Curious about what goes on at Cooking School in Lucca? How about a behind the scenes look at the action-packed kitchen? (In case you missed our last post about our cooking adventures, take a look here.) Today, we’re ready to cook and (of course!) eat the results.
Today’s menu consists of L’uovo magico (and when I show you pictures, you’ll agree It. Is. Magic.) But that dish is for another day…..patience, my dears! We must pace ourselves, as it’s a LOT of food.
Today, it’s all about “Cannelloni di branzino crema di piselli e cecino rosa croccante”. WOW! That’s surely an (Italian!) mouthful of words!
Each team of “studenti di cucina“ decides which course they will participate in each day. I decide on the branzino cannelloni and start to review the recipe (in Italian – of course).
Calling all cooks…..roll up your sleeves, grab an apron, and let’s get prepping!
Our Fish Team begins by filleting the fish.
Next, we make the pasta dough.
After the dough rests, it gets rolled out to the proper length and thickness.
Our important task is to cut the dough to one consistent size. After all, we eat first with our eyes…
Today’s Guest Chef, Beatrice Segoni (from the Borgo San Jacopo restaurant, located in the Ferragamo family owned Lungarno Hotel in Florence), demonstrates the “how to” for the class on wrapping and cutting the dough wrapped fish pieces to the correct size.
We cut the filleted fish into strips, then wrap the fish in the dough.
Place the wrapped fish on a sheet pan, ready for the oven.
Create the luscious pea sauce for the fish.
Bake the fish. Next up – ready the plate for lunch time enjoyment.
The technique learned is to wrap the fish just tight enough to keep it enclosed, without too much dough or too much fish. Whew! It’s certainly harder than it looks, until you practice a few times to make it “just so”.
With mouths watering, and stomachs growling from all of our hard work, we are all ready to dive in to the finished product.
Buon Appetito! Join us domani for more adventures at the Scuola di Cucina in Lucca. Ciao!