Trying to catch up on my posts. This ipad blogging is a bit of a challenge for me. However, I'm determined between my phone and this to get 'er done!
We started out the day with a later wake up call. Had some breakfast and this amazing orange juice that I consume more than my share of every morning. Fresh squeezed and delicious! Out the door, we headed to the most amazingly beautiful winery and five course meal. We had the amazing Anatella (Have no idea whether I'm spelling her name right or not..Sorry Anatella!) show us around the farm and then the vineyards. She showed us the olive presses and explained First press and Cold Press to us. Very interesting.
Next, it was the thing I dreaded most and one of the main reasons Cesar came...The cooking class. Papa, the chef showed us how to make pasta. Bowls with flour and an egg were in front of me and I cringed and said just do it Jim! You are on vacation! As my sister once said, try something new everyday...I can do this. cracked the egg with shell in bowl...picked the shells out and stirred the four until I had what I thought was a disaster, but Papa ensured me with a nod of his white capped head. I kneaded the mess and added flour until I had a somewhat consistent mixture. I had somehow managed to throw flour on Kay, give a nice coat of flour to my phone and decorate my apron with an assorted mixture of dough balls and more flour. Don't ask me how it happens...It just does!
I cut my pasta with a pasta cutter and then looked around to show off what I thought were my most beautiful spaghetti noodles to Cesar and the gang. Cesar, of course, had perfect noodles and was making ravioli, tortellini and all kinds of stuff...I was just pleased as punch to have made something that even resembled a flippin' noodle! LOL! We ended our class and again walked with Anatella for a more informative walk through the vineyards.
The time for the HUGE lunch was ahead. We were seated and served the antipasti first. Sun dried tomatoes, salami, prosciutto, olives, bread and more. Then came the pasta...delicioso...the meats....and the biscotti for dessert. fantastico! We had a marvelous time in this beautiful area.
So to make a long story short...the store was closed...we had an amazing ride and we ended up shopping and eating our way back to the hotel... I finally got to take a nap...
Have an awesome day!
The Gentleman Crafter