Taking a cooking class when you visit abroad is a great way of immediately immersing yourself into local culture and food. I’m kind of tired of being a regular tourist when I travel, and I love to mix things up and find activities that will get me away from the crowds and off the traditional tourist track.
A great way of doing just that is with a cooking class from someone with local knowledge, and today I want to tell you about the cooking school Les Petits Farcis in Nice in the south of France.
Les Petits Farcis was created by a Canadian girl called Rosa Jackson, and today she is well known in the town of Nice for offering fun and diverse cooking classes and food tours.
These pictures were taken when I was invited to join one of her Market Tour, Cooking Class and Lunch. This is a great option because Rosa took us out onto the market of Cours Saleya in Nice old town, and then we went back to her kitchens, cooked together and then enjoyed the shared meal.
Rosa worked for many years as food writer in Canada before moving to France in 1995. She immediately started offering her tours as a way of sharing her passion for good food and great ingredients. Today she offers tours in Nice and also in Paris.
In Nce there are many food markets in the different parts of the town. We went to the Cours Saleya, which merges flowers and food (and antiques too on Mondays!) , and strolled along in the sunshine picking out ingredients and checking off our shopping list.
Rosa had already bought some delicious sea bass for our class, but we needed to buy the vegetables and fruit for our four course lunch.
Back in her kitchens, the mood was relaxed and friendly, we each had a task to complete, and the meal came together before our eyes. Our first course was a pissaladiere, which is an onion tart, then sea bass with mediterranean vegetables, a selection of cheese, followed by a divine red fruit tart.
If you’d like more information about Rosa’s tours and classes just head over to her site Les Petits Farcis, and check for available dates. You can either join an existing class or privatise an event for you and your friends. I guarantee you will have a lovely relaxed day, made even better by a glass of rosé wine and beautiful mediterranean sunshine.
All photos with thanks to James Pouliot