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Browsing the great stuff on the Peck Italian foods website, i felt i had to share their description of ham ("bovine tights..." ?):

Bresaola

The technique of preserving meats by salting them has already been diffuse on the Alps since the Medieval times and it has become the common procedure in those areas, like Valtellina, where the mite climate favoured it enormously. Bresaola is obtained from the bovine tights aged between 2 and 4 years. They are subject to dry salting for 10-15 days. The usual cylinder-shaped pieces are aromatised with spices and wine and are sacked piece by piece in natural bowel. After a week, during which it gets dry and dehydrated, the ageing phase starts in fresh cellars and it lasts for 4-8 weeks. Peck guarantees an accurate selection of the best producers to provide you with a compact, elastic delicate and aromatised bresaola, without any trace of acidity. It is usually served wetted by lemon juice; a touch of high class could replace the lemon with mandarin.

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  1. What's the URL?

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    1. re: Chino Wayne

      The URL?

      OLIVE URL, of course.

      1. re: Kunovar

        Oh, OK, so you mix olive url with Suave Balsam & Conditioner to make a fancy continental salad dressing, right?

        1. re: Chino Wayne

          I THINK it's spek.it or .com. Sorry, but my life is in transit just now and any particular bit of information could be scattered in three different locations in two different states...

    2. Love them "natural bowels". I've tried fake, but nothing like the real thing.

      1. Oh yes, I hear the inimitable accent of the automatic translator.

        "Craft processes and careful selection are the simple secret for glutton marmalade, very different from the industrial ones proposed every day."

        Glutton marmalade. That's what I want.

        On a similar note, this is an automatic-translated text from a French web site:

        "Today still the greedy ones of the whole world find the way to come to discover the prestigious collection of crystallized jewels. In this true cave of Ali Baba, these fruits of the sun become wonder of softnesses then, of the delicacies of dream."

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          Joann Creekmore

          Wow!

          Thank you Cliff & Katerina, you both just made me remember why I love this site!

          O' to write as well.....I'd take you both on in a cooking contest though......maybe!

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            Janet A. Zimmerman

            I remember a few years ago hearing an apocryphal story of a computer translation program that translated the english saying "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into german and then back into english, resulting in "the ghost wants to, but the meat is too tough." I have no idea if it's true, but it's certainly no stranger than your sample.

            1. re: Katerina

              It's not just automatic translators which can turn out such linguistic fantasies. In a splendid B&B near Giverny, the following neatly printed notice was posted in our bedroom:

              #########################################

              Welcome in your home
              We are pleased to share with you our way of living.
              Please listen to these few words.
              The genuine antics in your room come from our family castle.
              Long life to it.
              Please avoid coca watering, cream cleaning, wet towels wrapping and ironing drying. For your linen we have at your disposal garden and ironing facilities.
              Due to our location in the countryside, care not to throw anything (no rubber) in the toilet (WC).
              Don’t hesitate to use the terrace or the lounge. More comfortable than a bar in your bed.
              Have a nice stay. We’ll do our best to please you and help you discovering French typical surroundings.

              ###########################################

              Not only were we offered this in-room entertainment, but we came away with a bottle of magnificent 1910 calvados , a barrel of which had recently been discovered in a cellar of Madame’s family castle.

            2. I am not making this up. I bought it- it was only $.89

              FUNCIONS OF LOHANKUO & SHESHECAO
              TO sleek sexual organs, recuperate the lungs,stop
              coughing,
              remove sputum,and It is ofthen used to treat cases
              such as lung heat,drg dough,sore throat and
              aphonia,ect:
              *Antipyretic Natidotal,salivant and thirst
              quencher.
              *It removes rheumatism and is diruretic,principal
              cure
              for all kinds of carbuncle,furuncle and cutaneous
              abscess.
              *Constant drinking will prevent and remove pimples.
              *Good for too much smoking,Wine ank restlessness.
              *Sickness contracted through air pollution.
              She She Cao (Beverage) is manufactured with fresh
              Herba Oldenlandia Diffusa and Scutellaria Barbata.It
              is processed in a progressive and scientifical
              way,retaining
              its original effectiveness.Nourishing and
              delicious,
              conveniently packed.It can be taken continuously
              without
              any by-effects.