Al dente

Al dente

Barilla Greece


In cooking, al dente /ælˈdɛnteɪ/ (Italian pronunciation: [al ˈdɛnte]) describes pasta that is cooked to be firm to the bite. The etymology is Italian “to the tooth”.  In contemporary Italian cooking, the term identifies the ideal consistency for pasta and involves a brief cooking time. Molto al dente is the culinary term for slightly undercooked pasta.  Undercooking pasta is used in the first round of cooking when a pasta dish is going to be cooked twice.
Pasta that is cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index than pasta that is cooked soft.  When cooking commercial pasta, the al dente phase occurs right after the white of the pasta center disappears.  Also known as pasta that is neither too hard nor too soft. [Wikipedia]

When in Rome do as the Romans do

When in Rome do as the Romans do

[Leggo’s Australia]

more Italian recipes HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Sift the flour
  • Make a well
  • Combine eggs, oil and water
  • Whisk with a fork
  • Pour egg mixture into the well
  • Work it through the flour
  • Mix all ingredients
  • Knead for 5-8 minutes
  • Stand at room temperature
  • Divide dough into 5 portions
  • Feed dough through the pasta machine
  • And you’re ready to cook

Are you tough enough?

Are you tough enough?

[Santini Cycling wear]

The Mortirolo and the Stelvio are two of the most brutal yet beautiful climbs in the world: they echo with the feats of Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and many more. Now for the fitfh year, the Granfondo Stelvio Santini will allow you to test yourself against these legendarily tough climbs and follow in the pedal strokes of some of the greatest icons cycling has ever known.  Read more HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • The countless switchbacks
  • Do you feel the fear of failure
  • The struggle, the battle against yourself
  • Give up
  • Go on
  • Pedal stroke after pedal stroke
  • Dig  down and find freedom
  • Push yourself
  • Conquer the peak
  • An epic challenge
  • Are you tough enough




Exchange your skills for a free holiday


Visitors to Italy can stay for free by sharing skills and goods.

Thousands of B&Bs in Italy are offering stays in exchange for services and skills ranging from social media to live music, DIY to olive picking.

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Explore Italy

Explore Italy

Watch the following video :


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • To discover a destination where I truly felt at home
  • My kind of place
  • You catch yourself smiling
  • No corners to cut, just bends to explore
  • Feed my curiosity
  • My cup is constantly topped up with knowledge
  • I want to uncover a place for pleasure seekers
  • Where wine pulses through peoples’ veins
  • Where Mother Nature rewards with damp scented truffles
  • Clusters of Medieval villages perched in the distance
  • The hills are always green
  • Like long-lost friends
  • Hungry for life
  • Join me in Lange
  • A place where time passes slowly
  • Every moment is savored