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My little chefs at The Maya Kitchen.

My little chefs at The Maya Kitchen.

I love corndogs! During my freshman year at Ateneo, lunch consisted of corndog and a tall cup of grape slushie. This was my staplemeal for a whole year—maybe even two. It’s hard to find a well-cooked corndog. I like it medium battered, with a jumbo hotdog inside and deep fried to perfection. Delicious! Over time, I never quite enjoyed corndogs the way I did during my college years and I never found this snack-on-a-stick cooked as good as it was by the school’s lunch lady. Little did I know that I could make this fare in my very own kitchen!

Enjoying our delicious corndogs.

Enjoying our delicious corndogs.

Four-in-one Fun!

Last weekend, my kids and I headed to the Maya Kitchen to take part in their half-day family baking module called “Baking Magic Together.” The kids thoroughly enjoyed their weeklong cooking and baking course last summer so they were more than eager to attend another culinary expedition. We were joined by three other families .

At exactly 9:30 a.m., we made our way inside the state-of-the-art Maya Kitchen.  Baking Blue Velvet Cake was the first order of the day.  Each family had an assistant chef who my daughter repeatedly called “teacher” when she got confused with the instruction given by the lead instructor pastry chef Eiselle Hidalgo upfront.  My 12-year-old son M looked like a pro as he softened the butter to the right consistency. “I want to try! I want to try,” said my daughter R repeatedly.  We combined all the dry ingredients first before doing the same with the liquids. Soon enough our blue batter was ready to go inside the oven.  We all handed our little round baking pans to “teacher” before watching the lead instructor make the icing in front.  The kids formed a line to assist Chef Eiselle and were each given a turn to help out.

Baking is fun for this little one!

Baking is fun for this little one!

While our cakes were baking and the icing sent to chill in the freezer, we lost no time in making the second fare—corndogs!  It only took three ingredients and a saucepan filled with hot oil to serve up my favorite snack.  Beat an egg, add one cup of Maya pancake mix, and pour a half cup of warm water to make the batter. The kids quickly put a dozen cocktail hotdogs on short barbecue sticks. The tricky part is covering the hotdog all the way through. After a few misses, the kids and I had our technique down pat.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.  Our corndogs were gone in 60 seconds! The kids loved it and so did my husband A who was able to make it to the activity coming from his Saturdaybasketball game.

We passed the course! The Fermin Family with instructor Eiselle

We passed the course! The Fermin Family with instructor Eiselle

The Cake Contest

The corndog feast, however, was not the highlight of the day. The smell of our freshly baked cakes filled the air as they were brought out. Then it was announced that a prize would be given to the best cake. The environment suddenly became charged as each family put their game faces on. Team Fermin kept on laughing and cheering each other on. I was especially happy to see Mr. Fermin trying his hand at cake decorating.  Everybody thought they could do a much better job than I could in icing the cake.  But our cake looked more lopsided as each family member worked on it. In the end, the glory went to the Taiwanese team who won on account of the smiley face they put on top of the cake.

What a super fun family day of bonding and baking!  Now my kids have inherited my love for corndogs.  In fact, we’ve cooked them twice at home already.

The Maya Kitchen offers cooking and baking courses by local and international chefs. It is located at the 8th floor of Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Ave., Makati with tel no. +63 2 8921185 or +63 2 892 5011

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