I am very excited to invite you to our first special event of the year: a day of authentic ITALIAN PEASANT COOKING with EMIKO DAVIES on FRIDAY 3 MARCH.
I first met Emiko (an expat Australian living in Florence) last year, when she was here in collaboration with Luisa Brimble for a food photography workshop. I so enjoyed her company, her gentle and informed manner and willingness to share the knowledge she's so keenly sought out during her years living in Italy, that I couldn't resist inviting her to run a cooking class in which you might have the opportunity to participate on her next visit to Australia. To my great delight, she agreed.
While the recipes Emiko chooses to make on the day will depend on what is at its best in the garden (and you know that's going to include the likes of favourite tomatoes, aubergines and capsicum!) she's promised one will incorporate Strozzapreti (hand-rolled noodles)....and who amongst us would not dearly like to know the secret to this? Early March is a moment of late summer bounty, so I anticipate we will be out with our baskets first thing to pick, and then to cook, before sitting down to enjoy every last crumb of the morning's joyful cooking session. This will be an intimate class, for a maximum of 8 people and coincides with the release of Emiko's second book 'Acquacotta', so it will be a special treat indeed. (She hopes to have copies hot off the press available on the day).
As you cook, Emiko will take you on a conversational journey.....around her adopted hometown of Florence (so beautifully documented in her first cookbook Florentine)...tales of her every day life - the markets and produce, cafes, bars and people she encounters, not to mention the food she enjoys! She will also share snippets from 'Acquacotta' where her chapters speak about a cuisine of proper Italian peasant cooking: 'From the Woods', 'From the Sea and the Lagoon', 'From the Farmhouse' and 'Sweets'. Needless to say, her day at Glenmore House will focus on the chapter 'From the Vegetable Patch'!
For a sneak peak at Emiko's visit to Glenmore last Feb, you can click through to Noha Serageldin's sweet post and video here (though please note this will be a cooking, not a food photography workshop, so there won't be a plethora of cameras in the way, don't worry!) and to a short post I wrote here. To see all details and to make a booking, please click here, and if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Emiko and I will very much hope to see you on the day - our first exciting workshop for 2017!
Very best wishes