(Mother’s Day Special) Yummy Hampers for Mummy

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Rather than splurging on fancy dinners or lavish gifts this Mother’s Day, there are gifts that warms the hearts and tummies of mums, like the hampers from Italian organic brand, Alce Nero, and local food company, Ayam Brand. The all-in-one cooking hampers contain almost everything you need to prepare a heart-warming meal for the most important woman in your life.

Available exclusively on HealthyGourmet.sg, an online shopping portal, the meticulously assembled hampers come with specially devised recipes on top of the food products, showing you how to use the products in simple step-by-step instructions.

Packaged with a quality casserole dishware from Neoflam, an international kitchenware company, mums will be thrilled by the fine addition to her kitchen gadgets.

The Ayam Brand ‘Local Delights’ Hamper is packed with Ayam Brand Nyonya Curry, Ayam Brand Coconut Cream (270ml), Sardines in Water (120g), Baked Beans (425g), Sliced Peach (410g) along with the casserole dishware and recipes.

The hampers will be available till the end of May 2015, exclusively on healthygourmet.sg.

Personalise your own Coca-Cola Can

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Want your name printed on a can of Coke? It’s possible now with the world-famous ‘Share a Coke’ campaign that has finally arrived in Singapore.

The ‘Share a Coke’ campaign was first launched in 2011, and has since spread happiness across the globe in more than 80 countries. Here in Singapore, the lingo is very much localised. Across the island from now till the end of August, (Coke, Coke zero, Coke light) cans and bottles will feature commonly used Singaporean nicknames and phrases in place of the iconic Coca-Cola logo such as “Auntie”, “Uncle”, “Ah Boy”, “BFF”, “Bestie”, “Babe”, “Bro”, “I Love You”, “You’re the Best”, “Chiobu”, “Relak Lah”, and more.

With every $10 spent on Coca-Cola trademark products, you can customise your own Coca-Cola can at the ‘Share a Coke’ roadshows that are taking place at various venues from 26 April 2015. Check the locations and dates at the website: http://www.coca-cola.com.sg/ShareaCokeSG/

Remember to share photos and videos on your social media timeline with the hashtag #ShareaCokeSG and #SG50!

CP Foods’ Pork and Chicken Gyoza

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CP Foods introduces the new Pork and Chicken Gyozas just in time for Lunar New Year –the annual festive celebration that means incessant steamboat feastings and nibbling on goodies. Perfect for any occasions, the gyozas taste good steeped in soup (think: steamboat), steamed, pan-fried or deep-fried. The combination of pork and chicken brings a whole new level of succulence. For an added touch of vegetal flavour and texture, you can go for the one stuffed with chives.

These ready-made dumplings are easy to prepare and requires no defrosting. You can even microwave them. How about a simple homemade noodle soup dish with boiled gyozas? (I used the Philips Advance Noodle Maker for the noodles.) The CP Foods Pork and Chicken Gyoza retails at $5.90 per pack, available at major supermarkets.

(Lunar New Year 2015) NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Promotions

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From now till 28 February 2015, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is having a series of attractive promotions for its modern multi-beverage systems to give you more reasons to host parties in style this Lunar New Year. Get $80 off for a Circolo FS (usual price $339), $60 off for a Genio 2 (usual price $259) and $50 off for a Melody (usual price $279).

In addition to the attractive discounts, any purchase of a NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto multi-beverage system entitles one to three free boxes of capsules (Cortado, Green Tea Latte and Milo).

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(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) For the ladies who are big on photography: stylish and practical camera handbags from Aide de Camp

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Madison Camera Bag ($329)

I’ve been using this camera handbag from Aide de Camp for close to a year now, and I’m proud to say it’s my favourite camera bag of all time! I frequently attend formal events and dinners for editorial purposes, and doubling as a food photography and writer, I have to be well equipped with my camera along with its accessories. My other camera bags always seem like a huge misfit at such events. The stylish range of camera handbags from Aide de Camp complements all polished looks, whether you’re dressing up to look chic or elegant, you no longer have to be reluctant to bring along your trusty camera. Continue reading

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) For the makeup junkies: Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Line-up

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This one’s for the makeup junkies! I’ve recently taken a liking to the Urban Decay 2014 Holiday line-up, which includes stunning beauty weapons like Vice3 ($88), Naked2 Basics ($45), Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush ($28), Shadow Box ($52), Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Kit ($60), and Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body ($43).

Those dolling up for the festive season will find endless joy in the Vice3 eyeshadow palette; it comes with 20 shades from light neutral tones to vibrant attention-grabbing tones to dark smoky tones. Time to let your creativity run wild! Fitted in a slim jewel-inlaid case that houses a huge mirror and a double-ended brush, this eyeshadow palette also comes with a matching bag!

Get it at any Sephora outlets.

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) Chocolate-coated Fresh Fruit Bouquets from Rainbowly

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Flowers dry out, and plushies turn old. What can be more practical than gifting an edible bouquet, with sweetness that linger in the memory throughout the coming years?

Perfect for any special occasion be it Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas or birthdays, the chocolate-coated fresh fruit bouquets from Rainbowly is bound to bring endless joy to your loved ones.

Happy Feet for instance feature a dozen of adorable penguins made of strawberry coated in chocolate. Continue reading

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) Bring out the greatest smiles this Christmas with Oral-B

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As Christmas is drawing nearer, most parts of our population in Singapore of any religion would soak in the festive atmosphere and partake in the season of giving, bringing joy to the ones they love, partying and feasting on this special occasion. Christmas is never complete without the unwrapping of presents!

Fishing out the perfect Christmas gifts is no easy task. I mean, I’m sure you can relate to receiving gifts you don’t really need, want, or ever use. These sorts of gifts get stashed away, donated, given away, or thrashed out eventually. The formula for the perfect gift is to look for something practical, something that everyone would need, and something that is beneficial to that person. It may not be something that he/she is hankering for, but it will be something that he/she will treasure and actually use it.

Good oral care is essential for clean, healthy and beautiful teeth, and giving someone the tool to attain the most beautiful smile could easily be the best Christmas gift. Consider the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush ($199). Electric toothbrushes are not for lazy people; they actually serve a greater purpose, which is to remove 5 times more plaque than regular manual toothbrushes. The most reliable brand to go for would be the #1 dentist-recommended one right? Oral-B it is!

Oral-B is having a special Christmas day discount where you can save up to $50 off! Get it online here: http://goo.gl/nK4smu

Read more about the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush here: http://www.oralb.com/products/professional-care-3000-toothbrush/

(Christmas Gift Ideas 2014) 1872 Clipper Tea’s Christmas collection, A Season of Magic

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This one’s for tea aficionados! The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. presents its latest collection, A Season of Magic, to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Revisiting three favourite Christmas stories, the beautiful package encompasses a trio of exotic tea blends specially put together for this special occasion, named Shoemaker’s Elves, The Nutcracker, and Rudolph.
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(2 Recipes) Cooking with Lipton Tea: Tea-smoked Prawn with Avocado Salsa; Mint Tea-smoked Cod Fish

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Lipton has made its mark in the beverage market, statistically being the world’s most preferred brand of tea. Since its founding in 1890, Lipton has expanded its repertoire of tea from just the Yellow Label to now specialty infusions, green tea, black tea, specialty flavoured tea and hot instant milk tea. Tea is made for drinking, but as the culinary scene matures, we have seen the increasing usage of tea leaves in cooking. Tea leaves, when used in cooking, add a unique dimension of flavour and subtle aroma to food.

Here I’ll be sharing two recipes featuring two variants of tea leaves. For the first recipe, the Tea-smoked Prawn paired with Avocado Salsa, I chose the classic Lipton Yellow Label Tea. As Lipton’s flagship product, Lipton Yellow Label is made of the finest blends of Ceylon and Kenya. The signature aroma is one that most of us are familiar with due to its widespread popularity. Using this classic blend gives this dish the aroma of tea without additional flavouring that would have otherwise mask the pristine taste of prawn. Continue reading

Cooking with Dancing Chef’s Pineapple Rice Paste and Tom Yam Paste

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It used to be almost impossible for busy executives to cook a decent meal at home, especially after a toiling day at work, much less restaurant/hawker-quality Asian cuisine. The amount of time one needs to spend on prepping the ingredients is enough to deter. Now, with the aid of Dancing Chef, you can flaunt an impressive spread, ready in a flash.

Dancing Chef was my best friend when I was based in Melbourne for a month, homesick and craving for Asian cuisine. The brand carries a range of easy-to-use Asian cooking pastes and stir-fry sauces encompassing the tastes of Thai, Chinese, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisines. It’s good to know that the pastes embody only natural ingredients, with no added MSG, preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring. The basis of a cooking paste involves the chopping, blending and pounding of ingredients, which Dancing Chef has got it covered. You can make your own paste from scratch (which I have done before), but it takes lots of effort and time (though I would say it is worth it if you have time to spare).

So with the convenience of Dancing Chef’s cooking pastes, all we need to do is add in a few key ingredients such as fresh meat and vegetables, cook for a few minutes and the meal is ready to be enjoyed. With the cooking pastes, you can rustle up the meals easily, quickly and consistently. The cooking pastes also presents as a base for further enhancement, where you can allow your creative flair to shine by adding your own unique touches. Continue reading

MAGGI SENSES Laksa

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MAGGI SENSES Laksa

Laksa is one of the most widely enjoyed hawker dish in Singapore. It is no easy feat to replicate the dish at home though. The laksa paste is made up of a medley of ingredients, and is time-consuming and arduous to prepare from scratch. There are ready-made laksa pastes in the current market, but to make things even easier, MAGGI brand by Nestlé Singapore is introducing a new product –MAGGI SENSES Laksa. It comes in a larger noodle portion at 100g, packaged with a sachet of laksa paste made of fresh and natural spices with no added MSG. Muslim friends also get to enjoy this Halal-Certified product. Add ingredients of your choice for a balanced meal, such as vegetables, meats and egg.

Now you get to quell late-night laksa cravings in the comforts of your home!

The MAGGI SENSES Laksa retails at $7.95 for a pack of 4. Check them out at your nearest super/hyper-market.

NESTLÉ FITNESSE Chocolate Cereal

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Chocolate provides a unique pleasure to the senses that nothing else can match. It raises the spirit, lifts the mood, soothes emotional pain, drives away gloominess and brings down the stress level. Even scientists prove chocolate is better than being in love. I can’t imagine a world without chocolate.

There is no end to the number of desserts created with the magical ingredient chocolate. Some will send you to a sugar high, some will charm with dark bitter notes. Some will add several inches to your waistline if consumed in excess, none contains zero calories (so it’s important to eat wisely). NESTLÉ FITNESSE jumps on the bandwagon with the new NESTLÉ FITNESSE Chocolate Cereal that will keep your body in shape in spite of regular ingestion. Continue reading

Tiger Beer unleashes patriotic red and white livery this National Day

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In commemoration of Singapore’s 49th birthday, Tiger Beer unleashes a patriotic livery encompassing the colours of our national flag. The limited edition 330ml cans, retailing at $25.60 for a pack of 10, are stripped off the iconic blue tone and donned a vivacious red and white colour scheme. Continue reading