If you have ever wondered what traditional Albanian food tastes like and would you like to learn how to prepare Albanian cuisine in a family’s home then this is the course for you!
It is difficult to find places in Albania that offer cooking classes to visitors but we have teamed up with a professional cook, Emanuela, to ensure you can sample and learn how to make some of our favorite and delicious dishes.
Much of Albanian cuisine has Greek, Italian and Turkish origins. Emanuela learned how to prepare traditional Albanian and Italian dishes while working at the local women’s shelter.
For years she’s been creating tasty delicacies for our cooking class students, the Florian Guesthouse guests, family, and ensuring no one leaves Albania hungry.
Emanuela invites you to join her at home in her kitchen and after the hour and a half of cooking class you will get to enjoy the dishes you have helped prepare! The total time of this activity is 3 hours including eating and sampling the 6 wines that are made right here on the premises.
You will also hear how Zef, with his 50 years of wine making experience is able to make the different types of wine from the grapes that are grown in the guesthouse and in their own vineyard. You also will be able to taste the home made local spirit Rakia made from the left over grape skins.
Most of the ingredients will come from the family garden and vinyard with any supplementary ingredients bought locally. Any eggs used will come from the 25 chickens that roam around the property doing the vital job of keeping the grass cut and the vegetables free of pests!
While the food is cooking you can enjoy a tour of the garden and vineyard. Here you can eat as much fruit as you can pick without spoiling your appetite. Depending on the season you will have the choice of wallnuts, hazelnuts, cherry, peach, apples, tomatoes, grapes, plum, pomegranates or figs.
Sample food items may include:
Byrek – A crispy, multi-layered pastry filled with ingredient combinations such as cheese, ground meat, onions, vegetables and eggs. (Byrek variations exist throughout the Balkans, each country offers a different take on this savory classic.)
Traditional Albanian salads – Made from vegetables grown in the garden of Emanuela’s home. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are popular ingredients, but ingredient combinations depend upon what is fresh and in-season.
Rustic Bread – Whether prepared using whole-grain wheat flour or gluten-free corn flour, the result is always delicious!
Soups – Incorporating colorful vegetables and handfuls of fresh herbs, we often drizzle fresh lemon juice to our steaming-hot soup. Emanuela often makes cabbage or fish-based soups with her students, but the possible combinations are endless. It’s also common in Albania to serve a sprig of green onion on the side, so that you can nibble on it as you enjoy the soup.
This activity is only available by booking at least 24 hours in advance. We regret to say that we are not able to offer this activity for one person only.
The price for 2 people is 50 Euros in total (25 each)
The price for 3 or more is 20 Euro each.
We can accommodate groups of up to 100.
When you inquire, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences.