Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Uncultured Swine

Well let me start off by saying the title is joke, I in now way feel this way about the people I'm about to blog about.
For the last several months we have been having a recipe exchange, where we get together and bring a dish that goes with the theme for the month and bring the recipe along with it. As the people in "charge", we send out the invites, set the day and time, get the recipes together and type them up and have copies ready at the next get together. It's been fun, but haven't had the turn out I would like. Each time we have had 4-5 families show up, when at least 10 invites were handed out. I guess the good side of it is that is more intimate and we are able to sit at one table, the adults meaning, and mingle.
Our last get together was this past Saturday, the theme...."International". This meant main dish, appetizers, salad, dessert, basically anything goes. Needless to say I was rather disappointed, but I should have none better. In our area, besides good old American food the next most popular is Mexican. You can find Mexican restaurants everywhere. Everyone has had Mexican food. So I was hoping for it be more cultural and things most people haven't tried. It turned out to be...Mexican night for the most part. Enchiladas, empinadas, fruit salsa (forgive me on spelling) blah blah blah blah blah.
We did our part to add to the diversity. We made some sushi, with egg, cucumber, and carrot in the middle. I have my parents to thank for my know of this one. (Side note I was born and Japan and my parents lived there for close to 5 years, so we grew up on some traditional Japanese food, which I'm glad to be passing along to my little ones.) I didn't expect everyone to like it, but was surprised no one really did, except the hubby and me. There were several people who didn't like seafood, so that was there excuse, but heck I don't either. Besides I don't blame them, living in Utah and most of them growing up in Utah, it's not really the best place to get fresh seafood, which makes a world of difference.
A month or so ago we had a Japanese night with a couple of the people that came to the recipe exchange. We made Katsudon (I'm not going to try to explain, but I feel it's a rather "normal" Japanese dish) and Miso Soup (which isn't). Yet again most people didn't like the soup, it's an aquired taste, and for the most part they didn't hate the main dish. I happen to love Japanese food and one of our favorite restaurant is a quaint little Japanese place, that is always slow but never full, but has the best Japanese food and prices around.
I don't know why this surprised me that people didn't like my cooking, at least they tried it. As a parent I want to try to expose my children to different types of food so they are more diverse in what they like.
Sorry for the scattered thoughts but I dind't feel like organizing this and just wrote it as it came. English wasn't/isn't my best or favorite subjects. I'm sure one my friends is just rolling over in her grave every time she read my blog.


Anonymous said...

I don't roll in my grave every time I read it! Gosh. That would mean I'd have to be dead first, and I'm just not ready for that. :)

I love your blog, and I love that you posted today! I've missed the regularity. So, thanks for your thoughts!

BTW I'm totally with you on the culture foods. I'm a firm believer that you need to try something at least once, if not a few times, to decide if you really like or don't like it.

Emily said...

mmhmmmm... i love foods from different cultures....i'll type up a thai recipe for you, my favorite. (you can pretend i was at the recipe exchange and loved your food, too, ok? )

come visit my site, and i'll have it up for you today!! :)

Marie said...

If it makes you feel any better, I absolutely love Japanese food. And miso soup is the bomb! Bryan and I both love it. As for sushi, I am all for that too. I have never been a seafood eater until just about a year ago, so I had to start slowly, but now sushi is just another favorite... I can't stand to eat the eel, but everything else is tasty. I have a friend who is Japanese (his mom still lives in Japan so he very much still holds his culture.) We are always excited to have him cook for us for the reason that we get to try new things. So try not to take offense with it. Some people are very simple eaters, especially if they were raised only with common foods.