Wait, am not beginning to sing the song – just feeling nostalgic of the last Saturday, spent in sheer joy of Baking at the Le Méridien, New Delhi. Nothing could abate my crusading zeal to be a part of this session firstly because I love this hotel since my journalistic days and secondly the invite came from my dear friend Anasuya Basu.
As I entered the Master Chef’s class of baking enthusiasts, I noticed familiar faces – all friends from the field armed with paraphernalia, the first-hand imitations of professional chefs were geared up to commence the ‘perfect’ day.
Le Méridien conducts these Cooking Classes with Master Chefs from The hotel on every Saturday – they are paid classes but you pay only to learn the secrets of cooking from the experts because can money ever buy the joy of interaction with the Pros, the mirth of being around the quick-witted and the exuberance of learning the avant-garde. Exactly my point!
This Saturday was Baking special, Date with the Baker for the journalists and bloggers – We indulged in Baking like never before. Each one of us given our individual work stations with ingredients laid out, systematically. All one was required to do was observe the Chef first, learn the technique of these easy-to-make, quick recipes and then make your own.
We made the Blueberry Flan and the Caramel. While whisking, beating and churning, we wallowed in happy conversations, laughed on silly things, discussed techniques of Baking and ATE.
The Flan is my favourite now. All you needed was to mix the mascarpone cheese, corn flour, an egg and sugar together – gently fold in blueberries at the end as they would release their water and make the batter runny the. Press the pastry in the mould and add the batter to it. Top it with a few more berries and Voilà! it’s ready to hit the oven. I think, I did quite a great deal with it (fine Chef Avinash helped a tad bit though) but still, if looks could kill, mine was hands down the winner.
Under the guidance of the Chefs, we were not only able to learn a few new tricks but also make them. What started with a Date with the Baker ended with a fine buffet lunch at the gorgeous The One, Le Meridien’s all day dining.