Tuesday, February 26, 2013
We have a fabulous resource here in Cotacachi. Dan Delgado not only serves as the liaison between the expats and the local government-type folks, he's a world class chef and offers cooking classes in our own homes for a little bit of nothing. His specialty is teaching how to make our favorite foods with what is available here.
The class I attended was for Chinese food and it was amazing! Not only did we learn how to make the foods, we also learned a ton about the chemistry of some of the local foods, the health practices of some restaurants, and how to ask for the right produce at the market. Danny also does a market tour that I'm definitely looking forward to doing with him one of these days.
When Danny lived in NYC he cooked in a few fairly major Japanese and French restaurants as well as others but we didn't get much time to talk about his past exploits because we were busy squeezing all the food information in. The thing that I think probably helped him deal with making do with what is available was providing food for movie crews who were on location. He said you got a electrical outlet, a water spigot, and a table and were told to make it happen. That sounds a lot like Cotacachi. Of course he was able to prepare food in advance to bring there but it was still great practice for being creative with what you have at hand.
Back to the class.
We're planning to do this again with another cuisine and who knows what we'll come up with. Danny provided all the food and our hostess provided the food prep items.
A great time was had by all and we're looking forward to doing this again.