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Hosting The Perfect Easter Party

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Hosting the Perfect Easter Party

Easter is right around the corner, and we’re super egg-cited! Usher in the long weekend with a delicious Sunday brunch, Easter egg hunt and share your delicious recipes with everyone – because let’s face it, who doesn’t like eggs?!

To make sure you are ready for the perfect Easter weekend, we’ve prepared a list of pointers that’ll teach you everything from menu choices to tips on decorations and games!

  1. Egg-citing Brunch Recipes

Be the ultimate party host and make sure you nail it with some of the best recipes. Whether you’re looking for a delicious entrée, a savoury main or some decadent after-party desserts, we’ve got you covered with 5 recipes for the perfect brunch.

2. The Most Egg-squisite Decorations

Get yourself into the festive spirit by decorating your Easter party with Meri Meri’s Peter Rabbit tableware collection! Stun your guests with a Peter Rabbit Wonderland party theme that will knock their socks off with a 16” table centrepiece, beautiful plates & cups and a cake stand overflowing with adorableness!

The best part is, we’re having an Easter sale where you can get all these at 30% OFF! Head down to our stores or shop online at ToTT @ Redmart now!

3. Egg-ceptional DIY Napkins

You’ve got a fantastic menu and table decoration in place, why not step up your Easter game further by folding your napkins into adorable bunny ears?

So if you want to leave your guests even more impressed, check out this video by Better Homes & Gardens on how you can DIY your own bunny napkins with just a few easy steps!

4. Egg-splosive Devilled Eggs

We love quick and easy recipes that look delicious and taste even better! Watch this step-by-step #QuickBites Video tutorial from us, and you’ll be able to make these adorable chicks with just eggs and a few other ingredients. Decorating them is easy as 1-2-3 too!

5. Egg-travagant Party Treats

Be sure to fill up the stomach of all your guests with a variety of Easter party treats! We recommend these 5 recipes that include a Singaporean favourite – Durian Cream Puffs that will add a local twist to the party!

6. Easter Games That’ll Make Everyone Egg-static!

Whether your activities and games are fun or exciting can make or break your party! Fret not, here’s 20 tested and proven Easter games from The Spruce that’ll be sure to leave everyone wanting for more.

From running those calories off with a Jelly Bean Race to having some good ole’ fashioned Easter Pinata fun, even the adults might not want to leave your party!

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 🙂

Planning on getting new tools for the kitchen? Be sure to check out our March Madness Sale below!

Cooking the Perfect Steak!

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Cooking the Perfect Steak!

There’s nothing more impressive than being able to cook a mouth-watering and juicy steak for your sweet valentine! Cooking an elegant piece of beef steak can be quite daunting for a beginner, especially when just a difference of a minute can determine whether your meat will come out rare, medium-rare or well-done.

Fret not, we’ve got you covered with this guide! So beat the queues this coming Valentine’s Day with a romantic home-cooked dinner with your special someone.

1. Selecting the Prize

With many different parts, it can be challenging trying to recall the differences between each type of cut. As a general guideline, you should keep these pointers in mind no matter what you are buying:

  • The meat should be in good colour (not pale) and appear moist but not wet.
  • The edges of the meat should be evenly cut instead of ragged.
  • If it’s pre-packaged, avoid those with tears or with liquids at the bottom of the tray.
  • It should also feel firm and cold to the touch.

If you’re looking for a quick cheat-sheet on what are the best cuts, here’s a summary:

Most Tender:

The Beef tenderloin (aka Filet Mignon) is your top choice. This is cut from the mid-loin of the cow and while it is not the most flavourful, it is undisputedly the part that is most tender.

Special Occasions:

If you don’t mind breaking your wallet a little, the Top Sirloin (the most premium cut amongst the loin), the T-Bone and the Ribeye are amongst the richest, most opulent steaks you can buy.

Grilling/Out-Door:

Beef steaks are awesome for the grill! Not only are all the above-mentioned meats great for grilling, the flank, skirt and tri-tip cuts are also good (marinate them beforehand for best results.)

2. Don’t immediately cook the steak!

When you first take a steak out from the fridge, the inside of the meat tends to be much colder than the outside. This means that any cooking done will be uneven as the outer layers of the meat will cook much faster with the interior being undercooked.

A good way to make sure that the steak is of even temperature before cooking is to let it sit on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes. This will bring the steak up to room temperature and will allow you to cook it with more precision! Finally, before you throw your steak onto the grill, remember to dap them with paper towels to get rid of excess moisture.

3. War Preparations

First off is to choose the right tool for the job. Ideally, you’ll want a cast iron pan or skillet. This is because they are naturally non-stick, great at retaining heat and the materials give a better sear than stainless steel pans.

Don’t have a cast iron pan yet? Check out the LAVA Cast Iron Grill Pan with Handle at our Redmart store!

Next off, instead of using oil, we prefer to add a knob of butter onto a hot pan. Yes, remember to ensure that you heat the pan till it’s very hot before you cook the steak too! Next up, sprinkle salt, black pepper or your favourite go-to seasoning right before you place the steak on the pan.

 The timing of this is crucial as salt will suck out the moisture of the meat if you add it too early.

4. Onwards, to the great sear!

Now add the steak to the pan, make sure there’s a loud sizzling noise else it means the pan is not hot enough and you should immediately remove the steak and heat the pan higher and longer.

While steaks of different thickness have different cooking times, on average, a 2cm-thick piece of steak should be cooked 2 – 3 minutes each side for rare, 3 – 4 minutes each side for medium-rare to medium and 5 – 6 minutes each side for medium-well to well-done.

Remember, turn the steak only once as the steak will dry out if you keep flipping your prized meat. Always use a tong so that you don’t pierce the meat and let the juices escape.

A trick to find out if your meat is currently at the right doneness is to touch the beef with your finger. The texture of the meat can be compared to the same texture of touching the area of skin below your thumb, at the different tension points as illustrated below.

Illustration courtesy of lifehacker.com

5. The spoils of war

Always rest your steak before serving! This isn’t because your steak is tired but it’s to make sure it’s as JUICY as possible!

Rest it on a plate for the same amount of time you’ve cooked it, giving it ample time for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat like a sponge. If you had to make some adjustments to the cooking time for whatever reason and can’t remember how long you’ve cooked it, 10 minutes is a good benchmark.

If you’re planning to sign up for cooking or baking classes, we’ve got you covered here as well 😉

Planning on preparing the perfect candlelight dinner? Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day sale below!

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

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Here’s 5 Cocktails Using Beer!

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

1. Soju with Beer (Somaek)

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

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

Recommended Item: ToTT Copper Plated Heavy Jigger

2. Espresso Stout

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

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

Recommended Item: Cuisinart Nut And Spice Grinder

3. Coronarita

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

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

Recommended Item: ToTT Copper Plated 2-Piece Cocktail Shaker

4. Beer Găo

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

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

Recommended Item: Spiegelau Lager Beer Glass Collection

5. Michelada

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

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

Recommended Item: Spiegelau Crystal Long Drinking Glass Set

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

Click here to find out more!

P.S. Please practice responsible drinking 😉

 

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

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Be the Greatest Potluck Host –

6 Items That Make Any Potluck a Breeze!!

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

1. Casserole

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

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

2. Sous Vide Controller

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

Recommended Appliance: Grant Uno – Sous Vide Controller

3. Ice Cream Maker

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

Recommended Appliance: Cuisinart Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker

4. Cake Stand

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

Recommended Kitchenware: Jamie Oliver Embossed Cake Stand

5. Bartending Tools

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

Recommended Tool: Quench Bar10der (Available at ToTT Store)

6. Cheese Board

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

Recommended Tool: Boska Geneva Cheese Board

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

 

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

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

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

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

1. ToTT Junior MasterChef Classes

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

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

2. Bake&Go Parties

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

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

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

3. Quick Bites! – Egg Toast Cups

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

4. Rainbow Cake in a Jar

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

6. Quick Bites! – Nutella Skillet Cookie

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