5 Types of Wines Grown in Barossa Valley

5 Types of Wines Grown in Barossa Valley

Nestled in the beautiful state of South Australia, Barossa Valley brims with some of the oldest vineyards and wineries known to Aussies. This age-old wine-producing region is home to the most coveted and prestigious brands including Penfolds, Henschke Cellars, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek. To get a taste of its boozy goodness, here are the top Barossan wine varieties you need to know.

1) Shiraz

Dominating almost half of the valley’s wine production, Shiraz is one of the oldest grown wines since the 1800s. Not only is it prominent for its disease-resistant properties, Shiraz is essentially rich and full-bodied in flavours, accented with notes of berries, pepper, and even liquorice. The acidity from its high tannin level and robust dark-fruit qualities makes it a great complement to meat dishes.

2) Cabernet Sauvignon

With the cool climate of Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes with a wide selection of scents and tastes. Although it shares similar elements to the Shiraz, this wine boasts subtle hints of green pepper when not fully ripe and concentrated cassis undertones as it ripens. Its healthy level of tannin serves well with Italian dishes and roasted meats.

3) Riesling

On a sweeter note, the refreshing Riesling bursts with a combination of fruity aromas such as nectarine, apricot, peaches, and pear. The wine’s high acidity gives a crisp and dry flavour to the palate – resembling the tartness of lemonade. For food pairings, Riesling’s sweetness and acidity work wonders with spicy food especially Indian and Thai.

4) Grenache

Widely recognised for its unique blend of Shiraz and Mataro, Grenache is a semi-sweet flavoured wine loaded with ripe strawberries and raspberries, and a touch of peppery goodness. The soft and mild flavours of this drink are fantastic for hearty dishes like roasted ribs and racks of lamb.

5) Mourvèdre

Under the moniker Mataro, this intense, deep-coloured wine hails all the way from Spain. Mourvèdre yields herbaceous, earthy scents as well as an exquisite fusion of pear and black fruits. Containing a high level of tannin, the wine develops rounded and complex flavours throughout its ageing process. Like any full-bodied red wine, Mourvèdre goes hand in hand with meat dishes as well as Portobello mushrooms and lentils that help absorb the wine’s tannin.

Experience some of the best flavours of Barossan. Let your taste buds run wild at Cold Storage today!

Six Raya Clothing Hacks You Need to Know

Six Raya Clothing Hacks You Need to Know

The end of the holy month of Ramadan is here, welcoming Eid al-Fitr and the beginning of Syawal! Aside from the great assortment of delicious food, Hari Raya is a time for family and friends to celebrate each other’s company – all in great fashion. So here are some handy hacks to overcome any Raya clothing dilemmas.

How to Fix Stuck Zippers

If you have any candles laying around, this is a great time to put them to use. Instead of tugging jammed zippers, simply rub a candle over the zipper teeth. Vaseline works just as well.  

How to Hold Zippers in Place

The best way to enjoy Raya open houses while ensuring your fly stays in place is to tie a rubber band on your zipper, looping it around the button. Alternatively, a key ring does the trick too.

How to Remove Oil Stains

A quick way to remove pesky oil stains from your outfits is by applying talcum powder over them. Allow the powder to absorb overnight and wash it off.

How to Shine Patent Leather

If you are not a fan of cleaning agents, let this trick change your mind. In order to revive your items’ glossy finish, spray a light layer of window cleaner onto your dull item. Wipe the leather gently with clean cloth afterwards.

How to Shine Leather Shoes

Instead of spending extra cash on shoe polish, you can also restore the shine on old leather shoes using water and vinegar. Mix one part water and one part vinegar, and apply the solution directly onto your shoes.

How to Deodorise Shoe Odour

Let’s face it: sweaty feet is never a favorable thing, especially because it tends to leave an unwanted stench in our shoes. Tackle this problem head on by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda in your shoes, leaving it overnight, before throwing it out and wiping it down the next morning.

With these useful tips on hand, you can guarantee that your Hari Raya will be smooth sailing. But remember: The next time you encounter any of the hiccups above, just head on down to Cold Storage and get all the items you need!

Eid Dishes around the World

Eid Dishes around the World

Eid al-Fitr is not only a time for forgiveness; it is also a time for family and friends to gather and observe the holy festival. Indeed, with any festivity, it is never complete without a mouth-watering spread of traditional cuisine! Here are our must-have Eid al-Fitr dishes and delicacies that are relished and cherished by people from across the globe.

India: Seviyan ki Kheer

Hailing from the land of spices, Seviyan ki Kheer is essentially a thick and creamy dessert that is prepared with ghee-laced vermicelli strands, milk and sugar. This effortless treat is also mixed with toasted nuts and can be served either hot or cold.   

Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq: Butter Cookies

This Middle Eastern snack is a crowd favourite with its soft, melt-in-your-mouth filling and its crunchy pistachio-laden topping. This cookie also differs from every country: known as graybeh in Palestine, using pine nuts or almonds; mamoul in Syria and Lebanon, featuring walnuts or dates; kahk in Egypt with a honey-based filling; and klaicha in Iraq.

 China: You Xiang

Simple in appearance, You Xiang is a symbolic Chinese dish enjoyed during this festivity. This snack is made using only flour, oil and a pinch of salt and is then deep fried. Yes, it’s that easy!

Sudan, Yemen, Saudi, Libya: Aseeda

Aseeda – also recognised as Aseed or Asida – is a flour-based dish that is savoured mostly in western and southern Africa, Saudi Arabia and Libya. The base of this dish varies in different regions from wheat flour to corn flour, pearl millet flour and even potato starch.

Russia: Manti

This delicious dumpling dish is one of the most popular fares consumed throughout Russia today. It is typically prepped with seasoned ground beef or lamb and wrapped in homemade steamed dough. Manti or Mantu is also enjoyed in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan: Bolani

Another delightful Eid cuisine loved by Afghan natives is their famous fried flatbread. This local vegetarian affair is made with spinach, potatoes, pumpkin or lentil stuffing, and is served with a side of cooling mint yogurt.

If you’re feeling adventurous this Raya, spice up your food prep with these timeless delicacies and find all the ingredients you need at your nearest Cold Storage!

Table Setting Tips You Need to Know this Raya

Table Setting Tips You Need to Know this Raya

Have you ever marvelled at the details of a table setting when attending a dinner? Many of us have, without realising that the way a table is set plays an important role in creating an inviting ambience.

Here’s a few tips to creating the perfect Raya ambience through your table setting.

1. Pick the Right Blooms
Choose flowers depending on the look you’re going for and the type of table you have. For example, bright colours will create a vibrant, playful mood while white blooms add sophistication and class. If you have rectangular tables, use multiple bouquets; but for a round or square table, a single vase is perfect.
 

2.  Make Space
Ensure your guests are not too cramped and that they have enough space to eat with ease. To do this, leave at least 50 to 60cm of space between each plate.

3.  Follow the Rules
Dinner plates should be positioned at the center of a place mat, with cutlery on either side. In general, forks go to the left of the plate and knives and spoons go to the right. The knife blade should always face toward the plate. If soup is served, set the bowl on top of the plate and add a soup spoon to the right.

Water glasses should be placed directly above the knives while napkins can be placed under the forks or on the plate. Cups and saucers should go above the spoons with the handle toward the right.

4.  Reflect Light
To create a luxurious and elegant setting, include light-reflecting tableware. Use glass or crystal water goblets and bring out your best silverware!

5.  Go the Extra Mile
Impress guests by adding something special to the table. This could be anything from a simple DIY menu to a personalised mini-gift or a special note for each guest.

6. The Finishing Touch
Be prepared by filling water glasses before guests arrive – leave a pitcher on the table for refills. This will give you more time to interact with guests instead of often heading to the kitchen.

Healthy Eating: 5 Gut-Friendly Foods You Need in Your Kitchen

Healthy Eating: 5 Gut-Friendly Foods You Need in Your Kitchen

1. Flaxseeds

Not only do flaxseeds contain a good source of omega-3, which is known to play a key role in gut health, they’re also an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps ease constipation.

2. Dark chocolate

Love chocolate? Then we have a good news for you. Did you know that the higher the cocoa percentage, the better it is for your gut? Cocoa contains polyphenols and eating it regularly promotes optimal gut-health and other health benefits such as low blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

3. Dairy or Lactose-free Yoghurt

Most dairy-free yoghurts are made of almond, soy or rice milk, and they’re much easier for people to digest than their dairy counterparts. These days, a lot of dairy-free yoghurts also contain gut-loving live active cultures such as S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria.

4. Mangoes

Mangoes have been shown to keep the good bacteria in your gut alive. In fact, incorporating a mango a day into your diet could improve your gut health, while reducing body fat and controlling blood sugar.

5. Miso

Aside from being a good source of protein and fibre, it’s rich in probiotics, which mean it can also help to treat intestinal disorders. No wonder the Japanese love drinking them.

Interested in keeping your gut healthy? Buy these ingredients fresh at your nearest Cold Storage!

How to Amp Up Your Breakfast Cereal

How to Amp Up Your Breakfast Cereal

High fibre cereals make the top breakfast choice for Muslims during Ramadan. Suhoor (early breakfast) is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes plain muesli or cereal with milk can be boring. Add variety and improve the nutritive value of your breakfast with these ingredients:

Yoghurt

A fan of dairy? Try mixing breakfast cereal with yoghurt instead of milk for a change. You can match your favourite flavours or go with plain yoghurt and benefit from the probiotics! 

Nuts & Seeds

Adding nuts such as chopped almonds and walnuts to your cereal can provide enough protein and fibre to help you feel full. They can also improve the taste of your cereal and awaken your appetite! For an extra dose of Omega-3 fatty acids, add a tablespoon of chia seeds.

Fruits

Raisins and chopped dates go very well with both cold and hot cereal. If you prefer freshly cut fruits, go with fresh blueberries, peaches or strawberries for a burst of colour. Sliced bananas are also great with cereal, and can definitely help to fill you up!

Honey

Just a little bit goes a long way! For a dose of sweet without all the processed sugar, drizzle some honey and you’re in for a sweetened, lower-carb breakfast bowl.

Soup

Turn your boring bowl of cereal into a soup dish! You can make cereal soup with different cereals such as barley, rice, spelt or oats, or you can add your favourite vegetables if you prefer. You can prepare the soup the night before and add your cereals in the morning as you heat it up.  

Spices

Spice up any bowl of cereal by sprinkling in your own spices. While cinnamon might be the most popular choice, nutmeg, garlic powder, mustard and turmeric are also great options.

The next time you visit Cold Storage to replenish your stock of cereal, just remember to grab the above-mentioned ingredients to add some excitement to your suhoor cereal!

Healthy Eating: Top 5 Low-Calorie Foods

Healthy Eating: Top 5 Low-Calorie Foods

The best way to lose weight is by exercising while consuming fewer calories, depending on your body’s needs. You may use this calorie calculator to find out what your daily intake should be. If you’re looking to lose weight, have more of these low-calorie nutritional foods!

1. Watercress (4 calories per cup)

According to a study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, watercress is one of the most nutritional vegetables as it packs plenty of antioxidants.

2. Strawberries (4 calories per berry)

Not only are these red delights light in calories but they are also high in fat-fighting fibre and immune-boosting vitamin C.

3. Celery (6 calories)

Besides offering vitamins and nutrients, this low-calorie vegetable is also good for your digestive system. Some people have said that it tastes like ‘crunchy water’ – this is because of its high water content, which acts as a diuretic to aid bloating.

4. Spinach (7 calories per cup)

Even if you ate 10 cups of Popeye’s favourite snack, it would amount to less than 100 calories! Besides being rich in vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium, spinach also contains a hormone that allows muscle tissue to repair itself faster.

5. Soba Noodles (113 calories per cup)

Containing about 50% fewer starchy calories than whole-wheat spaghetti, this Japanese-style noodle made of gluten-free buckwheat is a healthy lunch option. Just be sure to look for brands made with 100% buckwheat.

Inspired to consume more of these low-calorie foods? Visit Cold Storage for the freshest ingredients to help with your healthy eating journey.

5 Sweet Benefits of Cinnamon

5 Sweet Benefits of Cinnamon

Now, we know that cinnamon works great as a food enhancer, but can it benefit your overall health, too? Learn more about this spice below.

 

1. Promotes Better Heart Health

The special compounds found in cinnamon are able to help reduce levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), the ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides, all while maintaining the high density lipoprotein (HDL), the ‘good’ cholesterol in the body.

 

2. Prevents Alzheimer’s

It’s recently discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s. Cinnamon extract (CEppt) found in cinnamon bark contains properties that can inhibit the development of the illness.

 

3. Treats Type-2 Diabetes

While it’s true that there’s no cure for Type-2 diabetes (yet), cinnamon has proven to be an effective tool in managing this illness. It can reduce blood pressure and have a positive effect on blood markers for the diabetics.

 

4. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties

Antioxidants in cinnamon have an anti-inflammatory effect, which may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and others. Because of its ability to reduce swelling and inflammation, this sweet spice can be beneficial in pain management, helping to relieve muscle soreness, allergic reactions and other symptoms of pain.

 

5. Balances Hormones

Cinnamon has been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility. It contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which increases the production of progesterone (hormone that plays important role in menstrual cycle and maintaining pregnancy) and decreases testosterone production in women.

5 Common Foods You Shouldn’t Reheat

5 Common Foods You Shouldn’t Reheat

Thanks to the invention of the microwave, our lives these days have gotten much simpler. You can make dinner in less than a minute, and heat up leftovers the following day – just zap it, and you’re all set. Nevertheless, reheating meals can cause potential hazards to your health. Read on to find out which foods you should never, ever reheat.

1. Mushrooms

As a general rule of thumb, mushrooms should be eaten and finished upon preparation. Its protein content can deteriorate as soon as you cut them and if you leave it out for too long or microwave it, it may upset your stomach.

 

2. Eggs

Another food you should never pop into your microwave to reheat are eggs. Whether you’ve boiled, scrambled or fried it, reheating this protein powerhouse can be toxic and hazardous to your digestive system.

 

3. Vegetables

If you want to save your spinach, celery or other leafy greens to eat later as leftovers, never reheat them in a microwave. When blasted in the microwave, naturally occurring nitrates – which are good for you on their own – may convert to nitrosamines, which can be carcinogenic. Good thing they can be eaten cold and raw.

 

4. Chicken

Like eggs, it’s dangerous to reheat chicken due to its high content of protein. Reheating it after a day or two may cause digestive problems.

 

5. Beets

It’s a known fact that beets are both rich in flavour and nutrition. But like spinach and other green vegetables, it’s super rich in nitrates. Hence, it’s safer to cook what you think you’ll actually eat in one sitting. Or better yet, eat it raw.

Spice Up Your Pantry – A Quick Guide to Herbs & Spices

Spice Up Your Pantry - A Quick Guide to Herbs & Spices

You might not be a cooking wizard, but you can easily take your cooking flavours up a few notches with a blend of herbs and spices. Throw in a healthy mix of herbs such as mint and basil leaves, or pantry staples such as paprika and cinnamon to add depth to your food. Here are six most commonly used herbs and spices;

 

1. Parsley

This multi-purpose herb can be used as a pretty garnish or as a vegetable in fresh salads. Flat-leaf parsley is strongly favoured in Mediterranean cooking. Just don’t mistake parsley with coriander leaves!

 

2. Mint Leaves

Fresh mint leaves have an aromatic, sweet flavour that will brighten any dish. This versatile herb can be used in teas, savoury foods and sweet treats. It goes particularly well with lamb dishes.

 

3. Basil Leaves

The sweet and strong scent of basil leaves are closely associated with Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. The many varieties of basil leaves include the sweet basil, Greek basil and Asian varieties such as lemon basil and Thai basil leaves.

 

4. Ground Cinnamon

This warm, aromatic spice has a reddish brown colour and a spicy-sweet flavour. Commonly used for baking, it adds a touch of earthiness to soups, stews and curries.

 

5. Chili Flakes

Use the flakes of crushed red chili to spice up pastas and soup or to just sprinkle on pizzas. Adding them to any dish will increase the flavor and decrease the need for salt.

 

6. Oregano

Oregano has a bold flavour and is best paired with strong flavored dishes. It is a common addition to salad dressings and does much to enhance the flavour of soups, grains, bean dishes and pasta sauces.
 

There are a plethora of herbs and spices that flavour global recipes. Visit Cold Storage and discover our wide selection of herbs, spices and seasonings from all over the world to help take your ordinary dishes to a whole new level.