Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Between App

Right just after I delivered my baby in Dec, I had been receiving invites, to which I can't really attend :(

Even until now, I had to be very selective when I attend events - the time and days gotta fit into my (baby, work and pump) schedule. There were times when I really wish to attend the events, however just couldn't fit in well :(

Anyway, so I was saying, I received an invite for the launch of Between and Evernote apps around Feb. I was really so excited - so is hubby, for a date night with bubbly lol! But seeing baby is only 2 months old at that time, and I didn't know if my mum-in-law would be able to take care of baby for us at night, I had to reject the invite.

And usually for invites that I couldn't make it, I would still try to find out more about that product. And I am glad I did for Between!

Between is a Korean-based dating app. It gives you a sense of belonging and privacy, because the app adds in only 2 person.

I really like how the app looks like. Clean and pleasing to the eye. We could add in our own profile picture, customise the background picture, and add in lotsa stuff!

I jokingly mentioned to the hubby that he can now track where I am, by just opening the app.

You can also add in pictures in this space under "Memories". I stopped doing that though, because I hardly even have time to add pictures on my social media lol :p

There is also this chat function, with cute stickers! (Ya, we talk very childish contents hahahaha)

The calendar function allows you to add events so that both of you can remember the important dates. This is really useful for me, because we have become scatterbrains after we have the baby. Dates like our church duty, baby vaccination, meeting renovation vendors, etc are noted down here.  Oh, and it auto remembers your partner's birthday hehehe.

On the whole, we are quite happy with this app! Especially good to update each other on the days that you would be having events or appointments. Definitely would be continuing to use it!

Download yours on the App Store free :) (Yes, also available on Androids)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Bosch Gourmet Master Launch

It has been so busy for me! Just started work, and I barely could breathe through the schedules.

Thankfully I quite minimised my maternity leave by going to events, lunches/dinners and even a baking class just before I returned to work ;p

I went to the Bosch Gourmet Master Launch on the weekend before I went back to work, thanks to Little Miss Bento! I was so excited to see their new range of products, since I was really amazed by their silent handheld mixer that I bought some time back.

Along with other Bosch machines on display, the highlight of the event was to introduce these 2 new machines - the Bosch MaxxiMUM Kitchen Machine and MaxoMixx Hand Blender.

Running on a 1600 watt motor, the Bosch MaxxiMUM Kitchen Machine is the most powerful kitchen machine on the market currently. It is also a great multi-tasker, which can perform 120 functions to fulfill various cooking tasks. 

It also features easy armlift of the mixer arm, easy fill with a large funnel for bigger capacity, as well as easy pour with 2 handles and a spout.

There are also 4 discs shredder for easy food preparation: Reversible shredding disc, Grating disc, Asia-vegetable disc, and the Professional supercut reversible disc. It will make chopping, dicing and shredding of ingredients a breeze, for you to look like a Master Chef at home :)

And this is the MaxoMixx Hand Blender. This hand blender gives you effortless and comfortable handling, with ergonomically non-slip and soft-touch handle. There are 12 settings, featuring 750 watts of power and 4-winged Quattro blade stainless steel foot.

Even operating at extra turbo option, you would be happy to find that this machine is quiet with its low vibration motor (that is true!).

This hand blender is also multi-functional, great for smaller kitchens these days. It can transform from a whisk to a chopper, by detaching the blender foot, and fit onto the XL chopper to dice up ingredients such as herbs, nuts, onions, meat and cheese. There is even a separate knife attachment to crush ice cubes for parties!

Bosch MaxxiMUM Kitchen Machine (RSP: $1,499 / $1,699) and Bosch MaxoMixx Hand Blender (RSP: $219) are both available at leading dept and electrical stores.

On that day, Chef Stephan Zoisl demonstrated a few dishes using the MaxxiMUM kitchen machine and MaxoMixx hand blender.

First up, the welcome smoothie, made using banana, pineapple and blueberry. So tropical! :)

And then it's cheese souffle with bacon ice cream. It's my first time actually, to taste a savoury kind of ice cream.

Preheat the milk and cream, and add in roasted bacon to infuse for 2-3 hours.

Separately whisk the sugar and egg yolk until creamy. Stir well and add the bacon infused milk mixture.

Strain and put back to the stove.

Stir till you get to the custard stage. Cool and transfer to the fridge.

Once the mixture has cooled down, it's time to make ice cream with dry ice! This is made possible with the MaxxiMUM kitchen machine.

And then, Pasta Bolognese.

Showing us how to make minced chicken meat with the same machine, just by changing an attachment.

And then by another change of attachment, we could make pasta with the same machine!

The various attachments for pasta making.

The dessert is Bombe Alaska, which was also our challenge of the day!

Hull the strawberries for blending.

Add icing sugar.

Using the MaxoMixx hand blender.

Pipe the meringue.

Torch it!

Bombe Alaska!

And then we were split into groups to make the Bombe Alaska.

The above pic credit: Bosch Home Appliances

My Bombe Alaska lol.

All of us bloggers :)

Pic credit: Bosch Home Appliances

I had a great time that day (thanks Shirley!), and especially thankful to be able to learn more about Bosch's appliances since my house would be ready soon :)

If you are interested, the Bosch MaxxiMUM kitchen machine and MaxoMixx hand blender were launched just on 1 April 2014. There would be a promotion on Mother's Day. Do check out the major stores :)

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