I love to eat. I mean (and please don’t take this the wrong way) but it amazes me that I am in the shape I am in with as much as I like to eat. I do work out when I’m not being restricted due to recent surgery, to be fair.
When I say I love to eat, I mean pretty much anything. Especially carbs. Pizza, bread, pastries. God the list could go on. But with as much as I love to eat, I can’t cook to save my life! If my life had at any point depended on my cooking skills past or present, I would be dead. I made ramen explode in the microwave. I’ve burned coffee more times than I can count at this point. Past roommates have feared I would burn down our apartment if I was put in charge of anything other than a salad!
Ok now that I’ve given you enough back story on just how bad of a cook I really am, it’s time to confess it hasn’t been due to lack of trying. My grandmother, my mom, my aunts, EVERYONE has tried to teach me. The most professional help I have been given in this regard is cooking school. Sadly, that although really really fun, didn’t help either.
During my first month-long trip across Europe, we all went to cooking school in Florence. The 35 of us were broken into groups and each was assigned a dish to make. We made three dishes. Eggplant Parmesan, Spicy Tagliatelle Marinara and Tiramisu. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! We started from (almost) scratch and made everything from start to finish. The instructors gave us direction and help when we were going in the wrong direction… but for the most part, we did everything. Because each dish only takes about an hour to make from start to finish this worked really well for a cooking class. Once everything was made, we all sat down and enjoyed the meal and it was such a fabulous experience. I do it again in a heartbeat! But this time with some good wine.
For 35 teenagers making these dishes, I have to say they were all pretty fabulous! After we ate, we were all given aprons and the recipes of the food we just made to take home. I still have both! I was never super fond of eggplant so I have not made that since. I’ve made the tiramisu a few times (but it honestly didn’t end well). But the item I’ve made the most is the Tagliatelle.
That is my go-to dish to cook. Yes, I am 32 and I just admitted I rarely cook. No shame here. It’s a simple dish that you can make mild or spicy. If you don’t make the pasta from scratch as we did at the class, it’s super fast and pretty much idiot proof! I mean If I can make it, that’s gotta say something. And I love it because it’s a carb. Pizza, Pasta, Pastry, and Gelato. Italy has given so many wonderful things to my life! Oh, and it isn’t too hard on the eyes either…