Hola, it's Meghann! Hope you had a fantastico weekend. While Graham was out playing golf yesterday, I was in Vejer de la Frontera taking a Moroccan cooking class. Vejer is a lovely, pequeño pueblo blanco about 45 minutes from Puerto. It was inhabited by the Moors for centuries and like many towns in southern Spain, that influence is still reflected in the architecture, culture, and food. Which is why spending my Sunday making Moroccan food while sipping mint tea without having left Spain made perfect sense.
I went with a group of 7 other women from the base community and we had a great time. Annie B, who offers a variety of cooking classes in her home, Casa Alegre, was not only an informative teacher, but also a gracious hostess. We learned how to make several starters and side dishes, preserved lemons, 2 types of cookies, a traditional marinade, and a yoghurt sauce (sorry for the lack of "action" shots, but wielding both a camera and a kitchen knife seemed potentially dangerous). The mint tea and sherry were free-flowing and in between preparing courses, we took our glasses up to the rooftop to take in some sol and the incredible views - we could even see Morocco across the water! At the end of the afternoon, we all sat down to enjoy the meal that we had put together.
This is the first formal (well, as formal as a bunch of women drinking sherry while making semi-inappropriate jokes about food can be considered) cooking class I have taken and I am hooked. I'm hoping to be able to take some of Annie's other classes (there's one dedicated to seafood - yum!) and think it would be a great day trip to make with visitors.
Have you ever taken a cooking class? What type of food would you most like to learn to prepare?