Cooking Courses at Casa Ana
Cook authentic paella on an open fire, create your own tapas, discover the culinary delights of Malaga market and the local Alpujarra bodegas, explore the fabulous city of Granada and visit the Alhambra palace.
Next Cooking Course
Spanish Cooking Adventure with Chef Kim Schiffer, Food Guide Extraordinaire
Peggy Markel and Anne Hunt, owner of Casa Ana
Dates: Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th October 2014
DAY ONE: Malaga Market, seafood lunch and drive to Casa Ana
In the morning, meet Kim Schiffer, your chef and cooking teacher, Peggy Markel, your food guide and Anne Hunt, owner of Casa Ana. First we head to the fabulous Malaga market to buy fruit and vegetables, meats and fresh fish for the cooking course. From there, we’ll take the scenic drive along the coast then up into the mountains to Casa Ana. En route we stop for a seafood lunch at the famous Tito Yayo restaurant.
DAY TWO: Hike and Afternoon Baking Class
In the morning Anne will take you through the almond groves to a hidden natural spring where we can collect pure mountain drinking water. We will also have our first glimpse of ancient terraces and mule paths, built centuries ago by the Moors, and the traditional village threshing grounds. We will have lunch at Casa Ana and in the afternoon Kim will teach a baking class with culinary treats such as Almond-Olive Oil Cake w/Candied Kumquats and Tangerines, Port Scented Flan and Anise Cookies. Dinner at Casa Ana.
DAY THREE: Cooking Class
In the morning, Kim will give a short demonstration cooking class, preparing the dishes we will serve at lunch. In the afternoon we’ll prepare a sumptuous Spanish dinner. Seasonal specialties might include Chicken w/Saffron, Peppers w/Maldon Salt, Albondigas with Almonds Sauce, Cheesecake w/Pine Nut Glaze.
DAY FOUR: Herb Walk and Cooking Class
In the morning, herbologist Julio Donat will take us into the mountains to pick wild herbs for our cooking. He will also tell us about the uses of herbs in traditional medicine. In the afternoon we will cook an exciting variety of Tapas.
DAY FIVE: Field Trip and Picnic
In the morning we will go to the village of Pampaneira in the Poqueira Valley. We visit the wonderful bodega there to sample the local cheeses, fortified wines and Jamon Serrano for which the area is famous. From Pampaneira we take a picnic lunch to the beautiful Trevelez River gorge. Lunch could include a Fig and Walnut Tapenade with cheese and local bread, Two Bean and Olive Salad, and an Almond Torte. Dinner at Casa Ana.
DAY SIX: Cooking Class
A free morning or come with Anne on a two-hour hike. In the afternoon, Francisco Lillo, owner of the famous La Oliva shop/restaurant in Granada, will take you out onto the terrace to cook the perfect paella on an open fire. We will sample traditional side dishes as well. After dinner we will relax to the beautiful music of live flamenco guitar under the stars.
DAY SEVEN: Granada and Turkish Baths and Francisco’s Restaurant
After breakfast we will leave Casa Ana and travel to Granada. We will check into our hotel, shop and explore and meet in the afternoon at the traditional Arab Baths. As we soak in the relaxing hot baths, we are soothed by the scent of neroli oil and soft Andalous music. In the evening, Francisco Lillo invites us to dinner at his shop/restaurant, La Oliva, with an opportunity to sample a wonderful range of gourmet delicacies, olive oils, cheeses and wine.
DAY EIGHT: Alhambra and Wine Tasting
After breakfast we head to the fabled 13th century Alhambra (Red Castle), the last stronghold of the Moorish rulers in Spain, with its palaces, fountains, shady courtyards and gardens - a feast for the soul and one of the wonders of the world. We will have lunch nearby. There will be time to explore the old city of Granada with its shops and squares, cathedral and Moroccan quarter.
In the afternoon we will visit La Carte des Vins bodega where Juan Antonio Barato will offer a wine tasting with great wines from several regions of Spain. Our last meal together we will celebrate at a local tapas bar.
DAY NINE: Departure Day
Prices & Booking
EUR 2,975 including accommodation (based on sharing a room with one other person), meals and wines, tuition, excursions and airport transfers.
The price does not include: flights, airport transfer on arrival day, hotel or dinner on arrival day. Single accomodation is available for a supplementary fee. In order that we can give maximum personal attention to each participant, there are only 12 places available on each cooking course.