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“Less of a Demo, More of a Meal”

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Nimmy & Paul Traditional Kerala Syrian Christan Cookery Classes
Aldermaston, UK
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Less of a Demo, More of a Meal”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

As part of our tour of Kerala, we were keen to sample some of the 'real' food delights of the state, so were pleased when we had the chance to sample a cooking demonstration and dinner with a Keralan family. Being foodies, we were both looking forward to this part of the trip, and my wife in particular, who hoped to gain some real insight into Keralan cooking.

When we arrived at Nimmy and Paul's home, we were greeted semi-warmly, although both were hospitable with offering us drinks. Despite this we felt an air of non-engagement, although both Nimmy & Paul were distracted to a degree by the ongoing news of the cyclone about to hit the east of India.

During the cooking demo both of us had the opportunity for some hands-on cooking, and learnt a few good things about the oils and spices used. However, the cooking was essentially some stirfry, and wasn't overly challenging or deeply insightful. But we were given recipe cards for some of the dishes to take away with us.

The dinner itself was very nice - however, while being billed as dinner with a Keralan family, we were surprised to find that it was just us eating, with members of the family watching on. Not exactly a relaxing/comfortable way to eat! Having said this, the food prepared by Nimmy was very good indeed - soup, prawns with beans, fish, chicken curry, tomato stir fry (part of the demo), rice and pud.

While the food was very good, we had the overall feeling of Nimmy & Paul waiting for us to eat up and go to bring our 'slot' to an end. In other words, part of a somewhat formulaic production line.

Overall, the experience was a bit of a let down - we didn't feel that Nimmy & Paul were overly interested in engaging with us, nor of helping us learn more about Kerala itself. We were there to do a bit of cooking, eat and go - I guess this is what the excursion is about, but to a degree we felt that we were more of an imposition, rather than guests.

Visited October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Superb lunch”
Reviewed 14 May 2013 via mobile

Had a really enjoyable cooking demo and chat with Nimmy and her husband, Paul. Lunch that she cooked before my very eyes was absolutely delicious. Fish moilee, jumbo prawn, tomato chutney, cabbage Thoran and appam in half hour flat. Amazing.

Visited April 2013
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Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“OK - dinner only session”
Reviewed 19 April 2013

this was part of a package. i read one of the other reviews that said it cost usd199 and i would NOT spend that much on what we got. first, we arrived early by mistake of the driver. she was understandably annoyed but perhaps she should not have let the guests know that. and yes, it was only a demonstration. i thought it would be a bit more hands one (we did one in saigon which was GREAT - http://www.saigoncookingclass.com/) especially with a group total of 4 people. oh well.

the food itself was good though, which made up for some of it. however, in our package a glass of wine was included which she told us we had to pay for!?!?!? i did like that she gave us the recipe cards (and they were for the correct meals).

now this bit is purely a personality thing but we found her to be a little arrogant. undoubtedly she has worked hard to get where she is and that is great of which she should be proud. however, most of the time when she spoke at dinner, it was to let us know how hard she works and that the most reputable travel companies work with her. this put us off a little...

Visited April 2013
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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“Secrets of real Southern Indian cooking...”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Nimmy showed us how to make great Indian dishes, explaining each step and the benefit of each ingredient. She gave us techniques to adapt the recipes to fish, meat, pork, chicken,and vegetarian styles. Delicious! her husband joined me and a couple from France for a relaxing evening. I have made several of the recipes some I returned home. earn the difference between curry and curry leaves,and Nimmy gave me the secret to removing turmeric from light cared clothes..

Visited March 2013
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Bierton Bucks
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Nimmy Paul's cookery demo Cochin India”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

Had a fabulous evening with Nimmy, who did all the cooking and demonstrating the use of all the spices used. Very personable and welcoming. Met her husband and son and enjoyed eating the food cooked, along with two other guests,ladies from the USA.
This was our first evening of our holiday and a great start, enjoying some really fabulous food.
We were encouraged to stand close to the action of cooking and ask any questions. A great evening.

Visited March 2013
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