This is a very special post. On the 5 of December I held a cooking workshop for kids at Amity International School, Pushp Vihar. The event aka Festival of European Languages was organized by the Goethe Institut and it was so kind of them to bring me on board. The concept of the program was to come with delicious, simple recipes that could be cooked without fire. And I came up with two- no-bake chocolate cookie pops and german potato salad.
Both of them are quick, easy, and kid-friendly answer to your ‘there’s-no-room-in-the-oven’ conundrum. That’s why perfect for the festive season.
These festive pops are the confectionery cousin to cake pops and are made with just three ingredients. Decorate them with your choice of sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut or crushed pretzels. These can be made without the stick to and served like truffles. For an adult party, you can add some bourbon because nothing says happy holidays like boozy chocolate cookies on a stick.
The German Potato Salad on other hand is the easiest salad I have made- no fussy business of mayonnaise, or cheese. They are tons of variation of this salad and it is more of a family thing to stick to a recipe. For mine I use apple cider vinegar (instead of white vinegar), shallots (instead of white onion), fresh chive and tons of sea salt. You can definitely add bacon here, or some hard-boiled eggs. Also some mustard, maybe. A bit of meat stock would be lovely too. The deal is make this salad according to your preferences. A handy tip, top the vinaigrette on warm potatoes. That way the dressing oozes into the vegetable.
Anyway, on to the recipes.
No-Bake Chocolate Cookie Pops
Makes: 12 to 14 pops
1. 15 sandwich cookies with cream filling, preferably Oreo
2. 50 grams of cream cheese
3. 200 grams of white chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips (50 grams for pasting+ 150 grams for decorating)
4. 1 tsp vegetable oil
5. Assorted sprinkles or crushed nuts
6. Edible food dye
Equipment: Zip-lock bag, baking sheet (parchment paper), lollipop stick/skewers, thermocol
1. Place the cookies in a zip lock bag and crush them using a heavy book or a rolling pin. Continue to do so until no large piece of cookie remains.
2. Add the cream cheese bit-by-bit. And knead into the cookie mixture by hand until well combined. Make sure the mixture should not be overly dry or moist.
3. Line a baking dish with baking sheet. Using your hands and a spoon, squeeze and roll the cookie mixture into 1-inch balls. Place them on the baking sheet.
4. Melt little bit of the chocolate in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until fully melted.
5. Dip the stick/skewer into the melted chocolate and push them inside the cookie ball very gently. Put back the ball on the baking sheet and cool them for 10- 15 minutes.
6. Melt the remaining chocolate in the same way. Add oil and mix. Put drop-by-drop the food dye into the melted chocolate pool and mix until it reaches the color of your choice.
7. Dip the cookie balls in the melted chocolate then immediately garnish them with sprinkles/gems/crushed nuts.
8. Poke the sticks into a thermocol. Refrigerate until the chocolate is completely set.
German Potato Salad
1. 4 big potatoes
2. 1 shallot, sliced
3. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4. 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
5. Good sprinkle of chives
6. 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
7. Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cook potatoes in salted water just until tender. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Make sure the potatoes don’t turn into mush- you need nice crumb for the salad.
2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Finely chop chives and add to the vinaigrette.
3. Pour vinaigrette over the warm potatoes and add the shallot. Gently toss. Serve immediately. Can be made ahead and served at room temperature or warmed up again before serving.
All-in-all this was an experience worth remembering. The smiles on everyone’s faces made all the hard work and monitoring worth it. If you happen to attend this event, a big thank you from all of us here. Hope to see you lovely lot, sometime real soon.
For more photographs of the event, click here.