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Food on the plane: what you can and cannot bring in your suitcase – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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What are the rules for transporting food on a plane? Returning from a trip, the most appreciated souvenirs (for oneself and for others) remain the typical products to eat and drink but, when you have to take a flight, taking them with you can be complex. Not only for reasons of space – especially if you only have hand luggage – but for rules issues.

Food on the plane: the rules you need to know

Indeed, there are various limitations to be respected. They concern first and foremost liquids and liquid foods when traveling within the European Union, and many other categories of food – above all cured meats and dairy products – when instead the destination (or origin) is a non-EU country, such as the United States or Australia, which also impose very heavy fines for violators. How to orient yourself, then? We asked the experts at AirHelp, the largest organization in the world specialized in defending the rights of air passengers, with a network of law firms in more than 30 countries, including Italy. Here’s what you need to know.

Can I bring food in my hand luggage?

The general rule is that You can carry solid and packaged foods in your hand luggage. The AirHelp experts, in fact, explain that «Sandwiches, cereals, sweets and crackers, even if homemade, and as long as they are appropriately sealed and placed in transparent bags, are allowed. There are limitations, however, regarding “liquid” foods. «They must respect the rules on liquids say the experts, «and therefore do not exceed the quantity of 100 ml. Examples of liquid foods? Soft cheeses such as camembert or mozzarella, spreadable creams, desserts such as cheesecake, but also pickles and pickles. «Even canned foods say the AirHelp experts, «must follow the same rules as liquids. Cans in particular do not x-ray well and are difficult to test, which poses a safety risk. It is recommended not to carry them with you to avoid problems.” No limitations – it is worth remembering this – for any type of food or drink purchased directly at the airport.

Can I bring food in my checked baggage?

Regarding hold baggage, the general rule is “green light”. You can bring whatever food you want, even liquid, and without limitations. What makes the difference is the origin and/or destination of your flight because there are some categories of food for which different countries set very strict limits, as we will see later.

Are there any restrictions on food and milk for babies on the plane?

«Among the foods allowed in hand and hold baggage there are also those for children such as artificial milk, breast milk, baby food and juices Of fruit, the AirHelp experts point out. «Drinks and liquid foods in hand luggage must always be within the quantity established by airport security. In the EU”, they reiterate, “the quantity allowed for liquid foods is less than 100 ml and everything must fit into a 1 liter transparent bag”.

How much alcohol can you bring on the plane?

Alcohol deserves a separate chapter. «Alcoholic drinks are allowed at security checks as long as they respect the 100 ml limit. If they exceed the limits, they cannot be transported in hand luggage and must be placed in the hold, while respecting the specific rules of each country. For example, if you fly into the EU from a non-EU country, you can bring one liter of alcohol with a volume greater than 22% without paying VAT and excise duties. Furthermore, it is not allowed to bring alcohol into countries where it is illegal, such as Saudi Arabia.”

Can you bring seeds and seedlings onto the plane?

Even when it comes to seeds and seedlings, it’s good to know the rule and the exception. «It is possible to bring seeds on the plane, both in hold baggage and in hand luggage: however, if you fly outside the EU you must follow the rules established by the destination country, say the experts at AirHelp, underlining that what makes the big difference with respect to what you can bring – or not bring on the plane – is always the place from which you come or to which you travel. “Destinations outside the EU can be very strict with regards to fresh foods, in particular fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products”, continue the AirHelp experts, recalling that if you do not respect the rules you can incur in very heavy fines.

The rules on food on planes when traveling to countries outside the European Union

Basically, it is good to remember at least three rules: theThe European Union prohibits the transport of cheeses, cured meats and filled foods if you arrive from a non-European countryunless it is Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Australia, on the other hand, prohibits the import of fruit, including dried fruit, cured meats, spices and seeds, and has specific limitations for cured meats and milk, as do the USA. For this reason, if you travel to non-EU countries, it is always a good idea to consult the embassy websites, but also to declare the presence of food in your luggage at the time of check-in. Returning to the example of the United States, fines for those who do not respect the rules can reach 10 thousand dollars.

Explore the authentic taste of lussekatter, the Christmas dessert that allows you to bring a piece of Sweden to your tables – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Explore the authentic taste of lussekatter, the Christmas dessert that allows you to bring a piece of Sweden to your tables

The origin of lussekatter is closely linked to celebration of Saint Luciaa Christian festival that takes place on December 13th in honor of the patron saint of Syracuse. The tradition of preparing and consuming this original dessert during this period it dates back to the 16th century, when the liturgical memory of the protector of sight was considered the shortest day of the year according to the Julian calendar. This Swedish Christmas dessert It owes its name to Lucia and is characterized by “S” shape. It symbolizes the light that is chasing away the darkness of the winter solstice. The use of saffron in the preparation it is a distinctive element. The spice gives a golden color to the dessert, a symbolic homage to the renewed splendor of the celebration, as well as an intense but delicate flavor capable of delighting the palate.

The lussekatter recipe involves the use of basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, milk and yeast, but what makes this dessert unique is the addition of saffron. The secret to the success of the dessert lies in the skilful leavening and careful cooking in the oven, which gives the preparation a perfect browning. The ideal time to bring lussekatter to the table is during Christmas celebrations, especially for morning breakfast or as a dessert, accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea during the Advent period. In many Swedish families, tasting lussekatter has become a tradition rooted in the pre-Christmas period, marking the beginning of the holidays, synonymous with family warmth and sharing. Bring a piece of Sweden to the table, make Christmas more magical and prepare this exquisite lussekatter. The celebration of the holidays will acquire an extraordinary character of magic and light!

Christmas side dishes: ingredients, techniques and 8 recipes to bring to the festive table – Italian Cuisine


When you start thinking about holiday menus, you think about appetizers, ravioli, stuffed turkey, desserts … Side Dishes. In fact, vegetables & co. they prove to be the necessary completion of the great main courses, as well as being dishes appreciated by vegetarian guests who, more and more often, sit at our table. Finally say goodbye to improvised salads and boiled vegetables. The time has come to compose bring inviting and chic vegetables.

The ingredients? Seasonal!
To create superfine side dishes, the many seasonal winter products come by car. There is the whole world of cabbages, that of turnips, leafy vegetables, i artichokes, i fennel, the pumpkin. To mix with evergreens celery, carrots, onions and products grown all year round such as i mushrooms champignons or pioppini. The recipes are embellished with fresh or dried fruit, from apples to almonds, with pickles and pickles and also with the savory touches given, for example, by fillets of anchovies or from cubes of cured meat. There is also a wide choice of preparation techniques, from fried to oven, without forgetting the salads but in a richer version than ever. Are you ready to discover the 8 recipes that we have selected for you?

194042Chickpea batter sticks. Let's start with some sort of Tempura made elegant by the original coating based on legume flour. Clean a small heart of thistle by dipping the ribs, gradually, in water with the lemon juice. Also clean a small bunch of chard, discarding the green leaves (you can use them for another preparation), 3 carrots and a heart of green celery, then cut all the vegetables into sticks 15-20 cm long. Blanch them for 4-5 minutes in salted water, drain and dry them. In a bowl, mix 130 g of chickpea flour, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1.5 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. Pour in 2 dl of water, stirring with a whisk. Dip the sticks in flour 00, in the batter and fry them in hot oil. Drain them on absorbent paper and serve, to taste, with a homemade ketchup prepared with 6-8 blanched and blended dried tomatoes, a chopped and browned red onion, 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of tomato puree, a small boiled beetroot and a few drops of Worcester sauce. For 4 people.
194043Pecorino artichokes. I am stuffed and au gratin with a crunchy breadstick coating. Cut 8 artichokes in half lengthwise, remove the internal hay and half of the stem (keeping it aside) and dip them gradually in water with lemon juice. Drain them, arrange them in a pan lined with parchment paper and season with oil, salt, pepper, thyme and half a glass of white wine. Cover with aluminum and bake 12 minutes at 180 °. Meanwhile, melt 2 anchovy fillets in a pan with oil and a crushed clove of garlic. Add the artichoke stems into small pieces and cook for 3 minutes. Add 2-3 chopped dried tomatoes, 20 g of crumbled breadsticks and a little julienne mint. Remove from the heat, remove the garlic, add 20 g of pecorino and pepper. Stuff the artichokes with the filling, sprinkle with more pecorino and grill for 3 minutes. For 4 people.
194044Braised thistles and mushrooms. A simple combination for a side dish elegant, which tastes of wood. Clean a kilo of thistles, cut them into 10 cm pieces and dip them in water acidulated with lemon juice. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of flour in a little cold water, add 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 of lemon juice and pour the mixture into 2 liters of salted water. As soon as it boils, boil the thistles for 50 minutes. Melt 30 g of butter in a pan and add a crushed clove of garlic, an onion, a rib of celery and a chopped carrot. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, mashing the vegetables a little. Wet with a ladle of water and remove the vegetables (you can reuse them in a soup). In the aromatic cooking sauce, melt another 60 g of butter with a generous grating of nutmeg. Add 300 g of mushrooms, cleaned and halved, and 300 g of peeled pioppini. Cook, add the thistles, chopped chives and sprinkle with a ladle of hot water. Let it cook for about ten minutes. For 6 people.
194045Sprouts au gratin. Small and cute, they are scented with thyme and covered with stringy cheese. Remove a pound of Brussels sprouts of the outer leaves and the base of the core. Boil them for 15 minutes in abundant salted boiling water. Stop cooking by immersing them in cold water and drain them on kitchen paper. In a bowl, mix 6 tablespoons of oil, a teaspoon of crushed black pepper and abundant thyme leaves. Transfer the sprouts to the bowl and mix so that they are well covered. Drain them, arrange them on a plate lined with baking paper and mash them with a meat grinder or with the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle them with a mixture of grated Grana Padano and Gruyère (160 g in total) and 2 tablespoons of sliced ​​almonds and bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° for 10 minutes. Serve the sprouts on the table while still hot. For 6 people.
194046Baked onions. At Christmas, even the simplest vegetables know dressing up! Peel 8 white onions and boil them in salted water until soft but not undone. Let them cool and cut them in half lengthwise. Separately chop 50 g of smoked bacon, 8 walnut kernels, the leaves of 2 rosemary sprigs and 50 g blueberries and the heart of the onions (the central 2-3 leaves). Mix everything, salt and pepper. Brush the onion boats with oil, fill them with the mince and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in a preheated oven at 200 ° for about 10 minutes. Serve hot or lukewarm. For 8 people.
194047Reinforcement salad. From the Campania tradition, the chic version of a dish that cannot be missing on the Christmas table. Clean and divide a small white and yellow cauliflower into florets. Boil them for 15 minutes in salted water. In a large bowl, collect 100 g of pitted black Gaeta olives, 2 tablespoons of pickled capers, 250 g of mixed pickled vegetables (carrot, peppers, turnip, gherkins) or 12 chopped anchovy fillets in oil. Season with ground pepper, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 tablespoons of oil. Add the cauliflower and mix. Blanch the leaves of a bunch of parsley, drain, let them cool and chop them in a blender with a bunch of chives, 6 tablespoons of oil and a pinch of salt. Let the reinforcement salad rest in a cool place for a few hours before serving it with the parsley oil added at the last minute. For 4 people.
194048Mixed salad with quinces. The unusual apples complete a winter mix, candied and caramelized. Peel 2 small quinces, cut them into wedges, remove the cores and place them in a saucepan with 5 dl of water, 2 lemon zest, a pinch of salt, 200 g sugar and 2 peppercorns. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over a very low heat for 2 hours. Let cool, drain the apples and put them in a bowl. Filter the cooking syrup, pour it over the apples, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, peel and wash 1 small head of Treviso radicchio and one of Belgian endive. Peel a stalk of white celery and one of green celery, peel 100 g of celeriac and cut into sticks. Mix the salad leaves with the sticks and season with a drizzle of oil, a few drops of vinegar, a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of pepper. Drain the quinces, add them to the salad and serve. For 4 people.
194049Pan of turnips and fennel. I am frosted with sugar and butter, which form an enveloping cream. Peel 4 small turnips and cut them into four wedges. Peel and wash 12 radishes, cut the larger ones in half and leave the small ones whole. Peel 2 fennel, keeping the green barbine aside, and cut them into wedges. Peel 6 small shallots. Melt a knob of butter in a large pan, add all the prepared vegetables and brown them gently for 2-3 minutes until they begin to brown. Season with salt and pepper, add 100 ml of water, 100 ml of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue cooking in a covered pot and medium heat for 8-9 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked al dente. Uncover the pan, raise the heat and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the cooking juices have reduced to a syrupy consistency and the vegetables begin to caramelize. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the fennel barbine kept aside and serve. For 4 people.

December 2021

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