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Spanish and French authorities uncover illegal horsemeat smuggling

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Spanish police have uncovered an illegal horsemeat ring that has been falsifying documents to slaughter animals for human consumption.

Just last year Europe was stunned by a food scandal that found horsemeat in place of or in addition to beef and pork in all sorts of places it was not supposed to be. But some people are still trading in it on purpose, and Spanish police say they just arrested several people for trafficking illegal horsemeat.

While the resulting meat was correctly labeled as horsemeat this time, the animals it came from were not legally cleared to be slaughtered for human consumption. According to Reuters, five people have been arrested for falsifying documents and sending horses that were not fit for human consumption to slaughterhouses. The Local reports that the raid was reportedly related to a bust back in December that uncovered animals used for drug testing that were given false public health records and slaughtered for human consumption in France.

“Several people have been detained... and searches are under way in livestock farms, private estates, veterinary clinics and slaughterhouses,” a spokesperson said.

The investigation is ongoing, and as it appears to be related to the ring in France, Spanish police say the probe is operating in conjunction with French authorities.

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1. First time

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2. Hi, neighbor

It was 1969 and Dana was a senior at UCLA. “My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to make ‘nookie’ since my roommate was in my room studying. It was a few days before classes started and the room next door to her room was still vacant, so we went in there and proceeded,” Dana explains.

“Then, there was a knock on the door. We froze. Another knock, then the sound of a key going into the lock. Room was pitch dark, so it was just sounds, but we heard voices out in the hall.”

“In a panic, I threw a blanket &mdash or something &mdash over my girlfriend, grabbed my pants and tried to pull them on as I headed for the door to keep it from opening. I got to the door with my pants just above my knees when the door opened,” he recalls. “Standing in the hall was this sweet young freshman girl with her parents bringing her to her new dorm room! The looks on their faces were priceless. I asked them to give us a few minutes &mdash I mean, what choice did they have?”

3. Whipped cream surprise

“My wife and I decided to add a little spice to our love life by using some aerosol whipped cream. I got the can from the fridge and brought it to our dark bedroom, sprayed it all over her boobs and started to lick it off. It tasted funny and I thought that her skin chemistry was giving the whipped cream an off taste,” says John. “It kept getting worse, so I turned on the light. It was all green from mold. She started laughing hysterically as did I. It killed the mood for the night though. I had a queasy stomach all night long.”

4. An unfortunate accident

John, who is ironically a marriage, relationship and sexual coach, shares: “My wife and I went out with some friends for bowling and beer. We both had a little too much to drink.” However, that didn’t stop him from initiating intercourse with his wife that night. “I was happily pumping away with a full bladder. I began to feel the urge to ejaculate (or so I thought in my half drunken stupor). The problem was that I was peeing instead of ejaculating.”

5. Caught in the act

Eliza recounts a story from her first year in college. “I was with my boyfriend in his dorm room. His roommate was away for the weekend (or so we thought). I’m under the covers giving him a blow job and having a good time. I don’t even hear the key turn in the door or anything &mdash all of a sudden I just hear his roommate talking.”

“I just froze. I didn’t know what to do,” Eliza recalls. “He’s just shooting the breeze with my boyfriend, and my boyfriend is trying to just play it off and is holding a conversation like I’m not even there. So I just stayed down there, perfectly still, waiting for him to go. He talks for what seems like is eternity (probably only two minutes). Then I hear him say, ‘See ya later… you too Eliza.’ I thought I was going to die of embarrassment.”

6. Mortifying misfire

“I am the first to admit, I’m not a pro at giving head but I try,” says Trisha. “One night, I was pleasuring my new boyfriend and I removed my mouth for a second to breathe when all of a sudden he ejaculated &mdash right up my nose. It felt like I was drowning for a second and I began choking. He thought it was hysterical &mdash I was mortified by the whole thing. I spent the next half hour blowing my nose.”

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Dutch middleman Johannes Fasen, who orchestrated the mislabeling of some 500 tons of meat that was sold in 2012 and 2013 to ready-to-eat meal-maker Comigel in Metz, France, was given a two-year sentence and his partner, Hendricus Windmeijer, received a one-year suspended sentence.

Both men were previously convicted of similar crimes in the Netherlands in 2012.

Though none of the four were convicted of conspiracy, the Frenchmen were found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Germany, which was affected by the scandal, has since taken measures to ensure such crimes are not repeated, establishing a federal and state co-operative Food Fraud working group. Authorities also claim that communications between various oversight agencies has been improved.

Food scandals in Germany

Call for clearer meat labelling

Agriculture ministers discuss how to deal with the horsemeat scandal.

As European Union agriculture ministers discuss how to deal with the horsemeat scandal, a growing number of member states support the introduction of country-of-origin labelling for meat in processed food, Tonio Borg, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy, has said.

Borg was speaking after a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels yesterday (25 February) during which the horsemeat issue was discussed. He said he has an “open mind” regarding new labelling laws, but stressed that such laws would not have prevented this crisis, which involves mislabelling of species rather than country-of-origin.

“There is nothing wrong, according to some member states – and I have an open mind on this – [with using] the opportunity of this blow to consumer confidence in the food chain to introduce stringent legislation also on place of origin,” he said.

Current rules require the country-of-origin to be given for fresh beef, but not for pre-packaged foods. The existing legislation says that the Commission should consider extending the requirements to other types of meat, and Borg said a report on this subject was being prepared before the current crisis. The release of that report will be brought forward in response to the crisis.

Member states wanted a proposal by the end of June, Borg said, but he added that this would be impossible, with the Commission working towards an end-of-summer deadline. France, Germany and the UK are among those calling for a proposal, according to Council sources.

But Borg warned that some member states are concerned that country-of-origin labelling could lead to veiled protectionism.

Green MEPs held a press conference yesterday calling for the EU to introduce country-of-origin labelling for all processed foods.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s agriculture minister, who was chairing the meeting, said that DNA testing should be “mainstreamed” throughout the EU in order to verify that labelling of meat is correct. “Also, we can do a lot through horse identification, with horse passports [and] horse microchipping.”

Coveney has come under fire in his own country for his handling of the meat crisis. But he insisted that it was Ireland’s vigilance and the use of new DNA testing methods that led to the problem being uncovered.

The ministers reconfirmed their commitment to implement the intensive monitoring plan agreed by the EU on 15 February in which random DNA tests will be carried out on beef products.

Member startes are conducting DNA tests on horsemeat to determine if it contains traces of the medicine phenylbutazone, also known as bute, which is harmful to humans.

Could the horse meat scandal happen again?

This year got off to a galloping start for the food industry when it emerged that horse meat was being added to beef burgers and ready meals.

Twitter lit up with horse-burger jokes, and the scandal was described as the biggest food fraud of this century. Almost a year later, seldom a week goes by without a reference to horse meat from a media outlet somewhere in the world.

Earlier this month an interim report on the crisis in the UK called for a dedicated food-crime unit with investigatory powers similar to those of the police, to prevent a similar scandal.

Here in Ireland, despite a lengthy investigation by the Department of Agriculture, which found fault with the actions of several companies, no one has yet been prosecuted.

But can we say that our beef burgers are now free of horse meat?

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, which uncovered the scandal, says food fraud has been with us for centuries and will always be with us.

Its director of consumer protection, Ray Ellard, says that if criminal elements think they can get away with adulterating beef with cheaper meat, they might try, “but there’s a much greater likelihood now that if they did try they’d be found out”.

He says food-processing companies and retailers have introduced their own DNA-testing regimes since the scandal, to ensure that what they order is exactly what they get.

Some companies have gone farther than checking for horse. Dr John O’Brien, head of food safety at Nestlé’s research centre, recently said the crisis had led Nestlé to test for the presence of meat such as kangaroo and dog. He told the Agricultural Science Association conference that people working in food safety had now become molecular detectives.

“Not only are we concerned with horse we are also keeping an eye on kangaroo, dogs, goats and a few other species and asking questions.”

Nestlé, the world’s largest food manufacturer, was one of many food companies drawn into the horse-meat scandal when it had to withdraw products in Italy, Spain and France after tests found equine DNA.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland and its counterparts across Europe are also running their own testing programmes, but they are not publicising what they are testing for, for obvious reasons.

“We have an annual programme of testing for microbiological and chemical risks which takes into account what we consider to be the likely risks, which would include potential fraud,” Ellard says.

In a further move to prevent food fraud, an EU regulation on official controls is being revised. This regulation sets out standards for the work done by agencies such as the Food Safety Authority. All tests are traditionally based on food-safety risks the updated regulation will require these agencies to also take food fraud into consideration.

Ellard says this will change the way all the food safety agencies in Europe do their work.

“It’s a bit like counterfeit goods. If there are high-value food items that can be easily counterfeited, and where there’s a potential to make a lot of money, then people will try to do that. Food authorities and retailers have to start thinking in the same way about where might there be opportunities for people to substitute foods and make a lot of money.”

The lead author of the UK horse-meat report, Prof Chris Elliot, says he believes the problem of food crime is likely to get worse, as supply chains have become so complex and margins are being squeezed.

His report cites one meat-product supplier who described an unnamed retailer asking him to produce a gourmet burger for a unit price of under 30p a kilo. The supplier said that by using the cheapest beef available from older cows, and factoring in fixed costs, the lowest possible unit price would be 59p.

The report also cites several types of food susceptible to criminal activity, including fish, New Zealand manuka honey, pomegranate juice and Spanish olive oil. The full report will be published next spring.

One thing is certain. We haven’t heard the last of the horse-meat crisis.

Illegal Meat: EU Police Arrest 65 Accused of Running Europe-Wide Horsemeat Racket

The horses from Spain and Portugal were slaughtered and their meat sold as edible. A Dutch businessman arrested in Belgium is alleged to have controlled the racket from south-eastern Spain.

The investigation began during the 2013 horsemeat scandal, when horsemeat was found in burgers in the Republic of Ireland.

Europol and Spanish Guardia Civil officers inspect a horse in this picture released after the arrest of 65 people involved in an illegal horsemeat racket. Europol handout

Meat products across Europe that year labelled as beef were found to contain horsemeat, with some containing as much as 60 percent horsemeat.

The scandal was linked to French meat supplier Comigel, which supplied meat to retail outlets in 16 European countries.

The investigation of the 2013 scandal in Ireland led to the identification of the Dutchman “known in the horsemeat world” as a suspect, though his whereabouts were at that point unknown.

He was in 2016 identified as the ringleader of a racket in which horses “in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as ‘not suitable for consumption’” were killed in two abattoirs in northern Spain, and sent to Belgium after their certifying documents were altered.

After examining meat in the northern Spanish abattoir, police concluded that it had been sold throughout Europe. The operation was carried out in coordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In Spain, those arrested were charged with crimes such as animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and being part of a criminal organization.

Police also froze bank accounts, seized properties and five luxury vehicles.

The 2013 horsemeat scandal centred on food fraud, with meat products incorrectly labelled, while the new case involves meat unfit for human consumption.

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The suffix -gate derives from the Watergate scandal of the United States in the early 1970s, which resulted in the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon. [2] The scandal was named after the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. the complex itself was named after the "Water Gate" area where symphony orchestra concerts were staged on the Potomac River between 1935 and 1965. [3]

The suffix has become productive as a libfix and is used to embellish a noun or name to suggest the existence of a far-reaching scandal, particularly in politics and government. As a CBC News column noted in 2001, the term may "suggest unethical behaviour and a cover-up". [4]

Such usages have been criticized by commentators as clichéd and misleading [5] James Stanyer comments that "revelations are given the 'gate' suffix to add a thin veil of credibility, following 'Watergate', but most bear no resemblance to the painstaking investigation of that particular piece of presidential corruption". [6] Stanyer links the widespread use of -gate to what the sociologist John Thompson calls "scandal syndrome":

[A] self-reproducing and self-reinforcing process, driven on by competitive and combative struggles in the media and political fields and giving rise to more and more scandals which increasingly become the focus of mediated forms of public debate, marginalizing or displacing other issues and producing on occasion a climate of political crisis which can debilitate or even paralyse a government. [7]

The adoption of -gate to suggest the existence of a scandal was promoted by William Safire, the conservative New York Times columnist and former Nixon administration speechwriter. As early as September 1974 he wrote of "Vietgate", a proposed pardon of the Watergate criminals and Vietnam War draft dodgers. [8] Subsequently, he coined numerous -gate terms, including Billygate, Briefingate, Contragate, Deavergate, Debategate, Doublebillingsgate (of which he later said "My best [-gate coinage] was the encapsulation of a minor . scandal as doublebillingsgate"), Frankiegate, Franklingate, Genschergate, Housegate, Iraqgate, Koreagate, Lancegate, Maggiegate, Nannygate, Raidergate, Scalpgate, Travelgate, Troopergate and Whitewatergate. The New York magazine suggested that his aim in doing so was "rehabilitating Nixon by relentlessly tarring his successors with the same rhetorical brush – diminished guilt by association". [9] Safire himself later said to author Eric Alterman that he "may have been seeking to minimize the relative importance of the crimes committed by his former boss with this silliness". [10]

The usage has spread into languages other than English examples of -gate being used to refer to local political scandals have been reported from Argentina, Germany, South Korea, Hungary, Greece and the former Yugoslavia. [11] The term is also used in Mandarin Chinese with the suffix -mén (simplified Chinese: 门 traditional Chinese: 門 lit. 'door, gate').

The use of a suffix in this way is not new. -mandering has long been used as a suffix by a politician's name in analogy with gerrymandering ("Henry-mandering" was used in 1852). In recent years, the -gate suffix as a catch-all signifier for scandal has seen some competition from -ghazi, as in "Ballghazi" instead of "Deflategate", or "Bridgeghazi" instead of "Bridgegate". The use of -ghazi is a play on the investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attack, which despite numerous official investigations into the possibility of government cover-ups, has resulted in no criminal charges or major repercussions for the individuals supposedly involved. -ghazi may be seen as carrying an ironic or self-effacing connotation in its usage, implying that the event described has the appearance and media coverage of a scandal, but does not actually amount to much in a grander sense. [12]

Some commentators have characterized this use of the -gate suffix as a snowclone. [13] But Geoffrey Pullum, the coiner of the term snowclone, considers that it is only a "lexical word-formation analog". [14]

Like the -gate suffix, the Italian -opoli suffix emerged in Italian media from investigations in the 1990s that uncovered a system known as Tangentopoli. [15] The term derives from tangente, which means 'kickback' (e.g., bribery given for public works contracts), [16] and -(o)poli, meaning 'city'. Examples of snowclone-like use of -opoli include Bancopoli (a financial scandal) and Calciopoli (a 2006 Italian football scandal).

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  5. and the video game journalism industry questioning the closeness of game journalists to the companies whose products they cover.

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Name Year Description Country Reference(s)
Choppergate 2011 The Nine News Queensland program on August 20 and 21, 2011 included live coverage each night by reporters Melissa Mallet and Cameron Price, respectively, from the station's helicopter, which they claimed was "near Beerwah", where the remains of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe had been found earlier that month. The reports were revealed to be fake when, on the second night, rival station Channel Seven recorded video of the Nine helicopter sitting on the helipad outside their studios at Mount Coot-tha at the time of the broadcast. Radar footage also revealed that, on the first night, the helicopter was actually hovering over Chapel Hill, 70 km away from Beerwah. Both Mallet and Price, as well as news producer Aaron Wakeley, were sacked by the Nine Network following the incident, and news director Lee Anderson accepted responsibility and resigned over the faked reports. Australia [49]
Climategate 2010 Emails that were hacked remotely from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia were publicized by climate change denialists alleging a global warming conspiracy theory: the allegations against climate scientists were subject to eight investigations, which found there was no evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct, though there was a finding of a lack of openness. United Kingdom [50] [51] [52]
Elevatorgate 2011 In June 2011, skeptic blogger Rebecca Watson revealed that a stranger had asked her out in an elevator at 4am as she was leaving the World Atheist Convention. After stating that she found this intrusive, several opponents sent her hate mail including death threats. Further controversy arose when Richard Dawkins wrote a blog post which mocked Watson by comparing her experiences to those of women in Muslim countries. Ireland [53]
Facebookgate 2008 In order to promote their university guides, book publisher College Prowler (now rebranded as Niche) created 125 fake "Class of 2013" Facebook groups. After their involvement was exposed, they removed their administrative access from the groups, admitting, "It was clearly over the line." United States [54]
Fredo-Gate or FredoGate 2019 A heckler in Shelter Island, New York referred to journalist Chris Cuomo as "Fredo", in reference to a fictional mobster character named Fredo Corleone, from The Godfather film, who was generally associated with emotional weakness and a lack of intelligence. Following Cuomo's profanity laced tirade against the individual in question, President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident numerous times, criticizing Cuomo's behavior. United States [55]
Hackgate (also "Rupertgate" or "Murdochgate") 2011 Allegations that the now defunct News of the World had hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians, members of the British Royal Family, and victims of crime. United Kingdom [56]
Mediagate (also known as "Anchorgate") 2012 The controversy over Pakistani top journalists in the mainstream media. Pakistan [57] [58] [59] [60]
Rathergate (also known as "Memogate") 2004 The scandal over a forged memo about George W. Bush's military record that ultimately led to the resignation of Dan Rather as anchor of CBS Evening News. United States [61] [62]
Reutersgate 2006 The controversy over Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj manipulating news photos with Photoshop. Lebanon [63] [64] [65]
Steakgate 2019 The controversy surrounding political pundit Dave Rubin after an anonymous Twitter user posted an altered image which made it look like Rubin's own picture of a steak was found on Google Images. United States [66]
Ubergate 2018 The controversy following Karl Stefanovic and a phone call he had in the back of an Uber, complaining about his job as a journalist. The incident lead to his resignation on the Today Show. Australia [67]

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  • Allegations that Benjamin Netanyahu chose Roni Bar-On for attorney-general to please Arie Deri who was in the corruption trial.

Buloggate: Gus Dur wants to lend some fund from Yanatera Bulog for development in Aceh, however US$4 million fund was abused by someone who profite Gus Dur's name and Gus Dur ask for fund lending without DPR/Senate consent Bruneigate: Brunei sultan donates for Aceh without any notification.

The event was coined 'fridgegate' with a number of memes being created and the tag '#fridgegate' trending on Twitter.

In Malta, Panamagate refers to a March 2016 scandal surrounding Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi with an undeclared trust in New Zealand and a company in Panama. [200]

In Pakistan, the Panama Papers case, or Panamagate case, resulted in the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for 10 years. [201]

Europe-wide investigation into horsemeat scandal

Several EU nations were involved in the food scam operation which reportedly took several months to organize, with Spain, the U.K., France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Romania involved.

This isn’t the first time horsemeat has been in the headlines. The scandal was first seen in January 2013, after Irish food inspectors tested ready-made burgers sold by the U.K.

Tesco supermarket chain in that country and found them to contain horsemeat. Further investigations showed that meat sold in ready-made meals in many British supermarkets consisted of anything up to 100 percent horsemeat. Investigators found the meat to contain the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone.

Police dismantle crime group trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption. Great effort by @guardiacivil & others:

— Europol (@Europol) July 16, 2017

At this time the Dutch meat trader was identified as being involved in the scam, but his whereabouts were unknown.

It was during the summer of 2016 that Spanish environmental authorities uncovered irregularities in the sale of horsemeat. The product had been incorrectly labeled and exported.

Gino D’Acampo’s on a mission to reconnect us with our culinary past

He killed and ate a rat on I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here! so it’s no wonder that Gino D’Acampo thinks he’s the best qualified chef to tickle our taste buds with some gag-tastic culinary dishes.

The cheeky 36-year-old Italian is back on our screens next week hosting ITV daytime cookery show Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel, alongside Melanie Sykes.

And he is hoping to reconnect viewers with old dishes that have gone out of fashion and ones we might balk at trying – think bone marrow on toast or horsemeat bolognese.

Given the stampede of protest in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, you wouldn’t think Gino would want the same kind of backlash felt by supermarkets and frozen food producers. Far from it.

With a twinkle in his eye, he grins: “No one else has the b**ls to do it.

“Being Italian and with a cheeky smile, I should get away with it.”

But don’t think Gino is doing it for effect. There’s method in his apparent madness.

He wants to show the nation that some of our forgotten traditional foods – like beef tongue, veal, rabbit or oxtail – are not only delicious, but could also be cheaper.

Gino says: “I want to show people how to use cuts of meat that have been completely forgotten.

“Like horsemeat. It’s nothing to worry about.

“Italian, French and Spanish people have been eating horsemeat all our lives.

“The cheeky thing is putting horsemeat in food without telling anyone.

“We’ve been eating horsemeat for many, many years without knowing. I might as well go on television and show the right way to do it.

“If you explain and talk about it, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

And he’s going further with three recipes he’ll cook during the new series. Would anyone want to eat bone marrow on toast or rabbit stew, along with horsemeat bolognese?

But Gino is a man on a mission.

He says: “I want to tell people to wake up.

“In the last 100 years, we always used to eat tongue or kidney or heart.

“My grandfather used to do it. Your grandfather used to do it. My mother used to do it. Your mother used to do it.

“If it was good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for us? What is the problem now?

“It’s the perception of certain cuts of meat that people absolutely freak out about. But it’s rubbish. For example, rabbit is one of the healthiest meats around. It’s lean and there’s not much fat and it’s absolutely delicious.

“Veal is another lovely cut of meat, but people don’t want to eat it because it’s calves and they’ve got big eyelashes. Come on, it’s part of nature.”

For the up-and-coming third series of Let’s Do Lunch, Gino and Mel will be looking for food bargains in supermarkets so you can cook for less and make your money stretch further. One idea will be feeding a family of four with £1 each, and Gino has given us a recipe doing just that.

Gino’s other mission, as well as reconnecting us with our past, is to help people cook. Although our televisions are awash with cookery programmes, too often the recipes aren’t then used in everyday life.

Gino says: “A lot of food shows are people wanting to become celebrities, rather than encouraging people to cook. They’re a bit hardcore. There’s always a loser and a winner.

“But Let’s Do Lunch is about celebrating food.

“There is no winner or loser, it’s about showing people how to use ingredients very simply with recipes anyone can do.

“I don’t do cookery shows to show off, I do it to encourage people. What’s the point in going on TV and doing a recipe that no one can replicate?”

For the new show, Gino will cook his budget recipes live on air.

He’ll research the prices and produce a couple of days before the show, so that after viewers watch it, they can go to the supermarkets and get the same products for the same prices.

Gino was born in Naples and grew up on a farm. He was inspired to cook by his grandfather, who was head chef for Costa Cruises. He moved to London in 1995, aged 20, to work as a chef himself.

He says: “The idea of Italian food at its best is very simple – there are few ingredients, you make sure they are in season because they’ll be cheaper and you don’t cook them for long.”

Gino is a perfect fit for co-host Melanie Sykes and says they are like brother and sister, playing jokes on each other. He hides her notes and she hides his ingredients.

He says: “If we have fun, the viewers will have fun with us at home. Life is already too hard. We need to show them how to cook with a smile.”

Ice cream bombe

Gino’s tasty Italian dessert made with Swiss roll and ice cream – known in his native Italy as tutti frutti zuccotto!


3 egg whites, at room temperature

40g nibbed or flaked pistachios

50g coarsely chopped candied mixed fruit

40g toasted slivered almonds

1. Cut your Swiss rolls into disks around 1 to 2cm thick.

2. Line a nine-inch pudding basin with cling film and line this with your Swiss roll disks.

3. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone and whip again until smooth.

4. In a medium bowl combine egg whites with sugar and beat on high speed until meringue is stiff, three to five minutes.

5. Fold together meringue and cream until mixed. Add the fruit and flaked almonds and pistachios and fold again.

6. Pour mixture into prepared bowl cover with Swiss role rounds and then clingfilm and freeze overnight.

7. When ready to serve, turn out onto a plate, sprinkle all over with icing sugar.

Gino’s Italian Cottage Pie

Feed four people for just £3.78 with this Gino recipe.


Oil for frying (store cupboard)

2 onions, peeled and finely chopped (16p)

2 carrots, peeled and chopped (16p)

1 tin chopped tomatoes (31p)

100ml beef stock (store cupboard)

6 leaves of basil, roughly chopped (30p)

350g sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (45p)

350g potatoes, peeled and diced (25p)

A knob of salted butter (store cupboard)

150g cheddar cheese, grated (75p)

Salt and pepper (store cupboard)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then fry the onion and carrots for 10 minutes, or until softened.

2. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the minced beef and mix in well. Add to the pan with the fried onion and carrots. Brown the meat all over on a high heat for five minutes, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and basil, then add seasoning. Continue to cook, uncovered, over a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-15 minutes, or until they’re tender. Drain, then return to the pan and mash, stirring in the butter, milk and 100g of the grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper, then stir vigorously with a wooden spoon over a low heat for two to three minutes, or until the mash is smooth and creamy.

4. Pour the beef mixture into an ovenproof casserole dish and spread the mashed potato over the top, ensuring all the meat is completely covered. Sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese. Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for roughly 15-20 minutes, or until the topping looks crisp and golden brown.

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