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The Mediterranean!!. Italy, France, Greece & Spain. ITALY. Italian Flag. Dates back to the Trojan War--Mythology Capital—Rome Population—60,418,711 (as of 2010 census) Religion: Catholicism is taught in public schools—Roman Catholics Lunch is the heaviest meal of the day.

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the mediterranean

The Mediterranean!!

Italy, France, Greece & Spain

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Dates back to the Trojan War--Mythology

  • Capital—Rome
  • Population—60,418,711 (as of 2010 census)
  • Religion: Catholicism is taught in public schools—Roman Catholics
  • Lunch is the heaviest meal of the day

A Little History…

important italian cuisines
Important Italian Cuisines…

Pasta

  • Two main types are dried and fresh
  • Can be kept in storage for up to two years
  • Most popular in Southern Italy
  • Cooked until “Al Dente”—meaning “to the tooth”
  • Fresh pasta usually uses eggs where dried may not
italian cuisine
Italian Cuisine…
  • Olive Oil—used often in Mediterranean cooking—
      • Annual Olive Festival where feast on olives, wine and pasta
  • Pizza—originated in Naples
  • Antipasto— “Before the Meal”
  • Rice—Italy is Europe’s largest producer
      • Risotto—made from Arborio rice with cream
  • Cheese—over 400 different cheeses
      • Romano, Asiago, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Mascarpone, Provolone, Ricotta
      • Cheesecake—dessert made with Ricotta Cheese
a little info about greece
A Little Info About Greece…
  • Population: 11,305,118 (as of 2010 census)
  • Capital: Athens
  • Surrounded by the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian Seas
  • Greece is also well known for its sculptures, paintings, pottery, poetry and playwriting
  • The Greek religion is Christianity Orthodox
  • 80% of Greece is mountains
a little more info about greece
A Little More Info About Greece…
  • The education system is very similar to the United States
  • The most important day in the life of a Greek is Baptismal Day—happens one year after birth and the baby is not given a name until that time—they are called “baby” for the first year
  • Easter is the most celebrated holiday in Greece
greek cuisine
Greek Cuisine
  • The most characteristic and ancient element of Greek cuisine is olive oil
  • Lamb is the main protein, but beef and chicken are widely available as well
  • Wheat is the main grain in Greece
  • Honey is used in several dishes—main sweetener
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Greek Cuisine
  • Baklava—Greek dessert made with phyllo dough, honey and walnuts
  • Moussaka—Greek casserole made with ground beef, tomatoes and eggplant
  • Spanikopita—phyllo pastry filled with feta cheese and basil
  • Pastitsio—consists of layers of seasoned ground beef, pasta, and a creamy bechamel sauce baked to perfection
spain information
SpainInformation…
  • Population: 40,525,002
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Main Religion: Catholic
  • Borders Portugal and France
  • Bodies of Water: Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Baby of Biscay
spain culture
Spain Culture…
  • National Sport is Bull Fighting
      • Soccer also very important
  • Antono Gaudi—famous Architect—many buildings and monuments were designed by him
  • Siesta—15-30 minute nap taken after lunch—daily…shops close
  • Flamenco—traditional dance of Spain
spanish cuisine
Spanish Cuisine…
  • Many Spaniards will shop daily at the open air markets
  • Spaniards eat more cheap, but substantial meals as opposed to gourmet
  • Lunch is the main meal of the day and is eaten mid afternoon
  • Dinner is served around 9 or 10 at night
  • Lamb is the main protein
  • Bread is served with every meal
more cuisine info
More Cuisine Info…
  • Cheese is very important in Spanish cuisine
  • Olive oil is used often in Spanish cooking
  • Paella—rice dish cooked in various ways
  • Empanadas—small pastries filled with different meats, cheeses and vegetables
  • Tapas—appetizers—very popular for dinner!
    • Many restaurants are Tapas bars
  • Bocadillo—similar to a sub sandwich—fresh bread rubbed with tomatoes, basted with olive oil and various meats and cheeses
  • Innards—uncommon cuts of meat used in Spanish dishes
    • Examples would be tongue, knuckles, tripe (stomach)
paella video clip
PAELLA VIDEO CLIP…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=168dKCnNyOU

tapas clip
Tapas Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRiE2SLq-8

french culture
French Culture
  • Population: 65,821,855
  • Religion: Roman Catholiscism (51%)…30% do not have any…religion not as important as is in other European countries
  • Capital: Paris
  • Education system very similar to United States
  • Art is very important to the French—Louve art museum has the original Mona Lisa painting
      • Monet, Matisse are famous impressionists
  • Sports—Football, tennis and Judo
  • Fashion capital of the world
french cuisine
French Cuisine…
  • Roux—thickening agent of flour and butter
  • Crepes—thin pancakes filled with whipped cream and flavored fillings such as strawberries and chocolate
  • Hors d’oeuvres—French word for appetizers
  • E-Claire’s –a long cream-filled French pastry
  • Ratatouille—a traditional stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice, France
  • Quiche—Pastry with eggs and variations of vegetables, meats and cheeses
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French Cuisine…
  • Hollandaise—sauce of egg yolks, lemon juice and butter
  • Vinaigrette—oil and vinegar
  • Bread is served at each meal
    • Baguette
      • long, crusty loaf of bread
    • Brioche
      • yeast roll that contains egg
    • Croissant
      • flaky, buttery crescent shaped roll