Cooking Class - E stato un pasto delizioso
Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
30Trip End Aug 11, 2011
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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!
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