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Italian espresso is applying to become Unesco heritage

When we talk about Italian food and drinks two things comes to mind straight away: Pizza and espresso. Not just any coffee. Espresso.

Espresso at Farmacia Del Cambio, Turin

That shot of creaminess with a perfumed and textured crema that tops the sip of espresso Italians drink from a porcelain cup.

Just like Neapolitans pizza makers having had their pizza added in 2017 to Unesco’s heritage list, now is the turn of Turin coffee makers to have a go.

“It is an authentic ritual, an expression of our sociality that distinguishes us around the world,” said Gian Marco Centinaio, agriculture undersecretary, confirming the application had been submitted.

Caffè Vergnano and Lavazza are two big international brands to come from Turin. A city that became the capital of espresso at the end of 19th century.

Caffè Vergnano, Turin

A great asset for the economy and a habit Italians do take it to their heart. Also a way to celebrate a ritual halted with pandemic days.

Let’s cross fingers.

JUM by Jamie Oliver

Chef Jamie Oliver is out with his new venture. It’s called Jum. An app that is here to help you with weekly menu plannings.

On Monday, beloved Brit Chef Jamie released the news on his Instagram with an intro video, briefly explaining what’s all about, how everyone in his Cookery school is involved too and what’s more to come in the near future.

Load os recipes, shopping list, what’s trending, what you love, all in one app to make your food world easy with simple solutions and your favourite ingredients.

It can also be “tailored made” according to your preferences and algorithms will do all the work.

Graphically speaking, Jamie’s photos and videos are, as usual, impeccably eye catching and makes you want to cook it all.

It’s available for download on IOS App Store and soon on Android. Also available to access on web.

A message from the Queen

So it seems Your Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is having her own “Bake Off” competition.

One of the many activities to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this year.

A great deal of celebrations are in store as she stands as the first Monarch to be in throne for 70 years.

Fortune & Mason has launched “The Platinum Pudding Competitionso bakers enthusiasts can create a new pudding for the Queen and be served up, as they said, “at street parties and other celebrations up and down the country”.

A panel of high profile judges will include Dame Mary Berry from GBBO, the superb Culinary historian and author Regula Ysewijn and the head chef at Buckingham Palace, Mark Flanagan will be doing all the tasting.

Some simple guidelines are: fit for the Queen, must be delicious, can be any pudding, anyone can make at home and just like any good British pudding recipe, to have a memorable story to be told.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (C) considers cutting a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project, near St Austell in south west England on June 11, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A beloved recipe in Buckingham Palace’s kitchen, for years, is the Chocolate Cookie Cake. It was Kate and William’s wedding official cake together with the eight-tiered traditional fruit cake.

What would you create if you had to impress the Queen? Someone famous for her sweet-tooth and her five o’clock tea.

If you are a big fan of baking and puddings, here are excellent book references by author Regula. To read and delight yourself with her espectacular knowledge of British pudding culture.

So exciting for the results and maybe try at home the winner recipe.

After all it has to be a pudding to be remember! God Save the Queen!