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Recipes the world over

Recipes the world over

Have you ever given a thought why different parts of the world have varying cuisines? Some go for bland food and some cannot live without having chilies in their food - more the better. Its not the ingredients as every kind ingredient is available in all parts of the world.

Here in India every State has their own typical items on their menu. A visit to a restaurant will surprise you what you see there.

What is all the more intriguing is that even if one uses the same ingredients the food tastes different. I follow many of my mother's recipes but they don't taste the same.

Even preparing tea for example is not the same.

What is the secret?

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maxeen wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:59 AM

I think our memory is not always true to us, I am here drinking tea and remembering when a teenager making tea, I think it is the same taste. Oops! Water ! Our water is now mostly polluted...

chatombreux wrote on November 24, 2014, 1:03 PM

Some of it is the quality of the water in the area where you live compared to where she lives. Some of it is that she knows just how to tweak a recipe to reach the right flavor. You have to figure that one out yourself. Some of it might be the quality of the ingredients or the difference in care you take over the process versus hers. And, it doesn't have to be much - very subtle things can make huge differences.

AliCanary wrote on November 24, 2014, 1:39 PM

Maybe it is the varying mineral content in the water? That would explain all of the food, and especially the tea.

Ellis wrote on November 24, 2014, 5:23 PM

Tastes were probably established way back in the past when people ate what was locally available...

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 5:43 PM

When I was trying to follow my mother-in-laws recipes, my husband said, as husbands often do, "That doesn't take the way it does when my mother makes it. So I'd call and ask her what I did wrong and she'd say "Did you put in the _______?" Of course I didn't, and neither did she the day I watched her make it. I often wonder if it's a conspiracy of mothers-in-law to leave key ingredients out of recipes when showing their daughters-in-law how to make them.

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:07 PM

Most seem to blame it on water :)

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:14 PM

But what about eating habits the world over. Why are they so different?

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:16 PM

Pasta and rice. That is how different the tastes are!

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:22 PM

That could be possible but I am intrigued how different foods are in different countries. I have read about snakes being eaten!

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:26 PM

Are you sure? (lol). My mother-in-law never cooked. But my mother did and mothers will not do that! In our fish curry example we add a number of ingredients - a spoonful of this and a spoonful of that and that perhaps changes everything - the quantity.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:45 PM

Everyone has their own special way of preparing food. My Grand Mother had a certain way and my Mother had a certain way. Each way was tasty.

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:46 PM

Amazing. Is it not? Specially when same ingredients are used.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 24, 2014, 6:49 PM

Yes, that is very true.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 24, 2014, 7:49 PM

That's fascinating, isn't it? I don't know if it's slight differences in the preparation of the food, or if it's the fact that people use different brands and procure their ingredients from different sources. Vut yes, I've seen this myself with my own mother's recipes...

Ruby3881 wrote on November 24, 2014, 7:50 PM

Apparently snake is quite tasty, as is alligator meat!

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:24 PM

Here in our country it is said that the sweat of one's hands changes everything. We don't wear gloves. emoticon :grin:

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:26 PM

Wait a minute. Why am I getting drawn to someone who has eaten snakes!! emoticon :grin:

BarbRad wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:28 PM

I'm sure the quantity makes a difference, but in one particular case in point I would have added tomatoes to one of my husband's favorite vegetable dishes, but when she showed me how she made it and I wrote it all down, she did not add anything but garlic that would add much flavor. But Hubby liked her version so I made it just as she showed me. When I told her mine didn't seem to taste like hers, she asked me whether I had added tomatoes, and I hadn't since she hadn't that day. She adds them, but didn't tell me. Makes a big difference. Mothers and mothers-in-law are quite different in relationship -- a least in my case

bestwriter wrote on November 24, 2014, 11:34 PM

My mother-in-law had her mother living with her and she ruled the roost. Then came servants who took over. My mum-in-law was a lady of leisure so adored by all.
That was kind of mean I would say not telling you that she adds tomatoes.

idyll wrote on November 25, 2014, 5:53 AM

My family has unique recipe for most of common dishes and she loves to create new taste :D

AliCanary wrote on November 27, 2014, 12:44 AM

I had some delicious alligator sausage in Charleston, South Carolina. I'd definitely recommend it!

bestwriter wrote on November 27, 2014, 1:20 AM

My bother introduced us to frogs legs. I tasted it once. They did taste like chicken but was the last. I just could not do it again.

chatombreux wrote on November 27, 2014, 8:10 AM

That would be more cultural than anything else. The Asian people in general will cut their proteins into small pieces to cook - presumably to cook faster, but also to stretch further. Then, within the Asian groups are the more distinct groups who use regional ingredients to go with those proteins (Korea uses more heat and sour. Japan is more sauteed than fried and has more seafood while China has more noodle options and so many different vegetables. Vietnam and Thailand, I've found, are more subtle flavors and, it seems to me, more broth based than Chinese or Japanese. I love Thai noodle dishes. India has married British influence with native food concepts and even varies between north and south.

bestwriter wrote on November 27, 2014, 8:20 AM

Its all so interesting but strangely with the kind of exposure that we have had there is mix in our cuisine. I love Chinese dishes and I have added them. I like the sweet corn and chicken soup. :)

scheng1 wrote on December 4, 2014, 8:43 AM

Talking about sweet potato leaves, the best recipe is the African way of cooking it.

bestwriter wrote on December 4, 2014, 8:54 AM

I told you I would surf and I did. I got this recipe. I will try it tomorrow

scheng1 wrote on December 4, 2014, 9:03 AM

Stir fried is the Chinese way of cooking it. You can go Youtube to see how the Africans cook it. Another way is to cook in curry vegetables.

bestwriter wrote on December 4, 2014, 9:04 AM

One thing at a time and I must tell you I simply like Chinese food.