(Translation: Unfortunately, today was my last day in cooking class!)
We ended our fifth and final cooking session on a high note creating delicious Medieval Cuisine!
Our menu consisted of:
1. Ceci E Spinaci (Chickpeas with Chicory)
The gnocchi di spinaci e ricotta al burro e salvia was my absolute favorite dish we cooked today. After creating the mix, rolling all of it into small balls, cooking them and tossing them in the sage butter sauce, all I can say is I had no leftovers. The fresh sage used to create the butter sauce complemented the flavors of ricotta and spinach very well. It's safe to say that this dish is on my list of top dishes we have cooked all semester.
The meatloaf smelled the best as it baked in the oven. While preparing, I rolled it into a yuletide log formation after we placed carrots and two hard-boiled eggs in the middle. It was a little drier than we expected but the addition of the white wine that Renee added made the taste - molto buono!
Last but not least, we created our own homemade sweet ravioli dough which we then filled with orange jam and deep fried for a few minutes before sprinkling powdered sugar and orange zest on top! I think the next time I make this recipe I will use strawberry or raspberry jam, but it was nonetheless delicious and the deep fried dough and powdered sugar tasted like one of my favorite fair foods - funnel cake!
If you study abroad and they offer a cooking class, take it! Not only will you learn a lot about the cuisine of your host country, but it's a fun way to be interactive and hands on in the classroom AND you get to eat delicious meals that you cooked throughout the semester!