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Čripnja / peka class

Čripnja / peka class

Cooking under traditional clay / iron baking bell

Čripnja and peka are one of the most brilliant inventions for preparing food, dating back to ancient times. They are both bell shaped but čripnja is made of clay, thus very similar to moroccan tagine, while peka is made of cast iron. Both are perfect tools for open fire cooking. Cover them with hot coals and you get a superb and very versatile oven capable of baking bread, lamb, kid, veal, octopus, squids, chicken, vegetables, big fish…

In this class, depending on the ingredient,  we choose either peka or čripnja and teach how to prepare meat or seafood under them. We often combine this class with simple pasta making to keep the guests entertained while we wait for čripnja/peka to be done (usually at least 2h). In that case, to add more variety to the menu, the sauce we serve with pasta is based on seasonal vegetables. We always prepare a desert, which normally doesn’t require baking, and is based on innovative use of local ingredients, as Istria is not renown for traditional deserts.

ATTENTION! As we need to put up open fire, this class will be held only in case of good weather. Moreover, we don’t recommend this class in hot months (June – August) as it is not easy to handle open fire when air temperature rises over 30°C (85°F).

 

About this full-day class

Available: Year around
Level: Intermediate
Class timings: 9 am – 4 pm*
Group size: 2-8
Vegan/vegetarian option: No
No. courses: 3 (+ marenda)
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
*we also offer half-day classes where we skip market visit

On the menu

Pula’s market tour where we source all ingredients
OR
visit of organic family farm in Pula surroundings where we source veggies and eggs
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guidance and cooking with household cook
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welcome drink and Istrian marenda before we start
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gudied tasting of premium Istrian extra virgin olive oils
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preparation of three-course Istrian traditional lunch
(vegetable antipasto, fare under čripnja/peka, dessert)
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one bottle of quality Istrian wine per person*

*for surcharge it is possible to include tailor-made tasting of premium Istrian wines

 

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Full fish class

Full fish class

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Pasta class

Pasta class

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