Need someone to get that pasta dish done? I'm your girl.
Whether you're the executive chef at home or more in charge of the sponge and scourer, there's always room to learn something new in the kitchen. That's exactly what you can do at The Golden Pig Cooking School in Brisbane's Newstead.
What's the benefit of actually going to a cooking class instead just rifling through "Woman's Weekly Easy Dinners"? Read on to find out.
I tried out a brand new class covering cake baking and decorating, and finishing up with a high tea afterwards. This was indeed a terribly civilised and fun to spend a Sunday afternoon!
This class was lead by Carla from Bow and Daisy Bakery, whose offerings you may have sampled from many a market stall in and around Brisbane town.
Carla had a natural approach to decorating her cakes and cupcakes with no high-vis flouro food colouring in sight. Instead, there were loads of fresh fruits and flowers on hand to literally bring your bog standard cupcake to life.
Right from the start, the benefit of a cooking class over a downloaded recipe kicked-in with Carla sharing a plethora of tips to keep your cake light, fluffy and tasty. While a recipe may note "room temperature butter" we got hands-on to feel the optimal softness of the butter we were using. We also learned three different ways to separate eggs- a handy skill to impress on a first date.
After baking different flavoured cupcakes including chocolate brownie filled cupcakes (zOMG!) we got to piping icing.
We made an Italian buttercream icing which is fiddly enough to be impressive without requiring you to set your hair on fire to achieve the end result. It made for a super creamy but fluffy icing that is delicious by the spoonful.
In case you're wondering, yes there is a difference between French buttercream icing and Italian buttercream icing. Italian for the win.
Now I'm not a natural with the old piping bag. In fact I suck at it. Thankfully I got a bit of one-on-one attention here to correct my awkward attempts at getting icing onto a cake in a socially acceptable manner. This does not involve using a tea spoon as is usually my want.
We then got to take our cupcake creations home, making me more popular than a Kardashian at a selfie convention.
Again, these are some mad skills to have in the kitchen.
Another benefit of the cooking class over the recipe book was that we found out what to do if you've stuffed an element of your cake. In fact Carla wrecked a couple of things on purpose to show us how to save our end result. You don't get that kind of knowledge on taste.com.au.
Being schooled on fancy cooking is particularly nifty for a unique work team building activity, or for a unique Hen's night/ baby shower. Alternatively, these classes are also great if you're flying solo, just as I was. More cake for me.
The Golden Pig can be found at 38 Ross Street, Newstead 4006.