Cooking with Isabella & Sara
20.07.2015 - 22.07.2015 39 °C
What better way to cap off another incredible visit to Italy but with a cooking class. A cooking class with a real Italian mama of four and her daughter. Isabella and Sara, who manage the apartments that we stayed in the past few days, opened their hearts and their home to their visitors.
Wearing our orange aprons, we prepared an Italian feast. I learned how to properly prepare an eggplant using salt to drain out the bitter taste. Isabella shared a few more ideas for eggplant which I plan to try when I get home.
When I was told we were making fish, I was not prepared for the cuttlefish! What is a cuttlefish? A squid with tentacles and all but we needed to chop it up. Well I can't eat that I thought in my head. It ended up tasting all right and it was an experience just learning to prepare it.
Sitting down to a three hour meal with an Italian family was as much about the experience as the cooking. Francesco, the papa of the family, came home at two o'clock to join us for our meal. The heated discussion between the three of them in Italian with hands flying, was something to witness.
We we're told that 25 people sit around their large table at Christmas. Can you just imagine the sound and all the good food? We felt part of their family for a few hours.
"Ching, Ching for a toast! First it was red wine followed by white one, then sparkling white wine and finally by a special dessert wine made from small cherries. That one was delicious!
Best quote of the day by Isabella, "When you travel to new places, open your eyes and your heart. You will always enjoy yourself."