The Long Italian Lunch Class
There is no secrets I love Italian food, perhaps more than I love French food (is that a crime?) I’m pretty sure everyone in the world love Italian food too. From brushetta, pizza, spaghetti alla carbonara to risotto – Italian food is all about flavours and simplicity.
A few weeks ago, I attended for the first time an Italian cooking class. The class is ran by Luciana from Cucina Italiana in Annandale, Sydney and called ‘The Long Italian Lunch’. The name says it all: it starts at 10 am, goes for 4 hours and you get to eat all of the freshly prepared delicacies in a convivial and joyful atmosphere at the end of the class.
Preparing a full Italian lunch for us included making a Tuscan antipasti, fresh pasta, a meat dish and dessert. Using the best ingredients, I discovered recipes from different corners of Italy. The Long Italian Lunch class emphasises on teaching the real Italian cooking, the home cooking that you can only find in a truly Italian home.
What we made and ate
- Tuscan antipasti – demonstration/degustation
- Tortelli Di Zucca (pumking filled fresh pasta) – we made the pasta
- Casunziei Ampezzani (beetroot filled fresh pasta) – we made the pasta
- Scaloppine with Herbs (chicken dish) – demonstration/degustation
- Semifreddo al Caffee – demonstration/degustation
I will definitely be making the Tuscan antipasti and the Semifreddo al Caffee at home – stay tuned!
5 Tips I learnt from Luciana
- Only add salt to water for cooking pasta (no oil!).
- The weather influences your pasta dough, it will require more or less flour depending on the humidity.
- You should always have your pasta sauce ready before starting to cook your pasta (in case something goes wrong with the sauce).
- Veal scaloppines have to be eaten as soon as they get off the heat, unlike chicken they don’t wait as the veal will get tough and dry if it rests.
- Take the semifreddo out of the freezer 10 to 15 min before serving (depending on the weather)
What I love about The Long Italian Lunch Class
♥ Hands-on workshop ran by a passionate Italian home-cook
♥ The class is hosted in a historic heritage listed Italian Villa built nearly a century ago
♥ The working area is designed for kneading doughs such as pasta or bread, gnocchi or pasta frolla (short crust pastry).
♥ Discover the basics of fresh pasta making and try your newly learnt skills
♥ Cook and eat a delicious 4 course lunch from various regions of Italy
♥ Go home with a collection of traditional recipes and impress your friends and family
♥ Enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) with your lunch and make new friends at the big dinner table
♥ Gluten free and vegetarian option available
Disclaimer: Mademoiselle Slimalicious attended as a guest of Cucina Italiana. All opinions and photos are my own.