If we are what we eat, then we are human history itself. Food is not a mere act of nutritional consumption - it is science, migration, art, religion, math, and more - all rolled into a crispy samosa.
Strewn along the world's many trade routes and ports were bustling caravanserais, or traveler's inns, where stories and dinners were shared with fellow merchants and wanderers alike. Though very few of these caravanserais exist today, fortunately, many of us wanderers still do. On my own journeys, I've joined forces and spoons with companies like Nooshtube, Dinner Lab, and RumiSpice,
to give family, friends, and perfect strangers a taste of the caravanserai experience.
I've always feared single portion recipes or 'servings for two'. You see, I grew up with pots and pans that cooked for a minimum of 15 people - and that's just for a normal dinner at home.
The Islamic month of Muharram is an important holiday for our mixed family. We share the stories of Karbala and the martyrs in a large family circle for several nights. On the 10th night of the month, called Ashura, we have a family dinner with traditional Chittagonian dishes. (More on Muharram and recipes coming soon)
Ramadan is a time of fasting as well as feasting. Every evening, when we break our fast together as a family, an array of dishes from our diverse cultural backgrounds fill the dinner table (or floor, since we can't fit everyone on a table. Also, this picture is missing half of the family. Yes. True Story.)
"I want every family in the world to wake up to a Turkish breakfast every morning." That would be my election slogan if I were ever to run for the commander of the world.
I've been flirting with a vegetarian diet for a while now, much to the dismay of my carnivorous family. However, from time to time, the two sides have a pleasant time on the dinner table.
Thanksgiving is MY Holiday. My my my my (Finding Nemo anyone?). I started cooking the Thanksgiving feast when I was in seventh grade (I burned the turkey - picture proof will soon be provided). It soon became a tradition that I would cook for my 40+ family members an array of dishes that represented the countries I traveled to. Very American of us.
Highlight of TG 2013 was the mashed potato - which was my last minute attempt at appeasing the little ones.
... and then some global food-frolicking
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