Saturday 17 March – Spring in Persia – a Norouz class with Saghar Setareh

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The arrival of March means Spring is just a few steps away.  Although we’re still shaking off the winter it’s time to prepare for Norouz, the Persian new year celebrated on the Spring equinox, followed shortly after by Easter.   Spring celebration food everywhere focusses on the new seasonal greens and celebration of growth. Although the classic Persian dish to celebrate Norouz is Sabzi Polo ba Mahi — Persian herby pilaf served with fish — there are also other dishes that are prepared with the fresh produce of Spring.

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This Persian feast menù is completely green in color in honour of Spring celebrations. There’s Kuku Sabzi — Persian herby frittata — that is a classic Norouz dish in Tehran. Then there will be Baghali Polo — Persian pilaf with fava beans and lots of dill — that will be served with lamb shanks, cooked with saffron and turmeric. These dishes and the rest of the Menù are Persian inspirations that can brighten up your Easter lunch/brunch for a feast with a middle eastern flavor.

 

Menu

Persian Cheese Platter with herbs (vegetarian)

Main Courses

Bghali Polò: Persian pilaf with fava beans and dill (vegan)
Kuku Sabzi: Persian herby frittata with barberries and walnuts (vegetarian) Lamb Shanks stewed with onions, turmeric and saffron

Tahdig: saffrony, crunchy rice crust Sides

Green beans salad with eggs, potatoes with lime and sumaq dressing Spinach Borani: yoghurt dip with saffron and walnuts

Dessert

Maghut: Persian rose and almond pudding topped with pistachios served with cardamom tea

To book or for any other info or details please contact Saghar – saghar.setareh@gmail.com.  You can find and share content about this cooking class at #PersianCookingClassRome.

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(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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The Sunday Kitchen with Carla Tomasi, various dates

The Sunday Kitchen is a new monthly series at Latteria Studio that kicks-off on Sunday 28th January.  If you work all week long this is a once a month opportunity to join a cooking class, be part of a convivial group and enjoy a beautiful lunch.

The day will start with just baked maritozzi and cinnamon buns, with the big Moka being passed around.

Fresh pasta and focaccia will always be made, and a stuffed focaccia too to be enjoyed with our aperitivo.

The Sunday Kitchen will always be a very seasonal with as much produce as possible from my garden in Ostia Antica.

Sometimes the day will be vegetarian, sometimes not, however the vegetable world – together with pulses and grains – will always prominently figure. My two gorgeous butchers boys (they run a lovely local shop) will be able to provide us with certified meats and fish will be bought at my trusted fishmonger Faiola in Ostia where everything on offer is spanking fresh.

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Children are welcome too, because you are never too young to learn how to cook!   I am planning to run The Sunday Kitchen on the last Sunday of each month, however if you wish to book any other Sunday and make it your own to celebrate a birthday or a gathering of family and friends just let me know.

COMING UP:

25 th February Indian vegetarian cooking
25 th March The glorious springtime vegetables of Rome: artichokes, peas,
broad beans, cicorie…
29. th April North African Cuisine: The Maghreb – SOLD OUT
27 th May Super PASTA class
24 th June Fast forward to summer cooking
29 th July Micro preserving for the small urban kitchen
26 th August Traditional Italian preserves with tomatoes,aubergines,
courgettes and sun ripened stone fruits.

If you wish to book a place, or the whole Sunday Kitchen, or require any further info please mail Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

The Winter Vegetarian Kitchen with Carla Tomasi, Friday 12 Jan

Friday 12 January at 9.30 am

The winter kitchen is a beautiful place to be with so many pops of color from pumpkins, all shades of green from the brassica family and the wonderful world of grains and pulses. We’ll hop from place to place with dishes from North Africa, India, the Middle East, Italy and more. My garden will provide most of the vegetable and all the herbs needed for the day. Focaccia and pitta will be baked too, as will a seasonal pudding that will speak of citrus.

The class will end with a very convivial lunch of what we have prepared. If you require further info or wish to book please mail me at: cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

 

A Tuscan Christmas cooking class and dinner, Tuesday 12th of December

Giulia Scarpaleggia is a Tuscan born and bred food writer and photographer, and she teaches Tuscan cooking classes in her studio in the countryside in between Siena and Florence.   On the 12th of December she is back in Rome for a cooking class during which we will cook a Christmas dinner to celebrate the holidays with a Tuscan accent.
We will start the meal with the most traditional crostini neri from the countryside, a chicken liver spread enlivened with capers and anchovies. We will prepare crespelle alla fiorentina with a seasonal filling, followed by the most classic arista alla fiorentina, a roast pork loin made festive with prunes and pancetta.
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As for the desserts, we will move to Siena and we will prepare two Medieval treats: we will make ricciarelli, the soft almond biscuits, and panforte, a spiced fruit cake.
Wines from a local farm will accompany our meal and our chats over a table of shared honest food.  This is a hands on dinner class, which starts at 5pm,  with a maximum of 8 participants, if you want to book your spot send an email to info@julskitchen.com

pop-up christmas kitchen, Sunday 10 December

For the third year running Alice, Carla and Sofie are baking for the much loved Christmas kitchen bake sale.  Fill your hampers with home made preserves, real English fruit cake, all butter Danish cookies and much more.

From 10 am till 6 pm on Sunday 10 December.  Stop by for a just baked cinnamon roll and a cup of tea, and pick up all those things you won’t find in Italian food stores!  We recommend placing orders for the hot ticket items like Alice’s mince pies, Sofie’s Danish Christmas cookies and Carla’s traditional Christmas cakes.  Contact us on the emails below.  Beautiful Christmas Calendars by Saghar from Lab Noon will also be on sale, as well as Rachel Roddy‘s Two Kitchens, proceeds of which will be directed to helping fund the Neighborhood Oranges project.

Alice: alicekiandra.adams@gmail.com, Sofie: sofie@theeateryinrome.com,
Carla: cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

Also on sale on the day will be the special preserves from the small social enterprise project run by latteria studio.  Neighborhood Oranges and Marmelate Solidale are made by Ruben and James, two unemployed Nigerians living in Rome.  Every jar helps them – it is a very simple equation – the more we sell, the more often they are able to work and earn money in a dignified and valuable way.  We are having a special label designed for Christmas by the artists at #makeartnotswalls in Umbria, so please consider making an order and giving our amazing bitter orange marmalade (or plum jam) as a Christmas gift to your work colleagues.