Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Feast with Apples for the Tiffin

‘Cooking with apples’- this was the theme of Rushina’s cooking workshop which sounded interesting to me. I had tried cooking apples couple of times. Once, tried apple soup and other time apple sabji following the recipe from a magazine and cookery show respectively. And both the times it was disaster as didn’t like the taste of the cooked apples. Where was I going wrong?  Do I need to rectify the cooking method, time or something else? All the answers to my questions were now at APB Cook Studio. So I immediately registered myself for the workshop for the 11 am session. The workshop was powered by Washington Apples.

The main focus of the event was obviously Apple. It started with the welcome drink ‘Washington apple and spearmint sparkler’, which was smooth and refreshing, apt for the hot summer afternoon. While there was still some time for the workshop to start, so I thought of taking a look at beautifully arranged Rushina’s Cookstudio kitchen. In a little while Rushina walked in and welcomed me with warm and a sweet smile. Now it was the time to start with our most awaited workshop. 

Welcome Drink 'Washington Apple and Spearmint Sparkle'
Rushina and Tanvi both had planned a wonderful menu with the Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples. Tanvi started with Washington Apple Crumble Tart by making the tart crust followed by the filling and crumble. We could smell the aroma of the baking of the tart which was so tempting…While the tart was baking, she moved on to the second dish i.e. Washington Apple Muffins.

Apple Crumble Tart in Making
One of the participant asked Tanvi what we can substitute for an egg in the Muffing, to this she said that we can add equal quantity of curd, however she had never tried it. “Let’s try it today” said Rushina, so an eggless Muffin was baked. When we had the final product, it was amazingly soft and spongy.  

Washington Apple Muffins
Now the most awaiting part of the workshop was ‘Rushina’s cooking’ which was nothing less than “Cherry on the cake”. After all the high calories food, it was time for something healthy.  She took us on a healthy tour of Washington Apple and Feta Salad. This was one dish which one could have a bowlful without any guilt. The dish that stole the show was Spiced Washington Apple Chutney.  This, Rushina served in a tart shell topped with cream custard and spiced roasted walnuts…. OMG!!! it was sooo yummy and delicious, that my month starts watering just by the thought of it….

Apple & Feta Salad And Spiced Apple Chutney in Making
Many of us had lots of queries which Rushina /Tanvi answered and cleared all our doubts. The workshop was very interactive and informative.  After the workshop session we headed toward the buffet table were Rushina had arranged Chicken and Apple Sandwich with Curried Mayo, Apple Muffins, Apple and Feta Salad, Sliced Washington Apples with Toffee Sauce, Vegetables and Washington Apple Russian Salad Sandwiches and Apple Crumble tart. It was good spread and a hearty food J.

Buffet Table

Buffet Items
It was fun filled, interactive and a learning event. We had lots of fun learning and hogging on to the spread Rushina had laid. I am surely gonna try all the dish that I have learnt, especially the Spiced Apple Chutney. Now I know the right way to cook the apples J….  All Thanks to Tanvi, Rushina and her team.