Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class in a local Belgian home with your host Suzy. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Suzy is an incredibly warm, wonderful and delightful host with a lovely sense of humor. She is also a creative cook who makes her own sambal with peppers from the garden. Her home (which is the house she was raised in) is a beautiful and peaceful haven filled with beautiful Flemish art inherited from her family and surrounded by gorgeous rambling gardens. Suzy's favorite memories of growing up always involve the dinner table, where she remembers enjoying healthy, delicious food and delightful conversations with family. She is now excited to create new memories over food, hosting travelers and engaging conversation at her table. Suzy is particular about cooking with high quality ingredients - she gets her meat from a local butcher that personally sources from a local farm.
This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Begin your culinary adventure with a walk around Suzy's lush garden dotted with fruit trees and several varieties of herbs. Then sit down with Suzy and Bob to a hearty meal, a creative take on Belgian cuisine. Your meal will start with appetizers like a variety of pestos with homemade bread followed by a seasonal first course like maatjes (salted herring) or white asparagus a la Flamande (only available in May and June and sourced from a farm in Holland) and a fresh salad or soup. This is followed by a main course which includes a fish or meat dish that Suzy procures from a butcher that raises his own cattle accompanied by fresh a seasonal vegetable side and homemade bread. You might try Ghent Waterzooi (creamy chicken stew), vol au vent (chicken and mushrooms in a bechamel sauce), fish or steak for a main. Your Belgian meal will conclude with homemade ice-cream or Belgian chocolate mousse. Your meal is served on elegant silverware and china and is accompanied by fine wine or specialty beers and freshly baked fresh bread. Coffee or tea is served upon request.
• Traveling Spoon, Ghent Belgium