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Bring your home to life today

BRING your home to life and reinvent the way you run your home with the impressive range of D Gokals and Co Ltd household appliances.

If you want quality, reliable and best deals on appliances, be quick to check out Gokals Nausori store they offer wide range of appliances for your home today.

At Gokals, the staff members will help you figure out exactly what you need! Whether you’re cooking for one or the entire household, you can find the ideal solution to prepare meals with ease. Choose between freestanding and built-in cooking appliances, including microwave ovens, ovens, Bahama ovens and a range of cookers to name a few.

They also have Whirlpool high end range to Simmons cooking range more suited to every household.

Their range of refrigeration appliances are energy efficient and include features to make your life easier.

Whatever your needs when it comes to laundry, you can find the ideal appliance for your home in their range.

Depending on the space you have available and how much washing you do, you can choose from both freestanding and integrated models with advanced features designed to make your life easier.

Maytag commercial washer made in USA. These are very durable and suitable for homes as well. Explore their range of small kitchen appliances to add flair to your kitchen. With kettles, toasters, coffee machines, slow cookers and more, you can find the ideal house appliances to create your ideal kitchen setup.

Unleash your inner chef with their range of cookware and bake ware. Prepare meals using their range of pots, frying pans and utensils to take the hassle out of food preparation.

Apart from their appliances they offer great brands to the people in the area and neighbouring villages.

With brand names such as Philips, Simmons, Whirlpool, Sharp AC, Mitsubishi and kitchen aids these products are recommended to last a lifetime.

They also have home theatre systems, 4k android TV and large TVs ranging from size 20″ to 80.”

Either it’s for office use as pc monitor or TV entertainment for living rooms it will provide you with a truly immersive TV experience the whole family can enjoy.

The product range available at Nausori is there to suit all customers whether you require high-end products or low-end ones, Gokals has the range for you.

Established in 1929, Gokals provides full back up service, parts and warranty coverage for their range of products. Why wait, visit Gokal Nausori today.

Their store is situated in Hemron Plaza.

Other Gokals stores are in Suva, Nakasi, Labasa and Nadi.

Visit them today for the best in home appliances and other products.



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Best cooking pot to own for home cooks

Although cookware makers will press hard to persuade you otherwise, the home cook can really get by with a minimal amount of pots and pans.

The first, and my personal favorite, is a second-hand Dutch Oven which I received from my mom for a birthday several years back and we have named The Green Goddess.

Although it’s easy to envision soup, stews, or chili in this one wonderful pot, its simple shape and somewhat dogged appearance belies the diversity of creations it can produce with ease and minimal effort. Yes, you read right: easy and looks-like-you-cooked-all-day results.

The Dutch Oven, in case you haven’t Googled it yourself, does hail from the Netherlands which is where its craftsmanship was honed.

Today, they seem to be everywhere — from grocery and thrift stores to high-end kitchen boutiques — there is a bounty of brands which range in price from $40 to $400. My first is a Martha Stewart brand whose enamel has chipped a bit but that still produces the same results as my yellow Le Creuset. And, the real wonder of The Green Goddess is that I don’t have to worry about diligently cleaning after each use.

So, depending on how you store or display your cookware, a used or new model will suit your needs and will help you be a dinnertime superstar. Here are the first things to try:

The easiest homemade bread you will ever make —

PBS Kitchen Explorers produced this recipe for No-Knead Artisan Bread that I have been experimenting with for the past several years. Once you have some repeated successes, try experimenting with substituting some of the white flour with wheat, rye, or buckwheat and adding honey, herbs, and even cocoa powder to create your own favorite artisan bread.

The basic recipe includes a whopping 4 ingredients and can easily be mixed by hand, or automated with a stand mixer equipped with a dough hook. Over the years, I have made some adjustments, and now mix in our Kitchenaid, and add in both a hand knead and additional hour rest before baking.

If you already have a favorite bread recipe, you can adapt and bake in your Dutch Oven and transform a plain loaf into a beautiful boule, crusted with oats, seeds, or extra flour. To date, a Potato Bread recipe from the StarTribune is the clear winner at our house. A highschool friend of my sister’s, who now lives in Golden Valley, shared this recipe and it makes dynamite toast for brunch or breakfast.

Note: I use my old Dutch Oven (aka The Green Goddess) for this simple bread recipe because roasting at the high temperature adds brown spots that must be scrubbed off of a new one. A thick paste of baking soda and water plus a little elbow grease works cleaning miracles. You can also forget the parchment paper if you fully preheat your Dutch oven before putting your dough into the pan.

Braise baby, braise!

There used to be a neighborhood restaurant at 29th and Johnson in Nordeast Minneapolis called Amici and among my favorites there was a red-wine braised beef. Tender, perfectly seasoned, and paired with mashed potatoes, it is the perfect comfort food for the long winter months we endure in the Twin Cities.

Although I don’t have the recipe they used, the dish was one that both tantalized and taunted as I never thought I could create something like that at home. But with the help of The Green Goddess, we have conquered fears and conjured flavors.

Here are my top two recommendations for beginning braises (apologies in advance to vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian audiences):

Bon Appetit’s Beer Braised Carnitas will help you shine on Taco Tuesday.

Smitten Kitchen’s Red Wine Braised Short Ribs will delight dinner party guests.

If these aren’t your thing, search braised beef, braised pork shoulder, or braised lamb and see what you come up with.

And don’t forget to serve your crusty, homemade artisan bread on the side, you Dutch Oven devil you!

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Liberating women, one pan at a time

By Sol Vanzi

Images by Noel Pabalate

  • GOURMET DISHES MADE EASY : Mole poblano quesadillas

  • Chocolate crepe with cream cheese and summer berries

  • Faux carbonara

  • Beef veggie wraps

  • Prawn chorizo risoni

  • COOKING LIKE A PRO: Chef Miko Aspiras; Chef Portia Baluyut; and Chef Deejay Santos


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Why you should say ‘I don’t’ to traditional wedding gifts

A few weeks ago, I logged on to my friend Megan’s wedding website, expecting to find a link to a registry from Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn. Instead, there were two options: The first was indeed a traditional wedding registry, where I could gift a blender, or maybe a wine carafe if I was feeling feisty. The other link, though, took me to a site called Zola. There, Megan and her fiancée had created a honeymoon registry filled with experiences I could buy them instead of things — an afternoon catamaran cruise, a private beachside dinner, and so on.

Non-traditional wedding gifts like this are all the rage, spawning a ton of sites similar to Zola, where couples can essentially crowdfund everything from a cruise to a mortgage. And while foregoing the wedding china of generations past may seem odd to the older set, millennials may be onto something. Here’s why:

Millennials are all about experiences, anyway

Haven’t you heard? We’re the generation that eschews materialism for living in the moment — albeit with smartphones out to capture the memories. A 2014 study conducted by Harris for Eventbrite found a whopping 78 percent of millennials would choose to spend money on an experience over a tangible purchase. What’s more, we really believe in the power of a good bonding experience: The same study found 79 percent of millennials felt that experiences shared with family or friends could deepen those relationships. What better way to kick off “’til death do us part,” then, but with a honeymoon that goes beyond the typical beach-and-dinners-out formula?

The average marriage age is going up — so the need for home goods is going down

Over the last century, the median age of Americans’ first marriage has ticked up — and over the last several decades, it has risen even more steeply. You might chalk that change up to dating apps, the sexual revolution, our sputtering economy, or the fact that more women are entering the workforce and thus sometimes choosing to have children later. Most likely, it’s a combination of all those factors and more. But whatever the reason, the average age for women’s first marriage is 27; for men it’s 29 (and the average ages go up for people living in urban areas).

What does that mean when it comes time to celebrate the happy couple? Each person has been out on his or her own for at least half a decade, and possibly already cohabiting with the soon-to-be spouse for several years. When you’re 22, you might still need expensive knives and a comfortable couch. When you’re 30, not so much. Do you really need new pots and pans when the ones you bought after landing that first big promotion still work really well? Wouldn’t you rather go to Thailand?

Apartment-size kitchens can only hold so many well-meaning gifts

When my boyfriend moved in with me earlier this year, we didn’t argue much about what artwork he wanted to hang or who should sleep closest to the drafty window. What did require an actual Excel spreadsheet on which to compromise was whose stuff we would keep in our teensy Manhattan apartment. We didn’t have enough room for an extra IKEA chair, extra kitchenware, or extra anything.

Millennials are already considered the “sit-it-out” generation in many respects, from marrying to having kids. Buying a home has been no different, and for those in the generation who are tying the knot, plenty are choosing to spend the first few years renting an apartment or smaller home instead of staring down a 30-year mortgage straightaway. Don’t have room for that fancy Le Creuset cookware? Go to Aruba instead.

Now look, I know that not everyone wants to park their wedding loot in a jungle safari or Trans-Siberian Railway trip. That’s why I come bearing a non-experiential alternative to getting toasters and napkin rings from 17 different cousins.

I’m talking about cold, hard cash. Think about it …

Two words: Student loans

Nothing says “I love you” like getting ahead on those payments — and the domino effect is enormous. Forty-one percent of millennials say they’ll put off buying a house because of student loan debt, and 31 percent say they’ll put off having children. Writing a check may not feel as fun as picking out a set of tumblers, but it can give a couple the ability to consider some big life decisions that they might otherwise feel they need to put on hold.

Weddings are expensive!

In 2016, the average cost of a wedding hit $35,329, according to The Knot’s annual survey of more than 13,000 couples. In the past, those costs were traditionally covered by the bride’s parents. While the survey found that the bride’s parents still contribute 44 percent of the overall wedding budget, the bride and groom together now contribute another 42 percent, on average.

Starting married life with credit cards to pay off or a big loan to pay back is neither romantic nor financially savvy, but for some couples, steep wedding and reception costs are a harsh reality. Asking friends and family to write a check might seem crass at first glance, but hey: Guests can pat themselves on the back for helping make that open bar a reality as they toast the happy couple.





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Today’s 10 Best Bargains on Kitchenware: a Wine-and-Cheese Picnic Basket and a Rainbow Knife Set

There’s nothing chic-er than having the right tableware for every occasion, and these Hiware 9-Inch Long Handle Iced Tea Spoons will be indispensable during iced tea season (read: summer). The set of four is on sale today for $6.23 (down from $14.99).

As far as knife sets go, this is a total steal. This Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife Set come with six colorful knives and a knife-sharpener, too. The set is on sale for $17.99.

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Not crazy about how a drying rack looks next to your sink? Consider this Silicone Dish Drying Mat, which helps stemware, dishes, and pots dry faster with improved aeration and drainage. It’s on sale today for $17.56 (reduced from $39.85).

Trying to integrate more fruit into your (or your kids’) diet? Make eating fruit easy and fun with this Apple Corer and Skin Remover Kits that works just as well on pears. It’s on sale today for $5.51 (down from $36.99).

Nobody likes a soggy salad, so make sure to pick yourself up a salad spinner before summer. This Large Salad Spinner features a five-quart bowl (that’s big). It’s on sale today for $14.39 (down from $24.99).

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By now, you’ve probably read plenty of studies on the health benefits of drinking lemon-infused water. If you want all the benefits of lemon-water without the peel (pesticides and stuff, meep!), consider this OVOS Citrus Juicer Lemon Squeezer, which is made from super-tough stainless steel. It’s on sale today for $17.99 (down from $55).

If you’re planning on making a tiered cake anytime soon (ahem, wedding season, ahem) but can’t figure out which cake pans to buy at your local store, this iPstyle Three-Piece Nonstick Springform Pan Set makes it easy for you. It’s on sale today for $18.39 (down from $25.99).

Here’s a great tool set to have around if you’re really into matcha—or if you know anyone who’s recently given up coffee for the Japanese green tea alternative. This Bamboo Matcha Tea Whisk, Scoop and Small Spoon kit is on sale today for $10.43 (down from $19.99).

Obviously you need this World Flag Toothpick set. It comes with 100 toothpicks and is on sale today for $6.09 (down from $8.05).

Pro-level picnickers know that this is the time of year to stock up gear for summer picnic season. And if you’re planning on wine and cheese outings in the great outdoors, consider this Picnic Time ‘Corsica’ Insulated Wine Basket with Wine and Cheese Accessories, which is on sale today for $48.30 (down from $62.95).





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Today’s 10 Best Bargains on Kitchenware: a Wine-and-Cheese Picnic Basket and a Rainbow Knife Set

There’s nothing chic-er than having the right tableware for every occasion, and these Hiware 9-Inch Long Handle Iced Tea Spoons will be indispensable during iced tea season (read: summer). The set of four is on sale today for $6.23 (down from $14.99).

As far as knife sets go, this is a total steal. This Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife Set come with six colorful knives and a knife-sharpener, too. The set is on sale for $17.99.

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Not crazy about how a drying rack looks next to your sink? Consider this Silicone Dish Drying Mat, which helps stemware, dishes, and pots dry faster with improved aeration and drainage. It’s on sale today for $17.56 (reduced from $39.85).

Trying to integrate more fruit into your (or your kids’) diet? Make eating fruit easy and fun with this Apple Corer and Skin Remover Kits that works just as well on pears. It’s on sale today for $5.51 (down from $36.99).

Nobody likes a soggy salad, so make sure to pick yourself up a salad spinner before summer. This Large Salad Spinner features a five-quart bowl (that’s big). It’s on sale today for $14.39 (down from $24.99).

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By now, you’ve probably read plenty of studies on the health benefits of drinking lemon-infused water. If you want all the benefits of lemon-water without the peel (pesticides and stuff, meep!), consider this OVOS Citrus Juicer Lemon Squeezer, which is made from super-tough stainless steel. It’s on sale today for $17.99 (down from $55).

If you’re planning on making a tiered cake anytime soon (ahem, wedding season, ahem) but can’t figure out which cake pans to buy at your local store, this iPstyle Three-Piece Nonstick Springform Pan Set makes it easy for you. It’s on sale today for $18.39 (down from $25.99).

Here’s a great tool set to have around if you’re really into matcha—or if you know anyone who’s recently given up coffee for the Japanese green tea alternative. This Bamboo Matcha Tea Whisk, Scoop and Small Spoon kit is on sale today for $10.43 (down from $19.99).

Obviously you need this World Flag Toothpick set. It comes with 100 toothpicks and is on sale today for $6.09 (down from $8.05).

Pro-level picnickers know that this is the time of year to stock up gear for summer picnic season. And if you’re planning on wine and cheese outings in the great outdoors, consider this Picnic Time ‘Corsica’ Insulated Wine Basket with Wine and Cheese Accessories, which is on sale today for $48.30 (down from $62.95).





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10 kitchen staples that every house needs

Our Spring/Summer Food Awards is your guide to the best products on the market. Bloggers from our Lifestyle Collective test and review top kitchen items for the season — and we give you the lowdown on their favorites! See the winning products here!

There are staple products that can make or break a kitchen. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your go-to cookware or stock up on the essentials, there are a few key items that you will use for years to come. From quality pots and pans to the utensils that you reach for daily, these are the 10 basics that every kitchen needs.

Shop our must-have cookware products below!

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Check out the Food Awards Page over the next few weeks for the rest of our product reviews and special features!

While our judges have revealed their favorite kitchen basics, we want to know which one is your must-have in the poll below! Don’t see your favorite? Let us know the kitchen item that you can’t live without in the comments below!

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