• Phebean Walters

Remaking Dishes From Around the World

Updated: May 12

We no longer have to travel to distant lands to taste authentic foods of another cultures. Simple research and an open-mind to exploring new flavors are all we need to replicate some of the world's most delicious dishes.

Food Network has more than 50 kebab recipes to choose from. I like this one.

Chicken Nicoise: Toss cubed chicken breast and pancetta, olives and cherry tomatoes with olive oil, oregano and salt. Skewer and grill.

The taste of my favorite dish takes me back to my experiences while traveling. Chicken kebab happens to be a dish I have eaten in Africa, England, Israel and in the United States.

Making some of my favorite travel dishes gives me nostalgia and satisfaction. The memories as well as the delicious flavors lightens my heart and puts me in a good mood. With cultures I have never traveled to, I can learn about them without traveling by eating their food. The spices and herbs they traditionally use because of the region, the methods of cooking which adds or subtracts certain flavors, and the cultures overall views about food are all insightful about cultural values.

For example, in many Middle Eastern, Asian and African cultures sitting on the floor and sharing a meal in one dish with several people became tradition because of necessity and wanting to communal dine with family and friends. Some look at eating as a bonding experience and sometimes holy ritual.

I have a challenge for you. Think of a country and its culture you know nothing about. Then visit a restaurant that specializes in that cultural food. Try their food, sit down and eat at the restaurant. You will hear traditional music, see decorations, and even religious artifacts on display. It will be a learning experience even if you do not like the food.

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