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Essential Italian words for your food journey

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren

If you’re looking for a quick cheat sheet on ordering some Italian grub, you’ve come to the right place.

This week we’re celebrating all things Italian, and so I thought it’d be quite useful if I dished out some essential words to use if you ever find yourself in Italy (or at least for when you’re reading an Italian menu!).

Please note that this is a very basic guide and is just to act as mini-list to help you recognise words on a menu! I’m far from fluent in Italian.

Breakfast: Colazione ~ Lunch: Pranzo ~ Dinner: Cena

At the restaurant

  • Appetisers/Starter: Antipasto
  • First Course: Primo
  • Main Course: Secondo
  • Dessert: Dolce
  • Side Dishes: I contorni
  • The Bill: Il conto
  • Service charge: coperto
  • Excluded: Escluso
  • Included: Compreso

On the menu

  • Bread: Pane
  • Soup: Zuppa
  • Meat: Carne
  • Chicken: Pollo
  • Pork: Maiale
  • Lamb: Agnello
  • Fish: Pesce
  • Prawns: Gamberi
  • Mussels: Cozze
  • Squid: Calamari
  • Octopus: Polpo
  • Vegetables: Verdura
  • Potatoes: Patate
  • Rice: Riso
  • Green Salad: Insalata
  • Cheese: Formaggio
  • Wine: Vino
  • Beer: Birra
  • Red/White: Rossa/Biano
  • Water: Acqua
  • Caffè: Coffee
  • Latte: Milk
  • Salt and Pepper: Sale e pepe
  • Ice Cream: Gelato

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/Alpha)

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Ciao! It’s Italian Week on Spill the Beans

Last week Mr. POH and I celebrated Chinese week where I cooked nothing but food with an Asian-flair but this week we’re going European.

This week, we’re zooming over to Italia, where I’ll be rustling up some tasty (I hope!) Italian dishes.

Included on the menu this week is: Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, Lasanga and a curious Spaghetti Cake.

I’ll be featuring at least two Italian-themed posts on the blog – movies, culture, recipes? We’ll see!

(Image via WikimediaCommons)

Recipe: Gnocchi, bacon and tomato bake

Gnocchi is such a wonderful little alternative to the traditional spud and combining it with a bit of butter and garlic can be a simple treat.

Over the past while I’ve been experimenting with gnocchi recipes and have come up with a bake that doesn’t take a a lot of time and uses ingredients you can find in all supermarkets.

I haven’t gotten around to making my own homemade gnocchi as of yet but I’ve heard that it’s easy enough to do so I’m looking forward to learning.

Here’s my recipe for a gnocchi bake – with the option of making it vegetarian by not adding the bacon lardons!

Serves 4

Time: About 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500g gnocchi (store bought is fine!)
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion (chopped finely)
  • 1 red pepper (deseeded and chopped up finely)
  • 150g of mozzarella
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • Oil for frying
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 100g bacon lardons
  • Salt and white pepper

Method:

  1. Heat your oil in a large frying pan on high, and tip in your onion, bacon lardons, red pepper and cook until soft (5 minutes)
  2. Add in your garlic and fry for a further minute then add in the chopped tomatoes and gnocchi.
  3. Bring to simmer and let the mix bubble away for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on it because your don’t want your gnocchi to be overly soft but you want your sauce to thicken (I sometimes add some extra tomato purée for good measure)
  4. In the meantime, turn on your grill to high and take out an oven proof dish.
  5. After the gnocchi is cooked, season, stir through the basil and then transfer to the ovenproof dish.

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6. Chop up your mozzarella into strips and lay across the top of the dish.  Grill for 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and has a golden look to it.

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Serve with a fresh salad or on its own.

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(Images and recipe copyright of Úna-Minh Kavanagh)

Taste of Italy: the latest offers from Supervalu

SuperValu’s Italian food and wine event will run in store for from Thursday 31st July to Wednesday 13th August.

Some of the offers available during the event include:

  • SuperValu Signature tastes Ravioli and Tortellini two for €5 and Signature Tastes Tomato, Chilli/Tomato and Basil/Bolognese sauces at €2.29 each.

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  • SuperValu Signatures Tastes Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade and Fruit Presse €2
  • SuperValu Gourmet Tarlets €3 each fresh from the deli

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  • Save 25% on Fresh Pancetta, was €2 now €1.50
  • Save 25% on SuperValu Tapas range

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  • Save 25% on SuperValu Irish Beef Lasagne

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  • Save 25% on Castelli Italian Cheese Range

Not only that but as part of the Prosecco sale you can save €3.99 on Lunetta Prosecco (now €15) and  €2.99 on Grifon Prosecco Brut/ Rose Frizzante (now €9).

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Lidl’s Italiamo range is back by popular demand

Lidl have announced that their Italiamo range of Italian food will be back in stores nationwide from Monday, 7th July, while stocks last.

From cured meats and stonebaked pizzas, to fresh pasta, classic Italian meatballs and desserts, the new range features quality meats and sliced hams, like Prosciutto Crudo (€1.99), Milano Salami (€2.99) and Mortadella Bologna (€2.49) (Serve with juicy green olives (€2.49), warm focaccia bread and Garlic Dipping Oil (€1.79).

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Succulent Mediterranean-Style Meatballs (€2.79) and spaghetti, will also be available in stores, along with crisp white wine, like Frascati DOP 2013 (€6.99).

If you’re more of a pizza lover, stonebaked pizzas will be available in a variety of flavours, including Spicy Arrabbiata (€2.49), Creamy Goat’s Cheese with Spinach and Caramelised Onion (€3.99) and Serrano ham, Spicy Salami & Spanish Chorizo Sausage (€3.99).

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Pasta lovers can also rejoice, as the Italiamo range includes a variety of delicious, fresh pastas, including Spinach Pasta (€1.49), Pennoni Giganti (€1.79) and fresh tomato and paprika-flavoured Tagliolini Pasta (€1.49).

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A light and delicate dessert like the Sicilian Lemon Ice-Cream (€1.49) or Raspberry Tartufo (€1.79) is perfect for balmy summer evenings.

Choose from a selection of Italiamo traditional Italian ice-creams in a variety of flavours (€2.49), like pistachio, lime & raspberry and amaretto cream.

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For those who prefer a more luxurious after-dinner treat, Strawberry Tiramisu (€1.79) comes in individual dishes.

For the perfect finale to your meal, shoppers can enjoy a cup of Italian-style coffee (€7.99), followed by a glass of Limoncino Lemon Liqueur (€12.99) or Crema & Caffè Macchiato (€14.99).