Saturday, August 20, 2016

"The Domestic Goddess Wannabe" Diana Gale's Cooking Class

Cooking has always been an interest to me ever since I got married. But now that I am a mother, cooking has officially become a huge part of my life. Having a toddler who now joins us during meal times means that I have to come up with different healthy meals on the table daily, and.... I love it! I love to read recipes, do meal planning for the week, pick up groceries, reading food labels and do the cooking! To me, I feel responsible as a wife & mother to be planning healthy meals and feeding my family well; it is my gift to them! 

But having to come up with different interesting meals for the entire week can be a headache! I try not to repeat a dish too many times and have different themes so as to keep it fun! And, one of my most visited recipe site has got to be "the domestic goddess wannabe" by Diana Gale. In fact, I go to her website multiple times a week! Her website features a huge range of recipes from Chinese cuisines, Thai cuisines, and even Italian cuisines. You can find recipes for mains, sides, desserts, cakes, breads etc! I have lost count the number of times I have cooked using her recipes!


So, imagine my excitement to receive an invite to Diana's first cooking class! Getting to meet and learn from the lady herself!  I was also really excited to get started, because it was my first time attending a cooking class, and I couldn't wait to add the two dishes that day to my list of family meals! The class was held at Bosch Experience Centre, which is just next to Marymount MRT station, extremely convenient! We had a huge kitchen for Diana to demonstrate to us, and 4 kitchen stations for us to practice on! It was a lovely place to cook where the kitchen was thoroughly well-equipped with Bosch kitchen appliances that aided us with our cooking.



Diana demonstrating to us on how to bake the sponge cake for our Strawberry Parfait!



Due to time constraint, we didn't get to bake the cake and Diana had kindly pre baked the cake for the class early that morning (note, not the night before as she wanted us taste the freshest of the cake!). From the demonstration, we also learned a trick or two on how to bake this soft spongy cake!



Assembling our Strawberry Parfait! Its basically up to your own style on layering them! We had the sponge cake, macerate strawberries, unsweetened strawberry jam, whipped cream (which we whipped!) and graham crackers crumbs! Just fill the little cups up and chill them in the refrigerator!



We each brought home 6 of these lovely desserts all packed in individual boxes with our names! How satisfying to see our own box! And they tasted delicious!



Next up, we learned how to cook One-Pot Pasta with Spiced Chicken and Oregano Breadcrumbs! As much as I love my 3 dishes and 1 soup Chinese food, I also love the convenience of one-pot meals like stews, fried rice, noodles etc that save me from lots of time and washing! Though I have tried many one-pot meals but I have never really tried venturing different recipes for one-pot pasta! So, learning this dish that day was definitely a "breath of fresh air" for my one pot pasta meals!



Diana demonstrating to us before we get down to cooking! Check out our youngest participant that day snapping away! I can't wait for Zoe to grow a little older so that we can start cooking together and attend such classes!



I also loved how the size of the class was not too small to make us feel pressured or tense, but rather a good size where Diana could go around guiding us and making sure we don't burn down the kitchen! We were grouped in 2 or maximum 3 per station where everyone gets to do the actual cooking.



The smell of the chicken cubes marinated with fresh herbs was heavenly! And those oregano breadcrumbs we made from scratch was definitely a major take away that day! I am gonna start making them to coat them for my meatballs or fried food such as fish fingers or pork chops!


Getting into action!


It tasted so good! My partner Jiahui had to stop me from finishing the entire box and leaving nothing for the husband who was back at home waiting! Besides picking up two recipes that day, I am also glad that the exposure of a cooking class allowed me to tweak the recipe for different dishes at home! For example, just this afternoon I used the same chicken marinate for the filling of my tortilla wraps and it tasted equally delicious! There are just many different parts of the method and recipes that can be used for other dishes!



If you are interested in attending Diana's cooking class, she is having two upcoming classes next week for bread making! Early bird tickets are already sold out, so I reckon the class is already filling up quickly! Details below!

1. Hands on Bread Loaves and Bread Bun (Weekday)
Date: Friday 26th August 2016, 10am to 130pm
Fees: $124.25
Maximum class size: 10 pax
Click here for more info

2. Hands on Bread Loaves and Bread Bun (Weekend)
Date: Saturday 27th August 2016, 2pm to 530pm
Fees: $139.63
Maximum class size: 10 pax
Click here for more info

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the cooking class for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% mine!

2 comments:

  1. Wow!!! So lucky to be able to learn from the domestic guru herself!!!

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    1. Go sign up! She is going to have more classes coming up!

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