Italian Cooking Class is resumed after summer break. We found out that the instructor will move to Japan next year, so there will be 7 more months/classes to go. It’s been more than 4 years since I took a first class. I have learned a lot not only cooking but ingredient and cultures from her.
Italian Fish Sauce (Colatura di Alice) is so mild and flavorful. She says we could use Vietnamese Fish Sauce (Nước mắm), which is easier to find in the market here in LA, but it smells much stronger and I wouldn’t like it.
Mmmm, again. It’s totally different from one I know. It tastes more sophisticated with less garlic and red chili.
Fish tastes so delicious. Tender with crispy skin.
We used sheep milk feta instead of pecorino fresco, which she couldn’t find in the market here. It tastes complex with relishing lemon, savory cheese and sweet honey. Definitely for adults. I want to try with sweet white wine next time.
The last class before summer break
Antipasto: Insalata di Carote e Arance (Carrot & Orange Salad)
I was looking for a good recipe that I can enjoy having a lot of carrot, which is not my favorite. This is so delicious that I could eat everyday. Sweet and sour orange helps to ease carrot flavor.
Antipasto: Insalata di Ceci (Chickpea Salad)
I tried Primosale (Ricotta Salata). It’s solid and sality. The salad is seasoned with dried tomato, basil, lemon, salt and pepper. Very refreshing. Great with white wine.
Primo Piatto: Tiella (Oven baked mussels, rice, tomato and potato)
This dish from Puglia Region reminds me of Doria, very popular in Japan. It’s hard to tell what is inside from this picture. So I add a video to Instagram. It’s so delicious and enjoyable as main dish.
Dolce: Meringata alle Fragole (Meringue with Strawberries & Cream)
Fancy dessert that all girls would love. Demonstration on Instagram
Primo Piatto: Pasta con la Mollica
Sicilian version of seasoned bread crumb spaghetti. Brown processed crumbs with tomato paste and anchovy. Italian wisdom not to waste old bread and to make something nice. Surprisingly tasty.