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I’m Michelle!

Farm to table cooking experience

Farm to table cooking experience

A few weeks after Kai was born we went on my first outing to a charity event. Andrew bid on a farm to table cooking class and he won! It was a date night we could look forward to in the future. The venue was a farm in Pozzuoli and we arranged a babysitter. We arrived late because that particular day they started earlier probably because the sun goes down sooner now. Right now it is fall in Italy and during the day you don’t need a cardigan, but at night it quickly turns a bit chilly.

I was super excited to pick mandarin oranges. The chef Pippo advised us to smell the stem. Oh it was to die for. Pippo also explained some grafting that they do and that he teaches bee keeping classes too. After the ingredient picking, we made our way into the kitchen.

We were cooking with a group of other English-speaking people. We made fried dough, fresh pasta with vegetables (eggplant, zucchini), chicken cacciatore, and oranges drizzled with chocolate. The pasta was my favorite. You put it through the hand-turning pasta grater at 3 different settings. Twice at 6, then 4, then 2 with adding a lot of flour, so that it doesn’t stick to the machine. Last, you run a pizza cutter through the slab of pasta and it makes uneven triangles. An overall fun and unique experience especially being able to pick the ingredients from the farm.

Cantina del Vesuvio

Cantina del Vesuvio

It really is la bellissima vita.

It really is la bellissima vita.