Author Archives: Nicholas Pillai

Ode to Petai! – Minced Beef with Petai

Today I had to cook for Aunty Mary who is becoming increasingly fussy in her old age.  So I got some minced beef, and I thought I would do something Eurasian with the potatoes, onions and perhaps some green peas, but alas, as I started, I started adding more and more stuff and suddenly I sent Yus to the market to get Petai, which she willingly did because she too likes it. I even added some Chinese Mushrooms, which I had in a soup I slow cooked last week, so I threw in the soup and diced the mushrooms. So here is my simple recipe, as it took me all of 20 minutes to prepare and cook.  You might add some cubed carrots if you like. For non beef eaters, I think Minced Mutton would do well actually.

AND I DID EVERYTHING, not Yus.

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Minced Beef                              500 gm
Onions                                       1 Large – sliced thinly
Garlic                                         5 or 6 pips – minced
Chinese Black Mushrooms   5 or 6 – soaked, boiled and cut into cubes
Stock                                         2 or 3 cups – I had some soup in the fridge
Potatoes                                   4 – sliced – sounds a lot I know, but I like potatoes
PETAI                                      200 gm
Chilly Flakes                           1 tbsp
Belacan Powder                     2 tsp
Sugar                                       2 tsp or a little more
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil

Method:

1. Heat oil and add in onions and garlic.
2. Saute till onions are limp, then add in minced beef and fry it with the onion garlic till it cooked.
3. Add in stock and leave to boil.
4. Add in potatoes and mushrooms.
5. Leave to simmer but don’t forget to add in Belacan Powder as well.
6. Cook till potatoes are done. Toss in the chilly flakes.
7. Season to taste.
8. I think tonight I will be eating RICE! :(

September 2014 Cooking and Baking Classes

Nasi Ulam Class
Monday September 1st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare Nasi Ulam and some of its accompaniments. You will learn to make;

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1. Nasi Ulam
2. Ayam Goreng Berempah (Spicy Fried Chicken)
3. Brinjal Paceri
4. Fresh Sambal Belacan

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Jelly Mooncake Class
Monday September 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Jelly Mooncakes are not too bad. After turning my nose up to it all these years, thinking it was quite blasphemous, I have changed. You will learn;

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1. Coconut Layered Agar Agar Mooncake
2. Yam and Double Egg yolk Agar Agar Mooncake

Price Per Person: $95 – Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Nasi Lemak Kukus
Saturday September 6th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make real Nasi Lemak Kukus along with all its accompaniments. You will learn:
1. Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) – steamed not boiled
2. Chicken Rendang
3. Sambal
4. Crispy Fried Fish

Price Per Person: $100 per person (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Pineapple Tarts
Sunday September 7th 2.30 to 5.30

What is life without pineapple tarts. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.
You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
3. Pineapple Jam
This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

Indian Sweets 1
Saturday September 13th 10 to 1 pm

I learnt quite a few basic Indian Sweets when I was in Bangalore. These are the first three you will learn;

1. Mysore Pak
2. Jelebi – New Thinner Style
3. Rava Ladoo
Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Chicken Curry Bread and a Margarita Pizza
Saturday September 13th 2.30 to 5.30

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I had Chicken Curry Bread (not chicken curried bread) one night when my brother brought it from Port Dickson. And at $40 a pop, I think you deserve to learn it and that too after you wait an hour in line.
That’s why you’re learning it today. You will also learn to make my favorite kind of Pizza, so it is a class of east and west!
1. Chicken Curry
2. Bread Dough
3. Pizza Dough
4. Margarita Topping

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Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students). This is a fully hands on class

No Coconut Curry Class
Sunday September 14th 2.30 to 5.30

1. Chicken Devil Curry
2. Dry Mutton Curry
3. A Hearty Vegetable Dhall Curry

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are six students)
Please bring three containers to take your curries home.

Beriani for Diwali Class
Tuesday September 16th 10 to 1 pm
Learn to make two types of Beriani. You will learn to make;

1. Hyderabadi Mutton Beriani Dum
2. Chicken Malabari Beriani

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Eggless Cakes
Tuesday September 16th 2.30 to 5.30

I used to think Eggless cakes were a pain in the neck, so now I have created some easy ones that will always come out without much fear. You will learn to make;

1. Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes
2. Date and Walnut Cake
3. Dulce de Leche Topping

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Children’s Holiday Class
Pizza and Calzone Class
Thursday September 18th 2.30 to 4.30

Class for children aged 8 to 14. Your kids will learn to make Pizza and Calzone along with two toppings.
They will learn:

1. Pizza Dough
2. Calzone
3. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom
4. Uncooked Tomato Topping

Price Per Child: $90 Class will commence once there are 6 students.

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class
Saturday September 20th 10 to1 pm

You will learn to make the Old Fashioned Butter Cake by hand and then do basic decoration with Old Fashioned Butter Icing. Each person will get a butter cake fully iced to take home.

This is a hands on class.

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Malay Curries
Saturday September 20th 2.30 to 5.30

My favorite Malay curries, something I have not tackled as a class but often serve it to my customers.
1. Ayam Masak Merah
2. Ayam Kerutuk
3. Mutton Rendang

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Butterless Cakes – Kasutera Cake Day
Sunday September 21st 2.30 to 5.30

As much as I love buttery cakes, this very old cake from Japan seems to be the rage in a few hotels and top notch bakeries around town. Let’s make the;

1. Nagasaki Castella Cake – a cake from the Portuguese that entered into Japan hundreds of years ago
2. Matcha Kasutera Cake
Both have no butter or oil.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

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Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya. Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries.
Please check my blog http://www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded. If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

August Cooking and Baking Classes 2014

Butterless Cakes – Kasutera Cake or Nagasaki Castella Cake 

Saturday August 2nd 10 to 1 pm

As much as I love buttery cakes, this very old cake from Japan seems to be the rage in a few hotels and top notch bakeries around town.  Let’s make the;

  1. Nagasaki Castella Cake – a cake from the Portuguese that entered into Japan hundreds of years ago
  2. Matcha Castella Cake

Both have no butter or oil.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Thosai Idly Class

Saturday August 2nd 2.30 to 5.30pm

 Learn to make Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

 

  1. Idly
  2. Thosai
  3. Masala Thosai
  4. Coconut Chutney

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Chicken Curry Bread and a Margarita Pizza

Sunday August 3rd 10 to 1 pm

Chicken Curried Bun

I had Chicken Curry Bread (not chicken curried bread) one night when my brother brought it from Port Dickson.  I turned my nose to it.  But while watching my Korean Soapies, I got hungry so I decided to try it… and low and behold!!! That’s why you’re learning it today.  You will also learn to make my favorite kind of Pizza, so it is a class of east and west!

  1. Chicken Curry
  2. Bread Dough
  3. Pizza Dough
  4. Margarita Topping

PS I will not be wrapping the Chicken Curry in Foil as shown, It will be something else with the chicken inside encased in foil.  So the chicken will not be cooking in the foil.

Picture is borrowed from herfrozenwings.blogspot.com till I do up a nice photo.

 

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Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students). This is a fully hands on class

Indian Breakfast Class 2 – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Sunday August 3rd 2.30 to 5.30

Learn more Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

  1. Puttu
  2. Putumayam – String Hoppers
  3. Appam
  4. Green Chutney

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Tea Time Favorites

Saturday August 9th 10 to 1pm

 

Learn to make tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

  1. Chicken and Mushroom Quiche
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Fruit Tartlets
  4. Pastry

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Rainbow Mille Crepe

Sunday August 10th 2.30 to 5.30

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Learn the art of Rainbow Mille Crepe.

Learn to make Rainbow Mille Crepe from scratch. You will learn to make the crepes, the mille feuille (Cream) and assemble the crepe and take your share home.

 

Price Per Person: $100

Class will commence once there are 6 students.  This is a hands on session so please dress comfortably and bring a container.

 

Mooncake Class 1

Saturday 16th August 10 to 1 pm

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A most asked for class all because the prices of mooncakes have gone up tremendously.

 

  1. Traditional Mooncake Skin
  2. Salted Egg Mooncake
  3. Fruit and Nut Moon Cake
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Mooncake Class 2 – Shanghai Mooncake

Sunday 17th August 10 to 1 pm

Another favorite this season, this fully hands on class will see you going home with several handmade mooncakes with different fillings. You will learn to prepare;

 

  1. Shanghai Mooncake Pastry
  2. Lotus Paste with Ginger and Cheese filling
  3. Coffee Lotus Paste
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Mooncake Class 3 – Teowchew Mooncake

Sunday 17th August 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make this flaky mooncake.  You will learn to make;

 

  1. Teowchew Pastry
  2. Yam and Egg Yolk filling
  3. Gold Ingot
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Dishes of Fishes – A Kerala Fish Curry Class

Saturday 23rd August 2.30 to 5.30

 

The way curry is prepared in Bangalore is rather different then how we prepare it here.  While we tend to use a lot of ingredients in copious amounts, they don’t and yet their curries are tasty and sits well on the palate.  You will learn;

 

  1. Fish Molee – Influenced by travelers from Malaya
  2. Red Fish Curry – no coconut milk
  3. Fish Curry – could not think of the name as the dialect did translate too well, but a different style of course.

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Jelly Mooncake

Sunday August 24th 2 to 5.30

 

Jelly Mooncakes are not too bad. After turning my nose up to it all these years, thinking it was quite blasphemous, I have changed.  You will learn;

 

  1. Layered Agar Agar Mooncake
  2. Yam Agar Agar Mooncake

Price Per Person: $95 – Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

French Baguette Class

Saturday August 30th  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of French Bread.

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You will learn to bake from scratch the French Method with the crusty finish and the American Method which is slightly crusty.

This is a fully hands on class.

  1. French Baguette (Banh Mi – Vietnamese)
  2. American Baguette

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Sour Dough Yeast Free Breads

Sunday August 31st  2.30 to 5.30

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Learn to make your own cultured rising agent.  This can be kept in the fridge for a long time and reused from time to time.  You will learn;

 

  1. Yeast Free Rising Agent
  2. Honey Loaf or Rolls
  3. Rustic Bread
  4. Charcoal Seed

 

Each person will get their yeast free culture to take home to practice. Class has to be booked at least two weeks in advance and fully paid so that each person can get their raising culture on the day.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

Nasi Ulam Class

Monday September 1st 10 to 1 pm

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Learn to prepare Nasi Ulam and some of its accompaniments.  You wil learn to make;

 

  1. Nasi Ulam
  2. Ayam Goreng Berempah
  3. Brinjal Paceri
  4. Fresh Sambal Belacan

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

                                                       

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

July Cooking and Baking Classes 2014

Rainbow Mille Crepe  – CLASS IS FULL

Saturday 12th July 10 to 1 pm

rainbow mille crepe

Learn the art of Mille Crepe, but this time we will do a Rainbow Mille Crepe.

Learn to make Rainbow Mille Crepe from scratch. You will learn to make the crepes, the mille feuille (Cream) and assemble the crepe and take your share home.

 

Price Per Person: $100

Class will commence once there are 6 students.  This is a hands on session so please dress comfortably and bring a container.

 

Pineapple Tart Class – Last 2 places

Saturday 12th July 2.30 to 5.30

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What is life without pineapple tarts.  Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

  1. Old fashion pineapple tart
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

Beriani Class – 1 more place left

Sunday 13th July         10 to 1 pm

Learn to make two types of Beriani.  You will learn to make;

  1. Hyderabadi Mutton Beriani Dum
  2. Chicken Malabari Beriani

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Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

 

Hummingbird Cake – 1 more place left

Sunday 13th July 2.30 to 5.30

There is a sudden craze for this cake lately, so why not learn it while it is still hot!

You will learn to prepare;

  1. Hummingbird Cake
  2. Mocha Buttercream
  3. Cheese Frosting

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

Rainbow Cake

Tuesday July 15th 10 to 1 pm

We will learn to make a big rainbow cake and cut it into slices instead of what we always see in photos.  You will learn to make;

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  1. White Cake
  2. Swiss Buttercream
  3. Assembling your cake

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

 

 

Indian Breakfast Class – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Tuesday July 15th 2.30 to 5.30 – CLASS IS FULL

Learn to make Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

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  1. Idly
  2. Thosai
  3. Masala Thosai
  4. Coconut Chutney

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Indian Breakfast Class 2 – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Saturday July 19th 10 to 1 pm – 2 places left

Learn more Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

  1. Puttu
  2. Putumayam – String Hoppers
  3. Appam
  4. Green Chutney

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Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Fried Noodle Class

Saturday July 19th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare three local favorites. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Hokkien Mee
  2. Mamak Mee
  3. Char Koay Teow

Price Per Person: $95 Class will commence once there are 6 students

 

Nasi Ulam Class

Sunday July 20th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare Nasi Ulam and some of its accompaniments.  You wil learn to make;

  1. Nasi Ulam
  2. Ayam Goreng Berempah
  3. Brinjal Paceri
  4. Fresh Sambal Belacan

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Sour Dough Yeast Free Breads

Sunday July 20th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make your own cultured rising agent.  This can be kept in the fridge for a long time and reused from time to time.  You will learn;

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  1. Yeast Free Rising Agent
  2. Honey Loaf or Rolls
  3. Rustic Bread
  4. Charcoal Seed

Each person will get their yeast free culture to take home to practice.

Class has to be booked at least two weeks in advance and fully paid so that each person can get their raising culture on the day.

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Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

 

Rooti Class – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Saturday July 26th 10 to 1 pm

Rooti’s and not Roti are gluten free and vegetarian friend breakfast foods in Bangalore.  It is easy to make and was surprisingly nice to eat as well.

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Learn to make three rice based Rootis. You will learn to make

 

  1. Akki Rooti
  2. Green Rooti
  3. Semolina Rooti
  4. Soy bean Curry

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

A Class of this and that

Sunday July 27th 2.30  to 5.30 pm

A class of totally unrelated favorites.

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  1. Bagels
  2. Chocolate Slice
  3. Muesli Slices

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

French Baguette Class

Monday July 28th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of French Bread.

You will learn to bake from scratch the French Method with the crusty finish and the American Method which is slightly crusty.

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This is a fully hands on class.

  1. French Baguette (Banh Mi – Vietnamese)
  2. American Baguette

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

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Nutella Nutella Nutella

Tuesday July 29th 2.30 to 5.30

 

Nutella, pronounced Noo Tell La has been in the forefront of being wickedly sinful in whatever it is used in.  So let’s have some Nutella Fun. We will start out by learning to make our own Nutella. You will learn to make;

 

  1. Home made Nutella
  2. Nutella Swirly Rolls
  3. Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Drop Muffin
  4. Nutella Crispy Rice

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries.  Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

 

June Cooking and Baking Classes

Tea Time Favorite 4

May 31st  10  to 1.30pm

Tea time favorites seems to be doing quite well now that I am in the fourth segment.  This time you will learn to prepare;

portuguese tart

  1. Crème Brulee
  2. Portuguese Tart
  3. Bread and Butter Pudding

 

Price Per Person: $95 (class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Another Tea Time Favorite

Sunday June 1st 10 to 1pm

Today is tea time favorite day.  You will learn to make;

  1. Chicken Curry
  2. Pulut Kuning
  3. Roti Jala

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Tea Time Favorites 3

Sunday June 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make more tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

 

  1. Chicken and Mushroom Quiche
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Fruit Tartlets
  4. Pastry

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Cookies for Festives

Sunday June 15th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make three types of cookies;

 

  1. Rainbow Cookies
  2. Milky Butter Cookies
  3. Cornflake Cookies

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Rainbow Cake Class

Sunday June 15th 2.30 to 5.30

 We will learn to make a big rainbow cake and cut it into slices instead of what we always see in photos.  You will learn to make;

  1. Rainbow Cake
  2. Swiss Buttercream
  3. Assembling your cake

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

Nutella Nutella Nutella

Saturday June 21st 10 to 1 pm

 

Nutella, pronounced Noo Tell La has been in the forefront of being wickedly sinful in whatever it is used in.  So let’s have some Nutella Fun. We will start out by learning to make our own Nutella. You will learn to make;

 

  1. Home made Nutella
  2. Nutella Swirly Rolls
  3. Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Dropping Muffin
  4. Nutella Crispy Rice

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 Tea Time Favorites

Saturday June 21st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make these easy treats that we like so much and often never get enough when we eat it at restaurants. You will learn to make

  1. Spring Rolls
  2. Spring Roll Filling
  3. Pie Tee
  4. Pie Tee Filling
  5. Chilly Sauce

This class is suitable for Vegetarians.

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students

 

Gluten Free Bakes

Sunday June 22nd 10 to 1 pm

 

Gluten Free seems to be the buzz these days with many of us suddenly becoming gluten intolerant.  These are some of the nice gluten free and easy to make cookies without special kinds of flour and stuff like xanthan gum and all.  These are easy no nonsense Gluten Free Treats.

Frankly I just do not like to use all the different types of flours they have for Gluten Free Treats as it often yields funny tasting end products.

You will learn;

  1. Peanut Butter and Cashewnut Cookies
  2. Flourless Chocolate Brownie
  3. Lavender Shortbread

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

Sunday June 22nd 2.30 to 5.30

 Learn to make Pavlova and Meringue.  You will learn to make;

meringue roulade

  1. Pavlova
  2. Meringue Roulade
  3. Decorating you Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Puff Pastry

Saturday June 28th  10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Puff Pastry from scratch.  It is quite easy once you get the hang of it.  You will learn;

 

  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – the real ones
  3. Tuna Foldovers
  4. Old Fashioned Sardine Rolls

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 Foods for School

Sunday June 29th 10 to 1 pm

Price of foods are just shocking these days.  Even I feel it when I go out.  So why not prepare stuff for the kids to take to school. It’s easy, it can be stored, and it can be used in different ways and it is much healthier as well.  And it can be packed for office as well.

 

  1. Chicken Casserole
  2. Meatloaf
  3. Mac and Cheese

Price Per Person: $100 (Class is confirmed once there are 6 students)

 

Nasi Dagang Class

Sunday June 29th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Nasi Dagang and its accompaniments.

You will learn to prepare;

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Ayam Percik
  3. Sayur Loteh – A wonderful spicy sweet salad
  4. Gulai Ikan Tongkol

Price Per Person : $110 Class will commence once there are 6 students

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

May Cooking and Baking Classes 2014

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

Thursday May 1st 10 to 12 pm (Public Holiday Class)

Let’s make Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing

You will also learn to do some basic decoration like spreading icing, piping the sides and covering borders on your own cake.

This is a hands on session. The old fashion way to make this is by using a spoon.  So we will be doing it the traditional way.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

French Baguette Class

Thursday May 1st  1 to 4.30pm

Learn to make two types of French Bread.  The last class was just wonderful.

You will learn to bake from scratch the French Method with the crusty finish and the American Method which is slightly crusty.

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The last class was just wonderful.

This is a fully hands on class.

 

  1. French Baguette (Bahn Min – Vietnamese)
  2. American Baguette

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

 Nasi Dagang Class

Saturday May 3rd  10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Nasi Dagang and its accompaniments.

You will learn to prepare;

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Ayam Percik
  3. Sayur Loteh – A wonderful spicy sweet salad
  4. Gulai Ikan Tongkol

Price Per Person : $110 Class will commence once there are 6 students

 

Pao Pao Class

Saturday May 3rd  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Steamed Pao and Siew Pao. Learn to make the two different Paos from scratch.

You will learn to make;

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  1. Steam Pao
  2. Siew Pao
  3. Vegetarian Char Siew Filling

Price Per Person: $90 Class will commence once there are 6 students

 

 

 

Cheesecake Class

Sunday May 4th 10 to 1 pm

chocolate peanutbutter cheesecake

The much awaited cheesecake class is here, learn to make;

  1. Coffee Cheese Cake
  2. Baked Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake
  3. Peanut Butter Chocolate  Cheesecake

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

Nasi Lemak Kukus

Sunday May 4th 2.30 to 5.30

 Learn to make real Nasi Lemak Kukus along with all its accompaniments.  You will learn:

  1. Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice) – steamed not boiled
  2. Chicken Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sotong Sambal
  5. Crispy Fried Fish

Price Per Person: $110 per person (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 Cream Puff and Churros

Sunday May 11th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Cream Puffs and Churros.  You will learn;

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  1. Choux Paste
  2. Lemon Filling
  3. Chocolate Elairs
  4. Churros

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Mille Crepe

Sunday May 11th 2.30 to 5.30

The art of Mille Crepe – Learn to make Mille Crepe from scratch. You will learn to make the crepes, the mille feuille (Cream) and assemble the crepe and take your share home.

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Price Per Person: $95

Class will commence once there are 6 students.  This is a hands on session so please dress comfortably and bring a container.

 

Chocolate Indulgence 2

Tuesday May 13th 10 to 1 pm

A class for all Chocoholics. Learn to make easy favorite Chocolate Delights.  You will learn to make

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  1. Chocolate Marbled Brownie
  2. Chocolate Truffle Tart
  3. Chocolate Muffins

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 8 students). Please bring three containers to take home your goodies.

 

 

Pavlova and Meringue

Tuesday May 13th 2.30 to 5.30

 

Learn to make Pavlova and Meringue.  You will learn to make;

 

  1. Pavlova
  2. Meringue Roulade
  3. Decorating you Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Noodle Class

Saturday May 17th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s learn to make some hawker favorites.  You will learn

  1. Mamak Mee – Original Penang Style
  2. Hokkien Mee
  3. Char Koay Teow

Price Per Person: $95 Class will commence once there are 6 students

Please bring three containers to take your foods home and please dress comfortably.

 

Yeast Free Bread

Saturday May 17th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make your own cultured rising agent.  This can be kept in the fridge for a long long time and reused from time to time.  You will learn;

  1. Yeast Free Rising Agent
  2. Honey Loaf or Rolls
  3. Rustic Bread
  4. Charcoal Seed

Each person will get their yeast free culture to take home to practice.

Class has to be booked at least two weeks in advance and fully paid so that each person can get their raising culture on the day.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are six students)

 

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding Class

Sunday May 18th 2.30 to 5.30

 

You will learn to prepare Roast Beef and a few accompaniments. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Roast Beef
  2. Yorkshire Pudding
  3. Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Pinenuts

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Tea Time Favorites 3

Saturday May 24th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make more tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

  1. Chicken and Mushroom Quiche
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Fruit Tartlets
  4. Pastry

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Beef Beef Beef

Saturday May 24th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make three of my favorite beef dishes;

  1. Oxtail Soup
  2. Beef Stroganoff
  3. Beef Pie
  4. Pastry

Price Per Person: $120 – Class will commence once there are six students

 

Hum Ching Peng and Yau Char Kway

Sunday May 25th 2 to 5.30

I have been practicing these recipes for a while now and putting on a lot of weight in the process because of all the tasting. I used to pay AUD2 for a Yau Char Kway in Australia more than 10 years ago and it was FROZEN!

I am doing this because they do not sell this where I live anymore and the nearest would be Paramount which I find always leaves an after taste and a bad throat.  And they seem to only sell it in the morning when I am least interested to eat it.

Believe it or not Yau Char Kway tastes wonderful with Indian Coconut Chutney and Heavenly with Melted Chocolate… just saying!

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  1. Yau Char Kway (Youtiau)
  2. Hum Ching Peng
  3. Pulut Hum Ching Peng

 

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Please note the time.

 

 

 

Tea Time Favorites

Saturday May 31st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make these easy treats that we like so much and often never get enough when we eat it at restaurants. You will learn to make

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  1. Spring Rolls
  2. Spring Roll Filling
  3. Pie Tee
  4. Pie Tee Filling
  5. Chilly Sauce

This class is suitable for Vegetarians.

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Another Tea Time Favorite

Sunday June 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Today is tea time favorite day.  You will learn to make;

  1. Chicken Curry
  2. Pulut Kuning
  3. Roti Jala

Price Per Person: $90 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

Lakshmi Bhavan – Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

I have not blogged in ages, I seem to procrastinate and so I have numerous half stories and hundreds of photos in my computer.

Well Lakshmi Bhavan  was one of my Friday sojourns with my friend Selvi.  She wanted Chinoz at Bangsar Shopping Centre but I said I wanted something Indian, big difference, but the body knows what it wants sometimes.

So at 10 am, there I was in the restaurant.  Now last visit in December, they were  vegetarian, but this time I noticed they also sold meat. I guess it is fine, since Saravana Bhawan is just a few shops down.  This is another calamity in Malaysia, same shops selling almost same foods all in a row.  Why I never understand.

Anyhow Lakshmi delivered the goods and it is more relaxing then other Indian places which are usually noisy and boisterous and Saravana is never known for a place to relax and chat. Lakshmi on the other hand is sheer relaxation and slow paced and we actually sat and chatted for three hours the last time.

20140321_101340So we ordered.  The first was Onion Bhaji.  I half didn’t know what to expect because in my mind I thought it would be minced onions all bhajied up much like our Malaysian Cucur Bawang.  So knowledgeable I am about Indian food, I was quite taken aback to see a kind of thickish chion slice in the middle of each Bhaji that was served with I feel a little too little Coconut Chutney.  Expecting to eat a really raw onion, I was wrong.  It was cooked at the right temperature and the amount of time that the onion still looked fresh and yet was cooked right through.  It was a burst of flavor amidst the rather powdery tasting bhaji batter, but it complemented each other well. 20140321_101358Somehow, I feel the onions could have been smaller so the flavor would explode in your mouth when you take the first bite.  I doubt children would like this because of the size of the onion.

 

Then our Rawa Masala Dosa came.  I have always had Rawa Dosa but never Rawa Masala Dosa.  Now Selvi had a story where she ate Masala Dosa at a restaurant a few shops down, no names mentioned and the filling was stone cold.  20140321_101951So she was half expecting that till we took a mouthful and frankly speaking I never saw Selvi eat like that before.  It was either she was really hungry or it was damn nice.  I believe it was the latter.   The crispiness of the Dosa was still maintained even though we ate the Onion Bhaji first.  And the filling was extremely nice.  It was just what the doctor ordered, for two people who have had to put up with the haze, and water situation and all the other problems our country is facing at the moment.  We just polished the plate.

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Next was out Bhaturas.  Now I do make quite a good Bhatura, but I am ashamed to say this one was very nice as well.  It was not oily, yet if was fluffy and had a nice rich taste to it.  No substitutions of a cheaper flour and the potato curry or Potato Sambar was truly delightful.  It complemented the Bhaturas very well.  I wish I could have had more potato curry actually.  The Dhall Curry was very tasty as well, not the thick kind I make, but it went well and as for me, I like my Dhall Curry as a soup so I would eat it just like that…which I did.

The atmosphere of Lakshmi Bhavan is not intrusive.  What I do not like is waiters coming to sell their curries and all and if you were to ask them something, they’d look at you blankly.  This does not happen here.  The waiter is presentable and well spoken and he will even tell you not to order this and that if he feels the food might taste the same.  That is what I like when I go out to eat.

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Selvi decided to order the Chilly Bhajis.  Once again I thought it would be slices of chilly cooked in a vegetable puff kind of way.  Well as you can see I was once again wrong.  I think my lack of knowledge on Indian Food is quite shocking and embarrassing.  I should do something about it.  Now first bite, this was simply wonderful. Yes there was a bit of spiciness, but the bhaji mix complemented the chilly very well.  Even better then the onion one I feel.

Selvi and I also learnt that, chilly is spicier at the stem rather than the tip.  So there you go, you learn something new all the time.

20140321_102732 The we had Mini Idly (Yours truly pronounced it Italy and got looks of death). These were mini sized Idly in a bowl with the same Dhall that came with the Bhatura.  It was nice. Frankly I do not like sauce all over my food so I would have preferred it separate. The tanginess of the gravy with its vegetables as well as the tanginess from the Idly was not over powering for some reason.  If I ordered it again, I would tell them to separate the gravy.

Finally we ordered dessert. It was a Gulab of some sort which I cannot 20140321_105615remember.  Now expecting something Gheelike and milky in sugar. We were fine with the sudden burst of sugar. Alas, it was sort of a disappointment.  I cannot describe it but it was like eating paneer balls in sugar syrup.  Probably that what it was. Maybe by now too we were getting full so hence these little things become a problem

I am sure their other desserts are fine though.

While lazily sipping our Masala Tea, I am sure we could have stayed a lot longer and ordered more stuff if I had not had to rush home for an order.

I think finding an Indian Restaurant that is quiet and clean, and also enables one to sit and talk is quite rare.  Service wise, It is pretty good, except the waiter could be a tad bit more on the ball.  His gentility was very much obliged, but sometimes, to get his attention, one had to do a song and a dance so to speak.

If I lived in the Bangsar area, I would certainly visit Lakshmi Bhavan a lot more, just to sit there and absorb the atmosphere and of course the nice food.  I will certainly go there again.