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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.

Celebrate National Day With 5 Heritage Dishes

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Local Dishes for the National Day Festivities

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

1. Singapore Chilli Crab Pasta

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

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

2. Rojak

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

3. Laksa

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

4. Kaya Toast with Soft-Boiled Egg

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

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5. Milo Ice Cream

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

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

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

Chefs Favourite Kitchen Tools

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Chefs Favorite Kitchen Tools

There are plenty of kitchen tools that make a chef’s life immeasurably easier. We caught up with some of our favorite chefs to get their recommendations on the kitchen gadgets they swear by. Here are some of the answers we recieved!

1. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer 4.8L

“I bake very often for my family and friends. With the Kitchenaid, it makes it so easy to make the cake batter, cookie dough and even knead bread. I enjoy making fresh egg pasta at home. My family especially my little girl loves spaghetti. The taste and texture of fresh egg pasta are just so delicious.” – Chef Claire Chang

Easily make your favorite cakes and multiple batches of cookie dough with the 4.8 L stainless steel mixing bowl without compromising on your kitchen counter space. A wide range of optional accessories turns your Artisan Stand Mixer into a true kitchen aid. Simply attach them to the mixer through the single attachment hub and you can grind meat, make, roll or cut pasta. Choose from a range of appealing colours to perfectly match your kitchen.

Available at ToTT stores from $599.

2. Lodge Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

Grill steaks, chicken breasts or pan-sear seafood in this pre-seasoned cast iron pan from Lodge. It has high sides so splatters are kept to a minimum and the ribbed surface allows fat to drain from food while also searing tantalizing grill marks onto your food.  Ergonomic handles make a safe transfer from cooktop to the table. Made of even heating and superior heat-retaining cast iron, this is a pan that improves with every use.

3. Zyliss Easyslice Folding Mandonline

“I really LOVE this tool, because it’s razor-sharp, it has five different thickness and it’s so easy to handle, wash and store! I use the mandoline every day to slice vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, cabbage or radish to prepare my salads.”– Chef Susanne Despature

Conveniently slice vegetables and fruits into the uniform thickness you desire with ease through the high grade stainless steel  blades.The easy to use dial makes alternating between functions and slicing sizes easy and intuitive. The product is ergonomically adapted to body posture and range of motion so that the user will feel as if the tool were an extension of his/her own hand. The non-skid rubber feet ensure the mandoline remains steady on the kitchen bench during use.

4. Cuisinart Hot & Cold Blender

If smoothies are part of your morning ritual or  you love homemade soups, this innovative blender is perfect for you! Make soups, dressings, purees, sauces, smoothies, cocktails and even crushing ice with this nifty machine. Sauté, cook, stir, simmer and blend without the need for extra pots and pans, and no messy transfers from pan to blender. Create your own fresh, healthy soup from start to finish in just 20 minutes with a touch of a button, you can add desired ingredients anytime during the cooking process.

Kitchen Tools to Make Healthy Eating Easy

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Kitchen Tools to Make Healthy Eating Easy

Have you been food binging during this circuit breaker? Time to swop your diet and start eating healthy for this post-circuit-breaker. From a spiralizer to a pair of herb scissors, we have rounded up a few essentials that can inspire you to eat more greens! Each one helps to simplify and shorten your food prep or cooking time.

1. Mastrad Multi Slicer Mandoline Green

You don’t have to learn any knife skills to achieve these precise cuts. With the Mastrad Multi Slicer Madoline, it comes with a set of five blades for grating, thinly slicing and cutting. Designed for safety, the tool features a food guard that keeps fingers away from the blade. Non-skid folding feet can be opened to elevate the stand, or collapsed inward for storage.

2.Benriner Vegetable Turning Slicer

With this vegetable-turning slicer, any vegetable can be cut into strands of different sizes within minutes. Made of Japanese highest grade steel, it consists of 3 interchangeable blades consisting of fine, medium and coarse. You can switch out the blades easily with the simple turning of the thumbscrew. Skip those carbs and create your own zucchini “pasta”.

Check out this recipe from Tasty: Chicken Pesto and Zucchini Pasta

3. Westmark Herb Scissors

If  you’re adding herbs to a meal when cooking, forget the knife and chopping board! Grab this lifesaver – Westmark Herb Scissors and simply chop a bunch in 1 quick snip! Made of stainless steel with ergonomic handles, the herb scissors have five stacked blades on each side, so it is easy to snip your herbs or scallions as small as you would like. If you’re worried about the scissors themselves being clogged with food fret not as they come with a cleaning comb.

4. Cuisinart 5L Digital Glass Steamer

Looking for a way to cook healthy food? Equip your kitchen with the Cuisinart Digital Glass Steamer. Steaming is a healthy and effective cooking technique because foods like vegetables retain their nutrients, as opposed to when they’re simmered in water where nutrients can leach out. The 5-liter glass cooking pot is large enough for family-size portions of vegetables, fish, chicken, rice, and more. Complete with digital LCD controls, you get full control of how you want to steam your food with pause and reheat functions

5. Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner

With the Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner to wash, clean, and dry your leafy greens, you might be inspired to eat more greens–and you won’t need to buy pricey bagged salads anymore. From prep to serve, it only takes a couple of steps, with just a single pump of the lever, you can effortlessly spin the water from your salad. Tight for time? This nifty gadget allows your salad to spin freely until it settles or use the brake button to stop the spin when it is convenient for you.

Mother’s Day Recipes Mum Will Love

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Mother’s Day Recipes, Mum Will Love

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

1. BREAKFAST – HAM AND CHEESE QUICHE

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Boska Monaco Cheese Grater

2. BRUNCH – POACHED EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON AND AVOCADO

Real, healthy food never tasted so good!

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Nordic Ware Egg Poacher

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

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Zyliss Easyslice Folding Mandoline

4. SOUP – SHELLFISH BISQUE WITH PAN SEARED TIGER PRAWNS

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Safico Non-Stick Frying Pan

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT:
Evelin Round Bowl Large

6. MAINS – SALMON CONFIT WITH GREEN LENTILS

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

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Lacor Sous Vide Stick

7. DESSERTS – CARAMEL ROSE APPLE TART

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

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Nordic Ware Compact Oven Muffin Pan

Ways to use a Dutch Oven

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Ways to use your Dutch Oven

A good Dutch Oven is a kitchen essential, heavy and thick enough to conduct and retain heat; deep enough to handle large cuts of meat and quarts of cooking liquid. Its heavy-duty construction and versatility make it one of the most useful pieces of cooking equipment, and one that every home cook should have in their cabinet. Here are 6 ways to put your cast iron Dutch Oven pot to work:

1. BREAD

Who doesn’t love a freshly baked loaf of bread? Bread baking in a Dutch Oven is the perfect vessel for making artisan-style loaves. The lid traps in moisture and steam released by the bread, creating that perfect crispy crust. To get a better crust, preheat your Dutch oven before adding in the dough and line the interior with parchment paper. Follow this classic homemade recipe from Tasty .

2. DESSERTS

Traditionally, people cooked these over a campfire, but don’t pull out your flint and steel just yet. You can make these treats indoors thanks to your modern oven and have your cake without the campfire.

Make this Cinnamon Rolls for a delicious breakfast or dessert!

3. SOUP, STEWS & BRAISES

Nothing beats a hearty bowl of soups, stews or braise, especially on a raining day. Dutch Ovens particularly excel at simmering and braising as it keeps heat consistent during cooking. Additionally, it retains heat long enough for at least 30 minutes after it is removed from the stove.

Try making this Dutch Oven-worthy recipe – Pumpkin Soup

4. DEEP FRYING
Frying can be a daunting task — and a messy one. The key to fright-free deep-frying is using a pot with tall sides, it helps to cut down on oil splatter as the cast iron handles very high heat without burning. If you’re looking to fry something unique and tasty in your Dutch Oven, try out this Fried Chicken recipe from Food Network

5. ROASTING

When placed inside an oven, Dutch Ovens conduct heat and transfer it to the food inside from all directions. The ability of the cookware to hold this heat means that less energy is required for long, slow cooking methods. The ovenproof lid helps retain moisture and prevents drying during long cooking times. This makes Dutch ovens perfect for slow roasting meats or vegetables.

6. CASSEROLES

The versatility of a Dutch Oven to be transferred from a stovetop to inside an oven makes them the perfect tool for casseroles. Meats or aromatics can be sautéed in the Dutch oven while on the stovetop, and then the casserole can be assembled and baked in the very same pot. You’ll be surprised at how well-textured, juicy, and flavorful the result is.

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Lava Enamelled Cast Iron Round Casserole 28cm 6.7L

Lava Cast Iron Cookware is suitable for use on all types of stovetop cooking surfaces  – in the oven or your outdoor grill.

With three coats of beautiful porcelain enamel layered onto premium cast iron and fired twice for maximum beauty, it has lasting durability and superb cooking performance.

LAVA enameled cookware are dishwasher safe. Comes in six vibrant colours to choose from.

Available at ToTT stores.

Inspiring Kitchenware for Kids

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Kid-Friendly Kitchenware for Kids

Pique your little ones culinary interest by involving them in the kitchen and help them discover the world of cooking and baking with these must-have kitchen tools!

  1. DANIELLE’S KITCHEN ESSENTIALS KIDS KNIFE

Improve those fine motor skills with this kid-friendly knife and let your little one help in the kitchen by cutting up their own food and prepare meals together. Use this gem in the kitchen to teach kids on healthy eating and inspire them to cook, bake & host. Made with German high-quality Stainless-Steel blades, it features a rounded-tip blade to keep young hands safe without accidents.

Available at ToTT stores at $13.40

2. CUISINART ICE CREAM AND SORBET MAKER

What’s better than whipping up your own ice cream or frozen yoghurt at home in just 20 minutes or less! The fully automatic Cuisinart Frozen Yoghurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker let you turn ingredients into a delicious and healthy frozen treat with no fuss and mess. Simply add your ingredients to the bowl, press ON, and the machine does the rest! Oh, and did we mention that it can serve as an educational opportunity to learn about science – turning regular milk or cream into a cold and tasty treat!

3. LEX LIVING SILICONE DINOSAUR CHOCOLATE AND ICE CUBE TRAY ORANGE

This cute and quirky silicone mould by Lex Living is ideal for cooking or baking with kids. Skip those nasty preservatives and make your own treats like chocolates or even fruit flavoured jellies – a great kids party idea. Easy to clean, flexible and easy to release, simply pour your favourite recipe into the mould and let it cool completely. Once it is ready, turn it upside down and with a little push from the bottom – pop them right out.

Let the fun begin!

4. CUISINART VERTICAL WAFFLE MAKER

Are your kids obsessed with waffles? Get the family together in this fun activity and let the little ones whip up the batter and decorate freshly baked waffles with their favourite toppings. Worried about not having enough space in the kitchen? The Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker compact design makes it great for small spaces and it truly excels at turning out consistently delicious, fluffy waffles that are just as crisp at the outer edge as in the center.

5. ZYLISS EASY SPIN SALAD SPINNER

Tired of arguing with your kids about having their greens? Involve them during the preparation process, with the Zyliss Easy Spin Salad Spinner. Allow your little one to work their muscles by getting them to spin the vegetables and share the benefits of having them in their diet.

6. IBILI COOKIE CUTTER WITH EJECTOR SET OF 6

This Cookie Cutter is the perfect kitchen gadget for baking and decorating cookies with your kids. With 6 cookie cutters in different shapes, kids can independently shape their cookies with ease with no more broken edges.  In addition to cutting cookies, it can also be used to cut pancakes, cheese and more, the only limit is your imagination.  The perfect tool for crafts, activities and play.

  1. BONUS! MARCH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS COOKING & BAKING CLASSES

School’s Out and Fun’s In with these cooking and baking classes.  We have prepared a series of Junior Chef Classes and Culinary Camps that will turn your children into mini master chefs.

Full ToTT Junior Chef Classes listing here.
Full ToTT Drop Off Culinary Camp listing here.

BTO Kitchen Essentials

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BTO Kitchen Essentials

Now you are almost all set to settle in but wait did you forget about your kitchen essentials? Having the right kitchen tools and appliances can help simplify and speed up your cooking process so here’s a list of 6 essentials for you to create your dream kitchen.

  1. Epicurean Non-Slip Series Wood Fibre Cutting Board Brown

Gone were the days when your cutting board slips while you are preparing your ingredients for that hearty comfort stew. The Epicurean cutting board comes with removable silicone corners that will help grip countertops to prevent slips and slides. No more mishaps on the countertop with this lightweight, durable and functional piece that is perfect for both preparing and serving food.

2. Cuisinart Nylon Cooking Utensils Set, 4Pcs Set, Light Blue Pearlized

Mismatched kitchen utensils no more!  The Cuisinart Nylon Cooking set includes 4 must-have favourites that every kitchen needs: Nylon Slotted Turner, Solid Spoon, Ladle and Pasta Server. Not only are these gems kind to pots and pans that are non-stick coating, they are heat resistant up to 215°and dishwasher safe too!

3. Nachtmann Crystal Vivendi Champagne Flute Glasses, Set of 4

Hosting a housewarming party? This elegant and contemporary set contains 4 Champagne Flute Glasses that are perfect for any occasion. Made from fine Bavarian crystal, the range is designed to offer maximum enjoyment of Champagne and sparkling wines.

4. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

If you love baking or even making your own homemade pasta Bolognese, you must have the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. With over 10 stand mixer attachments, you can create vegetable spirals, ground meat for making breakfast sausages and and more. With so many colours to choose from, you will definetly be spoilt for choice.

Available at ToTT stores from $599.

5. Eko 12L Morandi Motion Sensor Bin with Soft Closing

 

Minimalist, ergonomic and slim, the Eko Morandi Motion Sensor Bin is unlike your usual traditional trash bin. With its intelligent sensor mechanism, it makes trash-throwing easy, hygienic and efficient. The soft-close design creates a noise-free environment and will keep your home odour-free.

6. Cristel Mutine Stainless Steel Frying Pan

Perfect for small kitchens or if you are trying to maximise space. The stackable pans and removable handles will come in handy in the tightest corners. Switch out the long handles with the side handles and the pan turns into a serving dish. A must-have in any modern kitchen

Available at ToTT stores from $194.90 – $270.90