(kitchen) skillz with Carla Tomasi, various dates

Carla Tomasi is a cook for all cooks.  Chef, restauranteur, home cook, pickler and preserver.  Italian, but a lover of all the great world cuisines.  This series of workshops has something for everyone.  Hone your skills to a z and learn something new.

Saturday 10 March – Skillz #1.  Pasta, Gnocchi and Risotti 101.
Ins & outs of these ‘primi’. Which flours, what potatoes, what rice!! Methods and shapes,
and pasta sauces too.

Sunday 18 March –  Skillz #2. The world’s best simple flat breads: pita, focacce
and stuffed focacce.

Saturday 14 April –  The wonderful and varied world of pulses, grains and
beans. Freekeh, barley, black lentils…to name just a few!

Sunday 13 May – Skillz #3.  Easy puddings/cakes/desserts.  Bonet (from Piemonte), Zuccotto ( from Florence), Lemon and poppy seed cake( so buttery and fragrant), a classic Caprese torte,  Praline semifreddo ( no ice cream maker required), Tahini and halva
brownies (so very good you will ask somebody to hide them from you) and
last but not least Cassola, a baked Roman cheesecake with a cherry, red
wine and bay compote.


16 th June Saturday – The Modern vegetarian. Recipes inspired by world
cuisines and home cooking.

Each lesson included lunch with lots of good things from Carla’s garden in Ostia Antica. To book a place email Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

All photos by Vanessa from Olives and Lucinda.

Italian summer: new ways with vegetables with Alice Adams and Vanessa Miles

Friday 15 June, a day workshop with lunch, from 9.30am.

Summer is a feast of tomatoes, zucchini, the perfume of basil, the smell of tomato leaves, and a purple haze of eggplants at the markets.  This day workshop, which will start at the lovely open air market in Monteverde Vecchio, will focus on ways to cook the best of the season all summer long.  

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Join these two Australian cooks, who have built a friendship based on the love of food from both sides of the globe, for a day cooking outside of the vegetable box.  Vanessa is a gardener as well as a cook, and will share her recipe and technique for her fresh tomato leaf pasta, which we’ll enjoy with fresh tomato and butter sauce.  We’ll roast peppers, slow roast tomatoes and grill eggplant, and talk about how to preserve them as well as ways to use as part of a summer feast. You’ll learn new ways with zucchini and twists on tomatoes, and everything prepared will be enjoyed with a convivial lunch including local wines. For more info you can write to: alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com or vanessa@thehungrychook.com

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Class size is limited to 6 people, and participants will go home with recipes and cooking notes, as well as samples of what we bake. Click here to book a place.

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