Fish and Cheese on a Island - Gigliocooking Florence
FISH AND CHEESE ON THE ISLAND
The Farm House is located in the southern coast of Isola del Giglio, in the Natural Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. The place can be reached exclusively by boat or through a path in the Mediterranean woods once run by peasants and donkeys. The Farm House is nowadays a modern hotel and welcomes the guests warmly, offering foods coming from their organic cultivations and farming.
Arrival in Florence and accommodation in apartments. The students should have been already divided in groups, according to the size of the houses. This agreement must be done before the departure from USA. The groups will be accompanied to the respective apartments.
Welcoming brunch at GiglioCooking. Distribution of the books, aprons and brief speech for orientation in town.
Cooking class at Gigliocooking School in Florence
Recipes: Tuna fish in olive oil; Tagliolini with red mullet; Linguine with mantis shrimps; Stuffed anchovies; Stroffoli
Recipes:Spaghetti with black ink; Calamars Porto Ercole style
Recipes:Fish soup with cauliflower; Beans soup; Monk fish with pine nuts; Panficato
Recipes: Caldaro di Nonna Assunta; Stewed cod fish; Schiaccia Briaca
Recipes: Great Sea food appetizer; Sword fish ravioli and maccu; Crostata (made with olive oil)
Departure to Giglio Island
In May: Natural excursion with the guide.
Tuesday and Wednesday:
End of the program.
For the trip to the island Giglio, a light back pack is recommended. The rest of luggage can be left in the apartment in Florence.
This trip can be done with a minimum of 8 participants to a maximum of 24.
Gigliocooking Assurance is responsible of participants exclusively inside the walls of the school.
I believe it’s a good system of research to start with the questions, observations, perceptions about things by other people. Looking for an answer, a solution or simply meditating around an opinion we would have never thought before it’s a the first step for understanding,
The question I want to answer ( or better, I will try to answer, filtering reality through my experiences and feelings) is:
What is there to do on your island? –
Of course the island is not “mine” with the meaning that I own it, but just that I was born on it.
The answer is:
Some memory in the back of my brain often reminds me that there is nothing better than doing nothing if someone want to do something.
It ‘s because sometimes the Nothing is made by something. And the Something is not necessarily little. Just it is not visible at the first sight and needs some attention – and time - to be seen.
The miracle of the sweetness of the sea urchin taste in the middle of the saltiness of the sea; the lines of the vines climbing from the granite rocks up to the hill; the faces carved by sun; the unbelievable crystal clear water reflecting the sun light with a wide range of brilliant colours and of which soon someone would realize cannot do without – as soon people will realize how much the transparency is fundamental in life: this is part of the Something you would start to see behind the curtains of the Nothing just after the first steps on the island.
Any disco…? –
Any attractions park…? -
Yes and no.
No if someone has got a standardized idea of fun: there are no Shopping Centres with shot air conditioning.
The idea here is the least standard: create your own fun.
As well as people has been able to elaborate their own Modus Vivendi – way of life – on the island: creating their own economy based on particular techniques of cultivations, fishing, breeding and developing their own customs and cooking; fighting, throughout the centuries, against pirate invaders as well as against the daily problems generated by an isolated life; finding, among the personal controversies, a common solidarity to protect themselves against bad weather and enemies; children inventing their fun games without toys; gathering in someone’s cellar for a dinner soaked with their own wine and cheered by invented poems in a rhyme and songs; meeting the most ancient disco of the world: it has been existing since before the invention of the records.
It takes time to see the “at the first time Invisible” because of multiple reasons: it takes time to enter the circle of the islanders and gain their confidence. Nowadays, being able to see the secular culture is even more invisible as it covered by a layer of modern life: fast boats – rather than veil vessels - , cars – rather than donkeys -, cell phones – rather than hours of walking -, micro wave ovens – rather than healthy fish grilled directly on the beach -, computers are here exactly as anywhere else.
It take time to understand what the nothing is made of.
Although all this nothing, most of the people who have had the fortune to land upon this rock with the hope to find nothing, went away – actually, go away, as the present tense is more appropriate – with hidden tears wetting their chicks and the new awareness to have had the most fun in their life: unforgettable foods, wine made by the Gods, songs like pining ballads, liberating laughs and lost words. But, above all, with the newer awareness of feeling lighter, emptier and with the relief of being able to get rid of the imposed, commercial nothing to find themselves.