Foodies! I need your help on the finer points of Italian cuisine...

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  • boo 31 May 2012 10:20:38 11,703 posts
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    Mrs Boo kindly bought me a course voucher for Richard Bertinet's cookery school for my birthday.

    She's been generous enough that I can go on two courses, so I'm signing up for some bread making, but I also want to do one of Valentina Harris's Italian days.

    There are two that I'm interested in, but I'm not sure about the finer points of difference between the two. The choices are:

    Sicily, Calabria & Puglia

    or

    Tuscany & Umbria

    Any Italian food specialists about?

    Grazia!

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  • sport 31 May 2012 10:23:53 12,499 posts
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    Dominoes not good enough for Mrs boo?!?!?!?
  • boo 31 May 2012 10:28:11 11,703 posts
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    :o)

    It was my idea, not hers! I love cooking - she's not allowed in my kitchen!

    Trouble is, while I love Italian food, my knowledge doesn't extend as far as regional variations, so I've no idea what the two courses are likely to cover.

    I've mailed the school to see if they've got any more info, but figured that there's some cultured mofo's round these parts that might know.

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  • AcidSnake 31 May 2012 10:29:43 7,213 posts
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    I'm an Italian and regularly eat food!
    Doesn't make me a specialist though...

    The first group (south) would be more focused on seafood, the second (center) more about pasta types and meat and such...
    I can't be more specific though as I'm not that sure...I know that some dishes come from certain areas, but that's about it...

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  • sport 31 May 2012 10:30:24 12,499 posts
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    Boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew!
  • elstoof 31 May 2012 10:34:10 6,587 posts
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    Sicilian food will have more in the way of spices and citrus, Mediterranean and north African influences. Tuscan food is simpler, a bit heartier, bean stews and braised beef etc.
  • ram 31 May 2012 10:37:23 3,471 posts
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    I don't know much about Italian regional cuisine, but if I were to type Italian regional cuisine into google I would discover a lot more about Italian regional cuisine.

    for example

    Italian regional cuisine

    Edited by ram at 10:38:53 31-05-2012
  • StarchildHypocrethes 31 May 2012 10:38:12 25,391 posts
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    Tuscany -Bean soup

    Sicily/Calabria - Spicy salami and stuff

    This is what supermarkets have taught me.
  • bigshot316 31 May 2012 10:39:08 23,425 posts
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    I had a bolognaise and cheese pasty yesterday, that was pretty amazing.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 31 May 2012 10:43:05 25,391 posts
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    Just like mama used to make.
  • elstoof 31 May 2012 10:43:10 6,587 posts
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    Do Iceland still do their Chicken Tikka Lasagne, what region would that be from? Care to google that for me ram?
  • sport 31 May 2012 10:45:39 12,499 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Do Iceland still do their Chicken Tikka Lasagne, what region would that be from? Care to google that for me ram?
    I believe that fusion cuisine originated from Little India, in the heart of Venice.
  • elstoof 31 May 2012 10:51:48 6,587 posts
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    I was thinking perhaps Marco Polo brought back the masala paste from his travels.
  • Tonka 31 May 2012 11:03:56 20,006 posts
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    @boo Tuscany for sure.
    http://www.misadventureswithandi.com/2012/04/dinner-alla-toscaza.html

    And don't you ever call me a foodie again.


    Edited by Tonka at 11:07:41 31-05-2012

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Stickman 31 May 2012 11:06:31 29,655 posts
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    Go on the second one. It'll be more 'Italian'. Got anything else you need deciding?

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  • boo 31 May 2012 11:11:35 11,703 posts
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    :o)

    I think Tuscany & Umbria gets it.

    Cheers all.

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  • Benno 31 May 2012 11:12:02 9,759 posts
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    EG Hearthstone Tournament

  • sport 31 May 2012 11:20:33 12,499 posts
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    hmmm...Cumbrian sausages...
  • Razz 31 May 2012 11:45:23 60,742 posts
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    I want BumBrian's sausage

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