Five Days Intensive Cooking Course:
Each season on the French Riviera brings an abundance of local ingredients and recipes. For students who want to explore the sun-drenched cooking of this region for more than a day, our program offers four-day intensive courses several times a year for a maximum of six students. This affordable program covers the basics of Provençal and Niçois cooking, providing students with a full repertoire of recipes to take home. Each two-hour class is followed by a leisurely lunch. Afternoons are free to relax on the beach or visit the area. Renting a car isn't necessary, as there is a convenient system of buses and trains that will take you to places such as Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, Eze, St-Paul-de-Vence and Villefranche sur Mer.
Menus come with a timeline for preparing the meal at home, taking the guesswork out of dinner party planning. Participants also receive my personal lists of favorite restaurants and food shops in Nice and an apron to take home. The friendly hands-on classes take place in my beautifully renovated 17th century apartment just off the world famous Cours Saleya market. An optional market tour is offered on Wednesday, which is otherwise free should you wish to make a day trip. Each day we'll prepare a full menu of fresh, seasonal dishes before sitting down to lunch and toasting our efforts with delicious wines from the region. A recipe booklet will be yours to keep – bring only your love for food!
Sample Course Schedule: (Adjustments may be made to the menu depending on the availability of ingredients)
- Creamy squash soup
- Rack of lamb with a mustard and herb crust
- Braised violet artichokes
- Fig tart with chestnut honey.
- Zucchini stuffed with ratatouille
- Lentils with Perugina sausages and Swiss chard
- Tarte Tatin.
Wednesday: Optional market tour (9 - 10.30 am).
- Caramelized onion tart (pissaladière)
- Red mullet with lemon, tomato and capers
- Corsican cheesecake (fiadone) with strawberry coulis.
- Wild mushroom tart
- Chicken braised with bell peppers and tomato
- Pears poached in red wine with spices.
This class may be held in the late afternoon if students wish to arrive in Nice on Monday morning. Also, there are one day cooking classes. Cooking classes (in English only) take place in her renovated 17th century apartment, ending with a four-course lunch. Half-day and full-day programs are available year round. Our market classes are small and friendly, with no more than six participants. Classes are available year-round, every day of the week (no market classes on Mondays).
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