Tag Archives: italian

Squid, the best animal in the world

Let’s talk about squid for a moment. Squid are marvellous animals. To eat, I mean. They fall into the category of ‘food I never dared to prepare because I didn’t know how to but which actually turned out pretty OK when … Continue reading

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Pasta aglio olio e peperoncino

One of the best things about being a foreigner in Italy is when your foreign friends come visit. It’s not that I don’t have friends here, it’s just that my friends here are Italian and therefore inherently unimpressed by anything … Continue reading

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A gift from Our Guy

I have a guy. Or rather: our flat has a guy. Here in Italy, everyone has a guy. In most countries, having a guy means having someone who goes around breaking the kneecaps of people who owe you money or … Continue reading

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Genova, the home of focaccia and other earthly pleasures

Last Friday was Labour Day, which meant we had a three-day weekend! What do Italians do when they get a three-day weekend? They get out of town. So we did, too. The journey took us to Genova, well-established as the … Continue reading

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Carnivalesque ravioli from Ascoli Piceno

When people say “Italian food”, they often conjure up an image in their mind that is actually something quite different from what Italians tend to eat. The main offender is pasta with the wrong ingredients. Spaghetti and meatballs is a … Continue reading

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Another Italian food war

There’s a few things Italians simply won’t let you mess with: their mothers, their god-given right to cut you off in traffic, and perhaps the most important, their food. Imagine, therefore, the outrage, the anger, the seething hatred when a … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Invalid, and their Dodgy Medicine

It’s February, it’s cold, it’s flu season, here and everywhere else in Europe, I imagine. Flu season brings with it a new and interesting cultural experience: here in the South of Europe, people have a distinctly different approach to health … Continue reading

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The joys and rage that come with owning a pasta machine

Some time in the recent past, I celebrated my birthday. “Happy birthday, Dittatrice”, you say, “how old are you now?”, I hear you wonder. Well, I’m not telling, so that’s the end of that. For my birthday, my friends came … Continue reading

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The end of the meat age

Recently, Blenderman suddenly announced an issue: “We eat way too much meat. Why do we eat so much meat?” Wooahh there, where did that come from? Also, who are “we”? However, he has a point. We, as in, the household, … Continue reading

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“Verdi, food and cooks” – the favourites of a famous composer

You know Verdi, the famous composer? The one who wrote such operas as Aida and La Traviata? Turns out he had a special predilection for food! I found out about this when I was writing my dissertation on Italian opera … Continue reading

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