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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

 

  1. Four Ingredient Cheese Flat Bread20171010_151155
  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

nasi lemak sotong sambal

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.

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Dolly Dim Sum – LG43, NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve passed Dolly Dim Sum many a time when I am in that area but it is always after I have eaten or am carrying many things or as usual I might be all by myself, so I never ever ventured in.  Now I always notice a crowd especially during lunch time and so I guess it must be good.

I love Dim Sum.  I love any kind or morsely food and so Dim Sum tops the list followed by sushi, then followed by other foods that come in small portions.

So today I had a chance to go because I had a friend in town.  When we reached there it was still closed, well they were just arranging the place and preparing the tables and all, so we waited.  Now I didn’t realise Dolly Dim Sum was halal for some reason till I saw an employee with a Tudung rush in.

So finally they allowed us in.  I always like entering a restaurant that is not too full so I can be seated where I like, ie a point where I can see everything.  Menu came, and the lighting was a little bit dim to read the blue lettering, either that or I might be needing glasses soon, so I had to switch on the phone torch to see better.  Choices were made and so we waited.

20160618_111837We ordered a pot of Pu Er tea as always.  Now for some reason, the Pu Er was not the best I’ve tasted.  It was calming for  a cool day but didn’t leave that lingering taste on the palate.  Still it was nice to talk over a cup of tea before the foods started appearing.

20160618_112034First to arrive was the Crystal Prawn Dumpling.  The skin was ‘Crytally’ enough, the prawn and scallion filling ratio somehow wasn’t right because you tasted more scallion than prawn.  And the prawn used somehow wasn’t as big as I am used to.  Still the flavor was good.  Of course I had two pieces of it, because friend being from Kota Kinabalu is quite anti vegetables, so he only ate one piece.

20160618_111942Then the Salad Prawn Dumpling.  This was nicely fried, but badly presented on the plate.  No garnish and it looked like it was just chucked on the plate.  I actually had to arrange them so I would take a photo.  As I was half expecting them to come back and cut it into two, alas that didn’t happen.  Taste wise it was good.  You actually tasted prawn. I didn’t care much for the sauce.  For me a good Dim Sum should taste nice without any sauce.

20160618_111949Now the Prawn Cheong Fen………. long pause needed to describe it.  I feel this was not prepared by someone who is a Dim Sum Chef so to speak because this was the standard you would eat in an ordinary unair conditioned Dim Sum place around.  The Cheong Fen skin was thick and and you could hardly taste any prawns and the soy sauce that went with it hardly permeated through the Cheong Fen so even if you ate it together there were two distinct flavors.  The Dried Prawn and Chilly Concoction too couldn’t cover the Cheong Fen taste.  This is always my favorite and luckily I didn’t order two varieties.

20160618_112005The Pan Fried Radish cake was nice.  It was not overly powering and oily albeit a little bit smaller then usual.  It was nice enough I must say.  And it didn’t have that starchy after taste like some that I have tasted previously.  I was half expecting Loh Pak Koh but they didn’t have it.  Some times I don’t understand why they just cannot make it when they already have the main ingredients and all they need is Bean Sprouts, Eggs and Chives and a bit of Garlic and Prawns.

20160618_112052The Har Gao was nice although I did feel the skin was a tad thicker then usual.  Prawn was evident so that’s a plus.  One tiny problem I had was I felt the prawn was not really tasty, like it lacked a bit of marinade or something.  Still it was fresh so that’s important.

20160618_112105The hit for the morning was the Szechuan Dumpling.  Now this one was the BOMB!  It literally exploded in flavor once it entered your mouth and once you bit into it, the flavors would give you a nice burst to the senses.  It might have been a little spicy but it was a tasty nice spicy. We could have ordered another plate if we didn’t order all the rest.   This one we both liked.

20160618_112419The Sweet and Sour Bean Curd Roll was tasty and not over powering in sauce, but I also tended to feel that the sauce lacked a bit of boom.  You know when you put something sweet and sour into your mouth, you need to get that sweet and sour flavor before you bite into the meat that it is coating. The flavor of the bean curd roll was nice but just lacked that bit of oomph.

20160618_112424Siu Mai is the basic staple of any Dim Sum.  I found Dolly’s to be nice in flavor but very clumsily served with the fish roe all over as seen in the photo.  It also lacked a bit of shine or glisten, perhaps this was because of the lack of oil, as there is less oil in chicken meat then there would be in pork.  Flavorwise it was good.

20160618_112602Now the Golden Fish Cracker was something I totally unexpected.  Dolly’s doesn’t have photos in their menu so this was a total surprise. It wasn’t bad in flavor of anything, it was just not what I expected.  It was well received by the two of us I must say, but I have this thing about salted egg yolks and of late I find salted egg yolks are not as salty as before.  And this was the case. Now had it been more salty then this would have enhanced the flavor even more.   Still it was nice.  But do note, this has to be eaten while it is still hot.  Once it is cold, it will taste ordinary.  I don’t know but this is me, perhaps if the added a teaspoon of salted egg white, it might have given this dish some flavor.

20160618_114946After proclaiming how full we were, we ordered dessert.  We ordered the Mango Pudding with Sago and Pomelo and  A Coconut Pudding.

Now I have always had my Mango Pudding a little harder and you ate spoonfuls of it with a bit of the topping.  Dolly’s however, was very soft.  Like unset custard.  flavorwise it was good, just too soft.  The Coconut Pudding stole the show. It was light and flavorful and not overwhelmingly coconutty.  And the shredded coconut flesh took it to another level.  It was a refreshing feel to the palate.

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I was told the Dolly Dim Sum in Aevnue K is better.  Maybe I will venture there one of these days and check it out.  I don’t think that should be the case though, because you’re under one name, everything should be the same.

Do try Dolly’s when you are at Nu Sentral.  It’s pleasant and the ambiance is nice.

 

 

 

December Cooking and Baking Classes

This December is be a busy month for me so I am only able to have these few classes. I will start again January 2015…. finally to all my wonderful ladies and some of the gentlemen, yous are very special and and all the laughter and banter in class makes it that more special. Let’s hope 2015 will one fantastic year for everyone despite all the negatives we might hear. Let’s just live with it! We will survive no matter what.

Pineapple Tart Class Saturday December 6th 2.30 to 5.30

Thursday December 11th 10 to 1 pm

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. 20131128_153035 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

Roasted Turkey Meal Saturday 13th December 2.30 to 5.30

20131128_165434 It’s the yearly Turkey Class; learn to make my moist turkey and all the trimmings and accompaniments that go with it. 1. Roast turkey with 2. Chestnut stuffing 3. Turkey gravy 4. Refreshing Tomato and Grape Salad 5. Christmas pudding 6. Butter custard sauce

Price Per Person: $145. Class will commence once there are eight students.

Fruit Cake 2 Thursday December 11th 2.30 to 5.30 Sunday December 14th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make English Classics that are oldies but goodies and seldom heard off around here. 20131207_162212 1. Dundee Cake 2. Classic English Christmas Cake

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

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