Tip of the day – cutting boards

Posted in Hints and Tips with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

The best type of cutting board to use is a ‘soft’ one.  Wooden and plastic boards are best, but cutting foods on marble or glass ones will blunt your knives.

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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!

Saute Pan Pizza Scrolls/Swirls

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

07-pizza-scrolls-in-saute-pan-cookedVary this easy recipe however you like it.  Make cheese and Vegemite scrolls, vegetarian scrolls or ham and pineapple scrolls.  Once they’re made, simply separate, wrap individually and freeze.  Every day, grab one out of the freezer for your child’s school lunch box.  These are a guaranteed playground hit!

  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons (1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup (250ml) lukewarm water
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoon BBQ sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 150g leg ham, chopped or cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup (125g) Tasty cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk 

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  1. In a large bowl; combine flours, yeast, salt, honey and water.
  2. Combine all dough ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the dough into a 30 x 40cm rectangle.
  4. Combine the tomato paste, BBQ and Worcestershire sauces in a small bowl.  Spread the sauce onto the dough taking it as close to the edge as possible. Sprinkle with cheese and ham.
  5. Starting from a long side, roll up firmly to form a log.
  6. Brush the edge with a little extra milk and press down firmly to seal the log.
  7. Cut 3 cm thick slices using bread knife into 12 equal portions.
  8. Place scrolls in a circular pattern in the sauté pan, cover with vents closed and place over medium heat.
  9. Cook for 10 minutes or until lid is hot.
  10. Invert onto chopping board, slide scrolls back into sauté pan. Reduce heat slightly and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

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!”

Turn your $900 stimulus bonus into $1,400+ in cookware!

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , on March 16, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

stimulus-package-kevin-ruddHow can you get more than $1,550 worth of products for your $950 government stimulus bonus?  Turn it into more than $1,550 worth of high quality Chefs Toolbox products!

• Book a party to be held in March and with just $950 in sales and 1 party booking, you will receive $400 WORTH OF FREE PRODUCTS!!

• Introduce me to someone who decides to join me as a Chefs Toolbox Consultant (even yourself!) and receive ANOTHER $200 WORTH OF FREE PRODUCTS!!

Seriously, if you want true value for your stimulus bonus money, this is the way to do it. And when I say you will receive more than these figures, I really mean it. For instance, with 2 party bookings, you will also receive a free Flexibake item valued at up to $42. PLUS, take advantage of half price shopping to the value of one third of your sales.

Even better, you do not even have to spend all of your stimulus bonus to get up to $950 in sales. At a Chefs Toolbox cooking party, the cookware sells itself and your friends will love the opportunity to try before they buy, by cooking up a couple of easy recipes and enjoying eating them afterwards.

The $400* and $200 offers end on 31st March so CALL ME TODAY to book your March cooking party!

Set up your kitchen in style and put your stimulus package bonus to great use!

*Normally $200 worth of free products for $950 sales + 1 booking.