Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School

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Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School is where you can achieve your baking goals without having to part with a hefty sum of school fees that you would otherwise have to, at say Le Cordon Bleu, which is the ultimate choice for those who aspire to bake as a career. This is the perfect place for passionate home-cooks and home-bakers who want to take their skills up a notch.
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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