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5 Essential Kitchen Tools for Every Cook

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5 Essential Kitchen Tools for Every Cook

If you’re new to cooking, or looking to improve your culinary game, using inadequate kitchen tools can be unnecessarily frustrating. Quality tools perform better and seldom need replacing: think stainless-steel measuring cups, wooden cutting boards, cast iron cookware and forged knives. Choose wisely now, and more than likely, you will have also chosen well for later. We have a chat with Chef Andrea Lim, F&B Director of 5 Senses Bistro at ToTT, and he shares with us his absolute must-have tools in the kitchen. Let’s get started!

1. Cast Iron Skillet

Just about anything you want to do—searing, sautéing, baking, frying, braising—performs best in cast iron cookware. A reliable cast iron skillet works wonders in the oven or on top of the stove. From delicious Steak with Herb Butter to a decadent Nutella Skillet Cookie, your cast iron skillet is the true workhorse of the kitchen. Contrary to popular belief, taking care of a cast iron is not that diii

Contrary to what many people say, taking care of a cast iron pan is not all that difficult. Once you’ve cooked with it, rinse it under hot water while scrubbing with a brush. Soap isn’t necessary, unless you really feel the need to. Most importantly – never, ever leave your cookware to soak in the sink! Instead, dry it immediately, then put it on the stove to let any moisture evaporate. Once it’s fully dry, add a few drops of oil (use one with a high smoking point) and massage the oil in with a towel until you’ve rubbed all excess oil off the pan.

Chef Andrea recommends: Lava Cast Iron Round Skillet, available at ToTT Store
(Usual Price $57.40 – $113.40, Now $45.90 – $90.70*)

2. Non-Stick Frying Pan

A non-stick coated frying pan is definitely a useful tool to have on hand for perfect eggs, pancakes, frittatas and the likes – basically, dishes you don’t want to get stuck to the pan halfway through that chef-like flip of the pan! Unlike your cast iron skillet, a non-stick pan should never be heated up till it’s smoking hot or your risk the non-stick finish vaporising. And it goes without saying that you shouldn’t use metal utensils on non-stick surfaces 😉 Ready to try out some recipes with your non-stick frying pan? This Dutch Baby Pancake will make for a perfect breakfast!

Chef Andrea recommends: De Buyer Aluminium Non-Stick Frying Pans, available at ToTT Store
(Usual Price $33.40 – $95.50, Now $26.70 – $76.40*)

3. Wooden Cutting Board

Along with a good set of knives, a good cutting board is one of the most essential and most often used tool in your kitchen. While it may seem straight-forward, there is a lot that goes into the making of a quality cutting board.  Since you will be using your board almost every single time you cook, take time to research and invest in a durable, high-quality cutting board that will last for years to come. Check out our quick guide to cutting boards to make an informed decision.

Chef Andrea recommends: Epicurean Wood Fibre Cutting Board (3 layers), Serving Series, available at ToTT Store
(Usual Price $51.90, Now $41.50*)

4. Chinese Wok

Whether you’re stir-frying or not, a wok is one of the most versatile cookware you can own in the kitchen. It is probably the best vessel for deep-frying – its wide shape and ability to hole large volumes make it easy to do a big batch of deep fried food with minimal contact and oil use. The wok’s larger surface area also helps to produce that deep, smoky wok hei flavour that we are all so familiar with!

Chef Andrea recommends: Zebra 5-Ply Stainless Steel Chinese Wok with Lid & Steamer, available at ToTT Store (Usual Price $215.50 – $325.50, Now $172.40 – $260.40*)

5. A Large Casserole

A casserole is meant for both cooking, baking and serving straight to the dinner table – hence it should be both functional and aesthetically-pleasing. A good casserole (or large baking dish) will heat foods evenly, and store that heat so that your food stays warm throughout dinner. A high-quality glazed ceramic will also make it easier to clean up!

Chef Andrea recommends: Lava Cast Iron Round Casserole available at ToTT Store (Usual Price $133.60 – $179.60, Now $106.80 to $143.60*)

*The above promotional prices are only valid from 8 – 17 September 2017, at ToTT @ Dunearn & ToTT @ Suntec.

 

6 Feel-good recipes to CUT DOWN on Sugar!

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6 Feel-good recipes to CUT DOWN on Sugar!

As research reveals the not-so-sweet side effects of excessive sugar – including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, many of us are now trying to cut back on sugar in our diets.

Thankfully, this does not mean goodbye to our favourite desserts and snacks. Cutting back on sugar just got a whole lot easier – we’ve rounded up our best treats that pass the delicious (and healthy!) test– now that’s a sweet deal 😉

1.Quick Bites! – Smoothie Bowl

Craving for something sweet and sour? This strawberry, blueberry and granola combo will excite your taste buds. Feel free to sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and desiccated coconut before serving to add fibre and immunity-boosting anti-oxidants! Grab your blender and let it do all the work!

Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Blend and Cook Soup Maker

2. Tofu Cheesecake

Looking for a healthy cheesecake recipe? Don’t let the tofu turn you off from this recipe – it adds a luxurious smooth, velvety texture to the cake that will leave you wanting seconds!

Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor

3. Baked Organic Pumpkin Gnocchi

Traditionally made with flour, eggs and potatoes, gnocchi’s are a classic Italian dish.

Indulge yourself in this delicious yet healthy organic pumpkin gnocchi without any guilt! These fluffy little pillows melt in your mouth are served on a bed of sweet, tangy tomato sauce that go perfectly with the creamy pumpkin.

Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System

4. Quick Bites! – Healthy Yogurt Bark

Like a blank canvass, this yogurt bark can take on almost any flavours you desire. Use agave instead of honey, or you can even throw in some pitted dates to add some natural sweetness!  Make this ahead of time and grab one whenever the munchies hit! They’re perfect for a protein-packed snack, late night treat or a grab-and-go breakfast.

Recommended equipment: Jamie Oliver Non-Stick Baking Tray

5. Mango in Sago, sprinkled with Shredded Coconut & Chia Seeds

Thinking of something light and easy? Try this Mango Sago with chia seeds recipe for the perfect finish to your meal! The mango juice and flesh adds a refreshing sweetness to this dessert and the chia seeds adds a fantastic boost of protein, fibre and other nutrients!

Recommended equipment: Zebra Mixing Bowl

6. Basic Water Kefir

Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made using water kefir crystals that are full of probiotics and enzymes for a delicious and healthy drink!

This easy recipe by Chef Geeta teaches you how to brew water kefir for a healthier lifestyle!

Feel free to add in your favourite berries citrus fruits, or even herbs to give it your own twist!

Recommended equipment: Westmark Strainer/Puree Sieve

8 Red Hot Picks & Recipes this National Day

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8 Red Hot Picks & Recipes this National Day

With Singapore’s birthday just around the corner, show our Lion City some love with these National Day nosh! Invite some friends and family over and dig into these red-and-white-themed dishes, prepared using our recommended kitchen tools and equipment that will make it a breeze from prep to cook!

1. Apple Pie

This homemade Apple Pie is a classic, from a scrumptious filling to the flaky pastry crust – homemade goodness at its very best! Use the Nordic Ware Stars & Cherries Pie Top Cutter to fashion stars for your pie top, and they’ll be a show stopping dessert at your National Day dessert table!

Recommended equipment: Nordic Ware Stars & Cherries Pie Top Cutter

2. Spaghetti alla Singapore with Prawns and Tobiko

Carb-lovers, unite! Tuck into this Spaghetti alla Singapore with Prawns and Tobiko this National Day to satiate that carb craving! Chef Felix’s recipe allows the ingredients to speak for themselves, using fresh tiger prawns and Italian parsley. Not a fan of tobiko? Swap it out for chopped Ikan Bilis for an extra kick to your pasta!

Recommended equipment: Jamie Oliver Pasta Essentials Set, Red

3. Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake

This chocolate mocha bundt cake makes use of the gorgeous spiral tin, and you really need very minimal decoration, as the design should be the masterpiece here. Bring it up a notch with fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries and more to make them look extra special for National Day!

Recommended equipment: Nordic Ware PLATINUM Heritage Bundt Pan

4. Chili Crab with Mantou

Dive in with your hands with this national favourite! Stir-fried in a delicious gooey gravy on sweet, savoury tomato and chili sauce, this finger-licking good recipe will leave you wanting more. Remember to mop up the gravy with mantous!

Recommended equipment: Zyliss Seafood Cracker

5. Sous Vide Wagyu Beef

There’s nothing quite like slicing into a tender, succulent piece of beef that has been cooked to perfection. Indulge in this all-star, easy-to-make Sous Vide Wagyu Beef that melts in your mouth thanks to the Sous Vide method of cooking! Serve this with a side salad, mashed potatoes or just on its own for guests to pick on!

Recommended equipment: Primo Sous Vide Water Bath, Red

6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

What’s not to love about a delicious whoopie pie, especially when they’re in a lip-smacking red velvet flavour? This National Day, try your hand at these red velvet whoopie pies to celebrate with your loved ones, family gatherings and parties. The mildly sweet dough complements the cream cheese frosting perfectly – these are the ultimate decadence in little packages! Rope in the kids to spread the frosting and sandwich the whoopie pies for the perfect weekend bake-out!

Recommended equipment: De Buyer Black Steel Baking Tray with Oblique Edge Black

7. Black Sesame Macarons

Forget store-bought macarons, try these Black Sesame Macarons for a delightful local twist! This recipe by Chef Mimi teaches you to bake the perfect macaron that is light and airy that sandwiches the fragrant Black Sesame Custard Filling.

Recommended tool: Silpat Silicone Macaron Mat

8. No Bake Mini Matcha Cheesecakes

If you’re like most Singaporeans, you’re probably gaga over matcha! Try these No Bake Mini Matcha Oreo Cheesecakes – creamy and sweet, mini Matcha cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie base! Make these ahead of your party and take them out just a few minutes before serving for the ultimate dessert!

Recommended equipment: Nordic Ware 3-Piece Prep & Serve Mixing Bowl Set

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!

Guide to Place Setting for a Formal Dinner

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Guide to Place Setting for a Formal Dinner

Formal dining settings are usually done with such opulence and grandeur that few would dare try at home; the thought of setting up an entire formal dinner at home without professionals can be quite daunting if you don’t know where to begin! Fret not, setting for a formal dinner can be done easily with the right cutlery and fine china. Knowledge of the correct position of all the flatware would also ease the process of setting the table right. Here are some tips on how to host the perfect formal dinner at home effortlessly!

Table Setting
This will set the tone for your guests, so it is important that the details are immaculately cared for. Firstly, continental flatware is commonly used for formal dining. There are numerous themes of flatware including artistic, modern or classic which can be a reflection of the host. Choose the theme which matches the ambience you intend to portray to your guests to enhance their entire experience. Keep in mind that your menu will also affect the kind of flatware. For example, if seafood is on the menu, specialized flatware should be present in your setting.

Here is a basic illustration of how a formal table setting for dinner should look like:

*All items featured above can be found at ToTT Store.

Napkin: Can be folded at the side or creatively folded on the dinner plate. Napkin rings can be used as well.

Forks: The fork that is used for the earliest course should be placed furthest from the dinner plate. All flatware should be positioned one inch from the edge of the table.

Spoons and Knives: Positioned similarly to the forks, the outermost ones are for starters and guests will work their way in as the courses proceed.

Charger or Service Plate: This plate is only for decorative purposes and the actual dinner/dining plates will be served on this plate.

Wine glasses: All drinking glasses to be used for the meal should be set before the dinner starts. The water goblet should be placed right above the knife, and the wine glasses should be lined in order in which they will be used.

Maintenance of Flatware 
After acquiring all the items you need for your formal dinner, it is important that your flatware are polished and glassware pristine. For convenience, get all your cutlery and glasses with a dishwashing friendly logo. Even after washing, double check to see for any minute stains before presenting on the table. Aside from flatware, fresh and ironed linens are important as well.

Click here to read more about maintaining different types of flatware!

Menu
The key to a perfect formal dinner lies in its simplicity and elegance. While it is easy to come up with extravagant ways of cooking, do take into consideration the capacity of your kitchen while planning how to execute the menu. For example, if you have one oven, it might be better to prepare only one dish that requires the use of the oven.  Refrain from focusing on only one type of cooking method as this will allow you to continue cooking the other dishes smoothly and not be bottlenecked by one piece of equipment. Cooking methods such as sautéing, steaming and double-boiling can produce plenty of creative dishes! Countertop spaces in most kitchens are limited – do plan your prep time for all dishes accordingly and avoid cluttering precious space.

We hope these tips will help you in your next formal dinner party! Most importantly, remember to enjoy your guests’ company and relax after putting in all that hard work!

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