Monday, September 15, 2008


I have officially attended each of my classes once, and my Mediterranean Cuisine class is by far my favorite. There are only five of us in the class, and we got in there before the teacher arrived, so we started reading the syllabus. It said that we weren’t going to be allowed to eat full meals, take food home, or cook in large quantities. So we were sad, but then our teacher walks out in his legit chef outfit: the shirt with buttons on both sides, apron, and pants to match. We all kind of stared and then looked away real quick….We got right to work making various kinds of broth, chicken, fish, and vegetable. Then we cooked the remainder of the fish, toasted some bruschetta, and cooked some potatoes. Then our teacher asked us if we were hungry, so we also made some homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh basil grown right outside the kitchen. The food we made was incredible, if I do say so myself.

After it was all prepared, we sat down and enjoyed some great food and good company. Our teacher is a Tuscania native, but has traveled the world cooking authentic Italian food in large cities: Bangkok, London, Cancun, and Paris. But now he has returned to Tuscania, and owns his own bread shop and then teaches our class on the side. I love talking to Italians who know English as their second language. He didn’t know the American word for grasshopper, so we agreed that he was talking about a flying spider!

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