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Win a free Swedish cooking class at Cookyn!

Calling all kitchen-proud home cooks out there! Fancy winning a free cooking lesson sponsored by IKEA Smart Kitchens? The cooking class will be held at Cookyn Inc and promises to be a session of fun-filled laughter amidst hands-on cooking!

All you have to do is to submit photos showing IKEA how Pretty, Smart, Good and Happy it is in your kitchen and dining for you and your family. Click here to access the IKEA Facebook Page and read the full instructions or view the photos for inspiration, or simply submit your photos here. The closing date is 14th June. Meanwhile, scroll down to view the pictures of the amazing cooking class I was invited to participate in.

Photos of Swedish cooking class at Cookyn, sponsored by IKEA

*Photos without the http://365days2play.com water mark are courtesy of IKEA.

Ikea Smart Kitchens - The Budding Chefs! (2)All smiles before the start of the cooking class. I have to warn you, when dining, or doing just about anything with bloggers, be sure to expect lots of photo taking. Even when cooking, we endeavour to slip in a photo or two. That’s just who we are!

Ikea Smart Kitchens Cookyn Event (56)Two of the Swedish dishes we cooked. Not bad, we did 4 in total, with the help of Mervyn and Rayner of Cookyn Inc!

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Regent Hotel Weekend High Tea Buffet

I’ve always loved the 3 tiered service afternoon tea at the Regent Hotel Singapore on weekdays. Been there a number of times. It’s always nice to sit back and relax over a cuppa and have some nibbles. The reason why I liked Regent’s afternoon tea in particular is because of its delicious scones and clotted cream. Those of you following my blog will know that I go weak when I hear clotted cream being mentioned. Another reason why the Regent’s weekday afternoon tea is so good is because 1 tier is actually enough for 2 people, if you’re not too ravenous. Plus I always order the free flow of iced chocolate on the side.

Lately, I was reminded that Regent Hotel also serves afternoon tea during the weekends, buffet style, with a strong focus on British afternoon tea items like the various pies and sausage rolls. I immediately made reservations, only to be told that the next available spot would be 2 weeks later. Well, the 2 weeks later was last week. After having sampled what was on offer, I have to say that the experience is quite different from having the 3-tier afternoon tea on weekdays.

The buffet obviously has more food items to choose from. However, there were quite a number of misses, and a few hits. Most of the pies I felt were too dry. There was no visual appeal either as the yellow display lighting cast a horrible overcooked glow on the pies. The bread used in the sandwiches was hard, with the exception of the egg sandwiches. The dessert station featured no luscious looking chocolate cake. In my opinion, that’s a prerequisite for any self-respecting buffet! And horror of horrors, the scone was only so so. Even though I could have had as much clotted cream as I wanted, I didn’t do so because the scone wasn’t that great!

Interestingly, the best dish was the baked salmon. The salmon was so so so good. It was flaky, moist and full of flavour. The doneness was just right. Any less time in the oven and it would probably have been raw. And any longer in the oven and it would have been less flaky and moist. Delicious. I went back for 3 helpings!

Given a choice, I would prefer to go for the weekday 3-tiered afternoon tea. At least, every item on the 3-tiered stand tasted good.

Anyway….less talk and more pictures. Enjoy!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - British Pies station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Satay and Crab Curry Mantou station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Dessert station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Ice cream and waffles station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam (2)

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Lots and lots of clotted cream!!

Lemon curd, very traditional to the British. Probably what Kaya is to Singaporeans.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Egg sandwich with caviar on top

The egg sandwich didn’t come with the caviar, but there is a huge bottle of it nearby so just help yourselves!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Nibbles Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Roast Lamb and Baked Salmon

Roast lamb on the left and baked salmon on the right. Of all the things at the buffet, you MUST try the baked salmon! It’s DAMN GOOD!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Crab Curry with Mantou

Crab curry with mantou. I just love fried mantous! Dip it in the curry and it’s so heavenly! Fried carbs, they appeal to me way too much!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Mini Pavlovas

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Macarons

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Iced Chocolate

Don’t take the iced chocolate if you don’t want to fill yourself up too fast

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea for you Madam Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cuppa tea for you sir

As part of the high tea, you get a choice of 2 drinks, be it iced chocolate, teas and coffees.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Homemade Gelato

Ice cream is “homemade”. This is nice, but nothing beats the free flow of haagen dazs ice cream at the Goodwood Park afternoon tea buffet!

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ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade) – Review

So I did make it to ToTT over the weekend. It was mighty cavernous I must say. It was so spacious as compared to the Sia Huat Store in Chinatown. Everything was laid out nicely and neatly shelf after shelf, complete with name labels and prices.

I was hoping to find a Pantry Magic lookalike but on a larger scale, but it was not to be. There was very little cutesy, colourful spatulas, spoons, bowls, baking moulds and stuff. The things are also not cheap, so it’s not like an outing to Ikea where you can just indulge in buying items you know you’re probably never going to use. It’s still basically what Sia Huat sells at Chinatown except it looks a bit more sophisticated. The place would be great for business owners who want to find kitchen equipment such as a huge rice cooker to cook rice for 100 people. But if you ever require any particular kitchen equipment or cookware, your best bet is still to go to Sia Huat, but it would be a very utilitarian looking version of it. I don’t think they have that many cookbooks for sale either. If it’s cookbooks you’re after, you’re best going off to Borders, MPH or Kinokuniya.

ToTT’s still worth a visit though, especially if you live around the area. For one, they have this really interesting concept where you buy some cookie dough, decorate it and bake it there and then in the special kitchen. I was there and overheard the kids commenting on just how strange it was to be doing baking there.

Then there’s also the cooking studio, and the Bistro. We had lunch at the Bistro while we were there. Prices were pretty affordable. The Bistro looks like the Ikea canteen, but let’s just say that I don’t think Ikea will be fretting over lost business in the cooked food department. 

ToTT - Salmon

Baked Salmon – So So.

ToTT - Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

 Baked Chicken – The chicken was quite nice, even if a little dry. They were also very generous with the mushrooms in the mushroom sauce. I liked the amount of raisin put within the coleslaw, and I liked the crunch of the slaw.

ToTT - Egg drop soup with Quail Egg

 Egg Drop Soup with Quail Egg – This was definitely a let down. Even the staff knew that and were recommending the mushroom soup. There was a surprise hardboiled quail’s egg in the soup so that was a nice touch. And they certainly are generous with the seaweed too.

ToTT - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup – This was very nice for a $2.50 soup. It was creamy and thick. Only issue, it was not hot, but I suppose that boils down to teething problems at all new places.

You can order these under the ala carte menu, or you can get the set menu where you choose a mains, soup and free flow soft-drink. You can only choose soft drinks if you take the set menu, which we thought was a bit dumb. We wanted coffee, and coffee is $1, while soft drink is $1.50. Go figure.

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

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