I was brought up on Scandinavian food. Simple home style cooking, honest and true to tradition. I think everyone, no matter of origin or cultural background, will appreciate the food that they grew up eating. That kind of food you had at your grandparents or the food that your mother cooked when you were a kid.
Today I had Swedish yellow split pea soup with brined pork knuckle for lunch. Most restaurants in Sweden will serve this dish on Thursdays, it is due various cultural and religious reasons dating back hundreds of years. All restaurants will also serve a few thin pancakes with jam and whipped cream for dessert. It is a very tasty and very traditional set meal!
Tonight’s dinner was poached codfish with egg and parsley sauce accompanied by boiled potatoes, grated carrots and steamed green peas. Another tasty dish which is popular among Scandinavians.
Naturally I had some not so Swedish fruits, snacks and a healthy breakfast too. But hey, I will leave it out since it was not Swedish nor Scandinavian.
I urge you to reminisce about your culinary roots and appreciate the cuisine of your country every now and then, at least that is what I tend to do. The topic of globalization seem to always captivate and fascinate me. A vital part of knowing which direction to choose in life is acknowledging your background. I think that applies to many aspects of life. There is a whole world out there, full of possibilities and interesting experiences to be had and to be shared.
One thing is for sure, no matter where I will end up in this world I will never neglect or deny my culinary heritage.
And yes, my grandmother and my mother are the most awesome cooks in the world!