I don’t know about you lot, but I just so happen to be a massive foodie. I love preparing food almost as much as I love eating it. Whenever I get a minute to myself (which is practically never!) you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be busy getting creative in the kitchen. I love experimenting with different flavors and trying authentic cuisine from all across the globe. The purpose of this post is to share some of that passion with you and hopefully inspire you to try out some new recipes for yourself. So, without further ado…
The Mediterranean diet is without a doubt, one of my favorite style of cuisines. Fresh, filling and deliciously healthy, it’s little wonder that it’s popular with people from all walks of life. The Mediterranean diet tends to refer to Italy, Greece and Spain, etc. Their focus is on using locally sourced, seasonal produce, to create simple, yet delectable dishes. Such dishes have been made in much the same way for generations, and who are we to argue with thousands of years of culinary wisdom? All I know is put an authentic Italian-style pizza in front of me, and I’m in absolute food heaven.
I love Californian cuisine as it is essentially, a fusion of several different styles of cooking. Their cuisine takes its influences from the Mexican, French and Mediterranean style of cooking. In fact, it’s almost as if they’ve taken the tastiest aspects of cuisine from all around the world and fused them together to create their own.
There’s a strong focus on healthy eating on the west coast, so you’ll find lots of exciting and innovating vegetarian options. Presentation is equally as important – the visual impact of the food being just as important as the taste. Film buffs everywhere will remember this obsessive attention to detail being parodied in the opening sequence of ‘American Psycho’. Being so close to the Pacific Ocean, they also tend to use a lot of fresh fish in their recipes, as well as lean meat such as chicken. So, there’s also plenty for the meat-eaters to get their mouths around.
The Asian attitude to eating is completely different to how it is in Westernized culture. For example, they believe that you should eat until you are ‘eight parts full’, which means 80% full. This is why it’s considered good manners to leave a tiny portion of food after each meal. These shows the host that you’re sufficiently full. Maybe this is why obesity is so rare in Japanese and Chinese society. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to live into their hundreds. This is largely because they eat a diet that’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to prevent cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.
The one thing that each one of these cuisines has in common is that they all focus on using fresh, seasonal produce. Perhaps if we Americans were to replace our penchant for fast-food with a healthy home-cooked alternative, we’d live healthier and happier lives.