Ute H. Germany
I've just spend a day joining Frances for her cooking class at her farm near Aljezur. Coming to this beautiful piece of land, you'll be impressed by the lovely gardens for all kind of vegetables and herbs. Goats, chicken, and pigs are here to have a good life before becoming an excellent meal. The class itself starts with shopping some fresh ingredients like octopus or almonds at the Aljezur local food market. But be careful, you'll have a tight schedule to get all the wonderful dishes done, Frances planned in perfection for you. I was deeply impressed by the bread making (in an old outside oven like you know it from fairy tales). We got a little snack out of self-made fresh cheese, bread sticks, and some vine in the sun. Paradise! Later, we started to prepare some octopus salad, grilled fish and octopus (I learned how to gut it both), a typical Portuguese bacalhau and a wonderful very easy-to-make tarte as dessert. Not to mention the taste of the bacalhau and everything around had just the best taste ever. And it was not only me, even Frances' husband asked (after 40 years) if she had done something special this day with the bacalhau. Frances will show you plenty of kitchen tricks and how-to-do-it-best ways in her very well equipped cooking class kitchen. She's really a professional but has retained her warm heart. She is so into cooking and teaching at the same second, you really feel in good hands. And you have to do everything by your own, really to inhale the subject matter! In the end, you'll get a complete recipes folder to take it home and re-cook everything! It was a great pleasure to join Frances and her family this day and enjoying our super dishes together. Thanks again for such a wonderful host!
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