Cooking class at organic farm in Chianti with Fausto
Price including: cooking, dining, wine, oil, tours of the villa, olive oil tasting.
The main focus of Eleonora’s school is traditional Tuscan Cuisine: adapting old recipes to the demands of modern working life.
Lella has always been a passionate researcher into old texts on cookery, and her lessons combine a mixture of both ancient and family recipes, coupled with only the healthiest and most authentic local ingredients.
How many times have you gone away from an Italian restaurant asking yourself how this food can be so tasty and appetising? Surely you love Italian cooking and you’d like to know some of the secrets which makes it so special. In this case you’ve found the right address! On request we organize small cooking classes where you learn all that essential knowledge which will enable you to produce a delicious Italian meal for your family and friends at home. Eleonora will teach you her good recipes and fabulous tricks. You’ll appreciate the flavours of natural local products combined with our home made olive oil. Even if you’re not an expert cook you will enjoy yourself. Your helping hand will be decisive anyway! After all your efforts you will appreciate even more a wonderful dinner in our romantic candlelit Renaissance dining room with fresco paintings, proud of what you’ve done
Salsa verde (Classical Green Sauce)
Put the vinegar in a bowl. add the bread and leave it to soften. Then squeeze and chop it up with the mincing knife with the hard boiled egg. Now put all this into a suitable bowl and mix, adding olive oil until you get the right consistency. Spinkle on a few drops of vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and, if you wish, a little chopped chili. then cover the sauce and leave to rest in a cool place for a few hours. It can be served with boiled meats
Panzanella (Cold bread salad)
Panzanella is a traditional peasant dish which used to be eaten for breakfast or as a rustic snack. It can be served either as a first course or as a starter. Cut the bread (preferably the grey, homemade variety common in the past) into thick silices. Place them in a terrine. Cover with water and leave to rest for about 20 minutes. Meanwile, clean and wash the onion , basil, tomatoes and cucumber. Cut the vegetables into pieces and chop the basil. Place all this into a blow. Press the bread to get rid of excess moisture. Break it up and add it to the vegetables. Season with salt, withe pepper, plenty of red wine vinegar (preferably flauvored with herbs) and oil. Stir well and leave to rest about half an hour before serving
Pappardelle al Cinghiale (Pappardelle with wild boar sauce)
Chop all the herbs adn fry gently in the whole cloves of garlic. When the garlic starts to turn golden add the meat and continue cooking stirring all the time. Season with salt and after a few minutes add the red wine. Finally, when the wine has evapored, add the sieved tomatoes and cook over a low heat for abuout 2 hours adding a little stock from time to time to make sure the sauce doesn’t dry up. Boil the pappardelle in plenty of salted water, drain and season with the sauce and a good sprinkling of greated parmesan.
Arista (Roast saddle of pork)
Peel, crush and chop the garlic. Mix with the salt and a good helping of freshly ground of pepper. Then, make some incisions in the meat and stuff with the garlic mixture. Place some short spring of lightly seasoned rosemary on top of the meat and tie it up with kitchen string. Now place the meat in a roasting tin well greased with olive oil and cook in a moderate over for about an hour. Wen it is nearly cooked, turn up the oven so that the meat can become crips. Remove from the oven, untie and let the meat cool a little before cutting it into slices and basting it with its own juices. Roast saddle of pork keeps very well in the fridge for a few days and can prove an excellent solution for a light meal or snak between meals.
Daily departure at 9:30am directly from your accomodation.
(If you are staying outside of Florence city center we can pick you up from your place)
Comfortable air-conditioned 8-seats minivan or 2/3 seats sedane
English speaking guide at your disposal
Approximately 3-4 hours with the professional cook
Learn to cook authentic Tuscan meal and appetizers
Visit to a 13th century castle
Authentic meal (prepared by you!)
Chianti wine tasting at winery