Summer time means free time to learn new things. There’s no time to be bored because there are so many classes and activities to choose from. Now everyone who reads my blog knows I don’t cook and I’m generally useless in the kitchen. Whenever our cook takes the day off we go out to eat or turn to delivery. Anyhow, Chef Aileen Anastacio of Goodies n’ Sweets asked me if I wanted to take cooking lessons scheduled for one Saturday afternoon. She promised it was going to be painless, lol, as the theme was Everyday Easy Meals. I asked if I could bring my daughter, because it’s she who’s been showing a deep interest in cooking. Chef Aileen said yes and I told my little girl she was going to experience cooking lessons from a chef. She was really excited!
The class was held at Marmalade Kitchen, Chef Aileen’s new restaurant at The Fort. I met Chef Aileen during my brief stint as a dining contributor at Spot.ph.
There’s an area specifically for cooking/baking lessons inside Marmalade Kitchen. It was a pretty intimate class, there were just five of us pupils there and we had front seats!
Chef Aileen was going to teach us how to cook 5 dishes in 3 hours, starting with Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apples. You can click on the photo above for a better look at the recipe.
Yes, perfectly medium pinkish pork — no blood, just tender and juicy meat with yummy apples.
And here’s the finished Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apples! It was really really good. I love how it’s flavorful without being overwhelming. For this recipe, Chef Aileen recommends using Fuji Apples (stays firm), salted butter (adds more flavor), and white sugar (won’t turn too dark). Another tip I picked up — when using non-stick teflon pans, wait for it to cool before washing so you don’t wear down the non-stick coating.
For the second dish, Chef Aileen showed us how to prepare Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzarella.
I’m not a fan of chicken but this was good. I love how the sundried tomatoes add some much needed zing to tasteless chicken breast.
The third dish was Pasta Amatriciana. Chef Aileen showed us how to cook pasta properly. You have to boil water first and then add a pinch of salt after it boils. For every 4-6 cups of water, use 1 tbsp of salt. You add your pasta last.
Pasta Amatriciana is really easy to prepare — you just need olive oil, onions, dried chili flakes, diced bacon, and chopped whole peeled tomatoes.
Tadaa! Pasta Amatriciana is served. We loved how perfectly al dente the pasta was. The sauce is just such a far departure from the canned spaghetti sauces we usually use at home.
My daughter was very attentive throughout the entire class, she even took her own notes!
After the pasta, it was time for dish #4, Seared Salmon Fillet with Caper and Lemon Butter Sauce. Chef Aileen showed us how to make the sauce first.
She proceeded to sear the salmon, meat side down and then cooked it 3-4 mins per side. She then topped the salmon with the sauce.
Perfectly cooked — not dry, still moist and juicy, and further enhanced by the lemon butter sauce.
Last but not least was Grilled Steak with Coffee Rub. Chef Aileen made her own rub from ground espresso, chili powder, paprika, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, dry mustard, and coriander seeds. She then rubbed both sides of the steak with 1 tbsp of coffee rub.
Chef Aileen then heated a grill pan on high heat until it was smoky before placing the steak on the pan. Cooked each side for about 3 mins for medium rare, adjust the time according to the doneness you want.
Chef Aileen cooked a perfect medium steak. Wow, it was soooo tender and tasty we refused to put steak sauce on it. My daughter kept asking for more, proclaiming it as the yummiest steak she ever had.
Yes! Finished 5 dishes in 3 hours! Chef Aileen gave us certificates of attendance too. Everything was sooo good, we can’t wait to recreate the dishes at home since we were given the recipes. 😀
Thank you Chef Aileen for having us and for being so accommodating with regards to all our questions. I was asking her everything — what kind of cooking oil to use, what brand of cookware to buy, etc. and I learned a lot that afternoon!
Would you like to learn cooking and/or baking this summer? Learn from one of the best, Chef Aileen! This summer, she will be holding cooking and baking classes — AM Classes (10am to 1pm) and PM Classes (2pm to 5pm) at Marmalade Kitchen. Reservations are required. Call 0917-8370959 or 622-9196 for inquiries. Class fee is P2,000 per class (like the one we had). There are also 3-day summer cooking lessons for kids which cost P5,000 per child.
Unit 2-5 Forum South Global Building,
7th Ave. cor. Federacion Ave., Bonifacio South District,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
0917-8370959 / 622-9196
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