In a beautiful setting in the middle of La Rambla close by the Boqueria market we found ourselves in a state of the art kitchen. Candido, our chef welcomed us with some lovely wines. A wonderful Rioja red and an Albariño white wine.
After some chatting and tasting some olives, the Spanish cooking Class started. Immediately you could feel Candido’s passion for food and the Spanish kitchen. He spoke about the different courses we were going to create and talked about the origin of every product. After this introduction we divided ourselves into groups of two and chose the course we would like to prepare.
Claire and I decided to create the first course during this Spanish cooking Class, a sweet Gazpacho mix of strawberries and tomatoes. A Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup, traditionally served cold and finds its origin in the Southern region of Spain. Raquel and Tony created the second course, a typical Spanish omelet. This is one of my personal favorite Spanish dishes.
After our two appetizers it was time for the real deal. A dish that cannot be missed during a Spanish cooking Class, Paella! The Paella is originated in its modern form in the mid 19th century in Valencia on the east coast of Spain. The Seafood Paella takes a long time to prepare, because it is important to boil the rice slowly in fish stock to create the intense flavors. Later on we added the different types of shellfish, prawns and squid and even a secret ingredient…
And then last but not least, Joan and Kirsten decided to create my favorite part of a dinner, the dessert. In this case it was Crema Catalana. This dish is also known as the Spanish version of Crème Brulee. Unfortunately Joan almost blew it by adding the corn starch to early. Luckily our amazing chef Candido saved the day by taking over.
I can honestly say the Spanish cooking Class was a lot of fun and a very tasteful experience. This activity is great to do with a group of friends. If you would like to know more about this experience contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website http://www.lifestylebarcelona.com/.