Take a Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina
While speaking to the table next to mine, he mentions he does cooking classes. The woman immediately pipes up saying, ‘Oh, I’d love to do a Sicilian cooking class.’ And I, not being shy to acknowledge I am eavesdropping say, ‘I would, too.’ So within five minutes we arrange a class in a few days time and I am happy I am getting some of my to-do list organized.
I arrive Tuesday at 9:30 and wait for the other couple to arrive. In the meantime, Gian Luca wanders off and comes back with a traditional Sicilian Brioche with chocolate granita – think gelato, because that is what it is. So we chow that down along with a cappuccino and wait even more. It is now 10:30 and the other couple still have not arrived. On one hand that is sad because Gian Luca spent time to arrange this, and on the other I have a private cooking class. Off to the market we go to buy our ingredients.
Shopping at the Local Sicilian Market
He creates the menu of the day with whatever is available at the market. Even he doesn’t know what he’ll make until he arrives. A fruit vendor hands me a juicy peach, which I gobble up, and the florist wraps up a rose for me to take with. It now appears everyone knows me, too! With five shopping bags we head back to the restaurant.
Mind you, I ate breakfast at the hotel, the brioche with gelato, plus now a peach. I’m already full!
Getting Down to Business
Sicilian Cooking Preparations
Preparing Eggplant Parmigiana
Rolling pasta takes finesse
Preparing the fish
Time to enjoy the efforts of taking a cooking class in Taormina
If I ate maybe a quarter, I was doing well… Then another glass of wine came out to go with the Pasta Norma macaroni. A Grillo, which is typical Sicilian. Claudio cooks our sexy little macaronis and mixes it with the Norma sauce and tops it with scamorza and fresh basil – what an interesting mix of flavors.
Life On The Mediterranean
US expat living the life on the Mediterranean in the South of France. I regularly travel to Spain, Italy, Greece and other super locations around the Med. Former Hyatt Corp Marketing Manager and hotel photoshoot art director.