|Brindisi at the wild herbs cooking class
Listening to our customers, one of the best experiences here in Tuscany is our herb-gathering cooking class. It’s a pleasant walk inside the tuscan Nature, with me and a very experienced herbalist, Maurizio.
This is a very original and particular experience, dedicated to all ones who’re looking for an authentic experience, far from clichés of entertainment tourism.
You can share it with family or friends, all you need is confortamble shoes.
Few days ago I was lucky to meet 4 girls coming from around the world who liked to partecipate to the wild-edible herbs cooking class.
October is one of the best months for this: young plants are growing up after the Summer and the first rains and the colors of Autumn, here in Tuscany, are absolutely gorgeous and stunning.
I think it was one of the best working day I’ve ever had: the company was fantastic, beautiful people to stay! We walked in nature for a while, picking up the herbs, observing and comparing them with other kind of plants. We talked about how cooking them and tasting them in the best way.
You can find different herbs following the change of seasons; in October:
catmint, star grass, thyme, silene, wild carrot, dandelion etc.
After 1 hour trip, we arrived at a stone house surrounded by olive trees and we started to prepare our meal.
Every ingredient is organic: vegetables from Maurizio’s garden, the bread (by natural mother yeast) is baked in a old wood oven, wine and extra vergin olive oil from Monti Pisani and the pasta is from the organic farm Floriddia).
We spent the time together laughing and talking a lot. At the end of our lunch we tasted some cookies and we drunk a smal glass of Grappa too.
I asked to one of the girls to write something about their cookery, nature trail and wild edible herbs course and I’m posting her comment just below, so that you could understand what kind of experience is, not only from me, but directly from a customer-friend.
Here’s the Rieview:
When my friends and I booked a cooking class with Erika, we had a few expectations. We knew the food would be good, and we would have fun. What we didn’t know was that it would end up being one of the most memorable things we’d ever done. The class we selected was not typical in the least bit; it was the herb gathering, nature hike class. In all honesty I assumed we would meet Erika at a garden somewhere, pick a few well-arranged, familiar herbs then cook for a bit.
When we arrived at our meeting spot, I suspected my assumptions were incorrect. We were in a small parking lot, amid the huge, glorious Tuscan Hills, not a stationed garden in sight.
Erika introduced herself and Maurizio, the herbalist accompanying us. Both looked well-equipped for some more serious adventuring, and I wondered if maybe I had worn the wrong shoes. Erika had us follow her by car to a more suitable parking lot, and we soon began our trek. Maurizio, who was friendly but seemed shy at first, handed us each a tote and kitchen knife. Then he pointed to a distant cottage high on a mountain top and told us, that, was where we were headed. I had definitely worn the wrong shoes…
We walked up. It was a smooth, steady climb upward through the local village. We were surrounded by lovely houses and fantastic, old buildings. Erika and Maurizio took turns offering bits of information about the places we were seeing. They were both so kind and well-informed, the conversation was never boring.
Maurizio’s home was enchanting. He was a wonderful host, and went out of his way to make us feel welcomed. We set our collection of greens on the counter. Before he began, Maurizio asked our food preferences and dietary restrictions. Then he got busy working. Maurizio took great care in his cooking. His passion for natural ingredients was obvious, as everything he used was organic. We enjoyed some wonderful wines, and handpicked grapes from Maurizio’s vines. We helped when there was an opportunity, but for the most part we just relaxed.
The walk back to the car was very quick, and the perfect end to a perfect afternoon. We left completely satisfied from the food, magic, and friendship we encountered. My words do it no justice. It is for anyone hoping to make unique memories, and do a little work for an exceptional meal. My only advice for those interested is to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring bug spray.
Grazie, Erika and Maurizio! We are so grateful for everything you did for us. We will never forget it!
Thanks to all of you girls, we shared with you a beautiful experience… hoping to meet you soon in Tuscany!
Click on the follow links to read more about our Wild Edible Herbs Trail and Cooking:
Here is the ARTICLE by Cathy Wilson about the Wild Herbs Course: