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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;


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;


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


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


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.

June Cooking Classes and Workshops

Middle Eastern Flavors for the coming Ramadhan

Friday 3rd June 10 to 12.30

Saturday 11th June 10 to 12.30

Let’s do a complete Middle Eastern meal for the fasting month or even for the first day of Raya.

  1. Mutabal – A simple Eggplant Dip
  2. Sheesh Tawook
  3. Mujadarra – Rice and Lentil dish
  4. Green Coriander Salad
  5. Basboosa – Semolina Cake

 Price Per Person: $130 ( Minimum 4 in a class)

Biskut Raya – Let’s Bake for Hari Raya

Saturday 4th June 2 to 4.30

Thursday 16th June 2 to 4.30

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Almond London
  3. Butter Cookies

 Price Per Person: $120 (Minimum 4 in a class)

This is a fully hands on class.

 Children’s Pizza Class – School Holiday Special

Sunday 5th June 2 to 4.30

Tuesday June 7th 10.30 – 12.30

Let’s have fun in the kitchen making pizza these holidays.

  1. Make Pizza Dough
  2. Chicken and Cheese Pizza
  3. Pizza Sauce
  4. Morrocan Chicken or Lamb Pizza

Price Per Person: $120 – (Minimum 3 in a class)

This is a hands on class.

Biskut Raya 2 – Let’s do more baking for Hari Raya

Sunday 12th June 2 – 4.30

Saturday 11th June 10 to 12.30

  1. Mama Caries
  2. Red Velvet Cheese Biscuits
  3. Nutty Cornflakes

Price Per Person: $120 (Minimum 4 in a class)

This is a fully hands on class.

Old Time Favorites

Saturday 18th 2 to 4.30

  1. Pandan Kaya Cake
  2. Layered Butter Pudding

Price Per Person: $90 (Minimum 4 in a class)

Tea Time Favorites

Sunday 26th 2 to 4.30

Three of my favorite teatime favorites, tested and tried too many times

  1. Fluffy Lemon Filled Cupcakes with Meringue topping
  2. Lemon Puffs
  3. Chourros

Price Per Person: $95 (Minimum 4 in a class)

Please call me on 016 6827465  or Emilia Salim on 012 5926 079 or email me at nicholas_pillai@yahoo.com to confirm your places.  Alternatively you may check out my blog, www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com for further details or changes.

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

All Payments are to be banked into Public Bank no 4039742517.

Japanese Bread and Potato Bread Class

It was a cool cool day, and I had to finish off an order for the evening as well as make sure my class was ready for 2 pm. Kam Wai Peng got two of her friends, Meow Yin and Celia and since Wai Peng though quiet as she was in the last class did look like the kind who could be a fire cracker so I thought why not, just have the class. I knew it would be a fun class

So at 2 pm, they all were in my kitchen ready to rock and roll, and guess what? I had no recipe!!!

My printer decided to act up and so brother dearest was asked to download drivers and for some reason those drivers did not work, so out came the thumb drive at 1.15 pm and saw my brother rushing around to look for a printer.

By the way, for this class I decided to get some muscle strength in the form of BFF Hafiq. And he was there on time at 2 pm and still no RECIPES!

Finally it came, so of we started. This was a fully hands on class so the two

Wai Peng getting a little Posey

portions of the recipe was made and then the fun started with the kneading which was the longest part of the class…. A whole 30 minutes! It was fun puffing and heaving and I noticed one of my students seemed quite seasoned in what she was doing… she had everything down pat. I feel however, the three ladies today were pretty seasoned and did not mind getting

Everyone Getting Busy

into the groove of things unlike some of the other classes where I get one or two dainty darlings, who leave such an impression on the rest. This bunch rocked! I think if I gave them a whole big basin of flour to mess around with, they would have done it with glee. This attitude is important in my classes.

Hafiq showing the girls that kneading is a Man thing!

Thank goodness Hafiq was there to lend a hand because ordinarily I would never make this bread for my own consumption because of the hard work. Hafiq is my Kneader for this class and having done this class before he could take control of a few things, albeit a

Celia showing her kneading skills

bit of shyness at the beginning, because everyone thought he was in the food business and not the Engineer that he really is.

The Potato Bread was easy though and it probably breath a sigh of relief to everyone when they found out kneading time is only 10 minutes.

Nicely Proofed Bread from the hot car

Now with cool weather, proofing bread can take a little longer, moreover it started to drizzle when I placed the bread outside, so Mother was around and suggested the car which was hot of course, so off the bread went into the hot car to be proofed. And it did proof well and faster too.

For today, we made Sausage Bread, Dried

Todays Produce

Prawns Sambal filled rolls, Savory Loaves with Cheese and Dried Prawn Sambal with Cheese and Mexican Buns which I seriously doubt comes from Mexico. The photos speak for itself and everyone packed heaps of breads to take home. First batch of Mexican Buns looked messy because the butter that we stuffed into the

Meow Yin - Star Student of the Day making Dried Prwans Sambal Rolls

bread roll was rather large, so it seeped out and made the coffee topping spread, but when the coffee topping became crispy, it was actually a rather nice butter coffee flavor. And I am not a coffee person by nature.

Some were not convinced that one can fuse Cheese and Sambal, but let them go home and taste it. I think the taste is just so wonderful, because I do it all the time. Wai Peng the person that she is who experiments thought the flavor would be nice.

Fried Onions with Cheese also drew a few looks of wonderment, but I made it the other day and my customers seemed to like it.

In the end everyone felt the potato bread was easier and by far more tasty and fluffy. And I informed everyone that this bread lasted longer then the Japanese Bread.