The thing about me is that I can eat, but I may not be able to cook. Therefore, part of pastime is to sign up for a cooking lesson or experiment with ‘convenience cooking’ at home.

I was highly recommended by a girl friend to join ‘Cookyn with Mervyn’ because he was patient and personable (I guess his good looks charmed my friend, and unfortunately for her – he is taken.) Very coincidentally I had a cooking demo at Cookyn Inc – a new contemporary cooking school at Margaret Drive started by Mervyn and partners. Ten minutes walk from Queenstown MRT, it is next to where I used to borrow books and visit the polyclinic. As though it was inside an refurnished old school, there was a very retro feel.

Behind this old-looking façade is a beautiful modern kitchen hub with an outdoor herbs garden. That must be every housewife’s dream to pluck your ingredients from your backyard. Chef Ming from Cookyn Inc taught the group how to cook Grilled Slipper Lobster with Mornay Sauce. I was initially apprehensive because such a recipe was simply out of my league. It turned out to be an expensive classy looking dish that was simple to prepare, with all the ingredients easily purchased from FairPrice Finest. Now for the recipe.

2 slipper lobsters
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
1.5 cups milk
3/4 cup grated cheese
Salt and Pepper

Melt the butter in a pan over medium high heat, and add the flour in bit by bit, stirringly well with a wooden spoon. Once flour is well incorporated, let mixture bubble for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.

When the colour of the mixture reaches a pale golden, add the milk to the pan and stir well for 4 minutes. The mixture will thicken considerably upon reaching a boil. Add ‘pasta cheese’ if you like. Set aside when the mixture coats the back of the wooden spoon well.

Rinse the slipper lobster and cut in half, lengthwise. Pour sauce over the tops of the lobsters, then sprinkle grated cheese over.

Place in oven (Pre-heated oven @ 150 degrees Celsius) for approximately 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden brown. You can serve your lobsters now!

(Thank you to FairPrice Finest for the cooking demo and provision of ingredients.)

Cookyn Inc, 60 Jalan Penjara, Garden Hub, Block O, Singapore 149375 (near Queenstown MRT Station)

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