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The Bosch Dream Kitchen Cookoff

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In celebration of 50 years of pioneering innovations in cooking, The Bosch Dream Kitchen Cookoff, premiering today at www.boschdreamkitchen.com, invites amateur cooking teams to a battle of culinary showmanship for a chance to win a Bosch Dream Kitchen.

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The competition will culminate in a finale cookoff on 14 December 2012 as contestants try to out-cook each other for a shot at winning the Bosch Dream Kitchen Makeover with home appliances from Bosch, kitchen design, cabinetry, fitting and accessories from BLUM, and quartz counter top from Belenco.

Each webisode of The Bosch Dream Kitchen Cookoff revolves around the creation of different components of a meal under the observation of a distinguished group of Mentoring Master Chefs, including celebrity chefs John See of The Food Dot; Andrea Scarpa, Executive Chef of Da Paolo Bistro Bar; Heather Barrie of Fine Palate; Tim Ross-Watson of The Garden of Eden Restaurant; and Julien Royer, Chef de Cuisine of JAAN at the Equinox Complex. To spice things up, each team will be challenged to recreate specialty dishes originally created by the Masters.

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Bosch @ Savour 2012 – Part 2

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Here are the pictures from the Savour 2012 Face Off competition between Chef John See and Chef Claudio Sandri. Both chefs were using state of the art Bosch kitchen equipment to demonstrate their cooking. I don’t know about you, but for me, looking at kitchen appliances and kitchenware turns me on. And when you pair the words kitchen appliances with STATE OF THE ART, you basically have my full attention!

Unfortunately, I don’t have funky cool kitchen appliances in my house. I guess the 2 things I’m most proud of in my house is my huge built in oven as well as my stand up mixer. I would love to deck out my kitchen with state of the art kitchen equipment. It’s a pity that kitchen sizes are getting smaller in Singapore. The property people say it’s because Singaporeans are cooking less. I say it’s because the kitchens are so embarrassingly small that the act of cooking is made much more difficult, resulting in people having no choice but to eat out.

Like most traditional households in Singapore, I use gas stoves rather than induction stoves. I like to see the flames and I judge the heat by looking at the flames. The stoves at the Bosch Specialty Kitchen were fitted with induction stoves. Apparently, you listen for the sizzling sounds in the pan to judge if your pan is hot enough! Also, it seems the pan heats up pretty quickly when using the induction stove, contrary to popular belief. And because it’s state of the art, all you need to do is to push some buttons and it’s working already. No need to fiddle with matches or lighters.

The chefs made it look really easy to cook with the induction stove. For me, it’ll take more than just looking to convince me to move to an induction stove. Can Bosch please invite me to have a hands on experience with their appliances and equipment? I wouldn’t mind if you loan me the stuff either! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (12)

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (13) This is brown fried rice, even though it doesn’t look like it. Tasted great! Light and non oily

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (19)

Sauteed garlic prawns. Also a very simple dish with lots of flavour.

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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

ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade)

UPDATE: I’ve since been to the ToTT Store. Read all about it here.

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I just read about this huge kitchenware store opening for business in Singapore today. I’m so excited!!! I’ve always felt that we lack a 1-stop-shop where we can get all the kitchenware we want. Sure Pantry Magic does fill the gap somewhat, but as much as I love browsing there, it’s a pretty small store. Ikea has a larger range, but the quality is questionable. I find it highly suspect that a frying pan can cost $5. What materials went into making it, and how long can it last? As we speak, my 2 year old Ikea chair is on the verge of collapsing any day now.

ToTT is owned by Sia Huat, which has a store in Chinatown. Coincidentally, I made my 1st visit to the Chinatown Sia Huat only just last week. It was quite an experience. Because they sell to businesses as well, they also stock industrial sized kitchenware. It was quite funny to be inspecting pots so huge you could stand in them. Most of the stuff at the Chinatown branch is pretty spartan though. I’m hoping that the ToTT store will have all the things that I see so often in Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone’s cooking shows. I might even spend $150 there and get myself a membership card!

Apart from the store, ToTT also runs cooking classes, a bake it on the spot section where you can buy and bake the cookie dough without even having to go home, and a bistro. It’s going to be great. This weekend they are having a 10% promotion going on, so I’m going to try and make it there.

image Durian Tempura served at their Bistro

 

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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