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02/26/2013

Cooking with Cheer

Cocinado con Pedro
Ingredients required:
-A knowledgable Spanish chef
-A cozy apartment
-A tiny kitchen
-Lots of laughter
-A sense of humor 

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    Hello everyone! I figured I'd take a break from my usual trip to the gym to bring you this belated blog post.  Back to the kitchen we go- last week, me and 8 other gap girls signed up for a free Spanish cooking class.

 
    Let me just repeat that- Free. Cooking. Class. There was no way I wasn't going.. luckily, Pedro, our instructor, was nice enough to make enough food for a village (although 9 hungry teenage girls can do work, there was definitely leftovers!) 
We made Salmorejo, a typical AndalucĂ­an cold soup similar to Gazpacho, and Arroz Campanero, similar to Paella but much simpler- perfect for anyone interested in dabbling in Spanish cooking without slaving the kitchen for hours. Of course, we took an even lazier route and helped Pedro here and there, but for the most part, we watched his amazing knife skills and let him do most of heavy stuff. Hint: Click on the words to get recipes that I've found on google for you if you want to try the recipes for yourself.
The class was a blast, and something I would definitely do again. Although I'm dying to learn how to make Paella, the process is intense and Arroz Campanero is just as delicious and much faster. I personally would omit the oyster mushrooms but to each his own! 
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I will be in Morocco, so expect some exotic blog posts this weekend. 
-M.

 

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Hayley and Emma getting down to business! 

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Our post-cooking feast- ahem, dinner.


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Steph and Salmorejo vs. Hannah's shielding hands!

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