(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.

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.

The Persian Table, with Saghar Setareh, Saturday 11 November (sold out), new date Saturday 2 December

Saturday 11 November, from 10am

The culinary arts of Persia are as flavourful as they are beautiful; saffron and spices, pomegranates and roses, mint and more come together at the Persian table.  Saghar Setareh, cook, blogger and photographer leads a day class with lunch featuring the flavours of her homeland and including; Adas-polo, Persian rice with lentils and caramelized onions, Persian Jewelled rice with pistachios, almonds, oranges zest, Saffron chicken and a Pomegranate mint salad.  To finish a Persian love cake and tea.

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The class starts at 10 am and finishes with the lunch prepared by the group.  Contact Saghar by email to book a spot: saghar.setareh@gmail.com

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The world of fresh pasta with Carla Tomasi – Saturday 7 October

Saturday 7 October, from 10 am

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Spend a day with Carla Tomasi in the world of fresh pasta.  She will share the secrets, techniques and recipes in this all day class which will cover making fresh pasta in various forms; tagliatelle, seasonal ravioli, garganelli and more.  The class includes (a pasta based) lunch with wine and lots of fresh goodness from Carla’s garden in Ostia Antica.  You will leave with some of the pasta you have made and a recipe compendium.

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For more information or to book you can email Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it

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Preserve the Season with Carla Tomasi, Sunday 17th September

Sunday 17 September, from 10 am.

A day of bottling, pickling and fermenting the glorious end of summer produce with Carla Tomasi. We will bottle tomato and basil sauce, pickle zucchini with oregano and mint, make spiced peaches, quick pickles, plum chutney and more.

This is an all day class that includes lunch with much of the bounty coming from Carla’s garden.  For more info and to hold a spot please email Carla at cookingwithcarla@virgilio.it