Taking a Portuguese Food Group Cooking Class with Cooking Lisbon

We’ve made it to the next segment of our Round-the-World Trip: Europe!  Our first country is Portugal, known to many as the ‘gateway to Europe’.

After ten weeks of travelling through Central and South America, eating a diet made up of mostly rice and beans, we were ready for something new.  As we love learning about the food and culture in other countries in an interactive way, a cooking class is something we always look forward to experiencing in a new country — or new continent.  In Lisbon, we booked a class with Cooking Lisbon, which is Trip Advisor’s top rated cooking class in Lisbon.

Cooking Lisbon Cooking Class
Cooking Lisbon: An Assortment of Fresh Ingredients for Our Cooking Class

Unlike other cooking classes we’ve taken (in Peru and Vietnam, for example) where everyone has their own cooking station and makes their own personal meal, Cooking Lisbon facilities a group-cooking experience, where each participant shares in the tasks to create dishes for the entire group.  In general, Portuguese food is meaty, hearty and comforting.  Some of the classic Portuguese dishes we created together as a group included: Tomato Rice, Caldo Verde (potato soup with vegetables), Deep Fried Cod Fritters, Meatballs, and an Egg-Cake Dessert.

Cooking Lisbon: Deep Fried Cod Fritters
Cooking Lisbon: Deep Fried Cod Fritters
Cooking Lisbon Portuguese Cooking Class Tomato Rice Cooking on the Stovetop
Cooking Lisbon: Tomato Rice Cooking on the Stovetop

The group size was eight participants. With the efficiency of a restaurant kitchen, our cooking class instructor assigned tasks for each person to do. Peeling tomatoes, rolling meatballs, deep-frying cod, chopping onion and garlic, stirring the rice, etc.  Wine was freely poured throughout the evening (I’m pretty sure Steve had a bottle to himself).  Small bite appies, like bread with three different types of olive oil and flame-grilled chorizo, were readily available for snacking on to whet our appetites.

Cooking Lisbon: Bread with Three Different Types of Olive Oil
Cooking Lisbon: Bread with Three Different Types of Olive Oil

Cooking Lisbon is a fun and interactive Portuguese cooking class option for someone looking for a not-too-serious, social experience over a delicious meal.  At the end of the class, everyone, including our instructor, sat down together to enjoy the meal. We stayed for much longer than after dessert, sharing stories and enjoying the company of those around us.

Through Cooking Lisbon, you can also take a Pastry & Baking Class (and learn how to make those delicious Pasteis de Nata), a Seafood Experience (which includes a market visit), as well as a Lisbon Walking & Cultural Food Tour.

Cooking Lisbon Cooking Class
Cooking Lisbon Cooking Class

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Thank you to Cooking Lisbon for hosting us for your cooking class.   As always, all opinions are our own on Modern Mix Travel.

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