Enjoy the casual yetwarm hospitality of your hosts home as you discover techniques as well as recipes, and hear the story of each dish where it comes from and what it means to the family of the cook who is teaching you. Dont forget that nearlyall the cooks in Greece are home-taught, and culinary wisdom is passed down from generation to generation. On the other hand, each cook is different, so youll also find out how tastes and dishes have evolved over time. Then, once all the cooking and teaching is over,youll get to eat everything youve made, in a start-to-finish experience thats miles apart from ordering a similar meal at a restaurant.
The recipes areeasy to learnand dont involve any restaurant-caliber equipment or rare ingredients, so youll have no problemreplicating them yourself back at home. You might find out how to makespanakopita(spinach pie), for instance, a snack thats as tasty as it is fun to put together, or learn to masterravani,a sweet semolina cake that may quickly become your favorite dessert. Your instructors will also share helpful kitchen tips and explain variations on the dishes.
This is not cooking under pressure; instead, itsa relaxed introduction to Greek cuisinethat works whether youre an occasional cook or an aspiring chef. Its also a great chance to see another aspect of Greek society in Greece, the kitchen is the heart of every house, and probably half of all daily conversations between friends or family begin with: 'What are you having for dinner? This means that with this lesson, as well as learning recipes,youll learn a little more about the national character, too.