Grilled Turkey Cutlets Piccata; Supper? Dinner? Lunch? — 7 Comments

  1. This travelling information is very interesting. Not sure I could survive in Spain…although, would love to travel there! It just goes to show you how different cultures are, but you are so right, we all are connected by our “humanness”.

  2. I think Spanish hours would defeat me, both because I eat earlier and because I go to bed earlier. I’m usually a waste product by 10pm and the idea of doing dishes at midnight or 1am… oh, heavens!

  3. Y’know, it occurs to me that most of Europe seems more civilized about mealtimes (and designated snack breaks) than the U.S. does. At least here in the Midwest. Or maybe I’m just running on European time…
    Does Spain still observe ‘siesta’ in the afternoons when it’s really too dang hot to do much else? I know that with an afternoon nap under my belt, dinner as late as 11:00 would work just fine for me, and I’d be up well after, happy as a clam. As long as I could sleep in a bit, maybe. (It also appears that Spain still has things in common with the Arabs who used to live there. 😉 In many places in the Middle East, so I understand, the headline singer or dancer won’t take the stage until 1 or 2 am. Which makes sense in a very hot climate.)
    So good to hear about how other places do things! Now I just need to get to Europe to practice these customs. 🙂

  4. Ytavelling in Greece with Americans I never adopted the habit of eating late.Only ourselves and other tourists were in the restaurant at 6:D

  5. When my children were at secondary school they often had a 5 o’clock dinner. They would appear after extra sport or something and be starving !!! I gave them their meal then to stop huge afternoon snacks being consumed and dinner not being eaten when it was served at 7. Even as adults they still ask for it !!!!

  6. I don’t know how I would ever survive in Spain. As much as I would like to visit there some day, I think I would definitely be the ugly American. I am NOT a “night owl”. My eyelids start drooping at 10:00 and I have to be really really really having a good time to keep staying awake. I sleep until sunrise and once the sun is up, I’m usually fully awake and needing breakfast pronto! During my October trip to Paris last year I definitely just sort of ate when I was hungry and had time to do so. I spent so much time touring that lunches were squeezed in at crepe stands whenever I could get one in. As for dinner – well, I guess you can say that I waited till after dark. 😉 I went to Ireland back in ’03 and ate at very American mealtimes with no elevensies, but that was a riding tour. I’m hoping to go to Italy in the fall and that’s another riding tour, so we shall see what the food schedule is. You need a good breakfast on any riding tour because you need the energy.
    Chicken piccata (I usedthe Frugal Gourmet recipe) was one of the first non-dessert recipes I ever made. It’s still a classic in my recipe box and I do trot it out now and then. I use a bit of sherry in mine as well as some garlic and scallions. It’s a bit “saucier” to thanks to the additon of some chicken stock.

  7. Spain still has siestas – and the school kids come home for lunch on some days. I doubt I will ever get used to early dinners again. In Italy, the whole family adjusted easily to Italian Time.