No trip to Italy is complete without having at least learnt to make pasta from scratch!One of the finest ways to experience the real Pugliese cooking is to have a cookery lesson in a clean modern purpose built kitchen.
The lesson will begin with a walk to the fruit and vegetable market to buy fresh seasonal vegetables, some meat from the local butcher and all the other ingredients needed for your cuisine class. You will also have the opportunity to find out about greens, vegetable and cheeses particular to Puglia such as cocomeri, cime di rape and giuncata.
After leaving the market and heading to the school you will make a quick stop at a coffee bar to savour a real Italian espresso and then on to a local wine merchant to choose the the wines appropriate for the dishes to be cooked. Once at the school it will be a hands on experience in which you will make fresh pasta and prepare at least three three other dishes, usually, but not always, a seasonal vegetable, meat and dessert dish. When all the dishes have been cooked the lesson culminates at the dining table, either in the private garden al fresco style, or in the dining room, where you sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Other complementary dishes, water, wine, coffee and liqueur will also be provided. An explanation on how to taste the wine chosen and recognise its characteristics will also be given. The lesson can also be combined with a wine tasting at a local vineyard.
The lessons are restricted to small groups with each participant having their own individual preparation area. All the ingredients and equipment needed to prepare the dishes will be provided by the school.
No trip to Italy is complete without having at least learnt to make pasta from scratch!
FLIGHTS TO PUGLIA
For direct flights from the UK to Bari and Brindisi, Puglia's main airports check the links below.
Ryanair flies to both Bari and Brindisi throughout the year from Stansted
British Airways flies to Bari from Gatwick April through to October
Easyjet flies to Bari or Brindisi from Gatwick throughout the year
Other Italian airports within easy reach of Puglia include Pescara and Naples (about 3 hours).
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