“If variety is the spice of life, enjoyment of a variety of different foods has to top the list.” (Late Blooms)
Food is near and dear to the hearts of most people. If we have enough or more than enough, we’re grateful and happy. If we have very little or just enough to get by, all our energy is directed to the acquisition of this precious life-giving commodity. This is true for all cultures and peoples on earth.
When we come together as people, irregardless of our beliefs, faith, education, conditioning, or other proclivities, food is always an essential part of our celebrations. A simple home-made meal, restaurant food, or a big banquet is what keeps body and soul going, day by day – and meal by meal. Since food is life-giving, these collages are all about food. Enjoy!
The above collage shows peas and rice, dhal puri (roti), curried chicken, chowmein, curried goat, salads, and jerk chicken. All the dishes here were prepared by the hosts, except for the dhal puri (roti) which was catered.
From my first trip to Thailand, I fell in love with Thai cuisine. The unique flavors and spices along with fresh ingredients made all the dishes mouth-watering. “A large container of rice is always the centerpiece. Surrounding the large central bowl of rice there will be several dishes offering a balanced selection of flavors and textures. In addition to the rice, a typical meal might include a soup (Tohm Yaam), a curry (Gaeng), fresh vegetables (Yaam), a fried dish (Phad), a spicy hot dipping sauce (Naam Prig) and a steamed one. The soup is served together with the other dishes whereas western customs is to serve the soup before.”
This collage shows some Thai soups, a chicken curry dish, a shrimp dish, and mango salad. Thai food is not only delicious but there’s great artistry where presentation is concerned.
The Young Thailand Restaurant serves their Pad Thai wrapped and we all had guesses as to what the wrapping was and discovered it was egg when we ate it. That’s on the top left. The picture (top right) is an appetizer plate. The decor here is lovely too – very Thai.
The images in the above collage were taken at the Sultan’s Tent in Toronto. There’s fine food and a real eclectic atmosphere. There was even a belly-dancing show. We tried the braised lamb shank which was served on tagine seasoned couscous and tagine sauce along with Moroccan root vegetables. The other main course shown is the Chermoula Salmon which is topped with Chermoula sauce and served with saffron basmati rice and vegetables. Soup and salad was also served. For dessert, we chose the traditional Moroccan cookies and pastries which came along with Latshin – a dessert of fresh orange slices sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. A great culinary experience.
It looks so good! The above collage shows everything from appetizers to desserts. There are samosas, pakoras, curried chicken, kebabs, and my favorite chocolate burfi, is there along with other colorful desserts. Many Indians are vegetarians (for religious reasons) and a great deal of fine Indian food is vegetarian.
Tandoori chicken, naans, chick-pea curry, rice, and a yummy fish curry make this meal a feast. At fine Indian restaurants, they pay attention to how they present their food – as you can see from the above collage.
As we move on here, we can’t forget everyone’s favorite – Italian food. It is one of mine as well. The cuisine of Italy is mainly based on cereals, vegetables, meat, fish and wine. The food is colorful and appetizing in a hearty way. Many of us think tomato sauce when we think Italian food but it was not always part of Italian cooking. “Until the discovery of the new world, tomatoes were not known to Europeans. Italians before the 16thcentury did not create sauces with tomatoes and pasta or macaroni was dried and often eaten as a snack. The tomato did not become a common ingredient in Italian cooking until the 18th century. When Catherine de Medici wed Henry II of France, the gastronomical world changed forever. Eating in courses became de rigueur and haute cuisine was born.” (Italian Food Facts)
The color of the tomato sauce on the meatballs was used as the background for this collage.
There are stuffed Cornish Hens, a stuffed turkey, a glazed ham, macaroni and cheese, potatoes and carrots, Greek salad, and gravy – in this collage. Isn’t this a feast?
Hope you love to eat too and enjoyed this post!