William and our friend Burt have also enrolled in the class. We are joined by Diane, an expat who has lived in Cuenca for the past three years. The classes are conducted by Leslie in her home on the edge of the El Centro district. Leslie moved to Cuenca from Florida 13 years ago when she and her husband (now ex-husband) opened one of the first non-Ecuadorian restaurants in El Centro. She is now a caterer and conducts cooking classes a few times a month.
Leslie starts by prepping the dessert - this woman has the right priorities! Very quickly the ingredients for Bread Pudding are pulled together and allowed to soak for 45 minutes before being placed in the oven.
Approximately two hours into the class all five dishes are ready. Leslie presents the food on platters or bowls, pours some wine and the five of us sit down for a delicious meal. We all leave with recipes, full tummies and smiles on our faces.