Guest Blog – Why a week cooking in Sicily is a must for any solo traveller

Flavours guest Heather travelled from Australia this summer to get a taste of Sicily on our week long Sicilian cooking course. She’s shared with us why it was the perfect holiday for a solo traveller:

Heather with her fellow cooks

I have been a solo traveller for several decades so booking into Flavours cooking Course in Sicily was an absolute first for me i.e. being in a group. And I can tell you I had a great time! Firstly the accommodation was excellent – I had my own room with ensuite bathroom including walk-in shower. And there was no single supplement! That is an absolute first. Thank you Flavours.

Scacce modicane, a Sicilian speciality

Secondly, and most importantly, the cooking week was excellent and a lot of fun. There were four of us doing the course – three from the UK and me from Australia. We all got on extremely well and had a lot of laughs. Our cooking instructor Carmela was Italian and spoke no  English and we spoke no Italian but we all learnt a great deal from her – she cooked by example. And then there was the wonderful Claudia who was our host and interpreter. She was a bundle of energy and good humour. An absolute gem.

The lovely Claudia and Carmela

The cooking team cooked lunch for ourselves and the painting students. We quickly learnt that lunch was the main meal of the day eaten at around 1.30 – 2.00pm and washed down with lashings of wine. Dinner was late  – around 8.30pm and a much lighter meal cooked by Carmela. Again no shortage of prosecco and wine! All very Italian.

Cassatine Ricotta and Camilla’s limoncello

I can highly recommend the Flavours week in Sicily. I not only had a great holiday but I learnt a lot about how to cook Sicilian food. Viva Italia!