I turn 30 a week from today! I have managed to accomplish a lot of items on my bucket list, but I don’t think I’ll manage to do everything by next Sunday. But let’s focus on the successes. I’m very behind in this blog and will start with my early birthday present from the Italian boy, a cooking class in Milan!
We went to Teatro 7 to take a cooking class in pork. Kind of random, I know. I thought about taking something with sauces or pasta, but I realized that I can be a pretty good cook with those things when I have a recipe. I wanted to challenge myself and do something totally out of my element. Namely pork. Something I NEVER cook.
I have gotten more confidence in my Italian comprehension, but made the Italian boy come with me to be my translator. Good thing I did, because I completely overestimated my abilities in Italian. It was hard. I was lost. But I learned a valuable lesson- when you need a translator, bring someone who will stay interested in the subject being translated. The Italian boy kept getting bored and when I asked him what was just said, he’d respond “I wasn’t listening.” Fantasico.
Teatro 7 is in an area of Milan that scares me at night, and our class was almost entirely middle-aged men. Not exactly what I expected, but it was pretty fun. The school has a nice kitchen and we were able to eat everything we helped make. The side of the school facing the street is entirely made of glass, so random people passing by would stop to watch and give us a thumbs up on our cooking. At least we made for a good show!
The class was pretty interesting, even if I only knew what was being said 25% of the time. We basically assisted the chef in making 2 different pork dishes. I managed to learn a few things, despite the language barrier, and learned how to use chestnuts in cooking.
So my cooking class in Italy is off my list. Stay tuned to see what else I can accomplish in 7 days time… this is going to be a hectic week!