Masterclass at Academy of Pastry Arts | Bangalore |

I, had the pleasure to experience a baking Masterclass, by Chef Kimberley Rozario at Academy of Pastry Arts, where we were taught how to create a delightful modern French inspired pastry, “The Berries Vanilla Gateau”. A lot of us dream to bake cakes and pastries but take a step back when you’re faced with the challenge, APAI will make you realise that though it’s a tough job, it’s all about discipline & if you manage to get disciplined about baking, there’s nothing stopping you.

About Academy of Pastry Arts :

The Academy of Pastry, India, has its well established centres in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore, run for and by the people who are passionate about Baking and Culinary. Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia” has the finest Pastry chefs team in entire Asia & Middle East. The Academy is one of the top 10 Pastry schools in the world.

USP Of Academy Of Pastry Arts, India :

•Academy of Pastry Arts follow European trend and the courses are designed on French pastries.  

● Best Pastry chefs of the world visit India regularly providing skilled workshops.

● Organized & structural training for Bakers, Pastry chefs, Chocolate, Cake designer and Ice Cream Makers.

● Bridging the gap of Hotel Industry expectations and students level of Expertise by providing a platform for all pastry chefs in the country to learn and share.

● The Academy presents the opportunities to their students to become a part of their professional community and brine the international brands of raw material and equipments to young chefs.

● Academy of Pastry Arts maintains a positive relationship with alumni throughout their career and provides continuing education courses for graduates, professionals and food enthusiasts.

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Masterclass with Chef Kimberley:

Chef Kimberley demonstrated the intense techniques & technicalities of baking. She spoke about the science behind the baking and how it is imperative to be alert at all times, when you’re baking.

She started with creating a delicious chocolate almond sponge from scratch, allowing us the liberty to ask questions. Little nuances like using a high quality cocoa powder like “Callebaut” was highlighted.

After the chocolate sponge was set to bake, she went onto create the simple yet complex “Vanilla Mousse”. One of her pro tips was using a strainer after having made the cream, milk & vanilla to reach a boil, as this would result in a homogeneous mixture that would result in better taste & texture.

She then went to make a beautiful berry jelly, where all the concentrates were ready made so that there is uniformity in flavour. She then layered it with the vanilla mousse & Chocolate sponge.

She also spoke about the kind of tools that you will need for baking.

Lastly, she assembled the cake & glazed it with a glaze she had made.

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The APAI, have a great team of dedicated professionals who will make sure that your culinary dreams can be achieved. Though, the name is quite upfront about it being a Pastry School, allow me to enlighten you that they also train people in culinary arts.

Please check the website for more details:

http://www.academyofpastryartsindia.com/

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JW Kitchen | JW Marriott | Bangalore

“When you bond, you bond with your soul & the way one easily bonds with one another is through the victuals on the table”- Noorain.

The simple act of eating food, has so many facets to it. It not only satiates your hunger but it also satiates your soul. It’s over food, that the best of conversations happen & it is over food that I believe that you even carve bonds with each other.

For me a Sunday is a very special day, it’s the only day that we as a family get to spend time with each other. So, more often than not, i love spending my Sundays doing what i love the best sans the restraints of time or pending paperwork.

Last Sunday, i found myself savouring the “Monsoon Brunch Buffet ” at JW Kitchen curated by Chef Daniel.

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About JW Kitchen’s Monsoon Brunch Buffet :

The Monsoon Brunch Buffet , is a tongue tickling affair with a vast spread of delights for you. The buffet consists of a Salad & Cheese Counter, Indian Street Food Counter with Chaats, Bunny Chow & Pav Bhaji, Oriental Counter, Grill Meats Counter, Indian Cuisine Counter, a special Spice Terrace pop up by Chef Saddam, Dedicated live Sushi Counter, a dedicated section for the vegetarians with homely flavours, live Pasta Counter, a dessert counter with both Indian & Continental ones & of course a bar counter, to get your spirits high (pun intended) while, the there is a live music performance going on.

They also have a dedicated food counter for the kids, with live entertainment & play area replete with an Air castle, inflatable pool, games & go around.

The ingredients that go into the dishes are sourced with great care. Special mention to the in house pasta that is made fresh for some of the dishes, so that they can stay as authentic as possible. The desserts are done with utmost care and trust me, they are a delight to indulge in.

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What dishes i loved during my Monsoon Brunch Buffet sampling :

. The delicious array of Salads, specially the tomato & boconccini salad.

. The Sushi’s hit home with demure flavours.

. The Ravioli with Alfredo sauce. I opted for a vegetarian version.

. Thai Curry.

. Kothu Paratha.

. Bunny Chow & Pav Bhaji

. Valrohna Mousse ( took me to the moon & back)

Here are a few pics from around the buffet :

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Verdict : It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy a lazy Sunday with the family. Definitely, something to check out, if you’re on the lookout for great brunches.

Rating : 4.5/5

BBQ’D| Restaurant Review| UB City |

” The essence of great food, is in the revoking & relishing of the memory when you ate it”- Noorain

For me, i have almost always gingerly caressed the memory of the first time i relished the “Lehsuni Palak Chenna” at Made In Punjab. It was one of those delicate dishes that left a strong impression on my memory. Post a few visits, they unfortunately closed down and i tried to recreate that dish at home with no success, whatsoever.

Recently, my ears picked up some news from the grapevine that said that ” Made In Punjab”, was going to be revived and it was going to happen at BBQ’D. My joy knew no bounds when it was confirmed that the news was as true as the rising of the sun each day and then the a quiet lunch at BBQ’D on a breezy day, revoked the memory of the first time i had that “Lehsuni Palak Chenna” after all.

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About BBQ’D : It’s a restaurant on the 2nd level of UB City, located where MIP* was. The food is predominately served as a buffet and the cuisine is North Indian. They are hugely popular for their grills and happy hours.

BBQ’D, revived MIP* after a huge demand from their patrons ; who just missed MIP* and their signature dishes a tad bit too much. BBQ’D listened and got back their signature dishes on the a la carte menu.

Decor & Ambiance : The decor is done tastefully with the amber lights to superimpose an ambiance of relaxation while you dine. Equipped with plush sofas in stone grey hues & contrasting wooden parquet flooring, rest assured that your dining in style.

Hospitality: Always done perfectly. The staff are well groomed, ready to help and always smiling. Special mention to Mr. Joyjit Bannerjee & Chef Mahabir for looking after us so well.

The Grub Story : The MIP* menu, that you can find on the a la carte menu is as follows :

1.Palak pata Chaat.

2.Malai Broccoli.

3.Chicken Tikka Chaat.

4.Dahi pataka

5.Dhansu Aloo

6.Tandoori Mushroom.

7.BBQ’D special Paneer Tikka.

8.Karara bhatti Paneer.

9.LOL Tiki.

10.Murgh Tikka.

11.Lehsuni Tikka.

12.Legacy Tandoori Champ.

13.Tandoori Jheenga.

14.Bhatti Murgh.

15.Dal Makhni.

16.Lehsuni Palak Chenna.

17.BBQ’D Special Butter Chicken.

18.Murgh Dum Biryani.

19.Rasmalai

20.Nukkad Jalebi.

My favourites out of the list are the crispy yet flavourful Palak Pata Chaat with the delicious potato mash to bind the mouthful. The Dhansu Aaloo was just another treat with baby potatoes basking in glory with little sesame seeds over them. While the Tandoori Mushroom created an uproar on my tongue with extremely power packed flavours, the BBQ’D Special Paneer Tikka soothes it down with the creamy and melt in the mouth marinated cottage cheese.

Last but not the least, the stars of my show ” Lehsuni Palak Chenna” & “Dal Makhani”. Allow me the privilege to tell you that nothing has changed with these, if it has ; then it’s only better. Must must must try! Your meal is incomplete without these beauties when you pair them with a crispy & hot Garlic Butter Naan. What’s life, without some indulgence?

Close the feast with some crispy Nukkad Jalebi and Rabdi and maybe silently engrave another day in your memory to speak of, to people when you meet them.

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Verdict : A delight to indulge in. Their MIP menu must not be missed, feel free to try them and thank me later.

Rating : 4.5/5

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*MIP : Made In Punjab