The Italian Way

 

It’s Italian week! Here a few tips, tricks and fun facts about Italian cuisine to get you in the mood for the delicious dinners you are going to be cooking.

 

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Preparing Perfect Pasta

 

All you really need to remember when cooking the perfect ‘al dente’ pasta are these simple tricks…

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil
  • Generously salt the water (2-3 tablespoons) – The Italians use the saying “As salty as the sea” to help give you an idea
  • Only add the pasta once the water is in a rolling boil
  • As you will be using fresh pasta it only takes 3-4 minutes to cook
  • Once it is al dente (meaning firm to the bite), drain the pasta quickly in a colander
  • Do not rinse the pasta with water. Just don’t.
  • The pasta should still be slightly wet
  • Toss the drained pasta back into the empty pot you used to cook it in and add 2 tablespoons of good quality extra-virgin olive oil, then mix through to further prevent sticking
  • It is now ready to be added to the sauce

 

 WOOP Prawn Pasta

 

The Italian Way

 

Italians take their food very seriously, and they are big on traditional eating. Lunch is typically their largest meal and is made up of three courses – appetiser, main and dessert. They will usually have a small bowl of pasta, a rice dish or some bruschetta for their appetizer, a meat, fish and/or vegetable dish for their main, then some fruit for their dessert.

 

Italian Grandma Meme

 

In many Italian households, there is always a grandma or aunt who thinks you are malnourished, too skinny and need to be filled up with as much food as they can possible get in you. You will not be able to leave your grandma’s table if you do not eat every single crumble she thinks you need. This will also be your fate if you are invited for lunch at an Italian gathering, so be prepared!

 

Usually at family gatherings it’s all about traditional local food. This means the food will be fresh, locally sourced and delicious. Enjoying a meal with friends or family is the main ingredient of any Italian dish, wherever you are in the world.

 

We hope you enjoy your delectable Italian dishes this week and let your taste buds be whisked away to the beautiful land of love and good food (which is kind of the same thing in our eyes).

 

Buon Appetito!