Can natives survive without their own culinary culture?
WHAT ARE THE CULINARY SPECIALITIES OF THESE CULTURES?
The well known "English breakfast" which ideally consists of eggs Benedict, beans, a "breakfast tea" or also called Earl grey tea you can also find a sausage, toast, potato rosettes.
Otherwise famous the "Fish and chips" is a more elaborate version of the breaded fish for children that we can know, it is a real fillet of white fish type cobb which is fried to perfection without being too greasy, accompanied by home fries to make this dish the typical lunch of England.
Here is a dish that we often ignore that it comes from England, the "Crumble" is indeed a very appreciated dessert made of cooked fruits on which a mixture of flour, butter and sugar is sprinkled to form a crispy destructed dough. The most classic version is with apple, you can also find an Apple/Cinnamon version.
Pies or pies can be found on every street corner in England, you can find them in salty version with the "Chicken pie" or in sweet version with the "apple pie". The small difference of the pies is that they are made of a dough also on the top, like a giant turnover. And there are many derivatives in miniature versions with meat and sausage meat, so there is something for everyone.
The temple of fatty food where you can find on every street corner a street food that will satisfy you with the famous "Burger" and "Hot Dog", needless to say they are an integral part of New York life.
In terms of sweets, Americans are also very talented whether it is Muffin, Cookies or Donut they have the gift to provide us with sweet and mellow sweets. Once again, it's difficult to present this kind of must-have.
You can also find real cakes like the "Cheesecake", the "Lemon cake" or the Carrot cake, about cheesecake, be reassured it is not really cheese but more exactly cottage cheese or other fresh cheese, there is no salty taste. In the same way that the carrot cake is not a salty cake.
You can also find "Mac'n'cheese" which is a very compact and consistent dish made with pasta and melted cheddar cheese. It's a cheap dish and very well known in American cuisine.
The French specialities are numerous, indeed each region has its own specialities, if you can taste in a common way snails or frogs in Paris you will not really find them elsewhere.
In Brittany for example you will taste the famous "galettes bretonnes", in Lorraine you will be served a piece of quiche, in Savoie you can eat the best cheese around a raclette, fondue or other.
While in the south of France you will taste Bouillabaisse, the famous fish soup from Marseille with its rusty croutons.
However you will find many identical dishes in each of these places like the gratin dauphinois which is nothing else than a potato gratin, the ratatouille which is a mixture of vegetables, a family pot au feu which is a flat family dish made of vegetables and simmered meat.
As far as the key elements of French cuisine are concerned, everyone knows the famous baguette, cheese and croissants that you can also find on every street corner.
In terms of desserts, France has a lot of them, if the English and Americans have the Apple Pie the French have the Tarte Tatin. Many of you also know the macaroons or canelés more present in the Bordeaux region.
ACCESSIBILITY IN OTHER COUNTRIES
It is not always easy to find these dishes in other countries and if you want to make them yourself at home you will have to be able to find the necessary ingredients in the shops, which is also not always easy.
You will be able to find equivalents but depending on the country they will not have the same taste. For example, fresh cream in England is not the same as in France and if you want to make carbonara pasta it will not taste the same as when you made it in France.
You can find the brands from your country in shops specialising in international cuisine but they will cost you more than local products and it will be impossible for you to find everything.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADAPT TO ANOTHER TYPE OF FOOD?
Usually at the beginning when you arrive in another country you are in a situation of discovery, you test the local specialities, you are curious about new things and you almost forget your culture of origin so much you are enthusiastic to live this new adventure.
However it is frequent that after a period of time that can vary depending on the person usually about 1 month you start to see the differences as a lack.
Indeed, the taste of certain foods and the inability to find everyday products will become a real handicap for you.
This will sometimes make you feel homesick and you will be more inclined to look for stores where you can find products that you miss so that you can feel at home again.
NEED TO RECREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Why do we need the food that we know about? Because it's an integral part of us, our origin and our personality.
Everyone reacts differently to expatriation and adapts very well to it, some less so.
Food is a pillar of our daily life, it is a reassuring element that represents our family, our childhood, and most of our life in our country of origin.
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Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer
- 14 Feb, 2020
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