A fun, immersive cooking class in Lecce, Puglia


Collaborating in a cooking course for the duration of my travels is a little something I constantly enjoy to do. It is a terrific way to master about the local society and delicacies, and to decide up a new recipe or two. Through my visit to Lecce (map), a historic metropolis in southern Puglia, I had the possibility to join a cooking course at the Awaiting Desk, the most set up cooking college in Lecce (established in 2003). The university features 7 days-extensive courses, as very well as day courses, which I opted for as I was only in Lecce for a few times. I realized I was in for a deal with but it turned out to be one particular of the most pleasurable, educative and immersive factors to do in Lecce!

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The vibrant kitchen area at the Awaiting Desk.

There had been 4 of us at the daytime cooking training course that working day. We satisfied Silvestro, the founder of the Awaiting Table, at Lecce’s principal sq., following to the city’s iconic amphitheatre.

Our conference level at the amphitheatre in the Lecce city centre.

Silvestro welcomed us and gave us a small introduction to Puglian foods and wines prior to taking us to the fish marketplace. At the sector, he informed us about the different sorts of fish and their origins, and the greatest approaches to cook them. For our lunch study course, he selected some fish and squid, which we would afterwards find out to get ready and cook dinner.

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Silvestro outlining the varieties of seafood utilized in Puglian cuisine.

From the fish sector, Silvestro led us across the historic town centre, with its attractive Baroque façades, to the vegetable market place. The new rocket leaves, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms have been a mouthwatering sight! We gleefully crammed our baskets – I wasn’t the only vegetable lover in the team – and ongoing on our way to Silvestro’s cooking faculty in the town centre.

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I liked the vegetable current market!

Found in a historic creating, the Awaiting Desk university, is equally cosy and vibrant. Filled to the brim with cooking textbooks, pots and pans and all types of kitchen area utensils, it certain was a cheery sight!

Producing pasta

We donned our aprons and got ready for our very first lesson: pasta! Silvestro spelled out the various sorts of flour made use of, and that barley flour is frequently utilised in Puglia. As we kneaded the dough, Silvestro gave us the choice of different pastas we could make. We voted for cappalletti (a pasta shape reminiscent of Mexican sombreros).

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Creating cappalletti

It was a enjoyment workout, applying a glass to lower out shapes from the flattened dough, then folding them right before utilising a bottle to develop the ‘sombreros’.

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Me with my cappalletti.

Planning seafood and vegetables

Following up, Silvestro released the various styles of seafood and veggies we had been going to try to eat. He then gave us a masterclass in how to get ready artichokes and squid. Gosh, I had no strategy how quite a few steps had been involved in cleaning and planning these! Cleansing the squid was significantly challenging. It confident designed me appreciate the do the job carried out by fishmongers each individual day to supply them all set-to-prepare dinner.

I under no circumstances realized there had been so a lot of ways concerned in preparing artichokes!

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Silvestro taught us how to thoroughly clean the squid

Cleaning mussels

A crash course in Puglia wines

Silvestro invited us into the eating space when we have been done. He proceeded to inform us about wines in Puglia – one particular detail I acquired is that, opposite to well-known belief, Primitivo is not the most common grape range in Puglia the most greatly-developed grape wide variety in Puglia is Negroamaro. We then enjoyed a wine-tasting of three unique rosés. Puglia is renowned for its pink wines so it’s no question that the most popular chilled wines are rosé and not white (nevertheless Puglia also provides, among many others, a stunning white range named Verdeca).

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The eating place

Cooking our lunch

Just after the wine-tasting, we were invited, a person by one particular, again into the kitchen to prepare dinner the dishes. I volunteered for the pasta dish: cappalletti, cherry tomatoes and squid.

Sautéing the squid

I selected to cook dinner the pasta dish

When everyone experienced cooked their dishes, lunch was served. It appeared unquestionably mouthwatering! My favourites were the grilled fish, which was contemporary and tremendous tasty, and the artichokes and sautéed wild rocket. So delectable!

Putting the remaining contact on my pasta dish

The fish was awesome!

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I seemed close to and absolutely everyone experienced looks of joy and surprise on their faces ‘wonder’ because we couldn’t rather imagine that we’d just organized and cooked every little thing on the table!

The Awaiting Table cooking system certain is a single of the most effective issues to do in Lecce! Impressed by what I discovered at this Lecce cooking course, I handed on the classes to my youngsters at property just a 7 days afterwards. We expended an afternoon making pasta and experienced a fantastic time!

I taught the young ones to make cappalletti, fusilli and farfalle but they also produced other styles (like elephants and angel fish!).

In addition to cooking courses in Lecce, the Awaiting desk also organises 7 days-long cooking classes (some with yoga and cycling) at a close by castle. For extra data, examine out the Awaiting Desk programs.

Be aware: I was invited by the Awaiting Desk to participate in this course. As normally, all sights said previously mentioned are mine.


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