Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cooking Up a Storm and Some Steak!



Last Saturday I attended a wonderful cooking workshop organized by the supremely talented chefs Shamsul Wahid and Hanisha Singh at The Smoke House Grill and the lovely folks at Brown Paper Bag Delhi. The reason I was so kicked about this and squeezed myself in at the very last minute was that I've never been terribly fond of cooking (unless it's toast and eggs or Maggi) and so I thought this would be a great way to challenge myself and see what could possible go wrong. For if you know me, then you'll know that I'm pretty much a disaster in the kitchen (unless I'm baking of course, something I totally love and am told I'm good at too!)

For a reasonable sum of Rs.1500 we were provided individual work stations and all the ingredients neatly laid out, complete with the largest knife I have ever worked with and which I'll confess almost scared me away a tiny bit! But when Chef Shamsul started, it was magic show, his hands just effortlessly sliced, chopped, seared, fried, marinated and baked and I was left staring at his nimble fingers in awe. Apart from that, Chef Shamsul also gave us a number of handy tips which I have filed away neatly in my mind and hope to refer to when I start cooking more often.

So, here's what we made- chicken breast stuffed with sausages and cheese, wrapped in bacon, a juicy, medium rare, three peppercorn steak, served with roast potatoes, gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes and a crunchy salad on the side. And the best part, we got to eat all that we had cooked and it was absolutely divine, leaving me with a small sense of pride and a big smile on my face :) 

So what do you know, I can cook- yes, little old me! 

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