If Jamie Oliver has a ministry, I also want one. I need it for Italian food. For all those recipes of our wonderful cuisine that have been mistreated to the point of becoming unrecognizable, unhealthy and often unpalatable. My ministry will make laws so the following offense will be punished:
1) adding fruits, corn, nutella or anything sweet to a pizza topping
2) using oregano in a bolognese sauce and virtually in any traditional pasta sauce. Oregano is used sparingly in Italian cooking and hardly ever in a pasta sauce.
3) using ketchup, curry, tandoori powder, coriander, ginger on a dish and calling it Italian
The Ministry will also promote a ban on canned ravioli, microwave lasagna, spagbol, thick cheese crusts and any starbucked elaborations of proper espresso and cappuccino.
Please note that most Italians, and surely those who do not travel abroad, have never heard of Alfredo or marinara sauce, spaghetti and meatballs, veal Parmesan, butter garlic bread and even macaroni cheese.
Even though some of these recipes might be delicious when well prepared they are “Italian style”, not Italian.
The Ministry will take all measures to avoid confusion.