Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spag bol

There's been quite a lot written recently in the English press about spaghetti bolognese. There's actually no such Italian dish and the name and the dish is an English invention. That was basically the controversy.

The dish that most closely resembles spag bol' is a meat ragu made in the bolognese style, but with tagliatelle not spaghetti.

Anyway, various Italian chefs have got involved and I asked Jan if she'd make the version as suggested by Antonio Carluccio. She wasn't particularly happy with the finished result, 'not enough meat, tastes too much of carrot, whilst I was very, very happy. Real Italian food.

Jan's version of a minced beef tomato sauce, which was given to her in the late 60s, by someone who had never even been to Italy, is the English version, and very nice it is too (he said quickly).

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