World Food Thursdays 4
March 30th, 2011 | Blog, Community, bloghop, carnival, community, culture, diversity, food, global, international, local, peace, recipes, spirituality, world, world food
Welcome back to World Food Thursdays, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and link up your delicious international food!
Diversity is the key to life, diverse cultures, ways of cooking, things to eat and — very importantly — diverse micro-flora in your gut. One of the things I love about food and cooking is that there is always another way to cook something, always a new dish or combination of food flavors possible. As a chef, I spent a lot of time freelance catering and had to learn how to work for all kinds of different chefs. Each one had their own particular way to cook a noodle, sear a steak, whisk a hollandaise, blanch a vegetable and they all wanted it done their way. Most of them were convinced their way was the only way to do each thing. I feel fortunate to have learned so many different techniques, from so many brilliant minds, and to learn that everyone has their own optimal way to get to their goal.
Global cuisine is a great place to get a good look at this diversity, to experiment and find your own way, to reach into your heart, soul and intuition and bring together cooking techniques and flavors that are unique to you and your own experience. Don’t let anyone tell you different, shut you down and try to make you feel inferior. Food is our common language, everyone needs food. I have sat in a kitchen in a remote village in the high Atlas mountains and communicated very well with the women who live there, although none of us spoke a word of the same language. It is vitally important to appreciate the diversity of cooking techniques as a way to come together and create a peaceful world.
Love for good, wholesome food is what will, inevitably, bring all of us with our different ideas together. It seems all foodlovers agree factory farmed food from greedy corporations–who do not have our health and the health of our children, earth, animals and plants at heart–have no place in our world any more. Around the world mothers are going to great lengths to feed their babies right, no matter the religion, dietary views, or culture. I am very excited with what is happening globally as we come together with good, real food as our common purpose.
Please link up your international dishes. We want to see food from every corner of the world together, side by side being delicious all in one common community. We want to revel in our diversity, to respect everyone’s techniques, food preferences, ways of eating and rituals around cooking and eating. Our other linky Grain-Free Tuesdays is quite restrictive, so this one is very open. We still prefer traditional recipes with little to no processed foods, but we want everyone to feel welcome here.
Please follow the common bloghop courtesy of linking back to this post in your recipe, leaving a comment after linking up, and tweeting, posting to facebook, digging, stumbling or otherwise helping to promote this bloghop. If anyone would like to join us in hosting it just drop us a line. In the meantime enjoy the wonderful foods of the world–perhaps we will all learn to be more tolerant of each other’s differences and in doing so we will create a world of peace, harmony and delightful meals.
I hope you like my post this week.Till next time.
Ben takes us a journey through Mexico’s markets!
Thanks for hosting. Its nice to be back. I just linked my Burger Steak with Gravy Sauce