Basil Pesto and Trofie Pasta Workshop
I invite you to join my Cooking Class/Event and learn how to cook recipes from 1500 A.D!
Back to Basics are workshops designed to transport you in time, and to get you cooking by using experimental methods, enhance your passions, and re-educate your mind and your palate in a family-friendly environment.
We will be making Trofie Pasta with Pesto Genovese, a symbol of the Ligurian tradition. It seems that the first pesto recipe dates back to the early 1800 and Trofie was a pasta only dressed with this sauce.
What is Trofie?
Trofie is a sort of twisted pasta typical of Ligurian cuisine, prepared with a dough made from durum wheat flour and water, whose origins date back to 1200 during the Crusades, military expeditions and the first form of Christian colonialism. Legend speaks of pasta made onboard ships crossing the Mediterranean sea. Chefs would work below-deck making dough on large tables by mixing flour with water, and then removing the dough between the fingers and shelving it on the side. It is believed that the rolling movements of the ships on the open water influenced the preparation of this twisted shape pasta.
What is Pesto?
Pesto is a sauce made with Basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, Parmigiano, and Pecorino cheese.
Basil is a plant mostly grown in the Liguria region but is native to tropical India and Iran. It came through the Middle East to Europe, Italy, and South of France in the sixteenth century from the Spice Route, the famous sea routes from Europe to India in XII century. The Opening of the spice routes represents the starting point of European expansion in the world and colonialism. Large vessels were crossing the Mediterranean Sea and exchanging merchandises, spices, and legends. Basil was considered a very powerful plant capable of curing illnesses as much as messing up with minds.
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Each cooking event will be paired with a good selection of white, red, or sparkling wine and include a mixed Italian-style antipasto, and of course a classic dessert to make your night even sweeter!
I hope to see you soon,