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I bought 3 Nigella Lawson Cookbooks for $20!

In total that is! At the Singapore Book Fair held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s ongoing from 25 May 2012  – 3 June 2012.

Incredible right? If you know who Nigella Lawson is and if you follow her cooking shows on Starhub’s Asian Food Channel, you’d know that her cookbooks don’t come cheap! Each alone I believe would have cost in excess of $50 I believe. Yet I got them for a total of $20! It’s crazy! I mean I’ve been wanting her cookbooks for so long but the prices always put me off. Jamie Oliver’s too.

If you want to get cookbooks at massive discounts, you can check out the Singapore Book Fair. I bought mine at the Times Bookstore booth, and it’s just 2 shelves worth of cook books. The rest of the booths are mostly Chinese books or Educational booths.

Suntec Book Fair

  See, I’m not lying!!!

Some books don’t have stickers, so they are sold at the sticker price, which is about $10 – $15. Still damn cheap! I said I would swear off buying cook books until I’ve cooked/baked a significant amount of dishes from the books I’ve bought, but this is an exception right??? Don’t buy sure regret right????? Even my mother SMILED when I brought back the 3 books. Only the Partner frowned, because he had to carry them. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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

I love cookbooks!

I am the proud owner of 2 new cookbooks! A few weeks ago, we entered some radio contest and managed to win. I was quite ecstatic to find out that the prize would be a cook book, even if it was a Gordon Ramsay’s cook book. If you’ve watched his cooking shows, you know he loves yelling at his staff. I don’t watch Hell’s Kitchen for the very reason, and I refuse to buy his cookbooks. But snagging them for free is another matter altogether.

Today the books arrived at my place:- Gordon Ramsay’s Desserts and Gordon Ramsay’s Chef for all seasons. Have never seen these recipe books in any of Singapore’s bookshops before. I must admit, I’ve already fallen in love with them! The luscious food pictures!!! I can’t wait to get started on the recipes! Asparagus soup with fresh cheese croutes, rump of new season’s lamb with lentils, Turbot with courgette flower fritters and Noilly Prat sauce (whatever a Prat may be), fricassee of scallops and girolles, roasted rhubarb and apple crumble, and steamed chocolate pudding! I can hear them calling out my name!

Nothing like flipping through cookbooks to get you inspired to cook. Now I’m almost sure I will resume my cooking activities again this weekend. There is only a slight problem. The Partner will be off to NZ this weekend and who will wash the dishes???

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