Learn to bake – like a Roman soldier?

29th May 2014 | Nicky Davis

Torbay-based chef and cooking teacher Margherita Cavani draws deeply on her Italian culture and has even found inspiration from ancient history in her upcoming Italian bread-making class – part of our Nana-Technologies range of back-to-basics cooking classes.

Mrs Cavani, originally from Modena in Italy, is passionate about cooking with healthy ingredients and will be teaching a special baking class at her Torbay home from 7.00-9.00pm on Tuesday 17 June.

men kneading“Roman soldiers would have to march great distances every day and developed recipes for nourishing foods that they could bake on their travels” says Mrs Cavani. “In my class I will be teaching two types of chickpea flat focaccia or farinata, as well as Italian wholemeal bread, spelt flour bread and potato bread. We will be using my modern oven and baking sheets instead of the Mediterannean sun and metal armour, but the tastings will be just as delicious and authentic!”

Mrs Cavani’s baking class will be a fully hands-on, practical class with tastings and samples to take home, and all ingredients are provided. Other topics in the ‘Nana know-how’ range include preserving lemons and homemade limoncella, making your own chutneys and kitchen table herbal medicines.

Places on this two-hour Italian bread-making experience are limited and cost $38 per person. Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.kaipatiki.org.nz/courses, by phoning 482 1172 or emailing [email protected].



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