“Taller de cocina mediterranea” en Mescladís
In Cultura y Cocina, we went to a Mediterranean cooking workshop in Mescladís, a concept developed in Barcelona that mixes an interest in cooking with social work and the non-profit organization Fundacío Ciutadania Multicultural. The mission of FCM is to help accommodate immigrants and native citizens using educational projects that promote social cohesion and economic strategies that helpla inserción social y laboral. Because they are experts in Mediterranean cooking, they were able to explain the characteristics of Mediterranean food while cooking a variety of typical dishes like bread with tomato, hummus, and olive spread.
We also visited an urban garden, which is a growing trend. Be healthy! The students were able to learn how to create and maintain a garden as well as the importance of eating organic foods. Finally, we were able to bake using a solar oven and make a “Huertorade”, an isotonic drink inspired by Gatorade.
One of our most impacting experiences was our visit to the restaurant “Dans le noir”, where we had afternoon snacks in the dark. We met Jose, our waiter, who served as our guide in the darkness, as he is blind. We were able to understand his way of life and learn how it feels to be in his shoes. After experiencing eating in the dark, we discovered new and amazing sensations!
Joel Bevin, the cook that prepared our dessert arrangement last week, is going to come back and judge our new contest inspired by Topchef. Joel was a participant on the Australian version, Masterchef, and will serve as our area expert. Today, Joel lives in Barcelona and loves cooking. Along the way, he has inherited many family recipes while inventing new ones!
And here is my teacher’s profile:
Hometown: Figueres, Girona
Life outside La Prepa: Silvia has her BA from the Universitat de Barcelona and her MA from the Barcelona School of Cinema. Silvia is an awarded documentary filmmaker based in Barcelona. She has worked as a screenwriter, photographer and camerawoman for television, fictional works and documentaries and she is also a teacher within both the Escola Projecte and the avante-garde audiovisual cooperative, Connectats. Sílvia’s education ranges from Economy to Cinema and Literary Theory and she speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan, English, Portuguese and French.
Interests/Hobbies: Silvia enjoys cinema and literature, but she comes from a very gastronomical family as her grandfather, father, and brothers are cooks, so she has inherited a good taste for food and the pleasure of cooking.