Italian Cooking Class
As you may have read in my post about our Toscana Trip, I was mentioning the cooking class I attended when we were there. So here I want to share some of my experiences with you.
First I got to see all the basics of the Italian kitchen; like the main ingredients, all the flavours and spices, the fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden everything they use for the daily preparation.
For the starter we made marinated anchovies garnished with citron zest and almond flakes. They taste delicious in a salad or you can also fry them and serve as appetiser together with a glass of tuscan white wine.
fresh mushrooms and herbs from the garden
Delicious fish from the Mediterran sea
Time for some Pasta
Here the ingredients for 1 person:
1 egg, 100 grams of flour (550W) a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Knead the ingredients and let the dough rest for at least 20 minutes, cover it with a bowl to prevent it dry on the surface. With this paste you can make now dumplings, noodles or pasta for lasagne. We made some Ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach. First boil the spinach and squeeze out the water afterwards. Then mix it with the ricotta and flavour it with black pepper and a pinch of salt.
Now take the dough and take it several times through the pasta machine until it’s very thin. You can also roll it out with your hands, but it will take a while :-) Then cut out some squares fill them and fold it together. You can also use meat, cheese or whatever you like for the filling, there are no limits to your creativity!
We also made a very easy and delicious mushroom sauce. Heat up some olive oil in a pan add a herb of your liking, we used a few leaves of sage and some garlic add the mushrooms and let them fry for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms are gold brown. You can add some vegetable stock or white wine and let it simmer a bit before you add in the pasta of your choice. Serve it with some cherry tomatoes, truffle slices or basil.
Try to make your pesto yourself, it will taste much better trust me and it’s so easy to make you only need a few ingredients and a mixer. Take 1 bunch of basil, a handful of pine nuts, 1 or 2 clove(s) of garlic, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt. Mix the ingredients to your liking together (add some more parmesan or olive oil for desired thickness) Top it of with some cherry tomatoes and a few basil leaves. Buon Appetito!
I also have for you the traditional Biscotti recipe! (Cantucci biscuits)
- 250 grams of flour
- 200 grams of sugar
- 125 grams of almonds with skin
- 1 egg
- 30 grams of butter
- 2 tablespoons Marsala wine or port
- Aroma of anise
8 grams of baking powder
Mix all ingredients quickly until you get a paste soft, form a stick 40 cm long and bake at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cut them still warm sliced half cm thick and put them back in the oven until they are dry.