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May 2018 Cooking and Baking Classes

Messy Cake Class

Tuesday May 1st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Messy Cake.  This is a cake where timing is precise. A more Molten Cake will be baked on the day.

Ideal for Vegetarians!

Eggless and Molten!

Each student will get to take their own cake home.

You will learn;

  1. EGGLESS Chocolate Molten Mud Cake
  2. Milk Chocolate Topping
  3. Assembling the cake

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

Everything will be provided.

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Tuesday May 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make 2 types of pineapple tarts and pineapple jam.  You will learn;

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  1. Traditional Open Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart or Pineapple Short Cake
  3. Pineapple Jam

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Price Per Person: RM130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Cream Puff and Churros

Sunday May 6th 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Cream Puffs and Churros.  You will learn;

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  1. Choux Paste
  2. Creme Anglaise
  3. Chocolate Elairs
  4. Churros

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

QUICHE QUICHE QUICHE

Saturday May 12th  10 to 1 pm

Learn to make more tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

  1. Lightly Spiced Creamy Chicken Quiche
  2. Spinach, Tomato and Capsicum Quiche
  3. Crustless Vegetable Quiche
  4. Short Crust Pastry

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

 

Puff Pastry Class

Sunday May 13th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make your own Puff Pastry along with Sausage Rolls and Chicken Pie.

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: RM140  (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.

 

Kuih Kuih 2

Sunday May 20th 11 to 2 pm

Second Class in the series.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Woo Tau Ko (Yam Cake)
  2. Teem Cheong
  3. Chilly Sauce
  4. Kuih Serimuka
  5. Onde Onde

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 More Classes will be added.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your place.

Please check Cooking with Nicholas on Facebook to get more updates.

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Salty Spicy Chicken (Uppu Chicken Paratel)

About six or seven years ago I took the train into KL and for some reason I got down at Sentral and took a Taxi to go further into KL…  Till this day I cannot think why but I did it, probably to meet a friend from Australia or perhaps the Netherlands.  I cannot seem to remember.  So I got into this taxi with an old Indian driver and he started talking to me.  I am talkative in taxis, I hate being quiet all through the journey to my destination be it a long or short one gazing into my phone or something like that.  This man was in his 70s, I know he was much older then my father.  He asked me what I did, so I told him and he was quite excited and gave me this recipe.

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His mother used to cook it when he was a kid and his late wife would make it for him and his children who were now working in big places and seldom had time for him.  That is why he drove a taxi to rid his boredom.  This recipe had only Five ingredients;  Chicken pieces, a bowl of cut onions, a bowl of dried chillies, some oil and a bit of salt.  I of course argued it might be rather insipid and boring, but he assured me it would be really nice.  He missed it he told me and he gave me this recipe so I will try it.  Of course it was not a difficult recipe to remember as he did drum it into my head a few times to make sure I didn’t forget.

I got out of the taxi and promised I would try this recipe and he assured me I would be happy.

Well it took me all this time to actually get a chook and the rest of the ingredients but I never forgot the recipe of course.  Yesterday I cooked it for the Assunta Nuns as they have no cook at the moment.  So here goes.   Please note, I added a bit of turmeric just to give it some color, which was quite unnecessary.

Here is the recipe:

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Chicken                                               about 1.8 to 2 kilos – cut into 24 pieces.  You may cut it smaller but I detest having to go through small bones. Marinade the chicken with a little salt and ½ teaspoon of Turmeric.

Onions                                                  4 to 5 large onions cut into segments

Dried Chillies                                      20 or so

Salt                                                        to taste

Oil                                                           ¼ cup

20150817_081131Potatoes                                              3 or 4 – I added this just because I like potatoes.                                                                     Boil till done.

Method:

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  1. Heat Oil and add in onions. Fry the onions till they are slightly translucent.20150817_080003
  2. Add in the dried chillies and fry till the onions are really done. This will ensure the Chillies have enough time to let out its flavor.20150817_080633
  3. Add in the chicken and stir till it is cooked. You might need to add in a bit of water if it is too dry. Fire has to be medium steady.  Fry till chicken is cooked and add in salt.  This took me about 30 minutes or so.  Add in potatoes and cooked for about 10 more minutes.20150817_08254020150817_082603

I was quite shocked with the end result.  It was really nice.  Simple and delicious.  Yus reckoned the potatoes should be fried.  I think she might be right because it somehow didn’t look so nice.

My walking encyclopedia Susheela says it is called Uppu Chicken Paratel.  Uppu meaning Salt.  This dish actually goes well with beer and liquor I am told.

I will be cooking this dish for 120 people next month. Let’s see how they handle this.

So there you go. If you walk in the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll find thing you never knew you never knew..Pocahontas sang that!

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

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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.

August Cooking and Baking Classes 2014

Butterless Cakes – Kasutera Cake or Nagasaki Castella Cake 

Saturday August 2nd 10 to 1 pm

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 Castella Cake

Both have no butter or oil.

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

 

Thosai Idly Class

Saturday August 2nd 2.30 to 5.30pm

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

 

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

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

 

Chicken Curry Bread and a Margarita Pizza

Sunday August 3rd 10 to 1 pm

Chicken Curried Bun

I had Chicken Curry Bread (not chicken curried bread) one night when my brother brought it from Port Dickson.  I turned my nose to it.  But while watching my Korean Soapies, I got hungry so I decided to try it… and low and behold!!! 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

PS I will not be wrapping the Chicken Curry in Foil as shown, It will be something else with the chicken inside encased in foil.  So the chicken will not be cooking in the foil.

Picture is borrowed from herfrozenwings.blogspot.com till I do up a nice photo.

 

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

Indian Breakfast Class 2 – Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Sunday August 3rd 2.30 to 5.30

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

  1. Puttu
  2. Putumayam – String Hoppers
  3. Appam
  4. Green Chutney

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

Tea Time Favorites

Saturday August 9th 10 to 1pm

 

Learn to make tea time favorites.  You will learn to make;

  1. Chicken and Mushroom Quiche
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Fruit Tartlets
  4. Pastry

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

 

Rainbow Mille Crepe

Sunday August 10th 2.30 to 5.30

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Learn the art of Rainbow Mille Crepe.

Learn to make Rainbow Mille Crepe from scratch. You will learn to make the crepes, the mille feuille (Cream) and assemble the crepe and take your share home.

 

Price Per Person: $100

Class will commence once there are 6 students.  This is a hands on session so please dress comfortably and bring a container.

 

Mooncake Class 1

Saturday 16th August 10 to 1 pm

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A most asked for class all because the prices of mooncakes have gone up tremendously.

 

  1. Traditional Mooncake Skin
  2. Salted Egg Mooncake
  3. Fruit and Nut Moon Cake
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class.

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

 

Mooncake Class 2 – Shanghai Mooncake

Sunday 17th August 10 to 1 pm

Another favorite this season, this fully hands on class will see you going home with several handmade mooncakes with different fillings. You will learn to prepare;

 

  1. Shanghai Mooncake Pastry
  2. Lotus Paste with Ginger and Cheese filling
  3. Coffee Lotus Paste
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class.

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

 

Mooncake Class 3 – Teowchew Mooncake

Sunday 17th August 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make this flaky mooncake.  You will learn to make;

 

  1. Teowchew Pastry
  2. Yam and Egg Yolk filling
  3. Gold Ingot
  4. Lin Yoong Recipe will be provided and explained as it is too time consuming to do during class

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

 

Dishes of Fishes – A Kerala Fish Curry Class

Saturday 23rd August 2.30 to 5.30

 

The way curry is prepared in Bangalore is rather different then how we prepare it here.  While we tend to use a lot of ingredients in copious amounts, they don’t and yet their curries are tasty and sits well on the palate.  You will learn;

 

  1. Fish Molee – Influenced by travelers from Malaya
  2. Red Fish Curry – no coconut milk
  3. Fish Curry – could not think of the name as the dialect did translate too well, but a different style of course.

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

 

Jelly Mooncake

Sunday August 24th 2 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. Layered Agar Agar Mooncake
  2. Yam Agar Agar Mooncake

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

 

French Baguette Class

Saturday August 30th  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of French Bread.

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You will learn to bake from scratch the French Method with the crusty finish and the American Method which is slightly crusty.

This is a fully hands on class.

  1. French Baguette (Banh Mi – Vietnamese)
  2. American Baguette

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

 

 

Sour Dough Yeast Free Breads

Sunday August 31st  2.30 to 5.30

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Learn to make your own cultured rising agent.  This can be kept in the fridge for a long time and reused from time to time.  You will learn;

 

  1. Yeast Free Rising Agent
  2. Honey Loaf or Rolls
  3. Rustic Bread
  4. Charcoal Seed

 

Each person will get their yeast free culture to take home to practice. Class has to be booked at least two weeks in advance and fully paid so that each person can get their raising culture on the day.

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

Nasi Ulam Class

Monday September 1st 10 to 1 pm

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Learn to prepare Nasi Ulam and some of its accompaniments.  You wil learn to make;

 

  1. Nasi Ulam
  2. Ayam Goreng Berempah
  3. Brinjal Paceri
  4. Fresh Sambal Belacan

Price Per Person: $100 (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.

 

April Baking and Cooking Classes 2014

Tea Time Favorites
Saturday April 5th 10 to 1pm

Today is tea time favorite day. You will learn to make;
1. Chicken Curry
2. Pulut Kuning
3. Roti Jala

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

 

Teatime Favorite 2

Saturday April 5th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make these easy treats that we like so much and often never get enough when we eat it at restaurants. You will learn to make

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1. Spring Rolls
2. Spring Roll Filling
3. Pie Tee
4. Pie Tee Filling
5. Chilly Sauce
This class is suitable for Vegetarians.

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

A Day of Fish Favorites
Sunday April 6th 2.30 to 5 pm

I do not normally cook anything fishy and today might be history as I am doing three fish dishes.
1. Fish Head Curry
2. Nonya Assam Fish Curry
3. Fish Cutlets

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)
I need confirmation at least 3 days in advance to ensure each student gets a fish head.

French Baguette (French Bread Class)
Saturday 12th 10 to 1.30 pm

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Learn to make two types of French Bread. I have been practicing this for awhile now and finally I am happy with the results. You will learn to bake from scratch the French Method with the crusty finish and the American Method which is slightly crusty.
This is a fully hands on class.
1. French Baguette (Bahn Min – Vietnamese)
2. American Baguette

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

 

Hum Ching Peng and Yau Char Kway Class
Sunday April 13th 10 to 2 pm

I have been practicing these recipes for a while now and putting on a lot of weight in the process because of all the tasting. I used to pay AUD2 for a Yau Char Kway in Australia more than 10 years ago and it was FROZEN!
I am doing this because they do not sell this where I live anymore and the nearest would be Paramount which I find always leaves an after taste and a bad throat. And they seem to only sell it in the morning when I am least interested to eat it.
Believe it or not Yau Char Kway tastes wonderful with Indian Coconut Chutney and Heavenly with Melted Chocolate… just saying!

1. Yau Char Kway (Youtiau)
2. Hum Ching Peng
3. Pulut Hum Ching Peng

Price Per Person: $85 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)
Please note the time.

 

Puff Pastry
April 13th Sunday 3 pm to 5.30 pm

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

1. Puff Pastry
2. Sausage Rolls – the real ones
3. Tuna Foldovers
4. Old Fashioned Sardine Rolls

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)
Please note the Time Change.

 

Indian Cooking Class
Saturday April 19th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make a Northern Indian Meal. You will learn to make
1. Vegetable Beriani
2. Smoked Mutton Curry
3. Palak Paneer
4. Vegetable Jalfrezi
5. Learn to make Paneer from scratch

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Breakfast Meals that can be packed for School
Saturday April 19th 2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to make Breakfast foods that can be packed for school. Quick and easy as well!

You will learn to make;

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1. Pancakes
2. Fritatas
3. Bread Pinwheels with Cheese and Pumpkin
4. Homemade Muesli

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

 

French Macaron Class
Sunday April 20th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make French Macarons with two fillings.

You will learn to;

1. Prepare Macarons
2. Salty Chocolate with Black Sesame Filling
3. Cheese and Wasabi Filling

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

 

Chocolate Indulgence
Saturday April 26th 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.

 

Fried Noodle Class
Sunday April 27th 2.30 to 5.30

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: $95 Class will commence once there are 6 students
Please bring three containers to take your foods home and please dress comfortably.

 

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 INQUIRIES.
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 ar not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.