We met Enrica at the Rialto Bridge to start our cooking experience, but first things first. Enrica introduced us to the four others who were joining us for the day of cooking and asked if there was anything we wouldn't eat. Now, there was shopping to do at the market where we learned how to choose and selected the freshest fish and vegetables, beautiful fresh herbs and cheeses.
After we filled our pull cart with all the ingredients we headed to Enrica's kitchen, stopping along the way for a little Prosecco and delicious crostini. What a treat!! Down a little alley way we enjoyed the most delicious treats - we never would have found this treasure ourselves.
After refreshments we walked to Enrica's kitchen, where we were welcomed by her assistant with more Prosecco and our cooking journey began. We cleaned the scampi shrimp, the manta shrimp, squid, salmon, octopus, swordfish, shelled fresh peas and beans, sliced and grilled eggplant then filled with delicious cheeses, then sliced and seeded a Sicilian zucchini which was eaten with just a drizzle of olive oil. Food was prepared and put out to enjoy as we prepared our "main course" items. When all was ready we sat around the large kitchen island and enjoyed our creations with white wine. This is just a selection of what we prepared and enjoyed and I have to say I would not normally have tried some of these items but was very glad I did. Everyone worked together in the kitchen with Enrica's guidance. She is warm, entertaining, passionate and knowledgeable.
Our four cooking mates were the most fun and we enjoyed their company so much we exchanged information and have kept in touch. it was a perfect day.
We spent a wonderful week in Venice, and our day with Enrica was our favorite.
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