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A perfect 20 minute stir-fry meal with Jamie Oliver’s tips!

Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Copper Wokpan

Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Copper Wokpan

Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Copper Wokpan

Jamie Oliver’s passion for cooking, and Tefal’s passion for cookware, has led Tefal to produce the Professional Series cookware range, making it easier than ever to bring Jamie’s passion into your own home.

 

The Jamie Oliver Professional Stainless Steel Copper series uses a Prometal Pro™ interior to provide the most resistant non-stick cooking surface for cookware. It also features an added ceramic hard base for stronger protection against scratches and abrasion, rigorous enough for use even with metal utensils.

 

The Jamie Oliver Professional Stainless Steel series also features a copper ring in the base to achieve the best heat distribution possible, and is also suitable for all stovetops including induction. The handles are also ergonomically designed with soft silicone inserts for a comfortable, stay-cool grip. And of course, all of the Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel with copper cookware features Tefal’s unique Thermo-spot heat indicator which lets you know when your pan is preheated to the right temperature to seal in the flavour and moisture of your food.

 

Other features included in Tefal’s Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel series includes:

  • Polished stainless steel lids with riveted stainless steel loop handle
  • Flared lip for drip-free pouring
  • Wide base for large capacity and stability
  • Oven safe up to 260ºC
  • Dishwasher safe

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Every kitchen needs at least one knife for cooking. So how would you know what knives would work best for your kitchen? As we know selecting a quality knife is the key to success in cooking. So here are some suggestions, whether you prefer the sharp and thin Japanese knives or the sturdy German ones, you will definitely find one you will love and adore.

Global Ikasu Knife Block Set

Global Ikasu Knife Block Set

Global Ikasu Knife Block Set

When it comes to professional chef’s knives, Global set the benchmark for quality and performance. From the heel of their striking polka dot patterned handle to the tip of their surgical steel blade, these exceptional edged tools reflect innovative contemporary cutlery design at its award winning best.

Each knife is painstakingly hand-made by skilled artisans – not mass-produced by machines. The razor sharp blades are crafted from the finest grade molybdenum vanadium stainless steel, ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell C56o – 58o. This superior metal not only strenuously resists stains and corrosion, it also holds an edge far longer than ordinary cutlery steels.

The knife’s distinctive handle is an inspired departure from the banal. It’s ergonomically designed for optimum comfort and control and the trademark dimpled grip ensures a safe, non-slip hold. There are no rivets to work loose, no plastic or timber handles to crack and no gaps or joins to harbour harmful germs and bacteria.

With the Global Ikasu Chef’s Knife Set in your kitchen, you’re assured of having the right knife at hand to fulfil your grandest culinary ambitions. What’s more, this superlative cutlery set comes complete with a convenient storage solution in the form of a handsome bamboo block.

Zwilling Henckels Four Star Twin Unit 7pc Knife Block Set

Zwilling Henckels Four Star Twin Unit 7pc Knife Block Set

Zwilling Henckels Four Star Twin Unit 7pc Knife Block Set

The Zwilling Henckes Four Star series comprises a range of knives with a classic design, developed in close co-operation with renowned professional Chefs. First introduced in 1976, the Zwilling Henckels Four Star range is today the world’s most sought after up-scale knife series.

Scanpan Classic 15 Piece Knife Block Set

Scanpan Classic 15 Piece Knife Block Set

Scanpan Classic 15 Piece Knife Block Set

Enjoy a little luxury in the kitchen with Scanpan’s Classic 15 piece Knife Set. Featuring an American Oak Cutlery Block, the Scanpan Classic 15-piece Knife Set features an assortment of 6 different knives (see below), a large carving fork, a diamond steel and 6 steak knives.

All Scanpan Classic knives are made with a fully hot-drop forged construction, the finest quality German Stainless Steel, superior taper ground cutting edge, a genuine Danish design with an ergonomic trilobal handle and are perfectly weighted and balanced.

Shun Classic 2 Piece Knife Box Set

Shun Classic 2 Piece Knife Box Set

Shun Classic 2 Piece Knife Box Set

The beautifully boxed Shun Classic 2-piece Knives Gift Set includes a 20cm Shun Classic Chef’s Knife and a 15cm Shun Classic Utility Knife.

Shun Classic Knives are stylish, elegant and compact, perfectly designed for any kitchen. Thanks to the Kasumi method of knifemaking (clad construction similar to how traditional samurai swords are made), Shun’s Classic Knives feature a 16-degree angled blade and are the sharpest knives out of the box. Combined with a comfortable PakkaWood handle, Shun’s Classic Knives delivers perfect control and balance.

Anolon Advanced 8 Piece Knife Block Set

Anolon Advanced 8 Piece Knife Block Set

Anolon Advanced 8 Piece Knife Block Set

Anolon’s Advanced 8-piece knife set brings you innovative excellence to a cutting edge line of professional knives. The difference between Anolon’s knives and others in the market is the design. Hand-crafted to the most exacting standards, these knives will be the best and the last you’ll ever buy.

Made from high-quality German carbon steel, the blade is manufactured to remain sharp and resistant from stain and rust. The innovative glass finished edge provides a smooth edge for a perfectly angled, cleaner cut. In addition, the steel is ice-hardened to create a blade that maintains its sharpness, longer.

As for the tang, it is constructed for durability and features a counter balance cap for the perfect weight and balance, ensuring precision and control. The rounded-blade spine also provides you with comfort while you hold the knife. Not forgetting to mention, Anolon’s trademarked SureGrip™ Santoprene® handle and ergonomic design makes their knives durable and comfortable to hold for a sure, confident grip.

So what kind of knives works best for you? Please let us know below in the comments section!

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Microdry Ultimate Luxury Memory Foam Bath Mat

Microdry Ultimate Luxury Memory Foam Bath Mat

Microdry Ultimate Luxury Memory Foam Bath Mat

To keep your bathroom clean and dry after shower, you will need a bathmat that absorbs water effortlessly. The Microdry Ultimate Luxury Memory Foam Bath Mat in Deep Linen is a revolutionary product that utilizes a new fabric which can absorb water twice as fast as other materials. It dries out 30% – 50% faster than other fabrics and is luxuriously soft so it’s extra gentle on your body. The Microdry Memory Foam Bath Mats also features a slip-resistant base for extra safety in the bathroom.

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Global Minosharp Plus Cermaic Water Sharpener

Global Minosharp Plus Cermaic Water Sharpener

 

Keep your Global Knives razor sharp with the Minosharp Plus 3 Ceramic Water Sharpener. Features 3 ceramic sharpeners, coarse, medium and fine to keep your knives consistently super sharp in the kitchen.

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Are you feeling cold this season? Do you wake up during the middle of the night because of the freezing weather outside? Here are some items from Homes N Things  you can consider to make sure you’ll feel nice and snug this cold season.

1. A duck or goose down quilt

Heavendown Luxury 90% Duck Down Quilt

Heavendown Luxury 90% Duck Down Quilt

Heavendown Luxury 90% Duck Down Quilt

Tontine Luxe White Goose Down Feather Clip Quilt

Tontine Luxe White Goose Down Feather Clip Quilt

Tontine Luxe White Goose Down Feather Clip Quilt

Duck or Goose down quilt are superior in warmth, but they are light as well, so you won’t have problems moving around. They will withstand the coldest,  harshest times in winter.

2. Electric Blanket

Kingtex Smart Fitted Electric Blanket

Kingtex Smart Fitted Electric Blanket

Kingtex Smart Fitted Electric Blanket

Great option if you have cold feet and hands,and even a down quilt won’t make feel warm instantly.  The Kingtex Smart Fitted Electric Blanket has a 7-step heating with manually adjustable temperature that suits everyone’s individual needs. It also comes with an automatic adjustable control that will heat up the electric blanket on high for the first hour, and then adjust itself down to a comfortable level. For extra safety, the Kingdom Smart Fitted Electric blanket also has an automatic 10-hour cut off switch to prevent overheating.

3. Wool Underlay

Tontine Luxe Reversible Wool Underlay

Tontine Luxe Reversible Wool Underlay

Tontine Luxe Reversible Wool Underlay

Wool Underlay fits in between your mattress and bed sheets. It consist of plush wool pile to provide you with good insulation for your bed, so you will feel nice and warm.

4. Flannelette

Ramesses Egyptian Flannelette Combo Set

Ramesses Egyptian Flannelette Combo Set

Ramesses Egyptian Flannelette Combo Set

Flannelettes are made from soft woven fabric, they are usually made from wool, cotton or synthetic fibre.  It feels warmer than normal cotton bedsheets, however if you don’t treat them properly they will pill. If you want to learn how to prevent flannelettes pilling, please read this article for more information.

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Do you have problems with smelly bins? Here’s a few tips you can try at home

  • If the food is very smelly (fish, prawns, cheese), try to tie them up in a bag and put them into the freezer until the garbage collection day
  • Sprinkle Coffee beans or baking soda into the bin
  • Clean your bin frequently with solution mixed with bleach and waste
Brabantia 45L Finger Proof Touch Bin

Brabantia 45L Finger Proof Touch Bin

Brabantia 45L Finger Proof Touch Bin

The BRABANTIA Fingerprint Proof 45L Matt Steel Touch Bin features a timeless slim line design combined with an extra large capacity.

Features:

  • Brabantia Soft Touch Closure
  • Unique hinge design for silent lid opening
  • Removable stainless steel lid unit to make changing bin liners easy
  • Easy to clean removable plastic inner bucket with ventilation holes to prevent vacuuming when removing bin liners
  • Sturdy carrying handle to make moving easy when the bin is full
  • Plastic protective rim to prevent damage to the floor
  • Made from corrosion resistant materials which are durable and easy to clean
  • 10 years guarantee from Brabantia

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So, you drink coffee or tea everyday with your favourite mug. That is fine until you found out one day your mug has coffee and tea stains that cannot be removed by normal dishwasher liquid, no matter how hard you scrub. Your mug now looks ugly and you want to throw it away.

But there is always a way…

Here are a few tips that can help you try to remove stains from mugs

  • Try to use 1 teaspoon of baking soda, white vinegar or even toothpaste and mix it with a bit of water into the mug, then use a cloth or toothpaste to clean around the staining area until all stains are removed
  • Mix a bit of oxygen base laundry cleaner with hot water, then let the mug sit overnight
Ethos Carnival Mugs Set in Pink

Ethos Carnival Mugs Set in Pink

Ethos Carnival Mugs Set Pink

Masterchef Mug in Black

Masterchef Mug in Black

Masterchef Mug in Black

S&P Poppi Mugs (Set of 4)

S&P Poppi Mugs (Set of 4)

S&P Poppi Mugs (Set of 4)

Symphony Renaissance Mugs Set

Symphony Renaissance Mugs Set

Symphony Renaissance Mugs Set

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You can cook corn in the microwave. Cook 3 ears of unhusked corn for 7 minutes. If your microwave does not have a turntable, turn corn over after first 3 minutes.

Be careful when removing the husks – the ears will be very hot. One average ear of corn equals 85 calories. Two ears of corn equals approximately 1 cup of kernels.

Here are some of the kitchen gadgets you can consider while cooking corn…

Oxo Good Grips Corn Stripper

Oxo Good Grips Corn Stripper

Oxo Good Grips Corn Stripper

  • Simply place the blade of the corn stripper against the kernels and slide the corn stripper to strip the kernels. All stripped kernels are stored inside the collection chamber of the corn stripper for a cleaner, more efficient method of stripping corn.
Zyliss Interlocking Corn Holders

Zyliss Interlocking Corn Holders

Zyliss Interlocking Corn Holders

  • Designed to hold corn in place with a convenient grip, you can enjoy your corn without the messy hands part. Clever Corn Holders interlock system prevents pieces go lost in the drawer.  Features ergonomic handles that are sturdy and comfortable to hold, while stainless steel/rustproof design ensures the durability and quality of this kitchen accessory. Dishwasher safe.

 

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Raco Sensory Expression 4 Piece Set

Raco Sensory Expressions Stainless Steel 4 Piece Set

Raco Sensory Expressions Stainless Steel 4 Piece Set – Available at Homes N Things Online

Good quality cookware can last for years and years when you take good care of them. If you want to get the most out of your non-stick cookware, here are a few “Do Not” suggestions:

  • Do not use steel wool, coarse scouring pads or harsh abrasives to clean cookware
  • Do not use oven cleaners to clean cookware, as these are not designed for this purpose and will ruin the cookware
  • Do not allow cookware to boil dry and never leave empty cookware on a hot cook top. Unattended, empty cookware on a hot cook top can become extremely hot and cause personal injury and damage the cookware
  • Never allow handles to be positioned over or under the heat source
  • Do not place empty cookware in a hot oven
  • Do not use non-stick cooking sprays on non-stick surfaces as this can cause a build up that will impair the performance of the non-stick and food may begin to stick
  • Although minor scratches will not impair the performances of the cookware, the use of sharp metal kitchen utensils such as forks, knives or whisks is not recommended. Wooden or heat resistant nylon cooking utensils are preferable
  • Do not leave utensils in cookware during cooking
  • Do not store food in cookware after cooking, particularly when salt has been used as this can pit the surface of the cookware
Raco Sensory Expressions 28cm Saute pan

Raco Sensory Expressions 28cm Covered Saute pan

Raco Sensory Expressions 28cm Covered Saute Pan

Raco Sensory Expressions 30cm Covered Fry Pan

Raco Sensory Expressions 30cm Covered Fry Pan

Raco Sensory Expressions 30cm Covered Fry Pan

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Sheridan Ultra Light Towels

Sheridan Ultra Light Luxury Towels

Full range of Sheridan Ultra Light Luxury Towels available at Homes N Things Online

Fabric conditioners of softeners are not recommended for towels as they can reduce the absorbency or even make your towels water repellent.

This is because they can leave a fine coating on your towel’s cotton fibres, which will prevent absorption and can increase the risk of pulling threads.

If you have been using fabric conditioner and wish to restore your towels back to their thirsty best, try adding a teaspoon of white vinegar or dishwashing liquid (not powder) to your wash. Follow your normal wash cycle and your towels will be restored.

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