If you’re a mother, you might be thinking that the best gift in the world on your big day in May would be a touch of magic to make family-life easier.

At first, of course, any mom would delight in a shower of love and admiration, but after she’s unwrapped that star-studded tiara, and a sexy Superwoman cape, and a magical little bottle with genie inside – no one would be surprised to hear that a mom’s first wish would be for everyone in the family to be happy. And that is a valuable bit of information for anyone in search of just the right gift. Make it one that puts a smile on everyone’s face.


Receiving reliable help with meal preparation, for example, covers both bases. Kitchen help makes a mom’s life easier while her hungry family of picky eaters get to eat more of what they want. Proper nutrition however is a concern for mom.

Did you know that 20.2 percent of adults in Canada are classified as obese according to recent reports, with another 38.5 percent in the overweight category? Childhood obesity is equally alarming with more than 1.6 million Canadian kids classified as overweight and 11.7 percent classified as obese, according to Statistics Canada.

So now, any mother who has to feed fussy kids or restless teens as well as a hungry husband has a serious, all-day, every day job, with the entire family’s nutrition on her shoulders. It is one thing to make the right food choices for ourselves, but children especially, require constant coaxing to make sure they give their bodies the nutrients they need? One answer is to serve the foods they will surely eat – like their french fries, fritters, chicken strips, and crispy fish fingers – but to serve them substantially reduced in fat and calories and with all of the goodness intact.

“So if those plates of health food aren’t working for you, there is a clever way to please everyone’s taste buds,” says Noel Gallegos, the senior product manager at T-fal. “We think, in fact, this is a bit of magic. If you’ve already heard of our revolutionary, Actifry low-oil fryer & multicooker – which cooks and fries all kinds of favourite fast foods with far less fat and calories – well now it’s even more powerful. Our engineers have made the new Actifry Express cook even faster.”

It’s so easy, says Gallegos, even trusty teens and husbands can operate it. All you do is put in the ingredients, program the time, and turn it on. There’s no need to preheat, stir, or shake the basket manually. Best of all, he points out, Actifry will allow you to fry one full kilogram or 2.2 pounds of crispy delicious french fries with just 1 tablespoon of oil? That’s 99.5 percent less oil as compared to a traditional deep fryer!

 Actifry-Graphic  How does the Actifry low-oil cooking process work?

“It’s done with hot air technology,” explains Gallegos. “This advanced engineering ensures that hot air circulates evenly in the enclosed cooking area. So with 40 percent more hot air circulating constantly, the NEW Actifry Express completes the job 25% faster – and nutritionists say that a quick cooking process preserves more nutrients. French fries are one speciality but you can also cook or fry a whole variety of favourites including chicken fingers, fish sticks, stirfrys, risotto, stews, seafood, and a whole selection of desserts. Our Actifry Express has been given the stamp of approval by the Canadian Diabetic Association.”

Take a look at some family-loving recipes and compare the substantial reduction in fat and calories. The benefits of cooking meals in our own kitchen go beyond the obvious control we have with healthy ingredients.

Nutritionists remind us that unlike quickly purchasing a fast food or sandwich, the process of combining our own ingredients and watching them transform into a meal, makes us a creator, not just an eater. No wonder mothers say that sharing those creations with their loved ones is so rewarding.


If you’ve always dreamed of owning a set of beautifully stylish, durable and versatile cookware set, then this article is for you!  Whether you’ve recently discovered the joys of cooking, or want equipment designed by chefs themselves, T-fal’s Jamie Oliver Cookware collection adapts as easily to your recipes as they do to your storage space. These incredible pieces of cookware are extremely versatile and will help you raise your game in the kitchen!


Awaken the chef within!

Amateur cooks, take note! These sets will leave you wanting to fry, simmer, boil and sauté ‘til you drop! Designed with practicality in mind, they are also extremely durable and user-friendly. Day after day, meal after meal, they’ll prove your greatest allies when the whole family’s round and you want to whip up some of your signature dishes!

We’ve created the perfect set for every home cook – Click here to explore the whole range.

From April 15, 2016 to April 28, 2016, T-fal’s Jamie Oliver Cookware  is up to 70% OFF at Hudson’s Bay Company, click here to shop the savings!


Whether you’re at home or eating out, you want your steak just the way you like it—rare, medium or well-done. And because we know how important these simple, daily pleasures are, T-fal has created the Optigrill.


Cooks your meat to perfection, no fuss

Once upon a time, cooking meat for the whole family was a complicated affair. What with the kids wanting it well-done and you preferring it rare, you basically needed a separate frying pan for each person! So to make everyone’s life simpler, T-fal has created the Optigrill—an incredibly intelligent and highly practical grill that everyone will love!

The first thing you’ll notice about this new-generation grill is its cooking sensor, which automatically adapts both the temperature and the cooking time to the thickness and number of meat cuts. And to make absolutely certain that you get it right every time, all you have to do is keep an eye on your Optigrill’s cooking level indicator, which glows from yellow for rare to red for well-done. And because you’ll want it to cook more than just meat, the OptiGrill features a number of other programmes for cooking fish or even toasted sandwiches and paninis, all in the blink of an eye! Or use it for grilling your favourite vegetables—they’ll turn out deliciously juicy and melt-in-the-mouth. Plus, the grill plates are easy to remove and dish-washer safe to make clean-up a breeze.

Added bonus: Features a defrost mode for cooking frozen meat from scratch. Perfect for busy families!


Whether you’re ironing shirts, suit trousers or embroidery, for perfect results you need to adapt your technique to each specific garment. To guide you through all eventualities, here are a few extra tips for your next ironing sessions.


Good to know tips and tricks:

– Tea towels, sheets and towels should be ironed the right side out and lengthways. Fold and put away as soon as you’ve finished ironing.

– Don’t bother ironing tablecloths on an ironing board. By ironing them directly on the table, you’ll avoid unsightly creases.

– Always iron T-shirts inside out to avoid any printed motif sticking to the base of your iron! Start with the sleeves, then do the front and back – any creases should come out with the help of a little steam.

– For black clothing, it’s a good idea to pass a damp cloth over the garment before ironing, to avoid ugly shine marks.


Top ironing tip: use a well-padded board to avoid marks on your clothing. Adjust the height so that you can place your hands flat on the board without having to bend forward, and try to relax after each ironing session.

Looking for the perfect iron to get the job done? Click here to browse through our collection of T-fal Irons that will be sure to steam away all of your wrinkles!


T-fal, a brand of Groupe SEB  has been named the #1 Cookware in the world*!

Whether you’re a fine gourmet, an aspiring chef, or a beginner, T-fal has just the right cookware for you. T-fal cookware is designed for all cooks to let you fry, brown, simmer and sauté with zero stress. From our exclusive Thermospot technology to our safe non-stick coating, you can finally try out all the recipes you like, from sweet to savoury with easy clean-up! 

Our wide range of  of cookware selection includes unique and functional pieces for everyday use. Thanks to our constant and permanent innovation, you will find the perfect match for delicious and healthier meals.  To find which cookware is right for you, click here.

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* Independent panel 2014 data, company value sales, cookware category definition.


You already know that a healthy diet means a balanced diet. But when you need to limit your cholesterol intake, certain foods can suddenly seem like your worst enemies. Anything with sugar or fat becomes a potential threat, and eating quickly turns into a complex affair.

Relax! Eating should above all be a pleasure, and there are lots of foods around that will help you to stay both happy and healthy. Here’s how.


Make food your friend, not your enemy

You don’t have to limit yourself to lettuce and green beans to lower your cholesterol! Healthy eating is above all about balance, with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible, proteins and predominantly complex carbohydrates. Why not start the day with a wholesome breakfast of porridge or raw oats, served with plant milk and pieces of fresh fruit, to keep your energy levels up for hours! And for those 11 o’clock munchies, make sure you always have an apple, banana or small bag of vegetable sticks on hand.

Both oily and non-oily fish are good for you and should be eaten in place of meat several times a week. Always keep some fish in the freezer in case you don’t have time to go shopping! Marinades of all sorts are also useful, as is plancha cooking which uses a minimum of oil. Any kind of steamed vegetables is obviously great, and if you have an ActiFry you can even treat yourself to some homemade sweet potato French fries!


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