In our ongoing series of studies on World food we’ll be taking a quick look at the kinds of food that people from around the globe eat and how we can cook their favourite dishes!
English food might be delicious in its own right, but it can be so easy to get bogged down in cooking with the same ingredients every day and getting stuck in the rut with the same boring meals. Don’t let yourself fall into bad habits. By staying curious, you can bring yourself into contact with different kinds of foods and bring those influences into your cooking repertoire.
Greek food is a raucous combination of seasonal ingredients that are available all year round in the foodie paradise that is Greece. Although aspects of Greek cooking are certainly present in our own culture (think charcoal-grilled meats and feta salads), many of their signature dishes have yet to make the successful transition to English mainstay.
Our recommendation: For a perfect introduction to Greek cuisine, prepare a three-course meal including an olive starter with some bread and taramasalata (a creamy fish roe dip), followed by some grilled meat skewers (known as souvlaki) and then finish off with a glorious moussaka.
Many English people believe that they are familiar with Indian cuisine, but what you might order at your local takeaway is most likely very different from what billions of Indians enjoy on a daily basis. Although it might surprise you to hear it, the majority of Indian food is vegetarian and Chicken Tikka Masala is rarely ever on the menu.
Our recommendation: Indian ingredients can be difficult to get hold of, unless you live in a multicultural urban settlement, or don’t mind ordering in bulk online, it could be difficult to cook from scratch. Start in the spices section of your local supermarket before you settle on a recipe, so that you can avoid disappointment.
The French are practically wholly credited for the invention of Fine Dining, their techniques have filtered and interspersed with cuisines from all over the world, however many classic French dishes have not yet found their way onto English plates. Cooking French dishes does not necessarily require frog’s legs or garlic, but it does involve a lot of meat.
Our recommendation: You don’t need to be a cooking whizz to be able to start cooking French food, indeed some of the most classic dishes also happen to be some of the simplest. Coq au vin is a great place to start, it doesn’t involve any technical precision but still gives you a good lesson in how the French approach their cooking.
Taking step outside of your comfort zone in the kitchen can sometimes lead to errors, don’t be disheartened if you make some mistakes early on – practice makes perfect!