Toscana Mia cooking school

Trip Start Oct 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 31, 2010


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Podere Casanova, Montespertoli, Tuscany

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Just some brief comments today, Sheree’s cooking school, aptly named Toscana Mia, in Poggio san Polo near Raddi in Chianti, was the highlight. This name seems so appropriate with their purple iris as the themed flower, and given the fact that Sheree [purple] has just become a Mia [grandmother] 
 
This school focused on local Tuscan cooking, famous Chianti wines, smattered with plenty of Italian language, knowledge and cuisine. When I returned to do the hard work, eat the meal, I was pleasantly surprised to hear American and Australian accents, with one lady coming from Carina, Brisbane.

 For the foodies, our lunch was a four course delight - Green Crostini [mayonnaise, parsley, anchovy, egg, garlic, lemon on bread] for entree; Salsa Agli Aromi - pasta sharpened with garlic, rosemary and basil; Bocconcini all’ Arrarbbiata [turkey breast] and Tortino della Lucchesia [zucchini slice] for mains; and dessert, Schiacciata all’Uva [grapes on a pastry base liberally covered with sugar]. Obviously, local Chianti Classic vino flowed freely, even though I just don’t like the smell or the taste of that red stuff!

 Finding our way on country Italian roads, using local maps, has proved challenging at times, but Sheree and I [still married] successfully negotiated some gorgeous mountain roads with spectacular Chiantian views through to the classic rolling Tuscan hillsides covered with vineyards, olive orchards, estates and the odd hilltop castle. 

 We look at this place in 2010, but continue to absorb its many centuries of history slowly being uncovered through visiting the large city like Sienna and little villages similar to Montespertoli. All take time to walk, watch, listen and learn, and all say, ‘...come back some time soon, and bring your friend with you’.

 For the indulgent amongst you, I just had to conclude my evening meal with a Nutella and Mascapone pizza - have you heard of anything quite like it! Unique! Check out the photo if you don’t believe me!

 Ciao for now… need some well earned sleep!


SHEREE While he sleeps I will add my take on the day. 

 The cooking school was great, with authentic Tuscan dishes and I loved every moment of it. I learnt quite a lot.  K.C. & Wombie also enjoyed the day and met a new friend, Pinocchio.  They loved the smells of all the cooking and they wanted to stay - but we had places to see and go to.

 Sienna was interesting with its churches and Piazza del Campo.  The shops were amazing - great clothes and scarves - thats right, just scarves- loads of scarves, bread/pastry shops, wine shops, deli shops - these are amazing, kitchen shops and loads more.  I did try and look in them all - just a feast for the eyes! I think this would make a great trip for a group of girls - “Shopping tour of Italy” mmm… any takers?

 We had our first experience shopping at the local Coop (supermarket). This was interesting trying to work out what is shampoo and which is conditioner.  Standing in front of the shelves with our English/Italian book trying to figure it out, and then what should we hear but an Aussie accent from a couple doing the same as us. You have no idea how great it is when you are 1/2 way around the world to hear familiar accents, and then start swapping stories of where you’ve been and what you’ve done.

 Looking forward to another great day in Tuscany, the sun is out, blue skies, but a little cool!
Catch you later, Ciao,  Sheree.
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