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World Water Day: do you know how much we consume? – Italian Cuisine

World Water Day: do you know how much we consume?


The water we plan to consume vs reality (bitter) and the project that Finish will present on March 22 on the occasion of World Water Day

World Water Day (22 March) is a good opportunity to remind us that it is a precious asset that is respected and protected, but also to reflect on our consumption.

How much water do Italian families consume?

A research carried out by Finish in collaboration with Ipsos, highlighted the lack of awareness of Italians on the real water consumption of a family. We are convinced to consume an average of 100 liters per day, while the exact figure speaks of 220 liters per capita per day. Could it be for this reason that 8 out of 10 Italians think that water scarcity is not a current problem? (Do not think so the World Resources Institute: by 2040 lo water stress in Italy – that is, the relationship between the use of water and water supply – will fall within the "high" critical range, the fourth out of 5). Or that in 39% of Italian houses there is no dishwasher? Or that only 50% of respondents use the washing machine at full load? Among many doubts, the only certainty is that information is a necessary way to go through clear and easy to understand data such as these:

  • The use of the dishwasher allows, compared to hand washing, of reduce water consumption every time from 122L to just 12L
  • By rinsing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, each of us wastes up to 38 liters of water at a time

The "Water in our hands" project

To sensitize Italians to the problem of water scarcity in our country and provide them with the appropriate tools to perceive its seriousness, Finish will present on the occasion of the World Water Day the "Water in our hands" project. The project is nwithin a global vision of Reckitt Benckiser, world leader in the production of consumer goods in the sectors of home health, hygiene and cleaning, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in order to reduce its environmental impact and create a cleaner world.

Finish and water efficiency projects

The concrete commitment of the "Water in our hands" project will be visible in the return to the Italian territory thanks to the collaboration with Future Food Institute and FAI – Italian Environment Fund.
Finish will symbolically donate 38 liters of water for each product sold (the same amount that is wasted on average with the pre-wash) to the territory of Pollica, where the Mediterranean diet was born, and its products.
The Municipality of Pollica will thus make i irrigation systems, enhancing secondary water sources, helping them Cilento farmers. Chef Franco Aliberti, always sensitive to the issue of sustainability, is an ambassador for the project.
The collaboration with FAI, which has reduced 20% of water consumption within its assets in 10 years, will lead towater efficiency of the Abbey Complex of S. Maria di Cerrate in the province of Lecce. The intervention is aimed at recovering the cistern to recover its ancient function of conveying the water, typical of Salento farms.

how to make water and flour dumplings – Italian Cuisine


Water and flour gnocchi are a much loved variant of traditional potato gnocchi in Southern Italy. Here's how to make potato-free gnocchi, just like it used to be

The world divides: there are those who love soft dumplings and those who love them more substantial. For those who fall into the second category, better rely on grandma's recipe: the dumplings without potatoes, that is, prepared only with water and flour, they are very common at Southern Italy, especially in Campania, where they triumph on Sunday family tables.
Their peculiarity lies precisely in the consistency: unlike those that have a much softer potato dough, the water and flour dumplings they remain pleasantly full-bodied and firm on tasting.

In addition to being a traditional recipe, making gnocchi without potatoes is an excellent idea if you don't have potatoes at home or if you don't have time (or desire) to boil them. Simple and fast, with very few ingredients, but guaranteed success.

Dumplings without potatoes: how to prepare them

To prepare the dumplings with water and flour, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients for 4 people

500 g 00 flour
500 ml water
Salt to taste.
extra virgin olive oil

Method

To prepare the potato-free gnocchi, place the flour in a bowl and create the classic fountain: add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and slowly begin to pour the water, stirring until a soft dough is obtained, but easy to work, without being too stuck in the hands.

A secret to prevent the dumplings from being too hard, use thewarm water. (For this phase there is also an alternative method: first boil the water in a pot and, once the boil is reached, turn off the heat and pour the flour into it, stirring vigorously to prevent lumps from forming, until to obtain a well mixed dough.)

At this point you can transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface and start working it for a couple of minutes until it becomes homogeneous. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes, covered with a cloth to prevent it from drying out.

Cut small pieces of dough and form long cylinders, rolling them with your hands, and then cut them into pieces of the size you like best. It is time to give form gnocchi: the beauty of these gnocchi homemade their shape is a little bit irregular, obtained by crushing them and dragging them lightly on the work surface with the index finger. In this way they will be slightly excavated and will be able to better accommodate the sauce. Alternatively, you can also to scratch with a fork or with the special rigagnocchi.

Cook the gnocchi in boiling salted water and drain them as soon as they rise to the surface.

Water and flour dumplings: how to season them according to tradition

These dumplings can be seasoned as desired, but a simple one tomato sauce sciuè sciuè it's perfect. A good Naples-style meat sauce or a sausage ragout are equally valid ideas, but the seasoning that goes most with the Campania gnocchi is obviously the Sorrento-style sauce, with tomato, basil and stringy mozzarella.

Sorrento-style gnocchi without potatoes

The Sorrento-style gnocchi you can easily prepare them with gnocchi without potatoes: the fastest method is to serve them "On the plate", adding the mozzarella cubes to the tomato sauce and the gnocchi in the pan only at the last moment, just long enough to melt it; the more traditional version is that of the "Fried dumplings", seasoned with tomato and mozzarella cubes, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and cooked in the oven for a few minutes inside terracotta pans, so as to spin the mozzarella and create a divine crust. Ultimate with a dusting of black pepper, you will not regret it.

Tap water from chef Niederkofler – Italian Cuisine


In his AlpiNN restaurant, the three-star chef serves filtered tap water, a sustainable project in line with his culinary philosophy Cook the Mountain

For the South Tyrolean chef Norbert Niederkofler, awarded with three Michelin stars with the restaurant St. Hubertus and founder of the culinary philosophy Cook the Mountain, the biggest challenge of the future is there'water: "It represents the most critical resource of our time," he explained. "We must therefore learn to manage it differently to leave a better world for future generations." And since the chef's idea of ​​cooking is to promote good practices that have a positive socio-economic impact on the entire planet using, for example, local and seasonal resources, with attention to waste and the reuse of waste , the water served at his restaurant AlpiNN Food Space & Restaurant di Marebbe (Bz) is that of the tap.

Filtered water, environmentally friendly and supportive

Thanks to filter system of the BWT company, the local of Niederkofler for a year he has abandoned the bottles and works with quality water obtained from the tap, neutral and free of substances that alter the taste, optimizing the use of a purely local resource and significantly reducing waste production and CO 2 emissions linked to transport. Not only that: a percentage of the earnings from the sale of every liter of BWT water from AlpiNN comes donated to non-profit institutions and to projects such as, for example, eWater pay – initiative promoted by BWT in Gambia and other African countries, aimed at guaranteeing sources of drinking water.

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Waiting for Care's

The renewal of the collaboration between the chef and the company for this project "Bottle Free Zone" it was announced on 20 January in the BWT showroom, during the press conference to present the next edition of CARE'S – The ethical Chef Days, which will take place from 26 to 29 March 2020 in the magical places of the Plan de Corones area in South Tyrol, "home" of the star chef. This year the theme will be "CARE's after CARE's – Re-actions speaklouder than words" to promote good practices, lifestyles to face the problems of our time.

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