Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cooking Classes for April and May 2013

This is probably the first time I have combined two months of classes. It is only because I will be away after the first weekend of May and will be back before the first weekend of June.

Kindly check my blog for updates on new classes and all. The blog is always updated if I am adding classes or even removing one or two to add in something else.

Please check, http://www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

Also do Like my facebook page Cooking With Nicholas, I may add some of our class photos there if I ever use my camera in class.

Hope to see you all this month and thanks for your support.

Red Velvet Cake
April 7th Sunday 10 to 1 pm

The much requested Red Velvet Class is here one LAST TIME. You will learn;

1. Red Velvet Cake
2. Chocolate Filling
3. Cheese Topping

This is a hands on session: Class will commence once there are 6 students. Please bring along a big enough container to take your piece of cake home.

Price Per Person: $90

Chocolate Indulgence 2 – CLASS IS FULL
April 7th Sunday 2.30 to 5.30

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: $95

(Class will commence once there are 8 students). Please bring three containers to take home your goodies.

Pasta Class
April 13th Saturday 10 to 1 pm CLASS IS FULL
Sunday April 21st 2.30 to 5.30 CLASS IS FULL

NEW DATE FOR PASTA CLASS

Sunday April 14th 10 am to 1 pm

Wednesday May 1st 10 to 1pm

2 Places Left

Learn to make Pasta from scratch. You will also learn to make a Lasagna and Aglio ed Olio.

Price Per Person: $90

Class will commence once there are six students. This is a hands on class

Cheesecake – CLASS IS FULL
April 13th Saturday 2.30 to 5.30pm

The long awaited cheesecake class is here, learn to make;
1. Baked Coffee Cheese Cake
2. Baked Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake
3. Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chop Cheesecake

Price Per Person: $110

(Class will commence once there are six students)

Curry Class is FULL
Curry without Coconut Milk 2
April 14th Sunday 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.

Bread Class
Saturday April 20th 10 am to 1 pm

You will learn to bake;
1. Wholemeal Loaf
2. Semolina Bread
3. Bagels

Price Per Person: $95

This is a fully hands on class. Class will commence once there are 6 students

Puff Pastry Class is FULL
Sunday April 21st 10 am to 1 pm

After three wonderful classes thus far, I thought why not? So we’re doing it again.
You will learn to make:

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1. Puff Pastry
2. Sausage Rolls – The real one
3. Creamy Chicken with Three Mushroom Filling

Price Per Person: $95

(Class will commence once there are 6 students)
This is a hands on class, please bring your containers to take your pies and sausage rolls home. PLEASE DRESS COMFORTABLY.

Mille Crepe
Saturday April 27th 10 am to 1 pm

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.

A Classy High Tea
Saturday April 27th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

I like nice tea cakes and scones. Here are some of my favorites,
1. Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Almond Icing
2. Orange Poppyseed Chiffon Cake
3. Fluffy Scones

Price Per Person: $95

Class will commence once there are 6 students

Chocolate Indulgence 1 – My Best Selling Class of 2012
Sunday April 28th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s make some Decadent Chocolate Favorites you will learn to make;
1. Rich Chocolate Brownies
2. Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies
3. Chocolate Lava Cake

Price Per Person: $95

Class will commence once there are 6 students. This is a hands on class.

Vegetarian Class
Sunday April 28th 2.30 to 5.30

It’s been more than two months since I have eaten meat and so I’ve decided to hold a class on some of my vegetarian favorites. You will learn to prepare;
1. Spaghetti Kerabu
2. Vegetable Cutlets
3. Barley, Mushroom and Corn Salad
4. Carrot and Chickpea Salad
5. Home Made Cheese Crackers

Price Per Person: $100

Class will commence once there are six students.

Proceeds from this class will be donated to the Farm Animal Sanctuary, BRITAIN’S FIRST FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY and last secure place for over 600 animals and birds rescued from abuse, neglect, slaughter and abandonment.
http://www.thefarmanimalsanctuary.co.uk/Contact_us.php

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class
Wednesday May 1st 2.30 to 5pm

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 old fashion traditional way.

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

Fried Noodle Class CLASS IS FULL
Saturday May 4th 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: $90

Class will commence once there are 6 students
Please bring three containers to take your foods home and please dress comfortably.

Creme Brulee Class
Saturday May 4th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make this favorite dessert of many. You will learn
1. Sweet Paste
2. Pandan Crème Brulee
3. Vanila Crème Brulee

Price Per Person: $90

Class will commence once there are 6 students

Let’s make Sweet Breads is FULL
Sunday May 5th 10 to 1 pm

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1. Cinnamon Rolls
2. Potato Bread
3. Raisin Loaf

This is a fully hands on session.

Price Per Person: $95

(Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Let’s make Macarons.
Sunday May 5th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

You will learn to make:
1. Macarons
2. Chocolate Black Sesame Filling
3. Lemon Curd Filling

Price Per Person: $95

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 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.

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Nutreat Health Food – 19M SS21/37 Damansara Uptown

It was all by accident on a Saturday evening at around 6 pm, wondering around 20130228_184105the Uptown area in the rain and its busy streets without an umbrella, we chanced upon this little place quite by accident as there was a carpark there and we just stood long enough at the entrance to realize there was a café upstairs.

Now I am not too keen on upstairs cafes unless it is Korean simply because it is a known fact that Korean restaurants are usually on the first floor, so we trodded up these green staircase and soon we entered this little cosy unassuming place.

20130228_183935There were three tables taken, one was paying for their food and leaving so our band of five quite noisy people of different ethnic backgrounds made everyone turn to see where the noise came from.

We seated ourselves, rather casual with radio music playing in the background, it was a little homey actually, perhaps a home of a student living in a fairly nice place, that’s what came to mind when I was looking around, or perhaps it was all Ikea Furniture that looked so familiar but unfamiliar because this was a restaurant setting.

So we waited, staff seemed to be busy and then this guy comes up to take our 20130228_184030order. Expecting him to go on and on in Mandarin or Cantonese, I was quite surprised when he spoke in English. There was not much food left as it was a weekend and they close Sundays so we took one of each item that was available.

Now being a cook I half expected to see some cooking action. But everything was done in a quiet manner, so this gave me time to walk around the place.
So being the busybody I looked at their products.

20130228_184345It seems Nutreat sells grains and these grains are also used to cook their foods and desserts as well as their drinks. Now I came across grains I never heard off in my life. Coix Seeds, Poria, Cassia, Leaek Seeds, and Pueraria just to name a few. They even had onion seeds. It was like walking into Diagon Alley make your own spell shop.

These seeds are formulated and mixed together to battle or to prevent numerous diseases or illness. These seeds are measured and ground fresh when you place and order.20130228_18421520130228_184115

So our food came. We had a Burger, then I thought, “hey this is vegetarian” and it was a homemade veggie pattie made by the owner himself and the taste was pretty impressive. I was not too keen on the bun but I was told later that the 20130228_185133owner was going to be making his own bread in the café. This I certainly would like to taste because I find the burger buns are always a big let down, and this being a healthy food café, I think concocting your own bread would certainly be a better choice. So do expect real bread in the next week or so. This was told to me simply because I commented on the bread.

As I don’t like sauce in my food especially burgers or hot dogs, I think the salads and the hint of mint sauce which was something truly different. It did give a nice aftertaste to something that would have tasted ordinary. I like this. Even just the patty with the salads would be nice.

In fact I wish they would sell it just like that, like a “steak and salad platter” of sorts.

Then Nutreat Grain Spaghetti. Everyone’s face changed because we actually saw 20130228_191935grains, unlike some places that advertise grains and then it’s like bird droppings. Not Nutreat, I was quite baffled how the spaghetti sauce actually tasted like spaghetti sauce. It has buck wheat, celery seeds, kidney beans, soy beans amongst the many beans we noticed because it finished a little too fast. And I was also quite shocked that this had no onions and garlic and still tasted like a real wholesome sauce. So there you go, true blue vegetarians can come to this place for a nice meal.

What I liked about this spaghetti was it was just the right amount. A spaghetti, with a nice enriching Nutreat Smoothie would just be the perfect dinner for the weight conscious. So I should talk.

Then we had Sze Chuan Rice. Made of soft tofu and hum choy, I thought it looked insipid till I took a small mouthful. It was pleasant and had just the right flavor with the rice. I don’t think it would taste well on its own but with the rice it was just perfect.  The peppery spiciness and the chilly spiciness blended well with the tofu.  20130228_190741

It sat on the palate pleasantly as I was told to write this down. And it did.

As a non meat eater for the past three weeks, I think this place was just ideal, and the food was not overflowing that you left the place all bloated.

We also had Nutreat”s version of Steamed Rice, which looked a lot like fried rice. Nice and simple and no feeling of overeating and it was not fried.  Didn’t taste oily as well.  This is a shonky photo though.

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We did have Smoothies but somehow it didn’t turn out as photogenic as the name sounded, so perhaps you go and judge for yourself. I feel this place needs a lot more support seeing that it is just about 2 months old.  The owner is always opened to suggestions and he seems to be constantly trying to improve things even when we were there.

Do check their facebook, Nutreat Grain.

All in all, it was a nice evening, by the time we finished, the rain stopped. Now how I wish something like this existed where I lived, so much easier  than the nonsense sold around me.

Nutreat also has another outlet in NSK in Kuchai Lama. But they only sell the powders over there.