Fiesta Filipino Cooking Class Recap

Fiesta Filipino Cooking Class Recap

span style="font-family: inherit;"It was a huge success.  The Fiesta Filipino cooking class that I conducted at the Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton was both well attended and, more importantly, well received. This was a dream come true for me, as I am very passionate about sharing Filipino food recipes to a wider audience./spanbr /span style="font-family: inherit;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-acivzQByKY/UO94X3KwaoI/AAAAAAAAEcE/HwtHxGDQMEs/s1600/429068102001756795422911572227676n.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="239" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-acivzQByKY/UO94X3KwaoI/AAAAAAAAEcE/HwtHxGDQMEs/s320/429068102001756795422911572227676n.jpg" width="320" //a/divbr /span style="font-family: inherit;"It was a dellight to have 12 people attend my class.  Yep it was a fun hands-on cooking class; they discovered the culinary process of making /spani style="font-family: inherit;"latik /ispan style="font-family: inherit;"(coconut sprinkles formed from the reduction of coconut milk; the class gave the a first hand /spanexperiencespan style="font-family: inherit;" of using banana leaves for steaming fish and baking sweet rice cake.  And they had fun learning how Filipinos celebrate fiestas. Oh and special thanks goes to Anita, who assisted me throughout the night./spanbr /br /True to its title Fiesta Filipino, we prepared dishes normally served during Fiestas.  We started off with a sweet and savory braised pork leg called a href="http://www.skiptomalou.net/2011/04/where-wind-takes-us.html" style="font-family: inherit;"iPatatim/i/aspan style="font-family: inherit;". And what's not to love with braising pork, especially during these cold winter months? /spanbr /span style="font-family: inherit;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m1BiM0vSgxs/UO94k31ISgI/AAAAAAAAEcQ/B3bWZ94nohc/s1600/fg2.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m1BiM0vSgxs/UO94k31ISgI/AAAAAAAAEcQ/B3bWZ94nohc/s320/fg2.jpg" width="320" //a/divbr /divspan style="font-family: inherit;"Then we went on with Fresh/spani style="font-family: inherit;" Lumpia/ispan style="font-family: inherit;": a vegetable dish sautéed with meat, shrimp, garlic and onions all rolled in a delicate crepe.  The /spani style="font-family: inherit;"lumpia/ispan style="font-family: inherit;" is topped with a sweet soy sauce-based sauce and sprinkled with fresh garlic and crushed peanuts/spanbr /divspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/div/divdivdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YQfzDiLItqY/UO94tReCg7I/AAAAAAAAEcY/j2nrSondyak/s1600/lumpia.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YQfzDiLItqY/UO94tReCg7I/AAAAAAAAEcY/j2nrSondyak/s320/lumpia.jpg" width="320" //a/divbr //divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //spanspan style="font-family: inherit;"Then we preceded to steaming our big red snapper. I will share you the recipe for this Fiesta iconic dish we call  Fiesta Holiday Fish below./span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"We made two desserts.  The first one wasi a href="http://www.skiptomalou.net/2010/07/its-summer-right.html"Majah Blanca/a,/i  This is a popular Filipino dessert made by simmering together coconut cream, milk and sugar. and letting it cool and set.  The creamy coconut cream pudding is punctuated with toasted coconut milk crumbs on top/span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ecGQOGxerzc/UO82hKRGrbI/AAAAAAAAEac/naw5TnG-RjE/s1600/252107487984734576238218513611n.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ecGQOGxerzc/UO82hKRGrbI/AAAAAAAAEac/naw5TnG-RjE/s320/252107487984734576238218513611n.jpg" width="320" //span/a/divdiv/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //spanspan style="font-family: inherit;"And the fiesta is not complete without the dessert called a href="http://www.skiptomalou.net/2012/10/bffs-biko-sweet-rice-cake.html"ibiko/i/a b style="line-height: 15.6pt;"span style="color: #333333;"(/span/bspan style="color: #333333; line-height: 15.6pt;"Sweet Sticky Rice with Caramelized Coconut Cream).  Women gather together to make this special dessert cooked in banana lined pans./spanspan style="background-color: white; color: #333333; line-height: 15.6pt;" /span/span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--xt-IJI7NE/UO83FUfLuCI/AAAAAAAAEak/dOqyHoYjIA/s1600/2.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--xt-IJI7NE/UO83FUfLuCI/AAAAAAAAEak/dOqyHoYjIA/s320/2.jpg" width="320" //span/a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"You may want to see the photos posted on a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151399745552177.537055.421610297176&type=1"Kitchen Conservatory's Facebook page/a.  I'm sure you will agree with me as the photos reveal that they had a wonderful time.  And don't we look like we are one big happy family preparing a spread for a real Fiesta?  Yes indeed we all warmed up to each other and were soon gathered around the kitchen.  It felt like a fiesta. /span/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdivbspan style="font-family: inherit;"Fiesta Holiday Fish/span/b/divdivspan style="font-family: inherit;"(We prepared a whole red snapper during the class but for the purpose of this post, I recreated the dish using a slice of imahi mahi/i. But traditionally, a whole fish is used). /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qEB1aOtOONw/UO9PMIkKYdI/AAAAAAAAEbM/InBsYtPqLds/s1600/3.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qEB1aOtOONw/UO9PMIkKYdI/AAAAAAAAEbM/InBsYtPqLds/s400/3.jpg" width="400" //span/a/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"1 large grouper/ pampano or red snapper/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"2 pcs lemon/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushesd/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"3 pcs. ginger, peeled and crushed /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"2 cups mayo/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"4 tbsp cream cheese/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"3 pcs. shallots/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"1 pc. red bell pepper/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"3 pcs. carrots, peeled and blanched/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"1 cup pickle relish/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"3 boiled eggs, mashed./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"Clean the fish.  Score both sides of the fish. Squeeze the lemons over the fish and sprinkle salt and pepper. Marinate for 30 minutes./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"Lay the fish flat on a banana leaf. Add onions, ginger, cilantro and garlic./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RHMYP9wv0nE/UO9OtHZ5eTI/AAAAAAAAEa8/LD658kQITyE/s1600/P3183024.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RHMYP9wv0nE/UO9OtHZ5eTI/AAAAAAAAEa8/LD658kQITyE/s320/P3183024.JPG" width="320" //span/a/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"Wrap the fish with the banana leaf./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cFzih2zpyA/UO9RrxZEtXI/AAAAAAAAEbk/2FYMbWiREQI/s1600/cooking+class.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="250" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cFzih2zpyA/UO9RrxZEtXI/AAAAAAAAEbk/2FYMbWiREQI/s400/cooking+class.jpg" width="400" //span/a/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"Steam the fish for about 20-30 minutes.  Remove from steamer and pat the fish dry./span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"In a bowl, mix mayo and milk together.  Add shallots and pickle relish. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the mayo mixture on both sides of the fish.  Arrange the sliced pepper, boiled eggs and carrots on top of the fish. Enjoy!/span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OpLcIicisE/UO9O-PfRiDI/AAAAAAAAEbE/kukhoR3AlkU/s1600/2.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span style="font-family: inherit;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OpLcIicisE/UO9O-PfRiDI/AAAAAAAAEbE/kukhoR3AlkU/s400/2.jpg" width="400" //span/a/divdiv class="MsoNormal"br //divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;" If you want to join me next week, I will be teaching at Whole Foods Town and Country.  Check out my cooking class schedule a href="http://www.skiptomalou.net/2013/01/off-to-great-start.html"here/a... And btw, one of the dishes that I will be teaching is Seafoodi Sinigang.  Sinigang /iwas one of the winning dishes on the most recent episode of Top Chef (Seattle Bites) prepared by fellow Filipino Sheldon from Hawaii.  /span/divdiv class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: inherit;"br //span/divspan style="font-family: inherit;"Until next time - See you STL!/span

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