Florence Day Seven

Cooking School Graduates!

Cooking School Graduates!

 

We wanted to plan something special for our last day in Florence – an Italian cooking class! We learned how to make two types of pasta (tagliatelle and ravioli), ragu, and tiramisu. The lesson started first at the San Lorenzo Market, where we received a lesson about the origins of Italian cooking a regional dishes. Waste not, want not! That’s the only way to explain the abundance of cow stomach sandwiches in Florence. The class was so much fun and of course we were able to enjoy the dishes we prepared with a red Chianti!

 

First things first!

First things first!

 

Cathedral Square, bright and early

Cathedral Square, bright and early

 

Mom with the Cathedral Square

Mom with the Cathedral Square

 

Edward with his wild boar stuffed animal

Edward with his wild boar stuffed animal

 

Basilica di San Lorenzo, namesake for the market

Basilica di San Lorenzo, namesake for the market

 

Cheese and salami

Cheese and salami

 

Huge blocks of parmesan - we couldn't leave without taking one home with us!

Huge blocks of parmesan – we couldn’t leave without taking one home with us!

 

Mmm?

Yum?

 

The famous Florentine lampredotto

The famous Florentine lampredotto

 

Everything you could want!

So much deliciousness!

 

Learning about the regional pasta dishes

Learning about the regional pasta dishes

 

Mom and Dad ready to cook!

Mom and Dad ready to cook!

 

Edward gets an apron, too!

Edward gets an apron, too!

 

Ready to begin

Ready to begin

 

First things first, the ragu

First things first, the ragu

 

Quick photo during the lesson

Quick photo during the lesson

 

At a certain moment Edward didn't want to sit anymore

At a certain moment Edward didn’t want to sit anymore

 

So he started exploring the room

So he started exploring the room

 

And playing on everything he could find

And playing on everything he could find before settling down for a nap

 

Ready to get started on the tiramisu

Ready to get started on the tiramisu

 

All of the bowls of egg whites to be passed around and whipped

All of the bowls of egg whites to be passed around and whipped

 

Tiramisu essentials

Tiramisu essentials

 

Working on my layers

Working on my layers

 

Tada!

Tada!

 

Time to make our pasta dough - just need flour and eggs

Time to make our pasta dough – just need flour and eggs

 

Demonstrating the technique

Demonstrating the technique

 

Time for me to begin!

Time for me to begin!

 

My pasta ready to be cooked! Ravioli with ricotta and tagliatelle to go with the ragu!

My pasta ready to be cooked! Ravioli with ricotta and tagliatelle to go with the ragu!

 

Time to eat lunch: Tuscan bread rubbed with garlic and truffle oil to begin

Time to eat lunch: Tuscan bread rubbed with garlic and truffle oil to begin

 

Ricotta ravioli with a butter sage sauce

Ricotta ravioli with a butter sage sauce

 

Tagliatelle with ragu

Tagliatelle with ragu

 

All of the tiramisu, ready to be eaten for dessert!

All of the tiramisu, ready to be eaten for dessert!

 

We had to decorate our tiramisus so we could pick them out when it came time for dessert haha

We had to decorate our tiramisus so we could pick them out when it came time for dessert haha

 

After the lesson, we walked a bit around the outdoor market before splitting up. Koen and I visited the Ferragamo Museo for a bit of Italian footwear. The building itself, the Palazzo Spini Feroni, is worth visiting because of it’s history. 2015 marked 150 years since Florence was named the capital of Italy (although it was only for 15 years) and the building was home to the city council. In honor of the anniversary, there was a special exhibit “A Palace and the City”. So we were able to look through the Ferragamo archives as well as getting a bit of history of Florence as the capital of Italy.

 

Shopping at the San Lorenzo market for all of our souvenirs!

Shopping at the San Lorenzo market for all of our souvenirs!

 

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

 

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

 

Palazzo Spini Feroni

Palazzo Spini Feroni

 

Ferragamo Museo

Ferragamo Museo

 

Ferragamo archives

Ferragamo archives

 

The four silk variants of the foulard made by Ferragamo in 1961 with a drawing by the artist Alvaro Monnini

The four silk variants of the foulard made by Ferragamo in 1961 with a drawing by the artist Alvaro Monnini

 

Ferragamo art collection

Ferragamo art collection

 

"View of the Santa Trinita bridge, the Santa Trinita church and the column erected on behalf of Cosimo 1" Giuseppe Zocchi, 1744

“View of the Santa Trinita bridge, the Santa Trinita church and the column erected on behalf of Cosimo 1” Giuseppe Zocchi, 1744

 

A Palace and the City

A Palace and the City

 

Foot models: Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Angelina Jolie

Foot models: Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Angelina Jolie

 

Foot models: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Sofia Loren

Foot models: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Sofia Loren

 

For our last dinner in Florence, of course we wanted to eat together. Koen and I prepared some more pasta (when in Italy, right?) and then we ventured out for one more serving of gelato!

 

One more gelato from Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani

One more gelato from Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani

 

I miss my daily gelato so much!

I miss my daily gelato so much!

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