Cooking Class at Coopers Shoot


Sitting down to lunch

Sitting down to lunch


Poached PearsThe last Sunday in October – ferociously hot and blowy and even more so high up on Coopers Shoot – saw a small group of eight people attend a cooking class whose theme was Three Course Italian Lunch. I took the group through demonstrations of Olive Tart with the world’s simplest olive oil pastry; beef in spicy red wine sauce; and beurre bosc pears poached in white wine, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla. Then they all cooked! Chilled Pinot Grigio flowed as did the conversation – six women and two men – before we all settled down at the long table set divinely by the so-stylish Anna Middleton, and ate lunch. Next cooking class in the same heavenly location will be the last Sunday in November, the 30th, with eight people already booked in so only four spots left…

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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