Sunday, January 4, 2009

Our Italian Meal Making Experience

Another outing in my week long workshop adventure this past summer in Cortona, Italy was a visit to a hotel/restaurant up in the mountains from Cortona. This place was called...... 
A lady outside in the courtyard.....
Here are me and Milliande posing outside the hotel grounds before we went in.....
We were asked to help prepare our evenings meal and some of us helped at different times with different courses of the meal. Everything they used was fresh.....from the rosemary...
To the vegetables, garlic and eggs...
Look at this bounty......
Here is the chef preparing the dough for the spaghetti......
Here we are all helping roll out the spaghetti for pasta course......
More rolling.....
Here is Denise, one of our hosts, with fresh zucchini blossoms that will get dipped in batter and deep fried....yum!
From this.....
To this.....wonderful gnocchi and fresh tomato sauce.....
And the preparation for the flatbread......
Which we had with an amazing platter of......
This cheese.......
And the preparation of the dessert....a plum torte.....
And this grappa was part of the ingredients....
The vegetarians of the group.....Susan and Milliande eating parsley!
Ristorante "Portole"......an amazing night and meal.....
And friends to last a lifetime.....

2 comments:

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh boy, this looks like a lot of fun and what a perfect way to learn new recipes and make new friends. You are all so cute!!!!

xo
Becky

♥ milliande said...

ohh ..this brought a tear to my eye ...what memories ...and NO I am not a vegetarian ..dont you remember us enjoyign some VEAL ...giggle ...I just cant tolerate Wheat ..... I have not even looked at my photos yet..time to digg them out and feel REALLY nostalgic .... miss our laughters and the italian sun ...
♥ milliande