Cold Storage presents Canada Food Fair 2012

Established in 1903, Cold Storage Supermarket is a popular household name trusted by consumers in Singapore.

From 28 September to 21 October 2012, the annual three-week Canadian Food Fair takes place at all 49 Cold Storage stores, showcasing a wide selection of almost 70 fresh Canadian produce and products.

Working closely with the High Commission of Canada to organise this three-week fair, Cold Storage aims to stock its shelves with Canadian food and beverage products even after the fair concludes.

Shop & Win a Holiday to Toronto Canada

One lucky Cold Storage shopper will walk away with a holiday worth $6,000 to Toronto Canada during the Canada Food Fair 2012. To qualify for the draw, shoppers simply need to spend a minimum of $35 in a single receipt (inclusive of TWO Canadian products). Ten consolation hampers worth $200 will also be given away during the draw.

During the Canada Food Fair, booths will be set up for your sampling pleasures.

Canadian Scallops ($23.90 – 454g/pack)

Harvested wild from the seas of the Canadian North Atlantic, these scallops are frozen-at-sea within an hour of harvesting thus locking in all the freshness and moisture almost immediately.

These juicy and succulent scallops need no complex execution to taste divine. I am thinking Pan-seared crusted scallops… yum.

Live Oysters ($16.90 –per half dozen oysters)

Those who love the unadulterated sea-salty taste of fresh oysters will be happy to see both the Eastern and Pacific Live Canadian oysters available at the fair. Customers can request for these to be shucked by the in-store Cold Storage experts.

“A taste of the ocean”, I responded upon consumption.

Fish lovers, do not miss out on the Canadian Frozen Sockeye Salmon ($8.90 – 140g/pack). These wild Pacific salmon are harvested with sustainability in mind to protect the future supply of these sought after fish.

I like to simply season my salmon with salt, pepper and a touch of lemon juice, and seared!

Canada has some of the world’s most pristine waters and fertile lands and this is evident in the quality of their produce and products.

Check out the huge lobsters brought in specially for this event!

For those who are unfamiliar with Canadian products, this food fair will clue you in. The varied selection includes confectionary, snacks, juices, baby food, condiments, chocolates, classic Canadian ice wines and whiskies.

Red Leaf Ice Wine ($41.20 – 375ml/bottle)

Coming from the land that made ice wine famous, Red Leaf Ice Wine is an excellent entry level sweet medium-bodied dessert wine. It has a medium acidity on the palate with hints of citrus, apricot, honey and foral on the nose.

Though it contains 11.5% ABV, the sweetness masks the heady alcohol nicely and makes it easy to take in. Goes great with sweet treats!

CocoMira ($7.26 – 105g/pack)

CocoMira is a range of rich, caramel toffee creations borne through Canadian founder Anna James. These sweets are made using the freshest produce and are free from additives, preservatives, gluten and egg.

Jakeman Maple Cream Cookies ($6-ish for a box, according to my memory)

This is a personal favourite! Maple-infused cream sandwiched between Maple-infused cookies –I am so going to stock up on more!

Hardbite Potato Chips ($4.85 – 150g/bag)

Kettle-cooked Hardbite Chips have been around since 1920, with a reputation for tasty, high quality potato chips that use only natural ingredients. Flavours include Canadian Cheddar and Onion, Natural Potato Chip, Rock Salt & Vinegar as well as Onion and Yoghurt.

Baby Gourmet Organic Baby Food ($3.45 – 128ml/pack)

Created by two loving mums, Baby Gourmet Organic Baby Food is made using only the best organic ingredients and is also kosher. With no added sugar, salt and additives, each pack is filled with natural goodness.

A quintessential ingredient for pancakes, waffles, French toast and more, maple syrup is a staple in almost everyone’s pantry.

According to statistics, Canada produces 80-85% percent of the world’s supply of maple syrup –you can’t go wrong with Canadian Maple Syrup.

Jakeman’s Maple Syrup ($12.65 – 100ml/bottle)

The Jakeman family has been making maple syrup since 1896. Today, the son and grandsons of the founder have maintained the tradition of producing some of the best maple syrups in Canada. The collectable Autumn Leaf Glass jar filled with premium maple syrup makes a perfect gift!

Zinter Brown ($13.80 – 265ml/jar)

For over 20 years, Zinter Brown has been producing a premium range of gourmet condiments. From their extensive collection, Cold Storage brings three pepper pots to spice things up. Zinter Brown Horseradish Hot Pot works as a glaze for roasts or is served on the side as a complement to meat. The Roasted Garlic & Onion Jamboree can be used in stir-fries, soups, stews or casseroles or simply heated up and served as a dipping sauce. pair the Pomegranate Pepper Pot with meat, poultry and game.

A good chef doesn’t need store-bought sauces, but you can cook like a good chef if you utilise the right products –and these are the cheat ingredients.

Cooking Demonstrations

Apart from sampling booths, engaging activities such as cooking demonstrations by Chef Claudio Sandri will make your grocery-shopping trip worthwhile.

This post is 2 days late, and you might’ve missed a few cooking demonstrations, but don’t miss the upcoming one at Cold Storage Kallang Leisure Park Level 1 Atrium on 29 September. There are two sessions –11am to 12pm (Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard Marinated Pork Chops with dried Cranberries and Duhaime Gourmet Ginseng & Star Anise) and 1pm to 2pm (Thai Green Pork Curry with Sunny Boy Organic Whole Wheat Flour Pancakes).

On 26th September, we attended a cooking demonstration at Cold Storage Jelita.

Steak Sandwich with Canadian Rib Eye Beef, Garlic and Mustard Mayonaise

Canadian Angus Beef

Premium AAA Grade Canada Angus Ribeye and Striploin cuts with moderately high marbling –when cooked to medium-rare doneness, is almost fork tender.

- 600g beef rib eye steak
- Salt and pepper
- Canola oil
- 2 yellow onions, sliced in rings
- 20g fresh thyme leaves
- 4 mini focaccia buns, sliced in ½
- 3 tbsp kozlik mustard
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- Drizzle of Maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic peeled and finely chopped
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 100g arugula
- 2 whole tomatoes, sliced
- Dried cranberries
- Zinter Brown Garlic and Onion Jamboree

Canola Oil is low in saturated fat and containing both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids –an ideal cooking ingredient for healthy living.

1. Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat and sear the steak on each side for 1 minute.

3. Reduce the heat to low and cook the steak for 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, until very rare in the middle.
4. Place the steak on a plate and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Slice the steak into strips.
5. Using the same sauté pan, heat a splash of canola oil over medium heat. Add the onion and thyme and sauté for 10 minutes.

6. When the onions are brown and caramelised, remove from pan. Keep stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
7. To assemble the sandwiches, toast the bread in a toaster.

8. To make the mustard spread, whisk in a drizzle of maple syrup with kozlik mustard and mayonnaise. Spread a teaspoon of it on the bottom half of each bun.

9. Place tomato on top of the mayo, layering the steak strips on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and top with caramelised onion.

10. Place arugula greens on top and scatter with some dried cranberries.

11. Spread on some Zinter Brown Garlic and Onion Jamboree and cover the sandwich.

Kozlik’s Spread + Fresh Tomato + Caramelised Onion + Beef + Rocket Greens + Dried Whole Cranberries + Zinter Brown Garlic & Onion Jamboree = the perfect beef sandwich.

While you’re at Cold Storage Kallang Leisure Park on 29 September for the cooking demonstration, don’t forget to give the Canadian Polar Bear Mascot a big hug! It will be there from 11am till 3pm.