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Few people would choose a prison as the location for a special evening out. However, Italy has launched its first restaurant to be located in a real jail.  At the Ingalera Restaurant in Bollate prison, Milan, there are four prisoners working as waiters and five others cooking in the kitchen, headed by a professional chef and a maître. It is a ground-breaking project, which allows prisoners to be gradually included into society. The reataurant has had great reviews: everyone says the food is worth going to prison for.

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Read by Ines Reynoso (from Mexico).

Study the words

Few- not many
Lauched- started
Jail- prison
Waiters- people who serve in a restaurant
Headed- led
ground-breaking- innovative
gradually- slowly
reviews- evaluations by customers
worth going to prison for- so good that you don’t mind going to prison
Read about this story in The New York Times

English: Pancake in frying pan.

English: Pancake in frying pan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Happy Egg Co, which specializes in free-range eggs, has invented an automatic pancake machine just in time for Shrove Tuesday.  The device consists of a range of household objects including an old gramophone, an electric mixer and, of course, a frying pan.  The process starts when the hen lays an egg.  The egg is then carried along a conveyor belt.  Next, it is cracked open and mixed with the other ingredients.  Finally, the mixture is poured into the pan, cooked and flipped onto a plate.   The device is not for sale: it’s going to be exhibited at London’s Design Museum in the near future. In any case, pancakes are fun and easy to make by hand.

Do you know how to make pancakes?  You can find out here and download a recipe.


Read by Elizabeth Wyke (English Accent)

Study the words

free-range– from animals which are not kept in cages
household– domestic
gramophone– old-fashioned record player
mixer– machine used for combining ingredients
frying pan– flat-bottomed pan used for frying food
lays– produces
carried– taken
conveyor belt–  moving platform
cracked– broken
poured– dispensed
flipped– quickly thrown
device–  machine
exhibited– displayed
in the near future– soon

Do the takeaway test: The Automatic Pancake Machine

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leftovers (Photo credit: Muffet)

A recent survey has found that Italians are making better use of scraps and leftovers  as a result of the economic crisis.  59 percent of Italian families are reusing pasta, bread and vegetables to try to make their food last longer.  Traditional recipes are regaining popularity, like “panzanella”, a salad which contains stale bread, olive oil and tomatoes.  This new trend should help cut down on food waste – Italians throw away 10 million tonnes of food every year.  There are many anti-waste recipes in traditional Italian cooking: with cheap ingredients and a little imagination  you can produce delicious dishes.

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Read by Ale (Italian/Scottish accent)

Study the words

Survey– a study in which people  answer questions
Scraps– pieces of unused food
Leftovers–  unused food
Reusing– using for a second time
Last longer– be useful for a longer time
Regaining popularity– becoming popular again
Stale– not fresh
Cut down on– reduce
Waste– rubbish
Throw away– dispose of
Anti-waste –  which don’t result in food being thrown away

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Do the takeaway test: italians love leftovers

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