If you’re after an authentic Greek cooking experience, look no further than Chez Vassiliki.
We were fortunate enough to attend a class on our second night in Kefalonia. The experience is run by hosts, Vassilki and her husband George in their home, situated in a tiny hamlet called Karavados in the Livathos county – only 15 minutes from Kefalonia airport.
As we were staying in the North-East side of the island, the journey took around 45 minutes in our hire car. We didn’t mind at all – driving over rolling hills, past stunning coastline and herds of goats makes a lovely journey.
From our arrival, Vassiliki and George were warm and welcoming and offered us tasty iced coffees. The view from their garden is pretty mesmorising – panoramic views of the Ionian sea and Zante island. As an animal lover, I was very happy to see two friendly cats and a smiley dog wandering around (Vassiliki had rescued them all).
We were given a tour of the house grounds – beautifully well-kept gardens; full of plants, flowers and herbs and spices.
As their website states, Vassiliki and George have an extensive knowledge of ‘flavours, ingredients, products and practices’ – this was evident as soon as the cooking began. We felt like we were really getting an inside scoop on their Greek cuisine secrets. Lots of the herbs and spices can be picked straight from their garden (it doesn’t get fresher than that!).
On the menu:
Steamed vegetables (including beetroot, gherkins) with a delicious breadcrumb and garlic paste
Greek Shrimp Saganaki( (juicy giant prawns with tomatoes and feta)
Giant Shrimp with Garlic, Oil and Oregano
Fresh Sea Bass with Potatoes
Vasilikki and George were the perfect mentors – we learnt that most of their recipes have been gathered from regions all around Greece and not just Kefalonia. Many of their special dishes have been handed down through generations and are more than just commercial dishes found in restaurants.
It’s important to remember that this is a cooking experience, not a lesson – you’ll get your hands mucky and help with the preparation of the food but it is more about the process of watching, learning and listening.
As the sun set, the cliffs turned a gorgeous pink colour. We were offered some crisp traditional Kefalonian wine (Robola).
The food did not disappoint – a true gastronomic feast!
My mouth is watering as I type (says it all really).
Fortunately after a few hours in the kitchen, we had worked up an appetite – we had SO much food to devour.
The dishes were bursting with flavour, cooked to perfection. Great company, beautiful scenery and tasty food – what an evening.
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Contact Chez Vassiliki cooking experience here: http://www.chezvassiliki.gr