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Published March 10th 2015
Learn to prepare delicious traditional Greek recipes
Adelphi Greek Food Odyssey is a brand new cooking school to hit Adelaide's foodie scene. Joanne Lappas, creator and chef, has blended together her passion and heritage and is now serving up authentic Greek food cooking lessons, home-style. Classes are based in the western suburbs and start at just $25pp for around three hours. Learning to cook has never been more affordable, so make sure you don't miss out. From pastitsio to kataifi, moussaka to baklava, you'll learn these recipes and more when you cook with Joanne, who will share with you stories and traditional cooking methods from her heritage and family along the way.
Taking the perceived difficulty out of recipes, Joanne can show you how easy it is to make these great looking meals.
We ran into Joanne at the Bowden Organic & Sustainable Market where she runs a wonderful stall selling fresh juices, organic energy balls and delicious Greek sweets. We were intrigued by her little handwritten sign advertising Greek cooking classes and had to find out more. We soon realised they would be a perfect gift for a family member and signed up for a set of group lessons shortly after.
Pastitsio was one of our favourites, which is sure to become a popular meal at home.
Our very first dish was stuffed capsicums and tomatoes. After a brief introduction it was time to don our aprons and jump right in. We started by preparing the mince and rice filling; spicy notes of cinnamon and cloves gives this dish a truly Greek aroma. Next we prepared the capsicums and tomatoes. When we were scooping out the tomatoes, we learned that everything is reserved as much as possible to avoid wastage in the Greek kitchen; even the tomato seeds could either be used in the meat sauce or dried out and planted to grow more.
Brightly coloured capsicum and tomatoes make for a tasty and healthy dish.
Once cooked, the capsicum becomes soft and sweet, a delicious combination with the stuffing.
Bougatsa was on the menu for dessert, which was something we had never tried before. Using classic ingredients of semolina custard and filo pastry, the end result looks and tastes impressive but is surprisingly simple to make. This is one to remember, and one sure to impress your friends and relatives. After whipping up the semolina custard on the stove and waiting for it to cool, the mixture is then spooned out onto the sheets of filo pastry and rolled into scrolls before being placed in the oven. Once browned nicely on the outside it's ready to be served up with delicious home-made whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
Joanne is always ready to assist at every step of the way to ensure technique is as good as the taste.
Rolling our first Bougatsa went really well, we can't wait to work more with filo pastry.
The (successful) finished product, plated up and ready to eat.
What could be better than getting in the kitchen and cooking up delicious meals and desserts with step-by-step instruction along the way? Eating the results of course! You're sure to have an appetite after all that cooking. At the end of every class join Joanne and other participants as you make your way through each delicious dish filled with conversation about Greece, organic produce and cooking in general.
We loved the opportunity to sit, eat and chat about our dishes at the end, it was always a great debrief.
We loved Joanne's home-style approach to food. Recipes are simple and easy to replicate at home, yet full of delicious flavour that everyone will love. We also enjoyed getting to know Joanne over our many classes.
Joanne has a lot of experience under her belt and taught us so much in just 4 classes.
Get in quick – a special introductory price of $25 per person per class is available until 1 May 2015, or you can get a further discount by booking a 4-class package for only $80 per person. This is real value for money and an experience not to be missed.
The best way to arrange your cooking classes is to get in touch with Joanne. You can give her a call on 0401 358 508, message her through facebook or drop in and see her at the Bowden Markets on Saturdays.
Joanne at work, explaining the basics of food preparation.
We thoroughly enjoyed cooking with Joanne and look forward to trying her recipes at home. Be sure to join in on her next Greek food odyssey.
Book today and learn how to cook and plate up meals in just one class.