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Italian cooking courses
COURSE: you will discover Italian and Apulian gastronomy! The
course is held 2 times per week or one time per week in the full equiped
kitchen of the school: students will prepare with the help of the cook
the typical dishes of Italian and regional cuisine. The course is based
on practical and theoretical lessons. Teacher is well trained but he is
not a professional. Don't expect a "professional" school for
We propose the following program but it can be modified according to the
- preparation of typical Italian and Apulian "antipasti";
- course of typical home-made pasta (orecchiette) according to the old
- preparation of various recipies with pasta;
- preparation of the fish and mussels;
- preparation of various types of "bruschette";
- preparation of the most caracteristic sweets.
APULIAN GASTRONOMY: AN OLD
The province of Lecce
has, without a doubt, a Mediterranean look about it. Its hot climate and
vicinity to the sea, added to being so far south, are ideal for the growth
of "weed" and olive trees. The entire territory is covered with
olive groves, from which the delicious Pugliese olive oil is pressed.
In many parts the rows of olive trees are alternated with large vineyards;
vine-growing provides one of the area's main sources of income. The wines
produced in this region are full of body and are particularly suitable
for making vermouth. The wine and the olive-oil are two foundemental components
of the Salentine cuisine.
The course is the best occasion for sampling the products
of a unique cuisine. These
and many more dishes are served in the "putèe", the typical
Salento restaurants where the traditions of popular cuisine are preserved.
The Salentine dishes are surprising: home-made pasta, cakes with honey
and accompanied with fried fish, a complex, dried salted cod sauce, round
bread rolls with mysterious insignia, pod-shaped honey cakes that allude
to ancient Egyptian divinities.
All of these dishes have borrowed directly from
cultures of the Mediterranean Basin and beyond, attesting to Salento's
role as the meeting point of the most ancient of civilisations.
Starting dates: every week
Duration: 1 or more weeks and 2 or more afternoons per
Lessons: 2 times per week (6 hours in total) or 1 time
per week; the cooking course can be combined with the Italian course.
OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT
My head is still in beautiful Otranto. I had a great time meeting everyone
and being in such a stupendous place. I've been showing pictures and explaining
the Pizzica to everyone. I wanted to make a sauce with "ricotta forte"
but I couldn't find it here. I made pizza instead. The classes really
helped my understanding of the more difficult grammar as well. Thank you!
Hope to return soon!
Deanna - Student
other students' opinions click here
ACCOMMODATION IN OTRANTO
GUIDED TOURS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
ABOUT THE REGION AND THE TOWN
Anna from Sweden
I have had a wonderful summer, I got to know a lot of new people and got a lot of new friends.
I was staying two more weeks in Italy before I went home to Sweden, I went to St Benedetto del Tronto, Verona and Venezia, but I must say that I liked Otranto and Salento much much better. Thank you Barbara for everything. It has been the best summer in my life!read more >>
Maryse et Sylvianne from Belgium
Nous voici bien rentrées de vacances, un peu mélancoliques d'avoir dû abandonner l'Italie.
Nous avons été enchantées des cours que tu nous a donnés et entretenons notre italien en lisant dans la langue: nous ne voulons pas perdre les bénéfices obtenus…read more >>
Carla, David and family from Boston
...the experience unforgettable for people of all ages. Attending the Scuola Porta d'Oriente is the opportunity of a lifetime and the school has my highest recommendation on all counts. If you travel the world, you will not find a more enchanting place or…read more >>
Annie from France
...Nostro gruppo ha avuto un'insegnante particolarmente competente che ha tenuto un corso tanto interessanto e vivo. Con la tua contribuzione entusiastica e grazie alle visite, ho possuto discoprire una regione tanto bella e particolare che non conoscevo, e la cultura affascinante della Grecia Salentina…read more >>
Madeleine from Swiss
Mi é piaciuto molto il mio soggiorno a Otranto, il tipo di scuola mi conviene perfettamente. Per quanto riguarda la qualità dell'insegnamento, l'ho trovata excellente. E importante per me, ringraziare le mie professoresse. Le loro competenze pedagogiche, la loro pazienza e il loro entusiasmo mi hanno permesso d'imparare velocemente…read more >>
Lorenza from Austria
...É stato molto bello da voi; colma di ricordi, che adesso vanno raccontati e saranno ben conservati.
Il vostro entusiasmo per la vostra terra, la possibilità di avvicinarsi e aprirsi di più a questa grazie alle vostre spiegazioni e gite, la cordialità della gente, la luce e il caldo - tutte esperienze bellissime…read more >>
Sylke from Germany
...ora e esattamente un anno fa, che io ho fatto un corso d'Italiano nella Scuola Porta d'Oriente. Nella questa settimana ho imperato molto di nuovo sulla regione e in Italiano. E per le conversazione nelle lezioni ho potuto pratticare la conoscenza nuova. Nella nostra regione si deve cercare a lungo per queste lezioni…read more >>
Cynthia from California
Dear Barbara: I am back in California and I enjoyed seeing the beautiful images on the CD you gave me. Thank you! The memories of those special places are etched onto my soul. Thanks again to you and Angelo for being so gracious and hospitable. I truly mean it when I say that we are friends…read more >>
Kitty from Singapore
...Vorrei ringraziarvi per tutto. Mi sono divertita ad Otranto.
Veramente, é un paese bellissimo. Non dimentico mai come ospitale la gente locale lì... Anche mi sono piaciute tantissimo l'escursione organizzate da voi.
Eravate così appassionati e le spiegazioni erano chiare e interessanti. Adesso, so un po' di piú dell'italia…read more >>
Tina and Lionel fron London
Lionel and I loved the school because:
- They have a nice, professional, dynamic team and they are very flexible, they can adapt their lessons to your needs.
- They are located in Otranto, it's a beautiful, very interesting and incredibly rich in history part of Italy…read more >>