Cooking Class - E stato un pasto delizioso

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Aug 11, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Emilia-Romagna,
Thursday, July 21, 2011

21 July - the Tower - Montombraro, Zocca, Italy

Oh my god, how do I start to explain a 7 hour cooking class in Italy? The class was going to start at 10am, then 11am and we kicked off at 11.30am. Reminds me of some places I have worked.   Anyway, regardless of the start time, Narell and I, aprons on, were ready to learn the Italian cooking way.  We made gnocchi, tagliatelli, tortillonni, bolognese, risotto and vegetable gratin.  Alan and Pete joined us for a late lunch around 3pm overlooking the Italian countryside with homemade wine (bianca-white and rossi-red).  While the guys went off for siesta we cooked on until about 6.15pm, when we took home mountains of food for the next two days.  Silvia and her mum Riccarda were fantastic.  I can now make Italian pasta and will take the time to make my own stock.  Look out now My Kitchen Rules, Kate and I are now ready!!  Narell and I were exhausted but Riccarda was still powering on.  Today at the markets in Vignoli we have bought the necessary equipment for the gnocchi but still need to find a rolling pin the size and shape of a baseball bat. 

Silvia mentioned that there were markets at Vignoli so Narell's adrenlin started pumping and we were off again around the mountain roads.  It reminds me somewhat of Mad Mouse rides that they used to have at the exhibition.  Pete has certainly managed the narrow, winding chaos that is driving in rural Italy.  Life here is very relaxed, maybe it has something to do that everyone has a siesta and the world just stops for 3-4 hours from about 12 noon.  Wouldn’t work for me but there is no hurry to reopen after siesta.  Could explain the state of the Italian economy! Smoking is rife here and you can smoke anywhere and everywhere.  It is also OK to blow smoke in someone’s face and drive whilst smoking.  We have even seen a driver smoking, talking on a mobile and trying to use the Italian hand signals for expression.  He then did a U turn across double lines.  Italian drivers obviously have generic compatibility with the Japanese kamakaze pilots! 

Love to all, D-M xxx
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Lea and Jeff on

The cooking class sounds WONDERFUL! I recall Salvatores mum spending her entire life in the kitchen! And I recall careering around hairpin bends along the magnificent Amalfi coast.......and siesta........ Oh how I wish we were there, instead of working THROUGH lunch, and whipping up a evening meal, thawing frozen meat to make a bolognese because I forgot to take it out.......not exactly Italian cuisine! Glad you are having a fabulous time! x

Trish B on

WOW! What a week. Just caught up on your adventures since your birthday. Cooking, drinking, driving, flower shows, drinking certainly sounds like my kinda holiday - I won't even mention the smoking!! Ally is determined to save all her money now for travel & has started entering every car competition she can find so not to have to think about money for that. Ben leaves today so I'll b taking him out to airport around 4 and then back to get Harry. All is good on the home front. Looking forward to your future entries. Have fun. Luv from the brownies

Nevis and Ron on

Can't wait to try out your newly acquired skills. I just love pasta! Will have to find a nice red wine to go with it. Are you tasting those delicious cheap reds from the supermarkets? Ron and I loved them. Hard to believe that they still smoke like that. We found that you could go to an ancient ruin and there would be cigarette butts everywhere. YUK. All good here as the reno is finally ready to go on the market. Can't wait to get it rented and move on. Enjoy the rest of the trip.
Love Nev and Ron

Danny Betros on

This is hard to take. I don't know how many more of these I can read without ghetting on a plane

trish mulligan on

Sensational - you mention a rolling pin.....what about measuring cups & measuring spoons?
You missed the Cairns Show Holiday - but you are disappointed. Can you believe we are having a cold snap down to 9 degrees overnight!
Ben was over on Thursday night - then in to town. How lucky are our boys to have such a broad group of great friends.

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