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ITALY – Culture, Scenery and Food!

A group of year 9 and 10 students had the trip of a lifetime in the Easter holiday when they enjoyed 4 days in Italy. Organised by Ms Gibbons, our Food Technology teacher, the aim of the visit was to increase their culinary abilities in cooking Italian dishes by learning techniques from local experts in Sorrento.

As a bonus, the students were also able to visit 2 major cultural sites: Herculaneum and Pompeii which were both buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. They saw the heart-breaking sites where skeletons of people and animals had been preserved by being encased in the volcanic flow. This contrasted with the ruins of buildings which still show amazing wall paintings and coloured marble and mosaics.

However, the cooking was their main focus and what could be more traditional than pizza? The students took part in a pizza making masterclass which culminated in an evening meal where they ate their creations whilst being entertained by traditional Italian dancers.

A visit to a Mozarella farm  was the venue for a demonstration of how the cheese is handmade by owner Maria and then their lunch was eaten under the lemon trees which produced the main ingredient for the owners’ own Limoncello – an Italian lemon liqueur.
The nearby olive oil farm was a 400 year old family business and students first toured the olive groves then tasted the different oils.

Their final culinary challenge was to practice making gnocchi which are small, soft dumplings which are usually served in a tasty sauce.  

The students returned enthused by what they had taken part in but, unfortunately, failed to bring back the amazingly sunny weather that they had also enjoyed in Italy!

As well as the photos on this page, there is a Gallery of photos taken by Ms Dean, Ms Gibbons and Joshua Clarkson.

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