Monthly Archives: June 2015

July 2015 Cooking and Baking Classes

Sunday July 5th 10 to 1 pm Thosai and Idly Class Learn to make Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

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

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

Sunday July 5th 2.30 to 5.30

Curry Bread

One of my favorite bread classes. This time we will make Chicken Curry Bread with a different curry.   Since it is Hari Raya and all I decided on a Chicken Rendang. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Bread – Bread just for Curry Bread
  2. Chicken Rendang

Price Per Person: $85 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Saturday July 11th 10 to 12.30

Muffin Class

Double Cheese Muffin

Learn to make some quick and easy muffins. Once again, Muffins are not Cupcakes, and Cupcakes are not Muffins. You will learn to make;

  1. Banana Muffins with Streusel Topping
  2. Double Cheese Savory Muffins
  3. Cranberry and Apple Muffins

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

Saturday July 11th 2.30 to 5.30

Hawker Favorites Lor Mai Fun

These are some of my favorite Hawker foods.

  1. Lor Mai Fun
  2. Lor Bak – Chicken
  3. Pandan Kuih Kosui

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

Sunday July 12th 10 to 1 pm

Chequered Cake

I made this Chequered cake for a private class last month.  And forgot to take a photo. It is fun and easy and somehow it makes everyone excited when you cut it.  So we will bake and decorate;

  1. Orange Cake
  2. Rich Chocolate Butter Cake
  3. Chocolate Butter Cream
  4. Orange Butter Cream

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Sunday July 12th 2.30 to 5.30

French Macarons

Learn to make these little morsels that everyone seems to either hate or love.  You will learn the fundamentals of making; 20150425_161118

  1. French Macarons
  2. Chilly Cheese Filling
  3. Salty Green Tea Butter Icing Filling

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

Friday July 17th 10 to 12.30

Buttercake and Butter Icing Class

20150426_160239 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. 20150426_160252 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. Each person takes home their own decorated buttercake.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Friday July 17th 2.30 to 5.30

Puff Pastry Class

20150614_172209 Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Apple Strudel
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

11188185_797544140340818_6703444884094312691_n (1) Price Per Person: $100 (class will commence once there are six students)  Max 6 students in a class.

Saturday July 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Cupcakes

These new cupcakes leave a very different taste to the palate.  Almost never done here, so why not try it.  We often have left over Rosemary and Olive Oil around the house.  Peanut Butter is always there are well and that just leave the Chestnuts which you can buy fully peeled from MBG outlets. So you will learn to bake;

  1. Rosemary and Olive Oil Cupcakes with a Chestnut Puree
  2. Peanut Butter and Jam Cupcakes

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

Sunday July 19th 2.30 to 5 pm

Crumble Base Delights

Crumble is an easy and fast pastry where it can be quickly prepared without much skill needed, and it’s uses are numerous.  You will learn to prepare;

  1. Crumble Pastry
  2. Nutella Crumble Slice
  3. Jackfruit and Apple Crumble
  4. Crumble Cake

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

Saturday July 25th 2.30 to 5.30

Malaysian Noodle Soup Class

This was part of my Local Café class which I did last year.

  1. Fish Head Bee Hoon
  2. Prawn Mee
  3. Chilly Sambal
  4. 2 types of Stock

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

Sunday July 26th 2.30 to 5.30

Cheesecake Class

chocolate peanut butter marbled cheesecake Learn to prepare two easy cheesecakes without fuss and mess.  You will learn;

  1. Marbled Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheese Cake
  2. Apple Dump Cheesecake

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 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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Tormenting a Client – Questions Questions Questions… and why this Foodie does it?

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This is just a rant… It has happened more times this month then other months. Usually I might get 6 to 8 calls asking for classes to help teach them to cook for their future restaurant.  Some or most have zero cooking experience.  They come from different walks of life, anything from a Hair stylist to Lawyers and even Doctors.  This month to day as of today, I had 12 calls.

The problem with people or clients or should I say potential restaurateurs who call me to teach them to cook, is that they give me orders with no basis.    It is fine because that is what I do,  some will not tell me their motive, some will shoot me with a few dishes, some will give me a list of about three dishes and some will say they want to learn… for some reason Chicken Chop.  That’s it.  What is it for I will ask?  “I want to open a café”.

The conversation will go on..                                                             Man-With-Question-02

Me: What kind of café do you want to open?

Client: Western Café.

Me: So you only want to learn Chicken Chop?

Client: Yes, er maybe Spaghetti.

Me: (further probing) .. Where is your café going to be located?

Client: Penang.

Me: Penang has a lot of good food.  What is going to be special about your restaurant?

Client: I don’t know. Just a few types of food, Chicken Chop and Spaghetti is enough.

Me: Why don’t you email me your needs, also think properly what else you want to serve in your café.  You need a few more things actually, you cannot operate with so few things.

Client: Why cannot?

Me: Have you seen a restaurant or café menu with five or six items?

Client: No..

Me: Don’t  rush, just go and do a proper survey of the area and see what is lacking and fill that void.  Do you know how to do a simple SWOT analysis?

Client: What?  Why do you ask so many questions?

Me: Because you seem unaware and rushing into things.  And setting up a café is not cheap.   I don’t like to see my clients fail.

Client: ok ok I will think..                                                                        man with questions3

Almost 80 percent or even 90 percent of the time, they will never get back to me. Simply because I ask too many questions.

Why do I ask questions?  Because I know for a fact, most people do not check and learn the market they are going to operate in.  They just think about it and try to learn a few things and then possibly open a restaurant and 90 percent of the time.. FAIL!

I also ask questions to make sure we are on the same wavelength. We need to be because this is important as through the course we need to be able to discuss your strategies, your whole food chain in the café, and this means questions.

I ask a lot of questions because we need to develop a two way conversation.  When we cook together in class, we need to question each other more so on the clients side because they are learning.                                                    question chef

So there are lots of reasons why I ask questions.

And being the person who taught them to cook, it actually makes me look bad and worst still I will feel bad if they fail. And I do not like to feel bad!

I more often actually reject people who I do not feel will be right for the industry. And you may think, “How dare he?” “Does he think he is that good to map peoples future?”  Well so far.. knock wood, I have yet to be wrong.  I rather not take your money, teach you, and then let you fail.

Or worst still, take your money, watch you mess up, you open your place, further mess up and I will not hear the end of it with constant phone calls and messages of failing this and that.

And quite a few who I rejected and went off with other people come back to me to clean up the mess.  I do not clean mess.  It is not a good thing for me to do as it will mean I am discrediting the other person.

I could be quite well off earning close to 6 figures a year just by teaching people who want to open restaurants and that doesn’t include my normal classes and my other food activities.  Mind you my fees are not cheap because I know the work involved  and it takes a few hundred hours and the after sale service goes on for months.

The problem is, I develop friendships and relationships with my clients over the few weeks or months when they come to learn that. Their failure will be my failure.

So now you know why I ask a lot of questions!

Now with the trend to do Food Trucks… it gets worst!

June 2015 Baking and Cooking Classes

Thosai and Idly – An Indian Breakfast

Saturday June 6th 10 to 1 pm

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

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

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

This is a hands on class.  Be prepared to work.

Cookies and Cookies

Saturday June 6th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make 3 easy no nonsense cookies.  You will learn;

  1. Mocha Almond Chocolate Cookies
  2. Sujee Cashewnut
  3. Cranberry Almond

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

 

Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

Sunday June 7th 10 to 1 pm

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

  1. Pavlova
  2. Meringue Roulade – with a Berry Balsamic Reduction
  3. Decorating you Pavlova and Meringue Roulade

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

 

Curry Saturday

Saturday 13th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make different curries. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Malay Chicken Rendang
  2. Indian Mutton Paretal
  3. Nonya Vegetable Curry

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

 

Puff Pastry Class

Sunday  June 14th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Apple Strudel
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

Price Per Person: $100 (class will commence once there are six students)  Max 6 students in a class.

Banana Butterscotch Cake with Salty Butter Scotch Sauce

Saturday June 20th 10 to 1 pm

Banana Caramel Cake

A Big cake with a Long Name with an equally Big Taste. You will learn;

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  1. Rich Banana Cake
  2. Butterscotch Frosting
  3. Salty Butter Scotch Sauce

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

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Sunday June 21st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Hainanese Chicken Rice. You will learn to prepare;

  1. Silken Chicken
  2. Heong Fun
  3. Chilly Sauce
  4. Ginger Garlic Oil
  5. Sweet Soy

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

Beriani Class

Saturday June 27th  10 to 1 pm

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

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  1. Hyderabadi Mutton Beriani Dum
  2. Chicken Malabari Beriani

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

Gluten Free Bread

Saturday June 27th 2.30 to 5.30

We will learn to make Gluten Free Bread. You will learn;

  1. Paleo Bread – Flourless Bread
  2. Gluten Free Loaf – Using Gluten Free Flour
  3. Gluten Free loaf with Xanthan Gum

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

Smoked Mutton Class

Sunday 28th 10 to 1pm

The wafting aroma of Smoked Mutton when you open it at the table for your family and friends will leave everyone in awe.  Always does at class anyhow.  You will learn;

  1. Smoked Mutton
  2. Oven Baked Naan Bread
  3. Egg Plant Burtha – Nice Smokey Brinjal Curry like dish

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 www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com