Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dining Cooking Club - Choosing Cuisine Theme: Country or Region

Quote of the Concept
It's important to begin a search on a full stomach. Henry Bromel, Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991

Choosing a theme country is as individual as each person in our group.  Some of the countries were chosen because we:
  • researched the culture or recipes and were intrigued
  • stumbled across a recipe that sparked our interest
  • heard a news report, 
  • saw a movie,
  • read a book
  • met a person from that country
Some of us research a country and cuisine and test each recipes prior to the dinner.   My husband and I randomly choose a cuisine, find interesting recipes and cook them the first time for the dinner. Everyone experiments, each in our own way, which brings richness to the feast.

Early on we cooked from our immigrant ancestors home countries.  In the beginning we were more comfortable trying recipes that had ingredients and seasonings that we were more skilled in using. We've gained confidence and cohesiveness as a club and now can experiment with ardor and humility.
Some of the countries whose cuisines we have enjoyed include:

Wordle: International Dinner Club Themes

Argentina  Afghanistan  Belize  Brazil  Costa Rica  Cuba  El Salvador  Ethiopia  Finland  France  Polynesia  Germany  Greece  Guatemala  Hong Kong  India  Italy  Japan  Mexico  Morocco  Nicaragua  Norway  Panama  Peru  Poland  Singapore  Spain  Sweden  Thailand  Tibet  Turkey  United Kingdom  United States.

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