It’s time to tie on your apron and pop on your chef’s hat. Our cultural activity this month is a traditional Spanish cooking class! Whether you regular whip up Michelin star-worthy meals or consider burnt toast to be the extent of your culinary talent, our Spanish Cooking Workshop is a great way to sprinkle some Spanish flavours into your recipe book.
Cooking like a Spanish
This month, our students have been learning to make three classic Spanish dishes. These recipes are tortillas, paella and pan tumaca, a tasty tomato-topped bread.
Before the students enter the class, we divide our school’s personal kitchen into stations. We dedicate each station to a different dish and fill them with all the herbs, spices, fresh ingredients and cooking utensils needed. With everything in order, the students get cooking! The fluffy loaves of bread are toasted, the colourful vegetables finely chopped and the chicken fried in the paella pan.
When it’s time to flip the sizzling tortilla, everyone clambers around to be the one to launch it into the air. Successfully catching the tortilla on its way back to earth can be met with an explosion of applause. One class even hailed the boy who caught their tortilla as the ‘Tortilla King!’ Every twenty minutes, the groups at each station rotate. This allows everyone in the class to enjoy preparing every part of the meal.
Eating like a Spanish
Finally, everyone gathers around to enjoy the paella and tapas. With approving “Mmm’s” and hands reaching for second servings, the class finishes on a high note. Students are often eager to replicate the recipes back home! If you’re also looking to inject some Mediterranean inspiration into your cooking, why not give our class a go?
I chose to start
learning Spanish a year ago after my husband and I moved to Madrid for his
work. I tried out three or four other language schools before coming to AIL
Madrid and out of all of them, I like AIL’s atmosphere the most!
My favourite thing
about the school is the other students you get to meet there. I enjoy talking
with the students who come from places like China, France and the US, and I
also get on well with my classmates. They are younger than me, but the age gap
isn’t an issue and I always find it interesting to hear what they have to say.
As I have a busy schedule, I think the ten weekly hours of classes offered in the semi-intensive courses are a good amount for me to learn Spanish from. The teachers at AIL are really friendly and they always bring up interesting topics for us to discuss in class. I find speaking to be the hardest part of learning Spanish, but my teachers are patient and always let me finish all of my sentences when I am speaking in class. Since starting the Spanish course, I am now able to talk to native speakers, take calls and organise local services to fix household problems on my own. I used to work in the Ministry of Commerce in Japan, so I am also excited by the idea of being able to use Spanish in my work in future too!