Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)

Smoked Salmon Salad

A delicious, refreshing bite!
 
Total Time: 40 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 2
Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)
Smoked salmon slices
4 - 5 pcs
Mixed salad greens
As needed
Mayonnaise
2 tbsp
Wasabi
½ tsp
Lemon juice
1 tsp
Gherkin, chopped
1 pc
Lemon wedges
As needed
Toasted baguette slices
As needed
Method
Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)

Step 01

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, wasabi, lemon juice, and chopped gherkins. Leave some of the chopped gherkins aside.
Step 02
Arrange the salad greens on a platter and top it over with slices of smoked salmon.
Step 03
Place a dollop of wasabi and mayonnaise on the salmon slices, and sprinkle with the remaining chopped gherkins.
Step 04
Garnish with lemon wedges and toasted baguette slices or crackers. Serve immediately.

Substitute gherkins with cucumbers for a cool alternative!

Irish Slammer

Irish Slammer

Hulk smash? We’ve got something even better! Let the luck of the Irish be on your side with this heavy hitting explosion of flavor in your mouth.
 
Total Time: 5 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 1
Irish Slammer
Guinness
470ml
Irish Cream liquer
20ml
Irish Whiskey
20ml
Method
Irish Slammer
Step
01
Pour the Irish cream into a shot glass.
Step 02
Add the olive oil and onion, and cook untilTop it with Irish Whiskey. the onion is translucent, 8-10 minutes.
Step 03
In a tall pint glass, pour Guinness and allow the foam to settle.
Step 04
When it’s time to drink, drop the shot glass into the Guinness and drink as fast as you can!

5 Easy Meals You Can Whip Up For Valentine’s Day

5 Easy Meals You Can Whip Up For Valentine's Day

Instead of heading out for a fancy dinner for two, show off your culinary skills and whip up a delicious meal at home for that special someone. There’s no better way to ignite the fuels of love than with a dinner made from scratch and a sprinkle of passion!

Oysters

Rich in zinc and amino acids, oysters are said to trigger increased levels of sex hormones.

Must-try Recipe: Jamie Oliver’s Oyster, Chilli & Ginger

You’ll need:

½ thumb-sized piece peeled ginger

6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 red chili

Some fresh coriander

Dozen oysters

Method: For ease, get the oysters opened by the place you got them. If not, you’ll need to carefully shuck them using an oyster-shucker while holding them down with a tea-towel. Once shucked, it’s time to prepare the ‘dressing’. Grate the ginger finely and mix it into the rice wine vinegar. Next deseed the chili and chop it up into fine pieces. Follow by slicing the fresh coriander up thinly. Add these to the ginger and vinegar mixture before stirring in a teaspoon of sugar until it fully dissolved. Serve the dressing over oysters as an amazing appetiser.

 

Asparagus

A well-known aphrodisiac during ancient times, this fleshy green spear is packed full of fiber, protein, calcium, copper, iron, folate, and vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K. This potent combo of minerals and vitamins makes the humble asparagus a superfood and mood enhancer!

Must-try recipe: Rachel Khoo’s Asparagus Twists

You’ll need:

5 anchovies

1 tbsp olive oil

200g puff pastry

12 asparagus spears

Egg wash (made from one egg mixed with a bit of water)

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method: Turn the oven on to 180°C and line your baking tray with a sheet of baking paper. Blitz anchovies with olive oil until it turns into a paste you can spread. Alternatively you can bash the ingredients up in a pestle and mortar for better texture. On a rolled out sheet of pastry, evenly spread the paste on all areas till fully covered. Then cut into 12 x 2cm strips. Wrap these individual strips around the asparagus spears. Place the twists on the baking tray and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until crisp and puffy – about 20 minutes.

 

Chili

Eating chili will result in your body copying the feelings of arousal – fast heart-rate, sweating, and the release of endorphins.

Must-try recipe: Padma Lakshmi’s Vegetarian Chili

You’ll need:

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup minced onions

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 firm, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala

½ teaspoon lemon pepper

¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

2 cups drained kidney beans

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

½ lemon, juiced, or to taste

3 tbsp minced fresh cilantro

Method: Set a large saucepan over medium heat, Heat up the oil before popping in the peppers and onions. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Then add garlic, tomatoes, ginger root, cumin seeds, garam masala, lemon pepper, and dried red pepper flakes to the saucepan. Simmer for ten minutes. Next add beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook for an extra 5 minutes. Finish off with lemon juice and cilantro.

 

Honey

Nature’s energy booster, honey also contains boron which works to regulate estrogen and testosterone. Pollination is an essential part of honey production which pretty much explains why it’s a true aphrodisiac.

Must-try recipe: Adam Liaw’s Roasted Chicken Marylands with Chili and Honey

You’ll need: 4 chicken marylands

1 tsp vegetable oil

½ tsp salt

1 lemon cut into segments

25g butter

2 tsp honey

1 tsp Sriracha

1 tsp tomato sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce or soy sauce

¼ cup finely chopped chives

Method: Preheat your oven at 180°C (fan-forced). Place the marylands on a baking tray and coat it with oil. Place them with the skin-side up on a single layer. Then season with salt and lemon juice. Once juice has been squeezed from the segments, throw them in with the chicken pieces and bake for half an hour. Next zap the honey and butter in a microwave until it turns into a liquid. Mix it with chili sauce, tomato sauce, and fish/soy sauce. Then brush half of the mixture over the chicken. Bake for another 25 minutes before glazing the pieces with the remaining half of the mix. Leave in the over to bake for another 10 minutes or until caramelised.

 

Cherries

Cherries contain heart-regulating melatonin. They are also a great source of vitamins A, C, and E (otherwise known as feel-good vitamins), potassium, magnesium, folate, and iron amongst others.

Must-try recipe: Nigella Lawson’s Cherry Cheesecake

You’ll need: 125g digestive biscuits, crumbed

75g butter, softened

300g cream cheese

60g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp lemon juice

250ml double cream

1 jar of your chosen black cherry jam

Method: Place biscuits in a food processor. Once crumbly add butter to create the base of the cheesecake. Press the mixture down into a 20cm tin. Next combine icing sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and cream cheese together until it reaches a smooth consistency. Whip the double cream lightly and fold it into the cream cheese mix. Use the mix to fill the top of the cheesecake base. Smooth over and refrigerate overnight. Spread black cherry jam over the top before serving. 

Spooky Halloween Party and Food Ideas For Adults!

Spooky Halloween Party and Food Ideas For Adults!

Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve is a celebration dedicated to remembering saints, martyrs, and all who have gone before us. These days, regardless of where you are in the world, it’s a chance for the young and young-at-heart to don their favourite costumes and go trick-a-treating in their neighbourhood.  ‘Tis the season to get ghouly we say, so if you haven’t squeezed your way into a costume or been to a Halloween-themed party yet, your time is now! Contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to hire a party planner to create the ultimate Halloween party. All it takes is a little imagination and a nudge in the right direction!

Eerie Decorations
Create a bewitching centrepiece with a corn fibre wooden broom, faux black cat, and mason jars filled with black sand and tea light candles. Select matte black party décor for an eerie effect too. Oh and you mustn’t forget a jack-o-lantern or two – be sure to go with scary faces. Finally dim the lights and let the flickering candles create a spooky ambience for your guests!


Creepy Food
Fun food and drink ideas that match the eerie theme will keep the party lively. Try out these cool Pinterest-perfect ideas:

  • Poisonous Apples (Granny Smith apples coated with black coloured toffee made from granulated sugar, corn syrup, and black food colouring.)
  • Glow In The Dark icing cookies (Combine melted white choc with tonic water. The mixture will glow under blacklight. Top your favourite cookies or brownies with it.)
  • Ghosty Bagel Bites (Smooth marinara sauce on half a bagel and place mozzarella which you have shaped into a ghost figure on top. Bake until mozzarella melts but still maintains its shape.)
  • Lychee Eyeball (Make a ghoulish drink by popping an eyeball or two into the glass. You can create this easily by inserting a maraschino cherry into a lychee.)
  • Magical Brew (Serve Butterfly Pea Flower Tea with a side of sweetened lemon juice and watch your guests turn their blue drink purple as soon as they add the juice in.)

Sinister Costumes

Now comes the extra fun bit – playing dress-up! You can definitely come up with epic costumes with minimal effort. Here are four why-didn’t-i-think-of-that ideas we found which you can try this year:
1. If you love social media, why not go as your Instagram page? Or if you’re feeling cheeky, the “It’s A Match” Tinder page is a winner too. Similar to the Instagram idea, you can wear it like a sandwich board. Make sure the profile areas are cut-out so you can go around the party matching up with different people throughout the night.
2. An oldie by goodie is the “cereal” killer. Attach tiny and empty cereal boxes on a plain tee. Pair this with a toy knife or machete.
3. Want something more current, you can opt to dress as a character from The Nun.
4. Get ‘punny’. A good example would be to mimic a “ceiling fan” by wearing a shirt which says “Go Ceiling Go”.

Why and What You Should Cook at Home This Valentine’s Day

Why and What You Should Cook at Home This Valentine's Day

If a dozen roses, Belgian assorted chocolates and a human-sized teddy bear has your wallet begging you to stop, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and evaluate what you should really be doing on Valentine’s Day.

For those who wish to celebrate their love on February 14th, going out is often a terrible idea. Here is why and what you should cook at home this Valentine’s Day.

 

The Crowd

If you didn’t make your reservation a month or two prior to, then good luck getting a table! As is often said, Mother’s Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year, and Valentine’s is the busiest night. The good news is that there will be a new wave of very different clientele, and that can be exciting. The bad news is some of them might make you want to jam a salad fork into the table.

 

Overly-priced meals

Valentine’s Day is a crucial monetary date for businesses of all sorts, and yes, a restaurant is ultimately a business. Champagne, ravioli, heart-shaped desserts, etc… most of the special menus-for-2 are obnoxiously designed to fit the “romantic” theme of the night. On the other hand,  the price isn’t very lovable. Apart from having an expensive preset menu, a crowded restaurant usually results in staff trying to rush your dining for quick turnover. It would be better to save your money for when the restaurant is at its best.

 

Cooking much better

It’s not even about being able to be in comfortable clothes, or avoiding crowds, cooking at home for your significant other is much more romantic, personal, and it leaves you with extra money for better wine and gifts.  Even if you’ve never cooked, this is the perfect time to try it out – cooking is far more an impressive skill than whipping out a credit card. Get ready to slip on your house clothes and light the candles – here are our picks for a romantic 3-course meal.

 

Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Salad

Quick to make and incredibly refreshing, thanks to the extra zing from the wasabi, this dish makes the perfect prelude to the heartier meal that follows!

Main Course: Chicken Roulade with Spinach

Fresh baby spinach, roasted peppers, feta cheese and a touch of parsley make a fantastic filling for tender chicken roulades. Serve with asparagus for an extra touch of elegance.

Dessert: Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Made with fresh strawberries, softened cream cheese and three kinds of chocolate, this is a mouthful treat that will make the both of you swoon. The perfect dessert to end your surf and turf meal!

 

Did we persuade you to stay in? Let us know if you prefer to dine in or out on Valentine’s Day in the comments section below. 

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Easy CNY Recipes to Try At Home

Easy CNY Recipes to Try At Home

Red packets, sweet and savoury nibbles, mandarin oranges, delicious reunion dinner dishes – these are just some of our beloved Chinese New Year traditions! Regardless of how taxing it is to prepare for the occasion, the experience is always one that is extremely worthwhile.

Ignite the spirit of the occasion this New Year. Scroll through our list of four mouth-watering easy ideas below, and try them from the comfort of your home!

1. Har Gow 

A great favourite for young and old alike, the har gow (or chinese dumplings) is customarily enjoyed during brunch as part of a dim sum meal, but there’s no reason not to enjoy this during your reunion dinner too! With only 30 minutes of preparation time, this can easily be a family bonding activity! Simply:

  • Form a smooth dough and knead it into a ball. Leave to rest for half an hour.

  • Prepare the meat filling.

  • Knead the dough and divide into 60 pieces, each about 3-inch diameters wide.

  • Place a tablespoon of filling in the middle of each dough piece. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal tightly.

  • Bring a pot of water to boil, then add the dumplings in.

  • Add half a cup of cold water and bring to boil.

  • Drain, and serve!  

2. Szechuan Shrimp

Amazing in taste with a slight dose of heat, this traditional dish from Szechuan carries an auspicious meaning in the Chinese culture. With the word ‘shrimp’ associated with ‘happiness’ and ‘laughter’ in Mandarin — due to its similar pronunciation — this dish is a must-have for every reunion dinner. Try this easy recipe that takes about 30 minutes:

  • For the sauce: whisk together vinegar, broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, cornstarch, crushed red pepper and sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.

  • Place the shrimp in a colander and rinse with cold water. Drain the shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat and swirl in a tablespoon of oil.

  • Add the ginger and garlic, and fry for 10 seconds. Add the rest of the oil along with the shrimp and fry until the shrimp starts changing colour.

  • Add the bell pepper and salt. Fry for 30 seconds.

  • Add the sauce in. Fry until the shrimp is cooked for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Serve!

​3. Chinese Steamed Fish 

No Chinese New Year is complete without a plate of steamed fish! Another auspicious dish known to bring an increase in prosperity, this steamed sea bass is a heartwarming cuisine that is sure to be a hit on your dinner table! Try this 40 minutes recipe:

  • Rinse a readily gutted fish and shake off any excess water. Transfer to a heatproof plate.

  • Assemble your steaming utensils such as a heat-proof plate or wok with a metal steam rack.

  • Place the fish in the steam dish and let it steam for 9 minutes. Turn off the heat and make sure the fish is cooked through.

  • Pour all the accumulated liquid and spread some ginger, cilantro and green portions of scallion over the fish.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and ginger in a saucepan. Once the ginger sizzles, add salt, water, white pepper and soy sauce. Heat until it simmers.

  • Add some oil and scallion. Stir until the liquid simmers.

  • Spoon the mixture over the fish and serve hot.

​4. Chocolate Fortune Cookies

Give these traditional plain cookies a twist by dipping it in chocolate! Check out this 10 minutes no-bake recipe:

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

  • Place some butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Allow to melt while stirring occasionally.

  • Once the mixture is smooth, remove from heat.

  • Dip the rounded ends of the cookies into the chocolate mixture and let the excess chocolate drip off.

  • Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet and place in the fridge for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.


Excited to try these easy dinner ideas for Chinese New Year? Head on to your nearest Cold Storage store for more inspirations on easy meals for the entire family!

Five Easy Recipes To Try This Christmas

Five Easy Recipes To Try This Christmas

Looking for simple Christmas recipes to sweep your guest off their feet? Try these five simple recipes that are not just easy to make, but is sure to make your party a favourite among family and friends!  

 

1. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites

An incredibly easy candy idea for the holidays, Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites are the perfect treat for any sweet tooth. With only 22 minutes of preparation time, pack them into a clear mason jar to make a chic festive gift, or serve them as a snack during your Christmas Netflix binge! Read the full recipe here.

 

2. Rudolph Cookies

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer…. Had a very edible nose!

Using ingredients such as frosted cookies, Nilla wafers, pretzels, alongside red and white M&M’s (for the nose and eyes), these Rudolph cookies will be the cutest thing that you have ever made! Feel free to opt for store-bought frostings to make your baking experience easier!

 

3. Peppermint Hot White Chocolate (Slow cooker required)

Creamy and ever-so-decadent, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to stay warm on a chilly night. Topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes for the ultimate peppermint experience, try it with our detailed guide here.

 

4. Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Using only 3 key ingredients of salted butter, light brown sugar and all-purpose flour, this delicious melt-in-your-mouth recipe can easily be dressed up or down. Ideal for visiting guests, these shortbread cookies melt in your mouth, bursting with flavour! Try the recipe here.

 

5. Salted Caramel Brownies

Fit for all dietary preferences, this gluten-free and vegan recipe is perfect for Christmas parties. A good alternative to the customary Christmas pudding recipe, the brownies are topped with a healthy caramel sauce made from dates! Prefer a more gooey centre or a crispier edge? Just change up your baking time for the desired taste. Check out our guide to this indulgent brownies now.

 

Tempted to whip out your cookware yet? We’re not sure about you, but we sure are!

For all the ingredients needed in the easy Christmas recipes, be sure to drop by your nearest Cold Storage store today! 

Five DIY Decorations To Try At Home This Christmas

Five DIY Decorations To Try At Home This Christmas

As the season for gifting draws near, the pressure of Christmas shopping similarly intensifies. From multiple trips to the grocery store to making hard decisions on the perfect gift for each family member, the planning that goes into a festive celebration is no easy feat. With all the stress that goes into making the festive season a truly jolly one, interior decoration should be the least of your concerns.

 

So take a breather and unwind with these easy, crafty decoration tips using items around your home.

 

Christmas Wreath

Being the first thing your guests notice, your front door wreath needs to make a statement. Opt for a Christmas wreath made from gift bows that are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a hot glue gun, bows in various colours, a circular-shaped styrofoam piece, and 20 minutes of your time! Arrange the bows to your liking, glue them down, and you’re done!

 

Decorative Christmas Pillows

Always envied how other people have furniture pieces that always seem to match effortlessly? Pull your living room look together by adding simple, festive upgrades to your throw pillows! Tie a ribbon around your throw pillows, and they’ll instantly look just like Christmas gifts! Got some old t-shirts on hand? Simply turn your fabric into a cute bow with some simple ‘no-sew’ ideas.

 

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Give your Christmas tree a heartfelt touch with personalised ornaments. A DIY activity that is sure to make for good family bonding time, let your creativity run wild with clear-glass ornament balls or drilled blank wood discs! Remind family members of the good times that you’ve had from a previous family vacation by sticking a photo from the trip, or doodle up a masterpiece on an ornament ball!

 

Christmas Card Display

Do you hold on to Christmas cards that are simply too sentimental or pretty to be thrown out? Turn them into decorative doorway pieces using art mat boards and a spray mount adhesive using this simple Christmas display idea :

  • Attach a card front to an art mat board using spray mount adhesive.

  • Trim to fit just a single card, or cover a large piece of mat board using multiple cards.

  • Hang the mat board over your doorway or by a Christmas tree.

 

Elf Boot Napkins

Thinking of a cute way to entertain your guests at the dining table? Try the Elf Boot napkin for your place settings – just follow these simple steps:

  • Fold your napkin in half (lengthwise) and fold again

  • Angle your fold to the centre to resemble a paper plane

  • Make a fold to the centre again

  • Fold your napkin in half and turn the folded edge on top

  • Turn one flap upwards

  • Turn the back flap to the front and tuck it in

  • Fold down the ‘cuff’ and pinch curl the toe

 

Looking for more inspirations in decorating your home this Christmas? Drop by our Cold Storage stores for more items to spruce up your interior!

3 Different Ways to Throw an Outdoor Celebration

3 Different Ways to Throw an Outdoor Celebration

Whether it’s an anniversary, a party or a gathering just because, everyone loves a good celebration. If you’re looking for ways to have a celebration that is different from the usual indoor dinner or lunch, here are four fun and creative outdoor party ideas to try out:

Backyard Forest   

Turn your backyard or garden into a fun forest with a long wooden table and chairs, tree trunk slices for coasters and green, leafy centrepiecaes on the table. Serve forest-inspired dishes such as acorn cake pops or donuts, toadstool cupcakes, salad bowls or jars and blueberry mojitos that are reminiscent of a clear blue stream in the middle of a forest. Your guests will have an endlessly fun time inspecting and exploring every forest-inspired detail at your party.

Campsite at Home

Camping will always have a classic charm, making it an ever-popular activity among friends and family. City dwellers who are looking to recreate a campsite cookout as a party can do so by incorporating popular camping treats into the menu. For example, s’mores, skewered meats and vegetables, hot or iced chocolate (elevate it with a dash of rum) and one-pot stews or soups.

Picnic, Perfected

Picnics are the definition of a simple and down-to-earth celebration. All over the world, picnics are a favourite weekend or holiday activity, perfect for those who want something fuss-free and relaxing. Have a special occasion coming up? Don’t rule out a picnic. You may be surprised at how satisfying and fun it can be. Sandwiches, salads and lemonades are picnic staples, but try taking it a step further by exploring slightly more complex dishes such as Scotch eggs, feta and olive salad, salmon sushi, cherry pie with ice cream and a healthy version of a peach cordial. You’re sure to have a picture-perfect picnic. 

Make full use of our country’s forever summer weather and take your celebration outdoors. For all the ingredients to create your outdoor adventure, head on over to Cold Storage!

Iconic Food Known to Australians

Iconic Food Known to Australians

Though we often see Australia’s food scene burgeoning with Banh Mee shacks, Thai curries and Korean BBQs, these Asian fares don’t make up for the authentic grubs from the land down under. Other than the usual kangaroo meat, we have listed some of the best Australian food you ought to try.

1) Vegemite

Crafted by Cyril Percy Callister, this reddish-brown spread is as Australian as it gets. Vegemite is made of yeast extract mixed with vegetables and other spices. Its savouriness is usually enjoyed with avocado toast, cheese sandwiches, and even pizzas!

2) Lamington

What started as a leftover sponge cake is now an Aussie favourite. The celebration of flavours comes from its generous coating of chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. This square-shaped cake is usually served in two halves with a layer of flavoured cream or jam in the centre.

3) Anzac biscuits

The history of this treat dates back to World War I, in honour of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Since ingredients were scarce, wives of the soldiers often made these simple rolled-oats biscuits for their long journey as it has a longer shelf life compared to bread. Its basic ingredients encompass rolled oats, flour, sugar, golden syrup, butter, baking soda, and water.

4) Tim Tams

A coffee break must-have, this chocolaty goodness is loved not only by the locals but the world at large. If you haven’t already heard, Tim Tams consist of two chocolate malted biscuits, filled with a velvety chocolate cream filling and coated with a thin layer of chocolate. This popular biscuit is guaranteed to astound any sweet-tooth.

5) Pavlova

Regardless of the century-long debate between Australia and New Zealand, this delightful dessert is a crowd favourite. Named after a prominent Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, this meringue-based treat was created in honour of her – using her tutu as inspiration. Pavlova can be enjoyed with a fun mixture of fruits, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and so on.

6) Fish and chips

Despite its British heritage, fish and chips remain as one of Australia’s proudest signature dishes. This iconic dish uses flaky white fishes such as barramundi and flake (gummy shark) – which is then deep-fried with a coating of batter and completed with a generous portion of crispy potato chips. Instead of the usual ketchup and mayonnaise, fish and chips is plated with a good helping of tartar sauce.

Head on down to Cold Storage this August to get yourselves some of Australia’s best treats!