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Learn the Art of Phyllo: Private Cooking Class in Athens

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    Christina grew up in a farming family in a small village in western Greece, where she still sources her local eggs, cheese, organic extra virgin olive oil, dried herbs, and hand-collected sea salts. Christina is passionate about baking traditional phyllo pies made with hand-made dough, a technique she first learned from her grandmother. After attending culinary school, Christina perfected her phyllo technique while working in a local bakery where she expertly created a wide variety of phyllo pies from scratch. Christina might seem a bit serious at first, but once you get on the topic of Greek cuisine her friendly personality will shine through. She is on a mission to share her knowledge of Greece’s phyllo traditions with as many people as possible in order to help preserve these age-old cooking methods.
    You will learn to prepare authentic Greek phyllo dough from scratch in Christina's kitchen. She will teach you to make the ubiquitous flaky Greek dough - starting with flour and water! - and together you will prepare a traditional pie. She will teach you, step by step, how to make the pie filling using seasonal ingredients like wild greens and a variety of fresh cheeses (you might mix the filling in the sink since it is her biggest receptacle!). You mix the dough, learn to roll it into paper-thin sheets on her dining table, and layer the pie with the filling. She will show you how to carefully lay the delicate sheets of phyllo in the pan, which results in a light, crispy pie. You can expect the cooking portion of your experience to last about 90 minutes before you sit down to eat.
    In addition to her flavorful phyllo pies, Christina serves an authentic Greek meal that showcases seasonal produce with inventive preparations. Your meal might start with an appetizer of locally produced cheese, cold cuts and spreads and then you'll sample her specialty phyllo pies. The meal will continue with dishes like pistachio-crusted chicken served with a savory molasses sauce, seasonal salads of anthotyro (fresh cheese), cherry tomatoes and toasted bread or wild greens collected in the countryside, small fish marinated with fresh herbs, olive-crusted lamb with yogurt sauce, or strapatsada (scrambled eggs with feta and tomatoes).
    Christina lives with her boyfriend in a simple apartment in a central yet quiet neighborhood, located about 20 minutes by subway from the historic center of Athens and easily reached by taxi. Her apartment is located on the 5th floor of her building and is accessible by elevator.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We were excited for our first Traveling Spoon experience and it did not disappoint! Christina's apartment is easy to find and she is great at communicating through email and answering any questions. There were four of us and she took time to get to know...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank CookTeach
    Reviewed 7 July 2019

    Christina was a pleasure to spend time with. We learned the traditional way to make spinach pie, and were served a wonderful traditional meal. Seeing how a regular Athenian lives was a bonus! Would recommend to anyone !!! Thank you for the experience

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank katherine t
    Reviewed 6 May 2019 via mobile

    We had a wonderful time learning from and visiting with Christina. She graciously welcomed us into her home and made us feel comfortable trying something we’ve never cooked before. This cooking experience with Christina made our time in Athens extra special and we highly recommend...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Shujess22
    Reviewed 1 August 2018

    We are in a habit to learn a new skill every county we travel to. And Athens was no deferent, after searching the local directory we have found Christina Drangana A professional chef with extraordinary passion for phyllo dough. We were very happy to find...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    Thank Avidar Y
    Reviewed 27 July 2018

    Christina is not only an experienced professional chef, but also a very heartwarming and friendly host. As a cooking teacher, she patiently taught me how to make phyllo dough step by step, and told me every single tip for making a good Spanakopita. As a...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank Yang L
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