“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”
Increasingly it seems as the world gets smaller that more travellers are looking for unusual experiences rather than just the usual sightseeing tours. This was no more apparent than on our recent visit to Spain to experience all that Costa Brava can offer the family. One evening we were invited to a workshop in La Vinyeta (Mollet de Perelada) with a wonderful chef called Jordi and his fabulous assistant/wife Anna. They were there to teach us all a little bit about the essence of the Catalan culinary tradition. Jaume Marin the MD of the Costa Brava tourism board is a huge believer in story telling and making things come to life for the children. Getting involved was one of his key messages.
Honestly, the difference when you actually involve your children in an activity of this nature is huge. All the kids (and the parents) were massively engaged in the cooking processes and we learnt how to make Pa amb tomaquet & fuet (tomato bread with cold cured meat), Spanish omelette (one of my favourites), noodle paella and Crema Catalana (Creme Brulee of sorts).
Here we all are at the beginning being talked through what we were going to do:-
After the children worked well together and showed how it should be done, here come the competitive mummy bloggers to battle their way through each stage of the spanish omelette competition:-
Here is Jen, from Britmums and Jenography showing us how it should be done:-
Here is Kirsty from Family On A Bike setting us all on fire:-
A fantastic experience was had by all.
Jordi can give you further information on workshops – he is a personal chef and also does food events. Check out their website here at www.icookit.es for further information.