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Cookery day â‚Ź75

An informal day out in your holiday to brush up on your cookery skills.!!!! ( This can be spread over more than one day if you choose).

The Portuguese kitchen In advance of your visit we ask you to tell us what you want out of the cookery tuition, and at what level you consider your skills.

Prior to your cookery tuition : We will cover A background to Portuguese cuisine, its heritage, and its ingredients. An insight into the different styles of Portuguese food, in particular the culinary heritage of the local area of Castro Marim and the East Algarve. A visit to have dinner in a very traditional Portuguese restaurant.* A visit to a traditional Spanish market and lunch in a Tapas bar *

The Theme "cooking intuitively." Lessons consist of researching recipes, planning and writing out a tentative menu based on seasonal, local products. Using one recipe as a springboard for creating your own signature dish.

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Cookery Day Saturday July 10th 2010 A diary of a typical cookery day 8.30am We start the day with breakfast in the garden. Home made yoghurt flavoured with orange curd crunchy cereal and fresh fruits Pasteis de natas and orange olive oil cake Toast and home made conserves Freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee Over breakfast we browse cookery books and plan a possible menu based on local and seasonal produce. A tentative shopping list is compiled but kept flexible. 9.30am A visit to Vila Real market, taking in the butcher, fish stalls and some small vegetable and fruit growers. We buy the ingredients for our dinner, adapting the menu to what is available and fresh. A stop off at the garrafeira (wine merchant ) to select a suitable wine to accompany the dinner.

10.30am Return to Casa Rosada for coffee, afterwards we walk down to the town car park to see the monthly market in action and talk to some more local growers and suppliers. Any more shopping that needs to be purchased can be done so. On the way back we call in at an independent supermarket that has its own farm and supply chain. The morning ends with lunch in a very traditional tapas bar in Ayamonte Spain* * ( Optional not included in tuition fee)

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4.30am Prepping the sourced produce and cooking the dinner

8.00pm The day ends with a candlelit dinner in the garden

We all sit back and enjoy our days work!!! Topics covered in the kitchen during the day might include: Making your senses work taste smell touch Tips for culinary artistry Selecting and pairing ingredients to compliment base flavours Accompaniments to entrees Sourcing and selecting the best ingredients Shopping and the seasons Evolving a cuisine.

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Cookery day