Yes, it is true! Through Craftsy I am taking the class Homemade Italian Pasta with Giuliano Hazan. It all started when I began taking their crocheting classes. Then their sewing classes. I loved them so much I became an affiliate on my creativity blog. As a result, I got to take a course for free and I was so curious about the food classes I choose one on making pasta.
About a year ago I had a homemade pasta disaster. The eggs fell out of the pretty circle of flour and went everywhere and I tried to chase them back in and they wouldn’t go and I ended up giving up. Cookbooks are great but sometimes you really need to watch a master at work. I knew I was going to love this class when Giuliano Hazan started by showing me how to make that ring of flour so that never happens again.
Guliano Hazan is not only a master at making Italian food, he is a sweetheart! What a lovely teacher. He works slowly, methodically and magically. I love seeing him make pasta by hand. He shares so many secrets as he makes the pasta I take notes. No rushing, no quick edits with annoying music in the background. You feel like you are in the kitchen with him live.
I have been taking this class a little at a time because I do not want it to end. A wonderful thing about Craftsy classes is they never disappear. I can watch a little, go back and watch some more. Thanks to Apple TV I can even watch the class on my TV! I am absolutely hooked and not just because he showed me how to make textured pasta with a hair pick, which was pretty damn cool. But because I am finally LEARNING again! From one of the best chefs in the world. In the comfort of my home!
It feels weird “confessing” to taking a cooking class but for some reason I did struggle with this decision. Friends on Facebook encouraged me and said that all good teachers continuously learn.
My extreme excitement with taking the class (and wanting to go out and get a hair pick) made me realize that my well was dry and this is exactly what I needed. So much so I am intending to take more classes soon too.
BTW, Homemade Italian Pasta is on sale right now $10 off! It is an investment but when I think of how much it would cost me to take a class at a community centre that I would have to get a ride to, in the winter, to learn from a teacher with limited experience… This is totally worth it.
So concludes my New Year Kitchen Confessions. I feel so much better now. I am letting some projects go while taking on new ones. I have been receiving emails and comments of people convinced I am shutting my blog down and wanted you to know that could not be further from the truth! My blog is just going to be evolving and there will be much more foodie fun to be had, starting next week.
Lots to come and thank you all for the support this week. I am feeling so much better.