Surprisingly, the older I get, the easier I am to please. Give me the simple things in life, like ice cream, and lots of it, and I am as happy if not happier than say if I were dining at a 5 Michelin Star restaurant. (yes yes, I know, 3 is the max).
When I got the invite to attend New Zealand Natural Ice Cream's baking workshop, (a bit of an oxymoron...ice cream, baking?) at my 2nd favourite culinary school, (RJ, I hope you're reading this, coz you know which is my favourite), I gladly jettisoned my saturday afternoon gym plans, and headed for some palate pleasuring rather than body torturing.
The celebrity bloggers were in tow, KgBoy & City Gal, and Babe in the City KL, as well as self proclaimed Chocolate Snob, Ee Ling. Heading the class was Chin Pei Ling, one of THE COOKING HOUSE's regular chefs. I suspect she's a shareholder there.
The first dessert was Chocolate Delirious Cupcake with Stuffed Ice Cream; using White Chocolate & Raspberry Ice Cream. The cuppy cakes are premade, it's basically a pedestrian chocolate cupcake, whereby you scoop out a hole, much like when you use a melon baller to scoop out pieces of melon, insert the hard ball into the hole, and cover it with more cream. We were then dispersed to our various workstations to try our own hand at making this delirious cupcake. The white chocolate raspberry ice cream itself is lovely, with the tang of the raspberries complementing the cloyiness of the white chocolate.
It doesn't require posters like these to convince me of NZNIC's goodness. I've always been a fan.
Next up was a Tiramisu using sponge fingers and their cookies and cream ice cream.
It's a lot easier than having to whip up mascarpone and egg yolks, and run the risk of overwhipping. Dip the sponge into espresso, layer it with ice cream. Even the most unaccomplished of kitchen kutus can pull this one off.
The final touch of sprinkling of cocoa powder might be a bit challenging and daunting for the uninitiated. But take the leap of faith, I urge you. Sift that cocoa!
Pre made almond brittle.
White Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Esctasy Ice Cream. Truth be told, not being a white chocolate fan at all, I would rather eat this ice cream on it's own, undressed and naked.
Look at that rich dark chocolate ice cream.
Actually these celebrity bloggers were featured in the Star writeup on this workshop as well.
Thanks to Salina & Co PR for the invite, and NZ Natural Ice Cream for the yummy treats, oh, and for the voucher which I've yet to redeem. Choices choices. Choc esctasy it is for me!