Food experiences across the globe differ tremendously. For example, there are many meals familiar within a typical Canadian or North American food experience which are uncommon in other parts of the world. In the North American food landscape, certain meals compliment certain times of day. Spaghetti sauce bubbling for dinner. PB on toast for breakfast. A freshly made sandwich at lunch. Baked turkey on holidays.
These types of meals are the result of food traditions developed over time. They use locally harvested ingredients or those readily available at grocery stores. Staple foods in Canada are grown in robust soils with the ever-looming threat of the Northern climate. The foundation of the food experience in North America has been forged through generations. It has been sustained through times of abundance and scarcity.
How often do you think of the meal experiences and foods outside of Canada? Many aromas, food textures, cooking methods, and delicious tastes in other parts of the world do not exist in the typical cuisine of Canada. The only way to experiences foods from other parts of the world is to be open minded and seek them out!
“The doer alone learneth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
What happens when your usual food experience is momentarily eclipsed by a new food experience? When you encounter an unfamiliar dish, what reaction do you have? Do you quickly embrace the experience? Do you enjoy the anticipation before taking a bite? The aroma wafting from a piping hot, yet-to-be explored dish, can result in a new food obsession. An intricately plated meal with all sorts of colours, textures, smells and depth, is a multi-sensory experience. The first taste of a perfectly prepared soup, sauce, or delicacy, could be the beginning of a whole new set of food experiences.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh
There are an unlimited amount of food experiences available in our global world. You can cook from home, dine out at a local restaurant or order-in for something you have never tried before. Now, how will you decide what to try first?
Bon appetit, have fun!