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Carbohydrates Anatomy

Part of the JC’s occasional series on carbohydrates
Pasta | rice | questioning | bread | fruit

Some grainy stuff that is not rice, yesterday

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So that rice you get with kebabs in Mediterranean cooking (orzo in Italian, κριθαράκι in Greek; arpa şehriye in Turkish and and لسان العصفور in Arabic) isn't rice at all, but is tiny bits of pasta. Orzo’s fluid identity has lead to some controversy in the metaphor department, and of the incident and the Carbohydrate Olympics, the less said the better.

Interesting: the traditional Israeli פתיתים‎, is similar, but not the same, being typically spheroid rather than grain-shaped.

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Some nice BBC recipes using orzo