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Amazing Cooking Lesson – what a great email

Subject: Amazing Cooking Lessons


Hi Brun,


I just have to share this with you – “give the credit where credit it due”.


The other day Russell was sitting in his airplane talking to his fellow pilot who was telling him how please and excited his wife was. She had been with a group of her friends on this Italian cooking course. The hosts were such amazing and lovely people and they had all enjoyed themselves so unbelievably and all sorts of goof stuff.

They live in Pretoria – so Russ asked him was the host Bruna Green ? He called his wife to ask. Of course it was The Greens. Congratulations to you. You are clearly doing such a good job and becoming increasingly popular and famous.


The pilots wife’s name is Amanda Ras.


Keep up the good work.Think of you often.


Lots of love,



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Kill Two Birds with One Stone

Are you looking for a cooking school to put a little flavour back into your life, your cooking and your relationship? Cooking schools have come a long way, and add a lot of flavour to an otherwise bland existence – but take note that there are cooking schools and then there are cooking schools that offer that hand’s on personal experience.

Whether you are an accomplished cool or whether you are a complete novice, you will now be able to learn to cook really good food by learning right from the very basics.

And if you think that men are not capable of learning to make pasta, sauce, and other delectable dishes of every description, you are sadly mistaken. Some of the world’s finest chefs are male, so why not teach your partner to cook like a professional – after all Jamie Oliver has made a difference to the world of cooking.

A good cooking school is not unlike fresh herbs added as a finale to a dish or fondant icing adorning a prize wedding cake creation. All you need to do is to add a dash of enthusiasm, a little bit of affection, much interest, and a pinch of relaxation and the rest will take care of itself.

Cooking is an art and one which can easily be learnt. Take time out and nurture this skill and you will be the envy of all your friends.

The next time you are planning a romantic day out or are looking for something a little unique to do – organise a cooking lesson at your favourite cooking school. This way you will kill two birds with one stone, as you will benefit from learning how to make your own pasta, sauce and more plus you will enjoy a day out that is not only unique but filled with laughter and fun.

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Clara’s peasant tomato and meat sauce for pasta

Each region in Italy has its favourite pasta sauce, my Mom Clara says that her sauce is the best and I cannot dispute that, so here goes:

  • 1 whole onion peeled, push 6 cloves pushed randomly into it
  • 4 tins Italian tomatoes or 1 cup of tomatoe puree
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pork chop (with bone)
  • 2  pieces of free range chicken (thigh and drum stick)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • a few basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium strength chili – according to taste
  • Salt
  • 1 cup of red or white wine is optional
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Tip: It is best to take defrosted meat out of fridge 1 hr before you start.  The meat needs to be at room temperature before cooking.

Heat oil and butter in a saucepan, season and add meat so that the meat seals and heats through completely before adding all the other ingredients.

  • Add tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, tomatoe paste,   onion, garlic, celery, chili and let simmer for 1 to 2  hours.
  • When your Sauce is ready add basil.   Cook your Home Made Pasta in a big pot of boiling water, 4 to 5 min and the pasta  it ready.  Drain  (remember to keep some   of your pasta water aside just in case your sauce is too thick).
  • Once pasta is drained, add sauce and parmisan cheese.   Mix well and serve adding extra sauce if desired.

Voilà̀ ….. The pasta is ready to be eaten.  Now add as much parmesan as you enjoy!

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Mothers and daughters – keeping the traditions alive!

I thank my friends for bringing their daughters and  opening my door to “mother daughter” teams and I have had two such teams on separate occasions since my Pasta Teaching at La Convivialità started….

Leslie(mother) and Laura (daughter).  At the age of 5 Laura decided that she was not going to marry my son Steven, what a silly decision cause she is so natural in the kitchen

Sandi (mother) and Tegan (daughter), my special Godchild, who loves and embraces life with love and surprised me with her pasta making skills

Rosetta (mother) and Olivia (daughter), my niece who is an inspiration to any young woman and who I’m very proud of.

I am crazy about evenings like this, the young girls recognize and appreciate the detail  and elbow grease that is needed to make pasta.They listen and follow instructions with great enthusiasm and understanding and who would have guessed that the tradition of  pasta making  would excite them so.  I hope that they keep their favourite recipes in their journals and I hope they share them with their daughters and sons one day.  I have shared my recipe with them, the one that I love most.