Last month, INOS Cookware showcased healthy, oil-less recipes at The Maya Kitchen. I’ve been trying to cook healthier dishes for the family — partly to stay fit and keep healthy, but at the same time, save a bit on grocery expenses — so I jumped at the chance when I got the invite through my friend Ryan of Kain Pinoy.
You see, I really like watching cooking shows. But this was the first time I ever attended a live cooking demo.
The dish you see above is good ‘ol pancakes and baked macaroni — minus the oil. This is probably my favorite. It’s healthy and simple, but at the same time, still very tasty! I’ve already cooked it here at home more than once. I’ll probably blog about it in a separate post, I’ve made some “modifications” to the original recipe to suit my taste 🙂 Here are some of the other dishes we were taught and tasted that day…
Water-less Sinigang. The “water-less” aspect of this dish is actually more on the preparation than in the actual presentation. Yep, the ingredients don’t include water unlike in usual sinigang recipes. The water is basically extracted from vegetables in the dish.
Barbecued Pork Medallions. Just like any barbecued pork, but pork medallions are the healthier cut of the meat. This is marinated in a simple barbecue sauce, then left to sizzle on a non-stick pan. Trick is to make sure the pork isn’t overcooked. Best eaten while it’s hot.
Seafood Brown Rice Paella. I’m not much of a paella person, but their version was something I actually enjoyed. It must be the brown rice — it added an interesting texture to the dish. I might not be able to try this at home soon, but it’s something I’ll definitely have again should be given the chance to try 🙂
The healthy cooking demo was just one of the “themed” demos The Maya Kitchen holds at its center in Makati. Coming up this weekend (3 September 2011) from 9am to 1pm is the featured class, “BRAVO Ristorante Italiano.” Yep, you’ll be learning to cook Italian food! I would have loved to go (I just love Italian cuisine), but unfortunately, I have a family thing already scheduled for that day 🙁 If you can’t go either, The Maya Kitchen still has a lot in store for you this September. Check out the cooking class schedules here.
Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center
8th Floor, Liberty Building
835 A. Arnaiz Avenue
Legazpi Village, Makati City
Phone: 892-5011 loc. 108