Saturday, January 5, 2013

Off to a great start

A New Year brings in new hope, new dreams... and endless possibilities.

I love the "gifts" of the new year.  I'm ecstatic, in fact, I am all fired up and ready to face 2013.  I hope you are too!  Now if it is obvious to you that my smile is showing from ear to ear, let me tell you why.

Remember my Modern Asian Cooking Series I launched late last year?  Well it's off to a great start, as I will be cooking in 3 different venues in the St. Louis, MO area: WholeFoods Town and Country (every third Wednesday of the month) Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton and at different Dierbergs locations. It will be a fun food adventure as I take my students to the Far East and introduce them to the flavors of Asia.  

So here are the classes I will be teaching and a brief description of the menu and what they share about me... (Warning:  this is a shameless plug alert--haha!) But I tell you, this is an opportunity I celebrate as a food blogger.  And my foodblogger friends know exactly what I mean. 

1. Kitchen Conservatory : January 8, 2013 6:00 PM to 8;30 PM
It is a delight to welcome the charming food blogger, Malou Perez-Nievera, who shares her passion for her native Filipino cuisine. This hands-on class will create iconic festival dishes, including fresh vegetable and meat spring rolls with crushed peanuts and sweet sauce, patatim - braised pork shoulder with star anise, and the colorful centerpiece of the fiesta table - steamed fish with creamy sauce and vibrant peppers. Prepare two traditional desserts, starting with majah blanca - coconut cream pudding, plus sweet rice cakes - a special dessert cooked in banana-lined pans.

2. Whole Foods Town and Country : January 16, 2013 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Skip to Malou: Modern Asian Cooking Series
Get ready as Malou Perez-Nievera, an award winning food blogger takes us to an adventure to the Far East featuring the flavors of the Philippines.  Filipino Food is finally getting the attention of the US food scene and as Andrew Zimmerin said   Filipino Food is the next big thing. Filipino food is an eclectic mix of food with Spanish influences and with the influences of its neighboring Asian countries.  So get ready to whet your palate as we prepare a typical daily menu repertoire of go-to Filipino favorites.

Seafood in Tamarind Broth:  is considered the dish most representative of Filipino palette: it’s slightly tangy, slightly sour and with a tinge of spice. Barely less than 15 minutes to make, this proves no night is a busy night for home cooking; definitely refreshing and comforting during winter nights.

Stuffed Eggplant: This dish has the eggplant as the center piece.  The egg and the ground pork make this eggplant omelet the perfect match for the tamarind broth.

Yema:  End the meal with something delightful.  A custard candy made of egg yolks and condensed milk.  It’s bite size, so you don’t have to worry about overloading calories.

3. Dierbergs presents: Skip to Malou: Thai Cravings 
When you’re hungry and only Thai flavors will do,do it yourself! With just a few simple ingredients, Malou will show you how fast and easy it is to bring your favorite Thai specialties to the table in minutes. $37

Pad Thai Noodles • Panang Curry • Sticky Rice with Mango

Venues and Schedule:
Bogey Hills (BH) Jan. 30, Wed., 6:30-8:30 PMClarkson (CL) Jan. 22, Tues., 6:30-8:30 PMEdwardsville (ED) Feb. 25, Mon., 6:30-8:30 PMSouthroads (SR) Feb. 11, Mon., 6:30-8:30 PMWest Oak (WO) Feb. 4, Mon., 6:30-8:30 PMMalou Perez-Nievera, Culinary Professional

Happy New Year.  I hope the new year brings you a BLESSful and a BLISSful life!



  1. Wow, Malou, it's indeed a great start... so happy for you! Congratulations for all these grand opportunities. Keep soaring up high!

  2. Congratulations Malou! I am so happy that you are able to share your knowledge and love of your native cuisine. Would love to be there, but alas we live to far away.

  3. Big time na talaga NFF! Congratulations, truly well-deserved!

  4. Congratulations!! That's so great - I'm glad you're spreading the deliciousness of Filipino cuisine far and wide!

  5. Congratulations NDD!!! Truly truly proud and happy for you!!!! GO PINOY!!!!!


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