….going back to the old days when granny made pasta for the whole family
On Sunday 5th of November we will start at 11.00am and we will speak Italian ..
so also a short introduction on cooking terminology will be given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation.
These cooking lessons are for everyone in a very pleasant atmosphere and as part of an informal, informative and fun day!
So………Let’s Mani in pasta!
Simona will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch: kneading, rolling and encourage your creativity and finally closing to make the real handmade Italian pasta con farina di castagne.
And after we will enjoy what has been prepared, eating all together our Italian pasta with chestnut flour!
But no worries, there will be some for you to take home too..
By taking part in this “Pasta lesson”, participants will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.
A glass of Prosecco and nibbles on arrival will welcome you
When: November 5th from 11.00am to 3.00pm
Where:Casa Tua- Camden 176 Royal College St, London NW1 0SP
Cost: £39.90 per head which includes all the ingredients, the use of equipment, Prosecco and nibbles on arrival.
Why do you study Italian? “because I love Italy!”, “I like art”, “I like Italian movies”, “my girlfriend is Italian, and I’d like to know what she’s muttering on Monday mornings”. But what about studying Italian to understand 20 pages-long menus handed out in Italian restaurants ? Non turistic restaurants seldom have menus translated in English, and you’ll have to make an effort to understand a sweating waiter trying to explain in his poor English a complex dish, its ingredients, its flavour… Well you can always order randomly or accept advices, but you could later find out you just devoured delicious chiken entrails or a spicy dish of bovine intestine…
You’ll later regret you didn’t ask your Italian teacher what a “rigaglie di pollo” is, and how to ask politely for a less bloody meal.
Best you can do, is to enrich your Italian experience with a cooking-language class. This will help you with the language, and more importantly, give you insights on Italian cuisine and the many aspects of Italian culture related to food and its preparation.
If the course encomprises tasting and eating your lesson’s recipe, you’ll probably embrace our cooking belief: back home you’ll point out to your friends that in Rome there’s no such thing as “Spanish steps” (we call it Trinità dei monti) just like there’s no “fettuccine alfredo”, “chicken pasta” or “ veal parmigiana”.
Morevoer, you’ll surprise your expat Italian friends if you cook for them meatballs (JUST meatballs, no spaghetti), a carbonara (with no cream), the simplest “spaghetti al pomodoro” or even “aglio e olio” if on a Friday night your fridge holds only beer.
In fact, many everyday Italian dishes are easy to prepare, they just require proper ingredients and some time and patience. Some might say “love”.
But cooking rules are not engraved on a stone tablet, so let’s not be too strict: you can always add some flavour or spice from your country (chicken or raw eggs are not a spices, mind you), and have your cappuccino anytime you like – even after a fish dinner. I put parmigiano on my tuna spaghetti and have eggs with american coffee for breakfast. But please don’t tell my mamma.