Saturday, February 5, 2011

The World at our fingertips.

In the shade of big pines, we could easily forget about the world out here.  Fortunately, we get visitors, like my teen grandchild, who has travelled more than we have, speaks more languages than the two of us combined, and is willing to try any food put in front of her.

Preparing a recipe from another part of the world helps us understand that country's culture,  its history, its economy.  Cooking an ethnic meal is one way to pass down information and appreciation of cultural adaptations and human resolve. 
Consider the shape and function of  the wok in Chinese cooking, how it cooks things quickly,  utilizing very little precious fuel.
Consider the BBQ in our cowboy days. The open fire allowed the meat to be seared quickly and eaten without fanfare.

Our history is right there in front of us, in our kitchen.


  1. Great post. Your granddaughter renews my sense of optimism! I agree with your regarding how cooking passes down a history. They say to understand the history of Sicily...look in its cupboards!

  2. You're so right. Love that your granddaughter is such an adventurous type. The younger generations may just save the world from itself.

  3. So true. Your granddaughter is lovely. I think it's so important for kids to learn several languages today. The world is getting smaller by the minute.