Vegetarian cooking classes are in high demand for a few years here in Tuscany.
I’m not surprised at all: “eating fresh” is one of the main features of these places. The countryside is often a few miles from all the Tuscan towns and many people have their own vegetable garden where growing all kinds of veggie and fruits.
So why not take advantage of all these gifts from Mother Nature?
Vegetarian Cooking Classes imply a recommendation: follow the season!
That’s exactly what we usually guarantee our customers coming from all over the world. Are you coming on Holiday in Tuscany? We come directly to your Holiday Home for Cooking Lessons or Private Dinners.
In fact if you’d like to know the the real flavour of a fresh vegetable, you’ve to be sure that is in season. Only in this way, avoiding long trips in cold stores there’ll be improvements and benefits to the environment and surely to the taste.
Since our customers come from abroad (mostly from USA, Canada, Norwey, Denmark, Australia…) and often can’t know which veggies are in season here in Tuscany, I hope to be helpful with the picture below. It comes from an organic vegetables shop of a friend of mine; have a look to it, to be sure eating fresh veggies in season when you’re in Italy.
So, what’s on Spring? Fresh Asparagus of course. That’s why I’m preparing a full flavored Italian dish: Risotto Fresh Asparagus.
Watch the below video just to know the steps and read the full recipe below this post.
As every dish with few ingredients, Risotto requires following the right steps, but do you know the most important aspect in making it?
It’s the quality of the Rice: please use Carnaroli Rice or Arborio…anyway use only rice with a long cooking time (15 mins about)
After many years as cooking classes coach and private dinners chef, I can say that everyone loves vegetarian cooking classes, not only vegans or vegetarians, but omnivore too.
Eating healty it’s so easy here in Tuscany furthermore without sacrifing the taste or giving us a “label” of a life style.
Better explaining what I mean I write you
2 examples of vegetarian cooking classes menus that my company Cuoche in Vacanza run throughout Tuscany:
Burger made with lentils, zucchini and leaks
Well, can you think to sacrify your appetite with such a menu?
In short it’s not difficult running vegetarian cooking classes with the most delicious vegetarian meals possible; maybe it’s difficult to find tasteful and fresh veggies, but this is not a problem here in Tuscany.
Furthermore we go to shopping early in the morning, when farmers go to the market to sell their veggies.
On Summer (but already in Spring if it’s hot), we’ve in Tuscany very sweet tomatoes. One of our most famous sauce is the “caramelized tomatoes sauce”. It’s a very simple sauce, incredibly sweet, loved from everyone, adults and children. It’s impossible to make it without the right ingredients. If you’re coming in Tuscany and you’re interested in vegetarian cooking classes we’ll be glad teaching you making this sauce: it’s amazing!
Are you looking for vegetarian cooking classes in Tuscany?
Contact us, Cuoche in Vacanza, we’ll answer you immediately.
We’ve a lots of menus, you’ve only to choose yours. Can be sure about the quality of ingredients and veggies freshness and seasonality.
- Carnaroli Rice 2 glasses
- Butter 2 tbsp (30gr) + 1 nut at the end of cooking
- Onion 1
- Extra virgin oil 2 tbsp
- Fresh Asparagus 1 Lb (500gr)
- Vegetables Stock 1 Lt
- Parmesan 2 oz (40 gr)
- Salt to taste
- melt the butter in a large pot with the s tbsp of extra virgin oil (this is to raise the smoke point of butter)
- add the chopped onion and let it soft
- pour in the rice and stir until transparent (it's a way to tast it)
- add the chopped asparagus bottoms, mix well
- start pouring in the stock bit at a time (about 3 times in total) and wait until absorbed
- stir constantly
- at half cooking (about 7 minutes of cooking) add asparagus tops
- taste the rice and add salt
- when rice is cooked turn off the heat
- add 1 nut of butter and stir
- add parmesan and stir again
- let it rest 5 minutes before serving
Are you interested in other RISOTTO recipes? Click the below links to discover how making:
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