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Hipcooks Newsletter

Newsletter for: January 31, 2007

Happy NewYear Hipcooks!

After a wonderful South-American repose, I'm back and chomping at the bit to offer you a jam-packed newsletter!  Here is juicy menu:

  • The new calendar is up!
  • Valentine's classes for your sweeties
  • Hipcooks Spring Cleaning, a series on healthy, sustainable and allergy-free cooking is in the works!
  • Teaching assistants spots are open
  • Recipe of the month
  • Win a Hipcooks Class Recipe Contest

And here are the savory mounthfulls:

The new calendar is up!  Did you hear?  The new calendar is up!The new calendar is up!The new calendar is up!  The one you have been waiting for is here...lots of classes to choose from. has all the details, so please check it!

Valentine's classes for your sweeties Looking for something delicious to do for Valentine's?  Well, we've got Cupcakes classes the weekend before Valentine's, and 3 Romantic Dinner for Two classes all that week.  The way to the heart is through the stomach, afterall!

Hipcooks Spring Cleaning, a series on healthy, sustainable and allergy-free cooking is in the works!  I am delighted and excited to announce the development of the first Hipcooks Class series which will launch this spring. I have been working with Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Carey Peters and raw food chef and teacher Catherine Fullmer to come up with a set of classes that will include: (1) Eating for energy - an approach to a healthy lifestyle, (2) Cooking for people with food sensitivities and allergies(such as wheat, gluten and dairy-free cooking), (3) RAW! and cleansing series and (4) Dessert Goes Natural.

Sound tempting?  Indeed!  Now, I know that so many of you are interested in this course for a whole host of reasons.  What I would like from you is your feedback to create this series so that it is taylored to you!  Let's talk about what to include in the course, how to structure it, etc.  Please send an email to with "Spring into Life!" in the subject line to get updates, more info, etc

Teaching assistants spots are open Want to be an assistant here?  You can if you have been to at least 2 classes here.  Send me an email with "assistant" in the subject and I'll send you the deets.

Recipe of the month  In the Thai, Persian and Indian classes we use Cardamom.  This yummy spice is a predominant flavor in Chai Tea.  I love it in this Banana Cardamom cake.  You can make it like a bread, or go really fancy and make it as a beautiful cake.  Works all ways.

2 medium ripe bananas,organic are yummiest
110g (4oz) honey
15 cardamom pods
250g (9oz) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
175g (6oz) butter, diced
75g (3oz) brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons sour cream

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Crush the cardamom seeds, removing the husks, then grind with pestle and mortar or rolling pin. Mash the bananas thoroughly. Heat the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan gently until all is liquified. Remove from the heat, add the bananas and mix thoroughly (I use a whisk). Then add the eggs, cream, cardamoms and flour, beating until combined.  Pour into a well-buttered and floured tin and bake for about an hour at 325.

Win a Hipcooks Class Recipe Contest
  So I had much fun with the last "name-the-class" contest.  So let's do another.  Email me an original recipe, one that you thunk up in your pretty little head, tried and tested to yumminess.  I'll pick a winner to include in the next Hipcooks newsletter, and give you a free class!  Depending upon number of entries, I'll choose 1 - 3 winners.  Fingers crossed!

Eat Well, Be well.