I signed up for Marisabel’s Ecuadorian Cooking class. I enjoyed it very much and so did my classmates. Right on time, Marisabel picked us up at our respective homes. We stopped at the Arandano Market in Gringolandia to buy eggs, avocados and a few more things. Arandano is a destination in itself. They have an exciting assortment of nuts, flours and grains sold in bulk as well as very fresh produce, meats, cosmetics and more.
We arrived at Marisabel’s house and gathered in her cozy kitchen. I felt inexplicably happy to be handed an apron. It is my favorite garment, because it is so closely tied to cooking and eating — my favorite pastimes.
Marisabel (I love that name) was relaxed and well organized. Her enthusiasm set the tone. We chatted, relaxed, observed and sipped a little wine. What could be more pleasant?
The cooking demonstration and instruction ended with a fabulous sit-down dinner of Locro de Papas, a traditional potato soup, Montepillo, made with hominy and eggs, and ending with – Budin de Pan, which is bread-pudding. This was a family recipe. We all had seconds! Were it not for our manners, we might have had thirds.
Chef Marisabel filled a container of each dish for us to take home. We also received copies of the recipes. Then, Marisabel drove us back home again. What could be easier?
The cost for the class was $45 per person, a very good value considering we had two delicious meals and several days-worth of bread-pudding. I learned the names of and how to prepare new foods. The fellowship was great, and being picked up and delivered back home eliminated all stress!
Our little group is still chatting, trying to coordinate a meet-up at a Mexican Restaurant. I hope she has another class soon, because I could definitely do this again.
Marisabel’s WhatsApp 099 930 7524
Recommended by Sissel W. Robertson: Sissel@CrazyWomanKayaks.com