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- April 11, 2021 at 9:35 am #476369Inga KrasivayaParticipantRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
A random thought: what would you ladies consider to be the best in the world? English, French, Italian, Chinese, Scottish [ yeah, everyone loves ground up offal…] Indian or Thai? (By the way – the real answer isn’t one of those – but I won’t tell anyone what it really is until there’s been at least 50 votes…) Irritating Inga…
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- April 22, 2021 at 4:21 pm #482449Paula1LadyRegistered On: October 22, 2015Topics: 9Replies: 571Has thanked: 670 timesBeen thanked: 1358 times
This is a very hard question, we have so much good food here in Australia, I,m a chef by trade and have eaten all around the world.
Japan makes great seafood, then you go to Spain such a different style of cooking but amazing in flavour,
then you drive up to Italy simple but great, then around the corner you have the French complex but amazing, that is why I think here in Australia we have the best, as we have learnt to combine the world, In Melbourne I believe that it world have to be the food central of the world as we are a melting pot of different cultures
What a great topic
Thanks Paula XXX
- April 23, 2021 at 12:17 pm #482764Inga KrasivayaLadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Hey there, cutie: I realise that Aussie cuisine ain’t just “Throw another shrimp on the barbie” but I must admit that I don’t really know much about it otherwise. (Please remember that as I’m a vegetarian I really can’t be doing with anything concerning Witchetty Grubs, which are surely more Aussie than anything else!!!) Could you give us all a bit more of an idea of what Aussie cuisine entails – and please don’t forget to include something in the way of Aborigine cuisine (if you can find something that us non-carnivores would find acceptable…) And by the way – I’m afraid I’m always going to prefer Kiwi to Aussie… at the very least, we have a better Test Match record against them!…… Non-Antipodean Inga……
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- April 15, 2021 at 11:06 am #478051Mary PriscillaDuchess - AnnualRegistered On: May 23, 2020Topics: 1Replies: 84Has thanked: 140 timesBeen thanked: 323 times
Despite being gluten intolerant, I will blow the diet and suffer the consequences for almost all pasta dishes and fresh-baked bread. I am hoping and praying that we can return to Italy for a gourmet experience once it is safe to travel.
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- April 18, 2021 at 11:46 am #479461LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Chick Pea Pasta? Never heard of that before, but it sounds intriguing. Had a quick look on Google, and it seems it may be easy enough to find; I’ll give it a go. Thanks for letting me know of this – no matter how much it damages my weight loss regime! Still Overweight Inga……
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- April 14, 2021 at 4:52 am #477474stephanie plumbBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 152Replies: 2065Has thanked: 3297 timesBeen thanked: 9584 times
[ yeah, everyone loves ground up offal…]
Dear Inga – that was an offal thing to say! And totally wrong! But more of that later……..
There is no best in the world. All cuisines offer some outstanding dishes that will stand up to any from anywhere else in the world. I voted ‘other’ meaning all. But I will mention Spanish as being among the top ones. My favourite is a seafood Paella. And what about those lovely tapa’s dishes! And gazpacho.
Now we come to another world-wide favourite. All cuisines feature offal dishes. If we kill animals for food, the least we can do is respect their sacrifice by not wasting any of it.
I thought I would mention just a tiny few of the myriad other offal dishes from around the world.
Worldwide : Liver and blood products have universal appeal in pate’s and sausages.
From France I give you Foie Gras, Andouilettes and Adouilee, Rognons blancs, Les Joyeuses (the happy ones!), Animelles or Amourettos( darling ones, or little loves.)
From Italy:- Trippa alla parmigiana, Morzello, Fegato alla veneziana, and from Sicily – brochettes called Stigghiole.
From South America – we have Chinchulines.
From Turkey and greece we have Kotoretsi.
From China – dimsum and chickens feet.
From the good ‘ol USA we have: Prairie or mountain oysters, Montana tendergroins, cowboy caviar, and swinging beef.
And last but not least we have good old British Black Pudding, and chitterlings, and the crowning glory of all offal dishes the national dish of Scotland, so famous around the globe I do not have have to mention its name. Sublime.
The following quote says it all really –
“Till crammed and gorg’d, nigh burst with suckt and glutted offal.” Milton. paradise Lost x, 633.
mmmmm….. Stephanie P xx
- April 14, 2021 at 9:49 am #477586LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Well, ladies: this is the first note I’ve seen since we hit the 50 vote barrier, at which I said I’d reveal the correct answer. But first – I’m going to say something very few folk would have predicted – Stephanie is right – mostly… Yes; every style of cuisine has some fantastic dishes, often ones that you would never have predicted. The most part of Steph’s note I can deal with in one go, but first I have to point out the obvious – any style of food is made at least twice as good by having it in the vegetarian version. This may not make it “authentic” (especially for Scottish food…) but it’s tastier, more environmentally friendly and far, far more ethical. Now, to Steph’s note: yup, if you’re going to take the “wrong” decision to kill for a meal, you should utilise all of the animal – and if that means sheep’s eyeballs for breakfast you should have thought of that before you had lamb cutlets the night before. But Steph… but didn’t you seem to put Gazpacho in with the meat dishes? Maybe I’ve only seen the veggie version…
Now; the correct answer to the question (and while I’m not surprised at Scottish food getting no votes, how on earth did no-one vote for Indian! Curry is SUBLIME!) The correct answer is… (drum roll……) as Stevie Steiner nearly said – EASTERN EUROPEAN FOOD! Borshcht with sour cream and sourdough bread to start with, followed by Pirogi Russki, probably accompanied by some Sirenye Pa Shopski (basically baked cheese and tomato) and for pudding Blini, maybe Syrniki (though that’s probably a bit too much cheese) or Pashka Pastila (basically pressed fruit topped with icing sugar). Just one problem with that lot – you end up four dress sizes above where you started off – and believe me; I know… Final note: an apology for not including Mexican from the start – generally superb stuff that deserves the respect I didn’t offer it. Now – I have to lay off the snap and get back to trying to get into that new miniskirt of mine…… Overweight Inga.
- April 15, 2021 at 3:44 am #477882stephanie plumbBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 152Replies: 2065Has thanked: 3297 timesBeen thanked: 9584 times
Gazpacho was in with the Spanish dishes not the meat. Other faves of mine are Patatas Bravas, and Patatas a lo pobre, and Chorizo, chicken and chickpea stew.
I have to agree that eastern European food is excellent. I too love a good Borsch (even a vegetarian one! you will be surprised to know.) And Sorrel soup, and Zupa Ogorkowa, Schi, Mushrooms and tatties in sour cream, potato pancakes (draniki) -love those! All veggie! Though I do sometimes have smoked sausage in my Borsch and Schi.
But the one thing that doesn’t work out veggie is Bigos! It relies on a variety of meats and smoked sausage to get the right flavours. Now please don’t suggest “fake meats” as an alternative, or I will throw the pot at you! I will not eat substitutes posing as meat. Pure vegetarian dishes … yes. Fake dishes … NO! I can’t think of a (non fake) vegetarian alternative to Liver and bacon. Haggis- yes, the veggie version is okay.
As for most of the dishes I mentioned – I wouldn’t eat them either! Andouilettes – they stink – disgusting! Most of the others are tripe or testicles! – and I won’t eat those either.
Stephanie P 🥑🥬🥦🥔🧄
- April 15, 2021 at 9:36 am #478008LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Always lovely to be able to agree with you! Most folk probably wouldn’t concur, but I agree that cabbage soup is superb! (I’d put it in Cyrillic, but it takes far too long and virtually no-one would understand anyway.) Ditto cucumber soup (Tarator is my favourite) – only bit I’d disagree with there is about Bigos – no reason why it shouldn’t be hugely tasty. Finally; no reason why such things as Tofu and (my personal favourite) Quorn should ever be seen as “alternative meat”: they are fantastic in their own rights – plus, I really wouldn’t know if they were anything like meat in the first place!
Thanks for the Milton; always nice to see something like that, but does that make you Eve? If you need to bring religion into it (ATHEISIM RULES!) then I prefer the Divine Comedy… which would make you Virgil? Last bit: as a kid I always had a bit of (faux) Rabbie Burns given to me: “Great Chieftain of the Pudding Race – It Makes You Puke From Out Your Face…” Not very good I know – but I was only 8 at the time…… Love you: Inga.
- April 14, 2021 at 6:44 am #477517Paula FDuchessRegistered On: August 7, 2019Topics: 14Replies: 1075Has thanked: 14513 timesBeen thanked: 4264 times
Steph, haven’t heard the name ‘Montana Tenderloin’ mentioned in a ‘coons age. Breaded, deep fried and dipped in a nice horseradish enriched steak or BBQ sauce will certainly leave you fit to be tied. 😽🙀😎
- April 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm #477270KristaDuchessRegistered On: January 24, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 569Has thanked: 1509 timesBeen thanked: 2535 times
Hi Inga, I’m going to go with Mediterranean cuisine. Healthy and delicious and relatively easy to make (though there are some exceptions). But really I like all types of food and we don’t really stick to any one country. My kitchen is an international one. Other ones missing from the list that I enjoy include Ukrainian and German. I’ll even mix food nationalities. The other day I made Indian butter chicken and added perogies with sautéed mushrooms & onions. It was very tasty. Darn and it is still over five hours until suppertime. Stay healthy, stay safe, Hugs, Krista.
- April 13, 2021 at 11:20 am #477252Stevie SteinerAmbassadorRegistered On: June 11, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 1158Has thanked: 5371 timesBeen thanked: 5978 times
- April 14, 2021 at 5:22 am #477478Rachel HayesLadyRegistered On: January 20, 2021Topics: 8Replies: 136Has thanked: 579 timesBeen thanked: 699 times
I had 2x bratwurst mit Pommes frittes for dinner last night.
Does that help? It certainly helped me 🙂
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- April 18, 2021 at 1:11 pm #479485Stevie SteinerAmbassadorRegistered On: June 11, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 1158Has thanked: 5371 timesBeen thanked: 5978 times
Mmmm. Comfort food 😁. No need to worry about calories, nutrition, or anything like that! Puts meat on your bones…. okay, I’m a bad example, lol.
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- April 13, 2021 at 11:17 am #477248Jennifer LynnLadyRegistered On: August 15, 2020Topics: 1Replies: 237Has thanked: 102 timesBeen thanked: 1270 times
- April 12, 2021 at 11:11 pm #477060LadyRegistered On: January 20, 2021Topics: 8Replies: 136Has thanked: 579 timesBeen thanked: 699 times
Don’t get me wrong, some of my best Friday and Saturday nights have been because of a lovely Italian or French meal with a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or a nice deep Merlot.
However, my all out favourite has to be American. Every time I go to the US (back in them days when you could) I was so excited by finding new restaurants, going back to favourites and enjoying everything and naturally I try to replicate that at home but “authentic American cuisine” is rarely ‘authentic’. It’s a shame I have to do some work while I’m there as well, ssshhhh don’t tell the office *giggles*
Bring on 2022 when I have tours of both New England (work based) and North East (family) planned.
- April 12, 2021 at 9:23 pm #477044Paula FDuchessRegistered On: August 7, 2019Topics: 14Replies: 1075Has thanked: 14513 timesBeen thanked: 4264 times
Okay, this is a hard one.
My favorite international cuisine of all is Italian, hands down. Everything from simple pizza and spaghetti (home made of course) all the way to a gorgeous Polo Marsala and/or Polo Scarpariello on angel hair pasta with plenty of red pepper mixed in. The personal challenge I enjoy, is eating Italian food wearing a white blouse and taking care to get NO spots through the entire dinner.
My favorite meal of all though is a good old slow cooked Yankee Pot Roast that has cooked all afternoon and can be cut with your fork, and dipped in a medium intensity horseradish sauce. Cooked with the baby potatoes, carrots and baby onions in the same roasting pan.
Who is going to tell General Tso that we are eating his chicken on a fairly large scale? Love most Chinese chicken dishes pretty well too.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might have been.
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- April 13, 2021 at 2:17 pm #477302DuchessRegistered On: August 7, 2019Topics: 14Replies: 1075Has thanked: 14513 timesBeen thanked: 4264 times
General Tso’s chicken is an entree at nearly every Chinese buffet I have eaten at. I don’t know if it actually originated in China or not, bit it is delicious.
Average sized chicken bites, breaded, mildly spicy but noticeably so, served in a sweet brown sauce, sometimes with onion or bell pepper or even both. Very good tasting.
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- April 12, 2021 at 3:21 am #476728Rozalyne RichardsLadyRegistered On: March 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 572Has thanked: 1004 timesBeen thanked: 1933 times
I didn’t vote because I like all sorts of food and couldn’t decide which was the best, I love Chinese and Italian food and English food too,
I love jam roly poly but not (spotted William) lol I don’t think i could have used the other word x
I’ve never tried Japanese food yet I’m not big on raw fish, i like my fish cooked with chips xxxxx
Hugs Rozalyne x
- April 12, 2021 at 6:37 am #476813Andi DuBoisLadyRegistered On: January 7, 2021Topics: 5Replies: 92Has thanked: 114 timesBeen thanked: 402 times
Tittering teenage schoolboys aside, the “dick” in spotted dick is an old local dialect term from the part of England that now is now Yorkshire for pudding and, etymologically, comes from the same word as dough.
In other parts of the UK, at a similar time it was also known as spotted dog!
- April 11, 2021 at 11:57 pm #476690LisaTLadyRegistered On: January 31, 2021Topics: 48Replies: 536Has thanked: 414 timesBeen thanked: 2488 times
On balance I felt I had to give Italian an edge as I love the whole experience of eating in Italy. The comparison of french and Italian cuisine for me is similar to their wines. French wines have some truly amazing highs but also some horrendous lows. Italy seems to deliver good wines almost without exception even at good prices. Food is a similar story with french cuisine very regional and having some great dishes and some not so good. Italian food is often lighter, more refreshing and consistently agreeable. I don’t include Italian food in America in this.
English and Scottish cuisine are similar in my mind and totally reliant on good ingredients and skilled preparation because the best of both is simple. It’s easy to think of properly prepared steaks or on the rib beef but one of my all time favourites has to be a simple haddock steak with chips and a tomato relish. I sat looking at a three masted schooner moored outside the restaurant wondering how the chef had retained so much sea flavour in a poached fish and pondering how something so simple can be so good.
I quite simply love Thai. Again I’ve never had a bad experience with Thai food and it’s a welcome change of pace.
The reality is that variety is my absolute favourite cuisine and modern fusions of differing cuisines and styles possibly produce some of the most amazing foods but traditional foods have their place too. Im Still a fan of fish and chips eaten on the sea front with lashings of salt and vinegar.
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I now this is going to sound strange (me – strange? Quelle Horreux!) but you’re right – why does leftover takeaway seemingly taste so much better the following morning? You really can’t beat cold Mushroom Madras… not that I tend to leave anything for the following day that often… which is why I’m still on a strict(ish) diet… Overweight Inga.
- April 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm #476487Polly StewartLadyRegistered On: January 2, 2021Topics: 12Replies: 933Has thanked: 1321 timesBeen thanked: 3171 times
I cook 340 days a year, give or take and my personal style is European fusion/Mediterranean. Healthy, filling and satisfying.
I also cater for dinner parties etc. thereby having to cook food that those that pay… say!
Now, my choice for your poll was Italian rather than French as the food is rather plain and peasant food but with wonderful produce and savours. Throw a bottle of cool white or rosé into the bargain…
I would like to put in a special mention for Scandinavian cuisine… pickled herring! OMG, my favourite all-time fish dish.
I thought the inclusion of Scottish cuisine(?) and English was disingenuousness itself! They don’t have cuisine!
Gordon bloody Polly🍝🥫🫕🥗🥙🍤🦪🧀🥖🫒🧄🧅🌶🥓
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- April 14, 2021 at 5:20 am #477477Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 152Replies: 2065Has thanked: 3297 timesBeen thanked: 9584 times
I thought the inclusion of Scottish cuisine(?) and English was disingenuousness itself! They don’t have cuisine!
Cheeky Polly! Now not lets start food wars.(lol)
As you well know Scotland has its own unique and distinctive cuisine. I give you Cullen Skink(my favourite), Haggis neeps and tatties, black, red and white puddings, Porridge-sliced and kept in a drawer, pottit heid, stovies, clapshot, cock-a-leekie, crannachan, petticoat tails, deep fried mars bars, skirlie, arbroath smokies, langoustines, smoked salmon and whisky whisky whisky … and whisky.
And, don’t go upsetting our Grace about English food. Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding. Bangers and mash (yummy), fish and chips (can’t be beaten), spotted dick, cornish pasties, pork pies, Cream Teas, Lancashire hotpot, Liverpool Scouse, Irish stew, Bedfordshire clanger … and Chicken Tikka Massala! All washed down with lashings of real ale.
NZ cuisine? – same as Australian – Sheep & Chardonnay. Ooeer! Running for cover………
outraged 😉 , Steph 🤨🙄😒☹😖😞
- April 19, 2021 at 11:54 am #481160LadyRegistered On: January 18, 2021Topics: 17Replies: 408Has thanked: 469 timesBeen thanked: 1383 times
Now, now! Whiskey… or whisky if you want to mis-spell it – is quite probably the greatest invention that has ever come about! There can be disputes about where it started (and how to spell it) though I’d point out that Bushmills is pretty much accepted as the oldest distillery.) All I can say is – whichever Celtic nation came up with it (and I’d perhaps favour the Manx?… sorry – just love bike racing) no-one can dispute that the water of life is the supreme height that could ever be reached…… Thank you, Celts: the rest of the world owes you one! Non-Celtic Inga.
- April 14, 2021 at 7:21 am #477536Polly StewartLadyRegistered On: January 2, 2021Topics: 12Replies: 933Has thanked: 1321 timesBeen thanked: 3171 times
Tears of laughter… to hear my old grannie’s voice again listing off what’s for tea!
I was brought up on bashed neeps, Haggis, black puddings, Porridge-sliced and pan fried in butter and jam, stovies, cock-a-leekie, skirlie, fly cemetery, Athol brose (especially in winter), scones, black bun etc.
Yep…fab memories and as for Kiwi food… you’re so right! We don’t have a cuisine but our fushnchups are a damn sight better than the English fare!!! My first meal when I returned on occasion was always fish n chips! Out on the beach with the gulls circling waiting for the chips…
Partial Polly 🐟🥔🍠🍤🦪🧂🍺
- April 14, 2021 at 7:33 am #477545Baroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 152Replies: 2065Has thanked: 3297 timesBeen thanked: 9584 times
How can your ‘fushnchups’ be better than North Atlantic Cod or Haddie or Rock salmon, and Maris Piper tatties, fried in beef dripping (not sheeps.) ?
What fish do you have ‘down there’? Oeerr! That disnae soond quite reet! Lol. And tatties for that matter.
- April 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm #476442Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 65Replies: 1348Has thanked: 4816 timesBeen thanked: 7380 times
English Sunday Roast
Roast Beef, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, Roast Parsnips, Brussel Sprouts….thick gravy and lots of horseradish sauce….extra hot….with a glass or two of red.
followed by a snooze on the sofa, and I wake up and all the washing up is done…..NOT!!!!.
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- April 11, 2021 at 8:07 pm #476644Amy MyersBaronessRegistered On: February 11, 2019Topics: 16Replies: 1322Has thanked: 3794 timesBeen thanked: 3688 times
Oh Grace, that is one of my all time favs! For years and years that was Sunday dinner cooked be my Mother, and it still something I love the most. Though I don’t have it nearly as often as I used to. Of course I learned from her how to cook, and do roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding!
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NOOOOO!!! While many of the younger generation seem to be addicted to greasy dogburgers as per U.S.A. we still have some decent, healthy dishes over here, we still use fresh ingredients, we still eat vegetables and our obesity plague only afflicts half of us……… Yeah – I’m being deliberately provocative there, but English food is NOT the same as it is in the middle bit of that land on the wrong side of the Atlantic…… Overly English Inga. (Oh, come on – they named the country after me!)
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