!

Mastrad Mini Chopper

Looking for a handy kitchen tool to speed up your cooking preparation? This compact, non-slip mini chopper from Mastrad helps you to chop your garlic, onions and shallots in a jiffy. Simply twist the wheel on its lid for about 30 seconds to chop 100 grams of ingredients. Remove the blade and double up as a serving or storage bowl. No more teary eyes when you chop the dreaded onion!

Mastrad Silicone Quick Tongs

Designed to grab, turn, mix and serve your food with care and precision, the Mastrad 12″ Silicone Quick Tongs is a must-have for every kitchen. The heat-resistant silicone tips have a non-slip surface, which allows them to precisely grip even the smallest portions. Ideal for use with non-stick cookware, the tongs stand upright, open and close easily, and have a removable base for emptying running juices

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Love the smell of freshly-baked CNY goodies? The KitchenAid Stand Mixer comes equipped with a powerful mixer that mix, knead and whip your ingredients with ease. It includes a wire whisk, flat beater, and a dough hook, which is handy for baking pineapple tarts and cookies this festive season. For more versatility, the attachment hub transforms the mixer into a pasta maker so you can create your wonton wrappers from scratch.

Available at ToTT stores from $1,099.

Nordic Ware Angel Food Cake Pan

Are you ready to present your show-stopping bakes during this CNY? Bake a delicious Yuzu chiffon cake (https://tottstore.com/recipes/yuzu-with-grapefruit-pulp-chiffon-cake/) using Nordic Ware Angel Food Cake pan. With an integrated centre tube, this pan ensures uniform heat distribution which allows a well-baked and fluffy cake to be achieved.

Mastrad Pastry Sheet

A favourite among chefs. Roll out your pastry dough like a pro with Mastrad Pastry Sheet. With its flexible non-stick surface, heat resistant to 230 °C; you can prep and bake on it while cutting down clean up time and use of baking sprays. The measuring guides printed on the surface makes baking a breeze – no more pulling out a ruler with doughy hands to measure!

Zevro Classic Single Canister Dry Food Dispenser

Banish the clutter from your kitchen with this stylish high-quality dispenser from Zevro. The compact design makes it easy to fit on most countertops. The dispenser is ideal for cereals, pasta, coffee beans, nuts, sweets and more. Simply twist the knob and portion out any dry food you want!

Cole & Mason Red Oxford Gloss Pepper & Salt Mill 

Bring vibrant strokes of colour and style to your kitchen countertop or dining table with Cole & Mason’s Oxford Red Gloss Pepper & Salt Mill. Using a ceramic mechanism, the traditionally shaped mills optimizes the flavour of sea salt crystals or peppercorns and adjusts grinding levels from fine to coarse by tightening or loosening the knob on the lid.

A ToTTful Christmas Gift Guide

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A ToTTful Christmas Gift Guide!

It’s time to wrap that holiday shopping with Christmas just around the corner. Are you the detailed planner or the ultimate procrastinator? We’ve got your covered with the perfect gift ideas for the people you care about. Continue reading our gift guide to find the holiday gifts you can snag at ToTT store!

STOCKING STUFFERS

SAFICO PURPLE SILICONE ICE BALL MOULD, Ø7.8cm, 2pcs/pkt
NOW $30.00 U.P $41.80 

An essential item for any whisky lover, this spherical ice mould creates round, large ice balls, the perfect size for sitting in the bottom of a double rocks glass. The slow melting sphere will bring out the full flavour and add a splash of class to your next drink. You can also be creative and freeze ice balls with ingredients inside such as fruit pieces or food colouring. Let your imagination go wild!

MICROPLANE PREMIUM RED ZESTER
NOW $29.90 U.P $43.90 

A versatile must-have tool for the kitchen. From hard cheeses, ginger and garlic to chocolate, truffles, nuts and more, this unique grater makes obtaining fine grates an effortless process. A strong stainless steel construction also makes the grater strong and durable, whilst a soft-touch handle ensures you can grate in total comfort

BOSKA OAK CHEESE GRATER, $27.90

Your favourite cook will love getting this particular Stocking Stuffer this holiday! The sleek oak wood handle pairs perfectly with the stainless steel grater. It’s perfect for grating cheese à la minute. Adding freshly grated cheese to your pasta, pizza, or soup has never been easier. Bon appetit!

Gift idea Under $50

BOSKA CERAMIC/CAST IRON CHEESE BAKER
NOW $26.50 U.P $37.90

Attention to all cheese lover! This Boska cheese baker is the perfect size for creating a mini cheese fondue or baking camembert.Simply fill it with your desired cheese and heat in the oven or microwave for an easy, gooey treat. Perfect for serving guests as an accompaniment to a fine glass of wine, this cheese baker can even continue to keep the contents warm by lighting the tea light in the base.

Gift idea Under $100

NORDIC WARE CAST ALUM GINGERBREAD KIDS CAKELET PAN
NOW $55 U.P $68.90 

Be sure to draw admiration of your holiday guests by serving these adorable festive miniature cakes shaped like iconic gingerbread boys and girls. Gingerbread Kids Cakelet Pan from Nordic Ware makes six gingerbread kids and is made of heavy cast aluminium, with a heat-reflective exterior and nonstick surface so each cakelet pops out perfectly. For a festive finish, add a snowfall of confectioners sugar or decorate the cake with frosting, candies, whipped cream or glaze.

 

Recipe: https://www.nordicware.com/recipe/gingerbread-cakelets/

GIFT IDEA UNDER $200

LAVA FOLK CAST IRON OVAL CASSEROLE 25cm, 3.3L, (ALL COLOUR)
NOW $102 U.P $129.40 

This Lava Cast Iron Casserole is made up of three coats of beautiful porcelain enamel that are layered onto premium cast iron and fired twice for maximum beauty, lasting durability and superb cooking performance. The rich color and even heating characteristics makes this oval baker a go-to piece of cookware. Baking potato au gratin, warming left-overs, or cooking a small roast is easy with this oven to table cast iron oval baker. A perfect Christmas gift.

GIFT IDEA UNDER $300

CUISINART PURE INDULGENCE 2-QUART FROZEN YOGURT-SORBET & ICE CREAM MAKER + ACCS, FREEZER BOWL for ICE-30BC
NOW $259.00 U.P $431.90 

Give the gift of homemade ice cream with this compact ice cream maker from Cuisinart! The fully automatic machine makes 2 quarts of your favourite frozen desserts or drinks in as little as 25 minutes. It’s easy – an integrated motor, double-insulated freezer bowl and automatic mixing paddle do all the work. This bundle set includes an extra freezer bowl for those who want to stock their freezer with their favorite creamy confection.

Baking & Cooking Classes – Things to do with the kids this School Holidays

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Baking & Cooking Classes – Things to do with Kids this School Holidays

Baking is one activity that has stood the test of time and seems to span any age, making it a fun activity for parents and children to do together. Allowing your kids to help out in the kitchen gives them a sense of accomplishment, knowing that they had a part of play in whipping up a delicious meal.

We’ve come up with a list of baking & cooking classes that will not only keep your kids entertained this year-end holidays, but also allow them to learn new skills as well. Get your kids to don their aprons, adjust their chef hats, and get ready for a gastronomical adventure together!

ToTT Junior Chef Classes

The ultimate fun-filled Parent-Child Cooking and Baking Class. Under the guidance of our professional ToTT Chef Instructors, kids will learn to cook and bake from scratch!
Our classes include Asian Cuisine such as Japanese Udon, Western Cuisine such as fresh handmade pasta and pizza making and not forgetting Christmas festive classes. 

Suitable for Ages 5-12

ToTT Junior Chef: Pizza & Cupcakes

Master the art of making the famous Italian pizza.

Learn the science behind making the pizza dough and how to knead a perfect bouncy pizza dough base under the guidance of Chef Michele. Have fun topping it with your favourite ingredients and enjoy a delicious homemade pizza, just like if you walked into a Pizzeria in Italy.

No meal is complete without dessert! Learn to bake moist and fluffy red velvet cupcakes and make your own luscious vanilla cream cheese frosting. The sweet marriage of buttermilk and vanilla with a little cocoa brings the taste to another level!

At the end of the class, bring home your creations and share it with your family.

ToTT Junior Chef: Mermaid Buttercream Cake

Dive down to Atlantis with this Mermaid Buttercream Cake! In just under 3 hours, learn how to make vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and work with fondant to sculpt mermaid tails, seashells and other decorative ornaments. Chef Claire will also share the various tips and techniques of layering and frosting. So if you are hosting a tea party, don’t miss out on this class as you will be the next Mary Berry!

ToTT Junior Chef: Gingerbread House

Get a kick-start to holiday fun! Skip the prep and mess at home, and build your own Gingerbread House together with your child this Christmas at ToTT. Start off by learning how to prepare the gingerbread dough and assembling the baked pieces into your personal gingerbread house. Complete it by decorating with your favourite sweets, chocolates and icing – a perfect class for parents and children to celebrate the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Special

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There is nothing more rewarding than spending time together creating a delectable Christmas feast for the entire family. Join us in our festive baking and cooking session this festive season! In our special Christmas themed class, your little Chefs will learn to make wonderful baked goods inspired by Christmas traditions around the world.

Guided by our ToTT Chef-Instructors, you will learn practical skills needed to master making your own Christmas goodies! Look forward to classes such as Gingerbread House, Reindeer Cupcakes, 3-Course Christmas Course, Cookie Decorating and more!

Come and celebrate Christmas together with us at ToTT!

ToTT Junior Chef Activity Kit

Engage your kids through a fun family baking activity with easy step-by-step picture recipes; a great way to bond with your child away from the tele. Each box comes with real baking tools needed for the recipes which you can add to your kitchen collection. Also included is an activity booklet with learning worksheets, puzzles, fun facts, trivia and simple craft ideas related to the recipes.

This also makes a great gift for little chefs in training! Get yours today and join our resident MonsterChef Mimo for a fun and educational baking adventure.

Find out more: https://tottstore.com/junioractivitybox/

Mid Autumn Special – Mooncake & Tea Pairing

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Mooncake & Tea Pairing

Been indulging in too many mooncakes? Let us guide you on how to pair the right tea with the mooncake you are about to have. This not only brings out the taste of this delicacy, but it also balances out the richness of the pastry. Read on to find out what are the best tea accompaniments for the different types of mooncake:

1. Lotus Seed Mooncake

The ever-popular lotus mooncake is the representative of a Cantonese-style mooncake, a must-have for Mid Autumn Festival. Top-quality lotus seeds are sourced and processed to achieve a smooth and fragrant filling. To make it richer and savoury, salted egg yolks are added to give an aromatic taste.

Best Paired with: Oolong

Why: Mooncakes with salted egg yolks have a stronger and richer taste. The smoky and woody flavour from Oolong helps to bring out the fragrance of the lotus paste and salted egg yolks, at the same time balances out the delicacy’s sweetness.

2. Snowskin Mooncake

Originating from Hong Kong, snowskin mooncakes have become wildly popular across South East Asia. Unlike a traditional baked crust, the outer layer (crust) is made of glutinous rice that is preserved at a low temperature—which explains how the name came about. With a slightly chewy and stickier texture, some say it is pretty similar to a Japanese Mochi! Snowskin mooncakes can be filled with everything from lotus paste to fruits and even chocolate. Best served chilled.

Best Paired with: Green Tea

Why: Green tea has a light, bitter aftertaste that pairs well with these dessert-like mooncakes. For example, Houjicha, which has a roasted mellow profile, with low astringency pairs harmoniously and enhance the subtle taste of these non-baked snowskin mooncakes.

3. Teochew Flaky Yam Mooncake

Round, flaky mooncakes that are composed mainly of flour, shortening and sugar. This traditional delicate pastry is usually filled with a smooth and sweet yam paste. Wrapped in a thousand-layer pastry crust, this Teochew delicacy is best eaten warm by gently heating up in the oven.

Best Paired with: Jasmine Tea

Why: Flaky Yam mooncakes tend to be rich and heaty and it is recommended pairing them with a light and floral tea like Jasmine. It is the most famous scented tea in China which is made by infusing the tea leaves with the scent of jasmine blossoms which gives it its signature aroma.

4. Red Bean Mooncake

A traditional and nostalgic favourite of our parents! Filled with sweet red bean paste made from azuki beans, this mooncake has been always a sought-after flavour among mooncake lovers. Today, we see more bold and creative creations, for example infusing orange and lemon peel into it, giving the traditional flavour a new twist.

Best paired with: Silver Needle or White Peony tea.

Why: White tea is classified as a lightly fermented tea with very little or no fermentation at all, making it light, fresh and rich in anti-oxidants. The floral notes in both teas will mellow out the sweetness from the azuki beans.

5. Five Kernel Mooncake

As the name suggests, it is made up of five types of coarsely chopped nuts and seeds, held together with maltose syrup, giving it a thick and crunchy texture. Typically, they are made with almond, walnut, pumpkin seeds, winter melon seeds and sesame seeds. For that savoury bite, Chinese hard-cured ham and bits of pork fat are added into the filling too! Did you know that the assorted nuts and seeds represent the 5 moral standards of Chinese teaching: benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom and trust.

Best paired with: Pu’er Tea

Why: Pu’er is a variety of fermented tea produced in China’s Yunnan Province. A stronger tea helps to balance the heavy filling of nuts, seeds and sticky, sweet maltose syrup. Drinking Pu’er not only aids in digestion, but it also helps to breakdown fat content and lowers your cholesterol.

Extra: For the tea connoisseur, consider these elegant and functional teaware to brew a cup of hot tea.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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