Barcelona Cooking Class

September 19, 2016

 

 

 

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We’re back! How could a 2-week vacation go so fast? We had a great time on our trip seeing many sights and enjoying many great tastes from Spain, France, Italy and Greece. One of many enjoyable things we did was a cooking class in Barcelona Spain. The class started out with our instructor/chef taking us to the local open air market, La Boqueria, to get ingredients for our cooking project.

 

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This is our adorable chef/tour guide telling us about the varieties of olives in the region

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We also learned about the different hams (Hamon)

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This market was like an American farmer’s market on steroids. Not only was there beautiful produce and local delicacies, but the selection and variety of fresh meats and seafood blew my mind! I thought I died and went to carnivore heaven. After our chef pried my hands off the seafood counter we headed back to the kitchen enjoying a fresh churro dipped in chocolate sauce on the way.

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Churro dipped in warm chocolate sauce

It was time to get cooking. Our menu was a watermelon gazpacho, with seafood paella followed by Crema Catalana for dessert. Leslie and I had never cooked paella before; it’s always fun to learn to cook something new. The seafood on the paella consisted of cuttlefish (sort of like calamari) mussels, clams and of course big fresh prawns. After cooking we sat and enjoyed the food we prepared with a nice bottle of wine. We walked away from the kitchen with new friends, full bellies and a greater appreciation of classic Spanish cuisine.

 

 

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