Markets in Modena, cooking classes Sassuolo , and a final dinner in Castelvetro
In preparation for todays cooking class with the bubbly Caterina at here casa we had actually visited the central markets in Modena yesterday to get the ingredients needed.
In the heart of the old city we tested our language skills and negotiation skills, so now we head to Casa Caterina to meet her family and prepare pasta and other dishes for our lunch.By the way here is a few of yesterdays dishes where everything was done with differnt styles of vinegars including the dessert
Back to the present, more cooking lessons, this time with the produce we bought from the Markets in Modena yesterday. We are at Casa di Caterina, a beautiful home in the hills above Modena. with a local expert on the cuisine of Emilio Romagna, its another family day and prior to preparation for lunch the boys are given the tour of the mansion including the attic where the Balsamic is maturing.
We are somewhere between Sassuolo & Modena and after inspections in the attic and an amazing garden of fruits & vegetables its back to the kitchen where I am under starters orders to produce a pasta just like Nona does !! Talk about pressure. Luckily the rest of the team take the attention away and the outcome is pretty good. Everyone has duties in the preparation and its coming together .
the food of the Romagna region includes some classics , Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Catechino Modena, Emilio Romagna pears, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Salamini italiano alla cacciatoro, Sour Cherries of Modena, & Zampone. Thw wines of the rgion are dominated by Lambrusco'splus the Bianco di Castelfranco, and the Emilia. All delicious and very different from the Lambrusca's of my younger day pallete.
another feast is consumed with passion, knowing we all did our bit in the preparation , the aprons are packed away and we head back down the hill to our little hamlet of Castelvetro for the final dinner in the Michelin star restaurant at the Hotel Locanda Fuedo.
Its a pretty hilltop village, with some great walks, and lots of local wineries and produce outlets in the village its self.
Tomorrow its Tuscany, and after a superb 5 course dinner, just what we needed we head off for a good nights rest in he tiny hotel that we have to ourselves.