Saturday, January 19, 2013

Homemade Chocolates and baking workshop at Trivandrum

Looking for Inspiration, Guidance to Start Baking?

Make this month a memorable one by advancing your knowledge in baking and cooking skills. If you're looking for beginner level class and more, there are a wide choice of classes scheduled from April 2 to 24, 2018)

Location: Kumarapuram
Classes from June 2 to 24, 2018 (  Most of these classes are suitable for beginners level onwards.

Class Calendar - June 2 to 24

Whether you are looking to start baking or icing as a career, or you’re just looking to bake impressive goodies for your family or friends, then this course is for you!  There are wide range of classes to choose from - from baking, icing, cake decoration and cooking.

Weekend Classes in Trivandrum ( June 16 and 17)

Choose Classes You Like to Learn! Pls feel free to browse through the classes and choose the lessons you like to learn. Each class is on a different date and time.

For more details of baking classes you can visit this blog or Facebook page or just call at 9379398865 or 8861389165)

21/6/18 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)
French Macaron

French Macaron Class

In this class, you'll learn the fine art of macaron making by following the step-by-step process.

Date: 21/6/18, Time: 10:AM to 1:PM. 
Location: Kumarapuram

What's special about this class:

1 Interactive demonstration of the macaron making process

2 Make your own macarons under supervision and build-up your confidence

3 Taste your own macarons and take home for your friends and family to enjoy

Impress your guests with a refreshing tea or coffee and your very own homemade bowl full of delightful french macarons!

For details, pls call 9379398865, 8861389165 #macaron #trivandrum


22//618 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)
Bread Level 2

Advance your bread making skills as you discover how to make more complex breads like Focaccia, Pull-Apart Cheese and Garlic Bread |and Spinach Bread in the Bread Baking Masterclass.

This class is more suitable for those who have already taken our basic bread making class or those who are confident home bakes, looking to further add new kills and knowledge.
Date: 22/6/18, Time: 10:AM to 1:PM

Location: Kumarapuram

What you'll learn:
1. Focaccia
2. Pull-Apart Cheese and Garlic Bread
3. Spinach Bread
4. Dilkush

Come ready to learn new varieties of bread in a small, personalized friendly class in a home kitchen

23/6/18 ( 10:AM to 5:PM)
1 Day Baking Workshop
( Learn 5 Cakes and 5 Icing)

1 Day Workshop on Baking and Icing

Learn from the intensive, practical 1 Day baking master class where you'll gain the skills, knowledge and most importantly, confidence to bake cakes.

This class cover all the basic issues faced by beginners, common questions, doubts and you'll gain a thorough knowledge on the basic aspects of baking.

Date: 23/6/18,
Time: 10:AM to 4:30 PM,
Location: Kumarapuram

Cakes you'll bake:

1.Pound Vanilla Cake
2 Chocolate Truffle
3.Orange Chiffon Cake
4 Marble Cake
5.Rasmalai Cake

Learn how to make 5 types of Icing.
1. Hazelnut Ganache
2 Fudge Icing
3 Coconut buttercream
4. Orange glaze
5. Fresh Cream Icing

Who can attend this class:
1, Beginner with little or no experience in baking
2. Home bakers wanting to learn/gain baking skills
3. Trainers to improve skill base
3. Budding cake entreprenuers ( start selling cakes)

Fee Rs 4,900
24/6/18 ( 10:AM to 1:PM)

Cheese Cake

Baked New York Cheesecake is one of the world’s most popular cakes and, if made using the right process and quality ingredients, its one of the most delicious.

Creme Brulee is the perfect make-ahead dessert that will impress your guests! A silky, smooth vanilla custard topped with a layer of brittle caramel, that is easier to make at home than you think.

This class on ( 24/6/18, 2:30 to 6:PM) and unique flavor combinations.

What you'll learn in this cake class

1. Cheese Cake
2. Creme Brulee
3. Strawberry Souffle

Date: 24/6/18, Time: 2:30 to 6:PM

Fee Rs 1,900
Baking Ingredient Shops in Trivandrum

If you're looking for shops selling baking ingredients in Trivandrum, then check my my earlier blog post on the list of shops selling baking stuff in Trivandrum.

Baking Ingredient Stores in Trivandrum

Baking Lessons ( Classroom and Online)
Besides the classes in Trivandrum, I have regular workshops in Bangalore and Hyderabad. The classes taken are meant for beginners, people looking to perfect or improve their baking and icing skills, and those who are looking to start a business or teach baking.

Check my Facebook page for the latest classes scheduled in these cities: 
  1. Trivandrum baking and icing class
  2. Bangalore baking and cake decorating class
  3. Bangalore Indian cooking class
  4. Baking and Icing class in Hyderabad 
Off late I've started online baking lessons for those who opt for learning from home.

Many Thanks,

Marina Charles

Friday, January 4, 2013

Home Stay Cooking Classes in Bangalore

Wanted to write this post last year, but some how it got delayed.

After finishing one of my  Trivandrum baking workshop I got a call from a student named Diana. She wanted to learn more that what she learned in her class in Trivandrum. And for that she was willing to come and stay with me in Bangalore.

I was surprised  if not flattered with her request. I never done this before, nor seen anyone with such passion. Thought I had apprehension about it, I decided to give it a try. Moreover, I have a spare room to accommodate her.

So, as decided she came to Bangalore for a week's stay to experience my first ever Home Stay cum Cooking Class.

During her three stay, she learned more cakes and few Indian dishes ( Kerala chicken biryani, chicken curry and Pork Vindaloo). Apart from her culinary adventures, we had a great time shopping and going out at and Bangalore.

Fast forward weeks and she is now a baking star in Trivandrum. She regularly puts her stall in Sarwaa, Trivandrum.

I'm really happy to see such passionate people like Diana..Wish her the best.
Diana with Truffle Cake and Devil's cake

Chicken biryani under way

All Smiles with CheckeredCake  

Mixing & Spreading - Kitchen View 

Seasoning Cashew Nuts

Setting Biryani

Biryani - Under Progress
Setting Biryani 

Biryani  - Ready To Serve


Surprise Christmas Cake

Christmas cake Gift
'Tis the season of giving and I'll happy to be at the receiving end. So, here's a sweet gift I received from a baking student.

Today out of the blue, my old student Nirmala knocked on my door with a rich plum cake.

I was super thrilled to get such a gift and more surprised to know that she had baked this cake by following my Christmas Cake Recipe in this blog. After tasting the cake I suggested her few changes like, reducing the size of fruit pieces.

.Thanks Nirmala for the cake and cheers to her spirit of giving.

"If you inspire one person each day, you’re day hasn’t been a waste. It’s been a blessing"- Robin Sharma

Keep baking,

Gajar ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa

Sliced Carrot - Stirred but not shaken
Gajar ka Halwa - Ready To Savor 

After a long incubation/hybernation, I decided to try out Gajar Ka Halwa recipe. I found this recipe from from Divya Kuda's blog and I'm happy with the excellent result. Thank to her perfect recipe, the explanation and steps. You can follow the same recipe to make this delight.

  • Sweet carrots 500 gms
  • Boiled Milk 500 ml
  • Sugar   1 heaped cup
  • Ghee 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts  10-12,chopped
  • Cardamom seeds of 2,crushed
  • Saffron a few strands
  1. Grate the carrots in a food processor.
  2. In a thick bottomed kadai add a tbsp of ghee and saute the carrots for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the boiled milk and and cook in low flame for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Now add the sugar and stir well and cook until all the milk is absorbed.
  5. In another pan,add a tsp of ghee and roast the chopped cashews and the crushed cardamom to the cooked carrots.
  6. Crush some safforn with your hand and add it to halwa.
Enjoy the hot or cold Gajar ka Halwa.

Happy New year