Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cooking in Foreign Countries

My recent story about truffle hunting made me nostalgic for the trip that included that wonderful day;  our week of culinary delights in Umbria, Italy.   The seeds of this trip started long ago, when I met my soon-to-be Aussie husband and was trying to figure out where we could go out for dates.  Through strange co-incidence, we had each signed up with the same new cooking school before we even met, and on our third date (at a wine tasting event) discovered that fact when we happened upon the chef instructor.   Cooking classes?  The perfect date!  It must have been a great idea, as we took a lot of classes.  When we heard that the chef instructor was planning culinary trips to Europe, we couldn’t sign up fast enough. 
And that is how we wound-up in a hilltop villa on the outskirts of Perugia on a fine fall week in October. 

The view from our bedroom
Pretty nice, huh?

During the height of truffle season, I may add.  We took daily forays to local markets, to olive oil pressings, to artisanal meat curing houses.  And oh yes there was the truffle hunting.   

They had even arranged to have a real, live Italian chef come to the villa and teach us how to make pasta.  Pretty much the perfect trip, if you ask me.
How to make pasta the right way

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