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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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.
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Read by Elizabeth Wyke (English Accent)
Study the wordsfree-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
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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.
Read by Ale (Italian/Scottish accent)
Study the wordsSurvey– 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
- Italians ‘reusing scraps and leftover food’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Over half of crisis-hit Italians recycle food leftovers: report (news.yahoo.com)