Food

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903)

Shaw continued to write into his nineties and he died at the age of ninety-four of renal failure precipitated by injuries incurred when falling while pruning a tree. If he loved the food, he loved it in the right way.
Actually there are few probability to reach that age considering no basic knowledge about food. A short explanation how our body produces energy can be seen Here

Orecchiette

A common problem in going outside for some chinese dish is how much things to order and the relative proportin between main dishes, appetizers, and side dishes.
In general a good proposal for a lunch/dinner would be the one below (2 persons). Usually they come all together so there’s no need to specify the order:

Appetizers
锅贴 – Guōtiē – Fried dumpling
油焖笋 – Yóu mèn sǔn – Bamboo shoots in oil

Side dishes
干锅虾 – Gān guō xiā – Dry pot shrimps
麻婆豆腐 – má pó dòufu – Mapo tofu

Main dishes and drinks
米饭 – Mǐfàn
苏打水 – sūdá shuǐ – Sparkling water

Please notice that the main dish, for 中国人, is something we would call side dish

So we have a total of 5 dishes, maybe a little too much for 2 people. I remember that before this lunch i just finished to run and i had only one egg for breakfast. It was easily digested without weight buildup (i think).
55€ in Ristorante Wang Jiao in Turin, on Sunday 11.4.18.Some time ago i enrolled in the local gym, i wanted to put on some muscle. I ended up with a new passion: food science and physiology.
I advise this book: Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance 8th Edition

Here a brief explanation of some way of giving heat to the food in order to obtain some chemical reactions and increasing temperature, vulgarly “Cooking”:
Baking: Cook by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven.
Frying: Cook in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.
Stir-frying: Fry (meat, fish, or vegetables) rapidly over a high heat while stirring briskly.
Stewing: Cook slowly in liquid in a closed dish or pan.
Braising: Fry lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container.

In the beginning i followed receipts, but actually i can cook a lot of things without them: practice makes perfect, as in all things in life.
Take a look also to wine section
Here some dish from western and eastern cuisine:


Orecchiette
The orecchiette with meat sauce and Primitivo wine are a tipical dish of south of Italy.
My brother stayed there for holidays in summer of ’18 and took back some local food.
Primitivo is cultivated in all the south of Italy, particularly Puglia. Arrived probably on the other side of the Adriatic by the Illyrians, people of the Balkan region dedicated to the cultivation of the vine, began to be marketed throughout the Mediterranean by the ancient Phoenician visitors of our coasts.
This wine is a DOC one, a Gioia del Colle Primitivo, produced only in the Bari area. It’s perfect for pasta with Ragu’ and strong dishes based on meat, game, grilled fish and aged cheeses.

Wine: Polvanera – Gioia del colle primitivo
Pasta: Orecchiette di Gioia del Colle
Ragu’: mom’s made


Truffle
鸡肉栗子,米饭和南瓜 is a dish inspired by Chinese cuisine.
That afternoon we visited the International Alba White Truffle Fair, a long duration fair lasting just under 2 months in Alba, Piemonte, in the middle of autumn.
it’s full of local vendor and present some folkloristic events. People are numerous and parking is inversely proportional to this.
One week before we tried to collect some wild chestnut in Portofino, during a sunday morning but, at the end we discovered that they were almost all bad, with many insects inside.
Alba’s chestnuts were something safer but also very long to peal and cook. A good experience.

Pumpkins: Fiera del tartufo di Alba
Rice: Chinese one, cooked in a pressure cooker
Ragu’: Classico Barilla


milkshake
芒果奶昔和现剥石榴 is not a common milkshake. Mango is very expensive in Italy (about 4€ per piece). Notice the small cubes of this fruit floating in the glass. Perfect as a end dish

sorrentina
Il Pollo alla sorrentina (索伦托鸡) One of the most popular Campania dishes in Italy and abroad. In the area of Sorrento, it’s common to cook with tomato sauce and mozzarella, with pepper, salt and basil.

Tremella
银耳莲子汤 – Tremella lotus seed soup is slightly sweetened and it’s fantastic served warm. Tremella is a kind of white mushroom that’s possible to find in the wooden trunks

Master Kong
The Master Kong’s instant noodles (康师傅: 泡面) are one of the most common substitute for the meal in China.
In my trip in 甘肃 in 18.8 it has been e good ally for those nights when we ended our visit late. Often with beer (see below)

Qingdao
Qingdao beer (青島扎啤 – Qingdao zhāpí) is one of the most famous beer in China. The first distillery was founded by german people, owner of that zone, at the beginning of XX century. As it often happens the name of a product is the same of the home town. In this case, Qingdao, is a big city in the east China with a unique climate and hosted the sailboat race for the 2008 olympics.

Baked mutton
炕锅羊肉、蘑菇炒肉、红烧茄子 – Baked mutton, mushroom fried meat, braised eggplant. I ate this in a remote area in 甘肃, in 18.8. Actually the mutton (up) is my favourite chinese dish. A note for 外国人: let local people choose. Mushrooms at the bottom (my choice) were a DISASTER

Avocado and egg
牛油果和鸡蛋 – Avocado and egg: this is a quick and delicious receipt you can prepare if you find yourself in lack of time: the egg is boiled and the avocado is cut into cubes. The avocado tree, originating in central America, is famous for being toxic to many animals.

Lasagne
Lasagne – 烤宽面条: maybe the most famous italian dish, it took a lot of time for cooking (~4h). But at the end it was worth it. Memories from a sunny sunday in 18.6

Chicken wings
Chicken wings – 鸡翅: some sunday brunches MUST be dirty. This is an example. As first you have to bread the wings and finally throw all into boiling oil for 5 minutes with cheerful flame. Good after running workout. Otherwise you’ll have a slight increase in weight

Crunchy meat
酥肉 – Crunchy meat: I love this dish. full of vegetables and breaded and fried pork meat. The consistency is soft and viscous. 谢谢铭!

Celery stir-fried
芹菜炒香干、炸猪排配芦笋 – Celery stir-fried, fried pork chop with asparagus: this is a chinese way for cooking the pork steak: after breaded you can stir-fry in oil. The side dish is a mix of asparagus and celery. Notice the way of cutting.

Spicy kelp
香辣海带丝 – Spicy kelp: this is a true superfood: excellent source of iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and vitamins A, B12, B6 and C.

Omelette
Omelette with stracchino and cooked ham: one of my best receipts: easy and nutritious. 100g stracchino for 2 people

Cheese pork
芝士猪排、香辣猪排. Cheese pork and spicy pork chop: a perfect union between oriental and western cuisine. The spicy things are weaken because of my naive palate

Meat balls
蔬菜肉丸 – Meat balls with vegetables: the meat balls are my specialty. When you add cheese (2 kinds in this case) and fry evrything, the result is guaranteed

Cheese pork
Fast noodles with meatball and vegetables. All was freezed, perfect with little time

Burrata
Burrata is tipical of Apulia: outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream. Only 250 kCal/100g. I expected worse. Soup with beef and eggs goes well with it

Meatball and pancakes
Chickpeas Pancakes: archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes were probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies.

Hai3dai1
海带煎蛋卷: the white dots you can see on the surface are made by Sesame seeds. Kelp is full of micronutrients and it provides only 38 kCal/100g

chicken almond
杏仁鸡片: one of my best recipe. The vegetables in the side are chinese courgette. Almonds are expensive but tasty

cod
鳕鱼: Directly from the North sea, together with 1 ton of salt. Trust me, you do not need to add.

Shrimps
米饭、蔬菜和虾: Somewhere under vegetables and many zests, there must be some shrimps… delicious. The rice is the jasmine variety, tipical of Thailand. The black seeds are Italian black rice, less glutinous than the other.

escalope
洋蓟,薄肉片和马铃薯: in rural France escalope originally referred to a dish with the same shape as a shelled nut.

Fried veal
深度油炸的蘸面的牛肉排: The first dish every man must know how to prepare.

Mistery
神秘的事物: currently also the webmaster does not know what’s this.

Cantonese rice
粤菜饭: Canton, the third most inhabited Chinese city after Beijing and Shanghai, brought that dish into the world. If 14 millions people like, i can like it too

Mix
Mix

Ramen
拉麵: one is red, the other no. In those parts they have the stomach covered with asbestos

Quick dinner
Sometimes is not so important to have a plan for dinner, just improvisation

Quick dinner


Quick dinner


Quick dinner
Torta Savoia: difficult, expensive and high-calorie. A beautiful Christmas.

Niángāo
年糕: in the ancient times it was a special dish for the 春節 because of the long time it required for the preparation. Nowadays you can eat easily in everyday life

Niángāo
哥顿布鲁茄子: easy, fast and 可口. One of my best successful recipes

Cōng yóu miàn
葱油面、香酥猴头菇、银鱼炒鸡蛋: better than italian pasta for me. That’s all told