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November and December 2018 Baking and Cooking Classes

I will be starting my Christmas Classes this month as I am usually busy most of next month.  We will start with a Eurasian Christmas Favorite on Sunday. But first we will start with breads, because breads go with Christmas foods like Roasted Turkey and Roasted Leg of Lamb and good old Roasted Chicken.

 

European Bread Class

Saturday November 3rd 11 to 2 pm

This was one of my first classes ever 14 years ago.  You will learn;

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  1. Foccacia Bread
  2. Ciabatta Bread
  3. Five Seed Bread

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Eurasian Cooking Class

Sunday  November 4th 2.30 to 5.30

As you know I am part Eurasian, hence where the craziness and zaniness comes from.  Eurasian style of cooking is different from home to home depending on the mix of parentage. So you will learn something spicy, something a little spicy and something mild.

  1. Eurasian Chicken Stew Pie – A must for Christmas or any celebration
  2. Prawn Bostador – Spicy
  3. Chicken Curry Devil

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Price Per Person: $145 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Lamb Pies, Chicken Pies  and More

Saturday November 10th  10 am to 1 pm

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Minced Lamb and Mushroom Pie
  2. Creamy Chicken and Corn Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry
  4. Potato Topping

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Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Mint Rice, Yoghurt and Tomato Chicken and Chunky Mango Chutney Class

Saturday November 10th 2.30 to 5 pm

 

Mum’s old recipes from the early 80s. Now that Yus is not around, Mum cooks.  So she surprised us all with this and I thought it was rather class worthy. Do expect her to be around making a busy body.  This I will not consider very Indian, it has a local touch to it.

 

And Mum made it herself….. so it is simple.

 

  1. Mint Rice
  2. Yoghurt and Tomato Chicken
  3. Chunky Mango Chutney

These three dishes complement each other very well.

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Fruit Cake Class

Sunday November 11th  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make English Classics that are oldies but goodies and seldom heard off around here.

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  1. Dundee Cake
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Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students.

 

Roasted of Lamb Leg and Roasted Chicken Class

Saturday November 17th  10 to 1 pm

Tuesday  December 11th 2.30 to 5.30

Another Christmas Delight learn to do both Chicken and Lamb as a complete Christmas Dinner or Lunch.

You will learn;

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Roasted Chicken
  3. Chicken Stuffing
  4. Spicy Roasted Potatoes
  5. Salade Nicoise
  6. Traditional Christmas Pudding
  7. Brandy Custard Sauce

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Price Per Person: RM170 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Christmas Delights

Sunday November 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Tuesday December 11th 10 to 1 p,

You will learn to make some Christmas favorites that seem to be rather expensive at all major hotels.  This is a fully Hands on session where you will be working in groups.  You will learn to make:

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  1. Christmas Stollen
  2. Marzipan for Stollen Filling
  3. Fruit Mince Tart Filling from scratch
  4. Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

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These are ideal homemade Christmas gifts.

Price Per Person: $150.  (Class will commence once there are eight students)

 

Pineapple Tarts

Tuesday November 20th  10.30  to 1.30 pm

Christmas is synonymous with Pineapple Tarts. So let’s do it.

You will learn;

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  1. Old Fashioned Open Tart
  2. Pineapple Shortcake – (Rolled Pineapple)
  3. Pineapple Jam

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Price Per Person: RM130

 

Roasted Turkey Meal

Saturday November 24th 10 to 1pm

Saturday December 8th 2 to 5 pm

 

It’s the yearly Turkey Class; learn to make my moist turkey and all the trimmings and accompaniments that go with it.

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  1. Roast turkey
  2. Chestnut stuffing
  3. Turkey gravy
  4. Refreshing Tomato and Grape Salad
  5. Christmas pudding
  6. Butter custard sauce

Price Per Person: $150. Class will commence once there are eight students.

 

Yule Log

Saturday December 1st 10.30 to 1 pm

Learn to Decorate your own Yule log.

You will learn;

  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
  2. Butter Cream Filling
  3. Chocolate Butter Icing

Each student will have their own cake to decorate and take home

Price Per Person: RM130

Please whatsapp me on 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held in No 70 Road 14/24 PJ

Please check my Facebook, Cooking with Nicholas for updates.

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Baking and Cooking Classes for October

Pineapple Tarts

Sunday October 7th 2 to 5 pm

It’s Diwali coming soon, exactly a month’s time. So why not learn to make this golden oldie.

 

You will learn;

  1. Old Fashioned Open Tart
  2. Pineapple Shortcake – (Rolled Pineapple)
  3. Pineapple Jam

Price Per Person: RM130

 

Paratha and Dhal Class

Saturday October 13th 11 to 2 pm

 Learn to make Parathas.  This is not Roti Canai as we do not use many unhealthy ingredients to make it and you will not have to learn to toss it as it is not an easy feat.

You will learn the folding technique.

This is suitable for Vegetarians as there is no egg.

You will learn;

 

  1. Parathas
  2. Vegetable Dhall Curry

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

 

Indian Sweet Class

Saturday 27th 11 to 2 pm

Learn to prepare three Indian Sweets.  I learnt this in India and had to perfect it before teaching it again. You will be using pure ghee for this class.

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You will learn;

  1. Rava Ladoo
  2. Mysore Pak
  3. Jelebi

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Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Mutton Rendang Tok and Mutton Mysore Class

Sunday 28th 11 to 2 pm

 Learn to make two Mutton Curry Dishes.  One Malay and one Indian style.  You will learn;

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  1. Mutton Rendang Tok
  2. Mutton Mysore

PRICE PER PERSON: RM150

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 

August Cooking and Baking Classes

Baked Moon Cake Class

Sunday 12th August 11 to 2 pm

Learn to make Baked Moon Cakes’  You will learn;

  1. Pastry Dough
  2. Fruit and Nut – The Nuttiest Filling you will ever taste
  3. Variations of Lotus Paste
  4. Lotus Paste Recipe will be provided and explained in detail.

Price Per Person: RM150

This is a fully hands on session. I must have at least 5 students in class.

 

Jelly Moon Cake

Sunday 19th August 11 to 2 pm

Learn to prepare Jelly Moon Cakes.  These are two of my favorites.

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  1. Yam and Salted Egg Jelly Moon Cake
  2. Chocolate Oreo Moon Cake

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Price Per Person: RM 130

This is a fully hands on session.

 

Tea Time Treats -Creme Brulee and Coconut Tarts

Sunday August 26th 11 to 2 pm

Learn to make two easy treats. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Creme Brulee
  2. Coconut Tart

Price Per Person: RM125

This is a hands on session.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Classes are held at 70 Jalan 14/24 PJ.

Do check my facebook page, Cooking with Nicholas for more updates.

 

 

 

July 2018 Baking and Cooking Classes

This month has been a month full of Private Classes so hence the lateness in posting.

CHEQUERED CAKE

Saturday July 21st 11 to 2 pm
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An old English style tea cake which is always a favorite. You will learn to make;
1. Orange Cake
2. Mocha Butter Cake
3. Butter Cream
4. Chocolate Butter Icing
Please bring a high container to take home your piece of cake. This is a fully hands on class.

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Kek Lapis Durian

Sunday July 22nd 2 to 5 pm

A Durian Lovers Class!

Learn the fundamentals of making a Durian Layer Cake. We will be using fresh durian. With the sudden glut of Durians, I thought why not have some fun with it.

This is a fully hands on session from mixing the cake to baking it layer by layer.

We will be using Musang King Flesh.

Class will commence once there are 3 students.

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Price Per Person: RM150

Please book by Friday afternoon so I can get Durian flesh

A Mutton Class

Saturday July 28th 11 to 2 pm.

Learn to make two Mutton Curry Dishes.  One Malay and one Indian style.  You will learn;

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Mutton Rendang Tok

  1. Mutton Rendang Tok
  2. Mutton Mysore

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465 to book your place. Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 PJ.

Watch out for next months MOONCAKE CLASSES!

April 2018 Cooking and Baking Class

I started the month with a Kuih Class. Kuih (Pronouced Kway) are local sweet or savory delights Malaysians and Singaporeans have for breakfast or tea.  Kuih is a delicacy that goes back to hundreds of years where it was deftly prepared by Nonya Ladies.  Now almost every race had their own variation of Nonya Kuih.  There are not many good Kuih Sellers around, so it is something we need to preserve.

So from this month onwards I will hold a Kuih Class every month featuring different Kuihs from the Nonya People as well as Malay Kuih.  This years  endeavor is called……. My Kuih Quest!

Soft Bread Class

Saturday April 14th 10 to 1 pm

You will learn to make Japanese Soft Bread along with variations of;

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  1. Bread Loaves
  2. Cheese and Onion Scrolls
  3. Ikan Bilis Sambal Filling
  4. Sausage Bread

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Price per person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are five students)

Roasting Class – Let’s do a Leg of Lamb

Saturday April 14th 2.30 to 5.30

Let’s roast a leg of lamb and prepare its accompaniments complete with dessert . You will learn:

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Roasted Spicy Pumpkin
  3. Salade Nicoise
  4. Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pudding

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Price Per Person: RM 150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Let’s make Pies!

Sunday April 15th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Short Crust Pastry and pies galore. You will take home all the different pies. You will learn:

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  1. Short Crust Pastry
  2. Potato Topping
  3. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Filling
  4. Apple Pie

Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Baked Cheesecake Class

Saturday April 21st 10 to 1 pm

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

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  1. Baked Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake
  2. Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

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

 

Crème Brulee and Tart Class

Saturday April 21st  2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make this favorite dessert of many. You will learn

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  1. Sweet Paste
  2. Vanilla Crème Brulee
  3. Fruit Tartlets

Price Per Person: $125 Class will commence once there are 6 students

Tea Time Favorites

Sunday  April 22nd  10 to 1pm

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

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

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Price Per Person: RM100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Indian Cooking Class

Sunday April 22nd  2.30 to 5.30

 Learn to make a Northern Indian Meal. You will learn to make

  1. Vegetable Beriani
  2. Smoked Mutton Curry
  3. Palak Paneer
  4. Learn to make Paneer from scratch

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

More Classes will be added later in the week.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.  Classes are held in PJ section 14. Please refer to my FB page Cooking with Nicholas for weekly updates.

2018 January and February Cooking and Baking Class

Savory Cookies

Saturday 13th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make savory cookies.  These are cookies with minute amounts of sugar or almost none.

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  1. Curry Laksa Cookies
  2. Cheese and Garlic Cookies
  3. Bak Kwa Cookies

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This is a fully hands on class, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $140

 

Cookies Again !!

Saturday 13th  2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to prepare these cookies with ginger infusion.

  1. Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Shortbread – Rustic
  2. Ginger Cookies
  3. Learn to make your own ginger powder

Price Per Person: $100

 

Salted Egg Cookies, Salted Egg Prawns  and Salted Lava Cake 

Sunday 14th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s get down and salty.. learn to prepare some salted egg favorites.  You will learn;

  1. Salted Egg Cookies
  2. Lava Cake with Salted Egg Filling
  3. Prawn with Salted Egg

Price Per Person: $150

Prawn and Vegetable Cracker Class

Sunday 14th  2.30 to 5.30

February 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Crackers seem to be rather expensive these days and not necessarily nice. Make your own from scratch.  You will be learning;

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  1. Prawn Crackers
  2. Vegetable Crackers – Sweet Potato with added flavors for a different kind of cracker

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This is a fully hands on session, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $130

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Saturday 20th  10 to 1 pm

A favorite of every festive in Malaysia. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

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

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

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

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Boiled Fruit Cake

January 21st 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Boiled Fruit Cake from Scratch.

Please note, Boiled Fruit Cake is baked after the boiling process.

This whole 1.7 kilo cake only contains 3 Tablespoons of Sugar.

Alcohol will be used unless otherwise stated.

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Price per person: RM85

Pasta Class 

Saturday 27th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare three types of Pasta Dishes. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Pasta Carbonara – The Proper Way
  2. Nonya Style Aglio ed Olio
  3. Pasta Goreng

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Roast Chicken Class

Sunday 28th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to Prepare Roast Chicken, the easiest and least messy and all its accompaniments.  Each person will take home a thigh and drumtick.

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  1. Roasted Chicken
  2. Roasted Chicken Thigh and Drumstick
  3. Honey Glazed Carrots
  4. Old fashioned Duchess Potatoes
  5. Chicken Gravy

Price Per Person: $140

 

Bak Kwa Class

Wednesday January 31st 2 pm to 4 pm

Learn to make Bak Kwa

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We will be using chicken to make this delicacy. Please be prepared to work in front of the BBQ.

Price Per Person: RM95 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Nasi Lemak Class

Saturday  February 3rd 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare this Nations favorite dish. You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Beef Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 1

Sunday February 4th 10 to 1pm

Learn to prepare 2 types of laksa rich in fish;

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  1. Johor Laksa
  2. Assam Laksa

Price Per Person: RM130

 

Portioned Cheesecake

Sunday February 4th 2.30 to 5.30

It is always easier to eat portioned size cake, especially cheesecake.  Here are three of my favorite cheesecakes.

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  1. Cheesecake Brulee
  2. Spiced up Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Apple Cheesecake with Salty Caramel Topping

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 2

February 10th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of Laksa;

 

  1. Nonya Laksa
  2. Curry Laksa

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Price Per Person: RM120

 

Mutton Curry Pies  and More

Saturday February 24th 2.30 to 5.30

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Creamy Mutton Curry Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry for pies
  4. Potato Topping

 

Price Per Person: $145

 

More classes will be uploaded this week.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.

All classes are held in PJ section 14.

November and December 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

I cannot believe how fast the year has gone by.   Soon it will be another new year.  This year I started the year doing a new recipe every month and well I have managed to do that.  I wonder what I will do next year?

I was told today to make sure my phone number was visible, so starting this month, I will put my phone number before I start the schedule so as my readers and students can whatsapp me.  My number is 0166827465.

 

Saturday 4th November 10 to 1 pm

Bread Saturday

Learn to make some easy breads

 

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  2. Challah or Egg Bread
  3. Raisin Bread

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Price Per Person: RM135

 

Saturday 4th November 2.30  to 5.30 pm

Mutton Curry Pies  and More

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Creamy Mutton Curry Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry for pies
  4. Potato Topping

Price Per Person: $145

 

Sunday 5th November 10 to1 pm

Kek Lapis

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This cake cost RM200 for a tray.  It is a lot of work, but truly well worth it.  You will learn;

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  1. Original Kek Lapis (Specook)
  2. Lapis Prune

 

Price Per Person: RM150 (4 persons required for this class to go on)

 

Saturday 11th November 10 to 1 pm

Nasi Dagang with Kerutuk Kambing

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My good friend sent me a kilo of Beras Dagang from Kota Bahru, so we will be learning to prepare;

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Kurutuk Kambing
  3. Gulai Ikan Tongkol
  4. Sayur Loteh

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Price Per Person: RM145

 

Saturday 11th November 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Lemak

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Learn to prepare this Nations favorite dish. You will learn;

 

  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Chicken Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

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Price Per Person: RM140

 

Sunday 12th November 10 to 1 pm

Pineapple Tarts

Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

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

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam
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Rolled Pineapple Tarts

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

Please look at the photos to see the kind of tarts you will me preparing.

Price Per Person: $125

 

PANDAN BUTTER CAKE WITH GULA MELAKA BUTTER CREAM TOPPED WITH A COCONUT BUTTER SCOTCH

Sunday 12th November 2.30 to 5.30 

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This took me some time to perfect.  Results were well worth it.  You will learn;

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  1. Pandan Butter Cake
  2. Gula Melaka Butter Cream
  3. Coconut Butterscotch
  4. Assembling the cake

Price Per Person: RM145

 

Saturday 18th November 10 to 1

Puff Pastry

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

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – the real ones
  3. Cheese and Spinach Foldoers
  4. Old Fashioned Sardine Rolls

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Saturday 18th November 2.30 to 5.30

High Tea Class

I’ve always like a good English High Tea with the little bitsy pieces of sandwiches and warm scones, and something fried and then that piece of cake or pie.

You will learn;

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  1. Boxing Chicken
  2. Watercress Sandwiches
  3. Cucumber Sandwiches
  4. Devonshire Scones
  5. Baked Mutton Curry Puffs

Price Per Person: $140

 

 

Fruit Cakes

Sunday 19th November 10 to 1 pm

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Christmas is near, get those fruits and start soaking it.  You will learn;

  1. English Traditional Fruit Cake
  2. Chunky Fruit Cake

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Price Per Person: RM150

Sujee Cake and Love Cake

Thursday 23rd November 2 to 5 pm

December 11th 2.30 to 5.30 _ Selangor Public Holiday Class.

 

This Sujee Cake Recipe is more than 100 years old.  This was my parents wedding cake and the person who made the cake passed on a few years ago well into her 90s and this recipe belonged to her mother.

This Love Cake is slightly less heavy then the ones you find in Sri Lanka which is full of sugar that no one eats it at weddings.  I learnt mine from the famous Mrs Foenander.

You will learn;

  1. Old Fashioned Sujee Cake – Semolina Cake
  2. Love Cake

 

Price Per Person: RM145

 

Yule Log

December 3rd 2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to Decorate your own Yule log and take it home.

You will learn;

  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
  2. Butter Cream Filling
  3. Chocolate Butter Icing

Each student will have their own cake to decorate and take home

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Christmas Treats

December 9th 10 to 1 pm

Christmas Goodies are usually pricy. Why not learn to make some of them. You will learn;

  1. Stollen with Marzipan
  2. Fruit Minced Pies – Pastry and Fruit Mince Filling from scratch

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Vegetarian Christmas

December 9th 2.30 to 5.30

As I have not been eating meat now for 9 months and still counting, I thought I should include this class just for those celebrating Christmas or any other celebration and can never have anything interesting.  So here goes, you will learn:

 

  1. Cheese and Spinach Roulade on Bruschetta
  2. Choux Pastry filled with Mushrooms and Port
  3. Apple and Fruit Mince Strudel

Price Per Person: $140 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Christmas Dinner Favorites

December 10th 10 to 1.30

Christmas delights are always different than other festivities here in Malaysia.  These were foods we had for Christmas. You will learn,

  1. Eurasian Chicken Pie
  2. Eurasian Oxtail Soup
  3. Eurasian Saffron Rice

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Roasted Lamb Class

December 10th 2.30 to 5.30

This Christmas, show off to everyone your new found skills.  Learn to prepare;

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Fresh Mint Sauce
  3. Roasted Vegetables
  4. Christmas Pudding
  5. Brandy Butter Sauce

 

Price Per Person: $165

 

Roast Turkey Class

December 16th 2.30 to 5.30

It’s the yearly Turkey Class; learn to make my moist turkey and all the trimmings and accompaniments that go with it.

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  1. Roast Whole Turkey
  2. Chestnut stuffing
  3. Turkey gravy
  4. Dauphinoise Potatoes
  5. Christmas Pudding
  6. Butter custard sauce

Price Per Person: $175.

 

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465.  All classes need to be booked in advanced.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 PJ.