Taking part in a cooking course through my travels is a thing I usually like to do. It’s a terrific way to find out about the community tradition and cuisine, and to select up a new recipe or two. All through my stop by to Lecce (map), a historic town in southern Puglia, I had the option to be part of a cooking class at the Awaiting Desk, the most founded cooking faculty in Lecce (established in 2003). The college presents 7 days-very long programs, as effectively as working day courses, which I opted for as I was only in Lecce for a handful of times. I realized I was in for a address but it turned out to be a single of the most exciting, educative and immersive issues to do in Lecce!
There ended up four of us at the daytime cooking study course that day. We achieved Silvestro, the founder of the Awaiting Desk, at Lecce’s principal sq., up coming to the city’s iconic amphitheatre.
Silvestro welcomed us and gave us a small introduction to Puglian foods and wines before using us to the fish current market. At the industry, he told us about the many styles of fish and their origins, and the ideal means to cook dinner them. For our lunch training course, he chosen some fish and squid, which we would later learn to put together and cook dinner.
From the fish industry, Silvestro led us throughout the historic metropolis centre, with its beautiful Baroque façades, to the vegetable market place. The fresh new rocket leaves, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms were being a mouthwatering sight! We gleefully stuffed our baskets – I was not the only vegetable lover in the team – and continued on our way to Silvestro’s cooking school in the city centre.
Positioned in a historic creating, the Awaiting Table college, is the two cosy and vibrant. Filled to the brim with cooking textbooks, pots and pans and all kinds of kitchen area utensils, it positive was a cheery sight!
We donned our aprons and acquired completely ready for our initially lesson: pasta! Silvestro stated the diverse types of flour utilized, and that barley flour is normally utilized in Puglia. As we kneaded the dough, Silvestro gave us the option of diverse pastas we could make. We voted for cappalletti (a pasta condition reminiscent of Mexican sombreros).
It was a fun exercise, applying a glass to reduce out shapes from the flattened dough, then folding them just before utilising a bottle to build the ‘sombreros’.
Making ready seafood and greens
Future up, Silvestro released the different sorts of seafood and greens we have been heading to take in. He then gave us a masterclass in how to prepare artichokes and squid. Gosh, I experienced no idea how numerous steps have been associated in cleaning and preparing these! Cleansing the squid was specially challenging. It positive created me take pleasure in the operate performed by fishmongers just about every day to provide them completely ready-to-prepare dinner.
A crash course in Puglia wines
Silvestro invited us into the eating area when we ended up finished. He proceeded to inform us about wines in Puglia – one matter I realized is that, contrary to well known perception, Primitivo is not the most commonplace grape range in Puglia the most greatly-developed grape range in Puglia is Negroamaro. We then enjoyed a wine-tasting of three unique rosés. Puglia is well-known for its pink wines so it is no question that the most common chilled wines are rosé and not white (however Puglia also provides, amongst some others, a magnificent white variety termed Verdeca).
Cooking our lunch
Just after the wine-tasting, we had been invited, just one by one, back into the kitchen area to cook dinner the dishes. I volunteered for the pasta dish: cappalletti, cherry tomatoes and squid.
When everyone experienced cooked their dishes, lunch was served. It appeared certainly mouthwatering! My favourites were the grilled fish, which was refreshing and super delicious, and the artichokes and sautéed wild rocket. So tasty!
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I appeared all over and all people experienced seems to be of pleasure and ponder on their faces ‘wonder’ due to the fact we could not very feel that we’d just organized and cooked almost everything on the desk!
The Awaiting Table cooking training course guaranteed is a single of the best points to do in Lecce! Encouraged by what I acquired at this Lecce cooking class, I handed on the classes to my little ones at household just a week later. We spent an afternoon building pasta and had a wonderful time!
In addition to cooking lessons in Lecce, the Awaiting desk also organises 7 days-extensive cooking lessons (some with yoga and biking) at a nearby castle. For more information, test out the Awaiting Desk programs.
Note: I was invited by the Awaiting Desk to participate in this class. As normally, all sights stated earlier mentioned are mine.