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The 4 ingredients you need most

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , on June 7, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

The 4 Ingredients phenomenon continues to gather momentum like a snowball travelling at light speed down Mt Everest!  Ok, so you can dish up some clever recipes using just 4 ingredients, but as Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker have shown, you need a little extra help in selling the idea.  A sparkling kitchen set decked out in grey and white marble and featuring red accents here and there is a delightful backdrop to their famously simple recipes.  And don’t you notice they always use non-stick pans?  If only they would have a Chef’s Toolbox party and show off ‘the good stuff’ to the world!

For us in the know, Chef’s Toolbox cookware is superb, dahling!  And here is my tips for the most important 4 ingredients you should aim to have in your very own kitchen at home … whether or not you have TV lighting, a makeup crew and your own world tour coming up!

28cm Saute Pan

28cm Saute Pan

Number 1: como advanced 28cm Saute Pan ($220)

Truly, it’s the most versatile pan you’ll ever own!  If you want to start building your own Chef’s Toolbox cookware collection, this is THE piece to grab and run with.  It not only looks gorgeous, but it’s non-stick, can be used on induction cooktops as well as gas, electric and ceramic, AND it can be used on the barbecue and in the oven.  How’s that for clever?  You can roast in it, fry in it, sauté, bake, use it as a slow cooker, serve it up straight on the table and wash it up with absolute ease.

Use your Saute Pan for omelettes, fried rice, stroganoff, paella, stove top pizza, spaghetti sauce, chicken curry, risotto, Sunday roast, cinnamon scrolls, scrambled eggs, poached pears, scones, homemade jam, baking cakes, lamb korma, fish tagine, jambalaya, vegetable biryani and the list goes on.

 

 

 

Silicone Spoon Spatula

Silicone Spoon Spatula

Number 2: Silicone Spoon Spatula ($27.50)

 

 

 

Every good cook’s toolbox must contain a handy dandy silicone spoon!  It’s an absolute must-have so that you can spare your beautiful non-stick cookware from scratches and scrapes.  Stir, scoop and serve then stick it in the dishwasher.  You’ll be lost without it!

 

 

 

18cm Fusion Knife

18cm Fusion Knife

Number 3: ct-edge 18cm Fusion Knife ($95)

 

 

 

This is the ultimate food preparation knife, designed for a multitude of purposes. Its thin and very sharp blade makes slicing and chopping effortless.  A cross between a traditional Asian cleaver and a Western knife, the ct-edge 18cm Fusion Knife is sure to be your favourite, no matter how many other knives you own.

 

Flexibake 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Flexibake 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Flexibake 12-cup Muffin Pan ($39)

 

If you’ve never used silicone non-stick bakeware before, you simply must!  And the Flexibake 12-cup Muffin Pan is an excellent starter piece.  No more stuck-on muffins and no more nightmare-to-wash metal pans.  You can even scrunch it up and store it in an empty corner of your pots cupboard.  Go your hardest … it’ll spring right back into shape when you need it!  Sweet and savoury recipes work a treat in the Flexibake Muffin Pan.  Try quiches, cupcakes, muffins, timbales, sticky date puddings, caramel tarts, fruit mince pies, chicken pies, friends, apple cakes, scones, custard tarts, filled filo pastries and layered ice creams.

 

Chef's Essentials Kit $279

Chef's Essentials Kit $279

These are the 4 ingredients you need to get you off to a great start in the kitchen.  Whether you’re setting up house for the very first time or your tired and battered old equipment has had its day, get a hold of these and you’ll be re-inspired.

Remember, you can buy the Saute Pan, 18cm Fusion Knife and Silicone Spoon Spatula as a bundle and, well, save a bundle!!  Individually they retail for $342.50.  The “Chef’s Essentials Set” is just $279 (save $63.50!).  Contact me to order yours.

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Mother’s Day Goodies

Posted in Recipes, The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , on March 25, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

mothers-dayMums unite! Your special day is coming up on the 10th of May and, being a Mum too, I know what I want: peace, goodwill … and a really good sleep-in! Looking for a gift for the special Mum, mother-in-law, grandma or next door neighbour in your life?

Give the gift of practicality. Making cooking fun and easy, and minimising washing up is something that will keep Mum happy until NEXT Mother’s Day. Fact is, we have to cook, we might as well love it and be inspired to mix it up a bit!

From $14 upwards, there’s something for every Mum at The Chefs Toolbox! All our como advanced cookware comes beautifully packaged in easy-to-wrap boxes, and even our handy dandy Potato Masher is a huge winner according to everyone who has bought one. How about some Flexishapes to cook up a batch of fluffy, novelty-shaped pancakes for breakfast for Mum on 10th of May?  If Mum’s a shoe lover, you can make them stiletto-shaped with the cute Flexishape, and you get three other shapes too!  Meanwhile, start practising your pancake skills with the recipe below:

mothers-day-breakfast-in-bedBreakfast In Bed Mother’s Day Pancakes

the ingredients

3/4 cup plain flour
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs
20g butter
200g vanilla yoghurt for serving
250g fresh strawberries for serving
 the fun

  1. Heat frypan over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, milk and eggs and whisk well to a smooth batter.
  3. Brush base of pan with a small amount of butter.
  4. Place the Silicone Egg Rings in the frypan and pour in 1/2 cup of batter.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles begin to appear on the top of the batter.
  6. Carefully remove Egg Rings, turn the pancakes over and cook for a further minute.
  7. Repeat above steps, brushing the pan with butter before cooking each batch of pancakes, until all the batter has been used.
  8. Serve warm with a spoonful of yoghurt and fresh strawberries or any fruit of your choice.
     

April is FREEBIES month at The Chef’s Toolbox!

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

free-product-100s-of-dollarsRECEIVE EVEN MORE FREE PRODUCT IN APRIL!!

Many of you have seen and acknowledged the stunning quality of the Chefs Toolbox range and I have heard plenty of you say that you would love to build on your collection. Well now is the time to pull out that Wish List and aim high! April hosts receive all the USUAL rewards:
– Free silicone trivet
– Half price shopping based on 1/3 of your party sales
– Free Flexibake item or cook book for 2 party bookings
– $200 worth of FREE product for $950 sales and 1 booking

But during April, you will also receive an EXTRA $100 of free product for every booking! Pass the word around to your friends, co-workers, neighbours and family about how wonderful it is to host a Chefs Toolbox cooking party, and you will receive $100 of free product for every booking beyond the $950+1!!

You could treat yourself – for free – to hundreds of dollars worth of como advanced non-stick cookware, Flexibake, knives or utensils.

Contact me today to slot your cooking party into my available April dates. Hint: Friday nights and Saturday afternoons always fill up quickly!

The top 10 reasons to host a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

Imagine calling a few friends together, cooking up a couple of delicious recipes, heartily devouring them and then scoring lots of free stuff and half price, top quality cookware!  That’s a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party for ya!

Cook up paella at your cooking party!

Cook up paella at your cooking party!

Why hold a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party?

  1. You get to try before you buy.
  2. Revive your enthusiasm for cooking.
  3. Share cooking tips with friends and family.
  4. Learn a couple of easy, delicious new recipes.
  5. Treat yourself to some top quality cookware.
  6. Start building your collection, piece by piece.
  7. Receive free cookware.
  8. Do some half price shopping.
  9. Introduce your friends/family to something new.
  10. Have a heap of fun, with very little effort!

The Chef’s Toolbox mantra is “cooking is fun”.  Whenever I say that, I see a few raised eyebrows in the room, but hey, you have to do it so you might as well enjoy it, right?  Frankly, there’s nothing fun about a sink full of baked-on, greasy, daggy looking pots and pans.  At a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party, you’ll be introduced to our gorgeous, practical cookware that enables you to cook more healthfully, and not tax your time with endless washing up.

“People always feel obliged to buy at these parties” …… not with Chef’s Toolbox!
Since the range is almost unheard of in Queensland – and we aim to change that – the very name is enough to intrigue your guests to come along.  And once they attend your cooking party, they will get to see what we’re all about.  Most people fall in love with it when they see how easy it is to use and clean, and they snap up a few pieces on the spot.  Others prefer to get to know it by buying one or two small items and consider holding their own party to build upon what they’ve bought.  That’s fine by us!  If we were into pressure, we’d be selling pressure cookers!

“I don’t have time to hold parties” ……
To host a Chef’s Toolbox cooking party, all you need to do is invite your friends and buy a few inexpensive ingredients.  We do the rest at your party!  We cook two simple recipes and eat them afterwards.  No dips, nibbles and munchies to put out.  Just a pot of tea or a bottle of wine and it’s all done.  This is meant to be fun, not work!

“My husband doesn’t like these ladies’ parties” …..
Who said cooking was just for the ladies?  Tell him to hang around and see how “the toolbox” will even get him to enjoy getting into the kitchen.  And since men are so practical, wouldn’t it be far better to be able to try something in your own kitchen, on your own stove, before you fork out for it?

“There’s no room in my kitchen” …..
We don’t need a kitchen!  How about a patio, the verandah, the garage or your living room?  With my handy dandy portable electric cooker, I can cook up a stove top pizza in a laundry as long as there’s a power point!

Look, whatever your sensitivity, no one wants to pressure you into holding a cooking party.  Just remember, there’s plenty to be gained – fun, new recipes, new cooking tips, free and half price cookware – and nothing to be lost.  Contact me if I can help :).

You ain’t never mashed potatoes unless …

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

potato-masher… unless you’ve owned this potato masher from Chef’s Toolbox!  Holy mama!  Not only is it an intriguing conversation piece when your sister-in-law drops in and opens your second kitchen drawer – or sees it taking pride of place on the kitchen counter – but it’s a dual action, highly efficient piece of work that you’ll never turn your back on.

Behold the knob!  Well you can’t miss it!  It’s excellent for arthritis sufferers because it’s easier to manage without having to claw fingers around a traditional shaft.  And the flower-like shape of the actual masher really means business.  Push and twist, push and twist, push and twist, and in half the time it takes using a regular potato masher,  your potatoes are done, sister!  The ultimate comfort food made infinitely easier.

Use it also of course for bananas, baby food, pumpkins and other mashable munchables.  At just $20.00, don’t you just have to have one today?

Read an interesting product review of the Chef’s Toolbox potato masher at femail.com.au; click here.

Overheard at a couple of my recent cooking parties:

  • “I bought one of these at the last party I went to and now I just want to mash everything in sight!”
  • “I asked Louise if I could borrow hers a couple of weeks ago and she wouldn’t let it out of her house!”

How to make your non-stick cookware last longer

Posted in Articles, The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

como-set-3Whether you’ve treated yourself to some gorgeous, hard-wearing, highly functional Chef’s Toolbox non-stick cookware or you’ve chosen to purchase another brand, here are some important tips on how to make your non-stick cookware last longer.

Before cooking

New pans should be washed in hot, soapy water, then rinsed and dried. There is no need to season the pans before use.

Cooking

Heat settings

  • A lower heat setting than usual can be used as como advancedTM conducts heat very efficiently.
  • The correct heat setting should be chosen for the cooking method being used:medium heat for frying, sautéing or stir frying low heat for simmering or warming.
  • When cooking with gas, the flame must not be allowed to extend beyond the stainless steel base of the pan.

Pre-heating

  • The pan should be heated to the desired cooking temperature before adding the food. This will ensure the food cooks as expected from the moment it hits the pan. Due to the heavy gauge alloy base, the pan heats quickly and evenly.
  • The pan should not be overheated to hasten the heating process. Overheating the pan will cause the non-stick coating to deteriorate and turn brown. Overheating voids the warranty.

Oven cooking

como advancedTM is oven-safe to 250°C.

Utensils

Even if your non-stick cookware claims to be resistant to scratches, it is best to use silicone, nylon or wooden tools so that it lasts longer.

spray-bottleOils

As much or as little oil as desired can be used in the pans. That’s the beauty of non-stick.  Any dishes may be cooked with minimal fats for a healthier meal. However, oil or butter can be added for a crisp texture, golden colour and more flavour.

TIP => Aerosol sprays should not be used directly on the pan as they leave a gummy residue that is very difficult to remove. For a lighter coating, the food can be sprayed before adding to the pan, a small amount of oil can be wiped over the surface of the pan, or pure oil in a pump-action spray container can be used, see example at left.

Safety
High heat, long cooking times, and oven cooking may cause the handles to become very hot. Care should be taken. Care must also be taken when carrying a full pan as it will be heavy and hot food may be spilled.

Cleaning

To extend the effectiveness of the non-stick surface, the pan must be cleaned thoroughly after every use. Any build-up of oil or food particles will impede the ability of the non-stick surface to release properly.

It is recommended that:

  • the pan is washed while it is still hot, and
  • the pan is washed with a micro-fibre cloth.
  • Where needed, a non-abrasive cloth can be used on the non-stick surface.

Should food particles stick to the pan, it can be filled with water and bicarbonate of soda and left to soak for 30 minutes. Any food residue should now wash away.

dishwasherDishwasher use

como advancedTM has been treated to withstand occasional dishwasher use. However, we recommend hand cleaning to extend the life of the pan. The dishwasher-safe treatment will withstand 200 cycles in the dishwasher. After this number of cycles, the harsh alkaline agents in dishwasher detergents may begin to damage the hard-anodised surface.

Storage

Pots should not be nested inside each other without protective cloths as hard-anodised surfaces are twice as hard as stainless steel and may scratch the non-stick coating.

Start a business for just $99!

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

join-chefs-toolbox-for-99Whoever heard of such nonsense?  Well, it’s true!  You can become a Chef’s Toolbox Consultant for just $99 during February 09!

Your $99 payment gets you a brilliant starter kit containing:

  • A fabulous como advanced Saute Pan valued at $220
  • A silicone spoon/spatula valued at $27.50
  • A Flexibake 12-cup muffin pan valued at $39
  • A ct-edge Fusion knife valued at $85

With a total value of $371.50, you’d be mad not to at least find out more about this exciting opportunity!  Contact me now for more details and don’t forget to include your email address and phone number.

What else do you get?

  • Ongoing support without pressure to do more than you want to or can manage with your other commitments.
  • The opportunity to meet up with other Consultants on a monthly basis for cooking demos, tastings and fun training.
  • The enjoyment of being around likeminded people who love food.
  • Income that is only limited by the level of commitment you are able to apply.
  • Prizes, free products, recognition and other incentives.

You have nothing to lose by contacting me and finding out more.  No pressure, no obligation … I promise!