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Everytime I have cooking lessons with my students, their most common questions are: What is the best Italian dressing for a good salad? What are the tricks to make a good tiramisù?

About the first question, in Puglia we use the local extra virgin olive oil, salt and vinegar from white wine, for us aceto balsamico is too sweet (and more common in the area of Modena).

For the second question I get dazzled, because the tiramisù ́s recipe is so simple that you just need fresh eggs and savoiardi.

But my question is: Why is the tiramisù the most well known Italian dessert in the world? My only explanation is because is very simple, fast and tasty like most of the Italian cuisine.

Then what could be another good cake less popular but so good and healthier? La crostata!!!

What’s crostata? Let me tell you, it is an easy and traditional recipe made up of short bread and delicious home made jam. In summer in Puglia we have plenty of delicious frutta fresca and we love to prepare homemade jam.

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How to make a perfect crostata

Ingredienti

1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci, 300 grammi farina, 100 grammi burro (temperatura ambiente) tagliato a pezzetti, buccia grattuggiata di limone, 150 grammi di zucchero, 1 uovo, 1 albume, 200 grammi marmellata

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 Procedimento

Mescolare a mano la farina con un cucchiaio di lievito (baking powder) per dolci.

Aggiungere il burro tagliato a pezzetti. Impastare il tutto. Aggiungere lo zucchero, la buccia (peel) grattuggiata  di limone. Mescolare ancora. Aprire una conca nel mezzo e aggiungere l´uovo. Mescolare il tutto fino ad ottenere un impasto omogeneo e compatto. Avvolgerlo in pellicola e tenerlo in frigo per 30 minuti.

Stendere un ¾  dell´impasto (dough) per una base torta di forma rotonda in una teglia. Coprire la base con marmellata. Con l´impasto creare delle strisce (stripes) da mettere poi sulla torta.

Spalmare l´albume con le mani o con un pennello sulla superficie della pasta frolla (crust). Infornare in forno preriscaldato a 180° per circa 30 minuti fino alla sua doratura.

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Buona Crostata a tutti!

Michela, teacher and director of L’Acanto, school of Italian in Mesagne, Puglia

Volare…Cantare…ho, oh oh!

 

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Dove vai in vacanza?

Sicuramente in Italia ma cosa metti in valigia?

Prepara il tuo vocabolario per la vacanza con questo divertente video e fai un po’ di pratica.

A. Guarda il video due volte e rispondi alle domande.

Livello A1.2+

 

  1. Dove vanno in vacanza?
  2. Cosa mettono in valigia?
  3. Alla fine del video: dov’è l’appuntamento per la presentazione del film?

 

B. Completa con gli articoli determinativi e i nomi degli oggetti

oggetti valigia

Guarda la presentazione

 

..e tu che tipo sei? indeciso, mammone, fai la lista o sei un po’ parassita 🙂

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Metti in ordine le frasi

Es. Roma/conosco/buona/a/pizzeria/una> A Roma conosco una buona pizzeria

  1. scuola/andiamo/domani/non/a
  2. colazione/non/la/faccio/mai/mattina
  3. cinema/Lucia/stasera/al/con/vado
  4. con /il/Marco/ parla/fratello
  5. in/ con/ biblioteca/ studio/ spesso/ gli/ amici
  6. i/ qualche/ invita/ Paola/ genitori/ a/ cena/ volta
  7. francese/di/conoscete/l’amica/Gianni/?

Continua con…

In vacanza, in albergo

Gli aggettivi

Articoli determinativi

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Have you got a question for me? email to: antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

Waiting for the summer, sing a song: Vento d’estate

 

 

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According to a report from the British Council, the Languages for the Future report identifies Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years. They were chosen based on economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational factors including the needs of UK businesses, the UK’s overseas trade targets, diplomatic and security priorities, and prevalence on the internet.

The report shows that only 40% of the adults are able to speak a second language well enough to hold a conversation.  Employers stress the importance of foreign language skills for the UK workforce. This year’s CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey revealed that 70% of UK businesses value language skills, but only 36% are satisfied with those of their employees.

French is the only language spoken by a double-digit percentage (15%), followed by German (6%), Spanish (4%) and Italian (2%). Arabic, Mandarin, Russian or Japanese are each only spoken by 1% – while Portuguese and Turkish are each spoken by less than 1%.

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