Day 8 – Food Porning Memories

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
~Virginia Woolf

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 reminds me of other times I have found pleasure with friends and family through the enjoyment of a wild array of food and drink.   Memories are enhanced with food shots from a variety of places and in various forms of preparedness.  Though there were hundreds of other memories associated with food, these were really some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy.

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
~Ruth Reichl

Other posts that made me hungry- foodforthought; kitchenandfood; gummypumpkin; cakes; plating; bread; Hobbs; Dillan; Lesou; Elliot

SUNDAY POST : Concept Cookery in Cambodia

As some already know, I am a huge fan of cooking and particularly love asian cuisine.  I’ve taken cooking classes in Thailand as well as in Cambodia.  I thought that Jakesprinters theme of concept this week was great because it has allowed me to re-live the tastes, smells and food that I had the extreme pleasure of eating and cooking myself while in Cambodia.

Before I took these classes I knew that product / food/ season choice was important but had no idea how important the way you cut or mash something was.  Sometimes even more important than product choice.  It was awesome having a guide take us through an open market, pick out the food and then specifically show us how to cut, heat, broil, mash the food was.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

I come from a place where my food is civilized..

This is sort of a continuation of  my Wrong post.  I had such fun with that post I wanted to continue on with things that just feel wrong, even though they may not necessarily be wrong.. sometimes certain things while traveling to different countries just don’t feel right.

I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead.
Oscar Wilde

Here’s the thing.  I come from a place where you walk into a store, buy things that do not move.  There are usually no limbs, eyes or teeth staring at you. (Yes, limbs can stare!!) It doesn’t bark, howl or pant at you while you decide if you are going to eat it.  It’s civilized food.  It is cleanly displayed in an organized rack and not on the ground or hanging dripping from a hook.  There is no smell, unless it’s a very thought out smell that is artificially placed in musical stores to entice you to really, really want to try a sample that is doled out by a very pretty lady or a very funny man wearing a hair net and plastic gloves.

You go into a restaurant and sit in very straight chairs where a super nice person will come up to you and politely ask if you would care for any more bottled water, organic coffee or a beautifully prepared slice of pie.  Very civilized.

As I have already mentioned in my post “I’m not a Glutton..” I have alluded to the fact that most of my best memories revolve around eating or around food themed events.  I love food.  However, I have over the years been exposed to aBsoLuTEly crazy foods and crazy eating habits.  In my mind there is NOTHING wrong with these various ideas of how to shop, cook or eat in the ways that I have seen.  I’m not being judgemental, it’s a cultural thing and so I go out of my way to participate in many of these strange food rituals.

My favorite example of a strange food ritual happened about a day after my daughter and I got to Korea and were barely moved into our one room, twin bed apartment.  We were still tired and a bit disoriented from our 18 hour trip from Chicago through Japan and decided that we should go for a walk.  In front of a 7-11 (yes they have 7-11’s in Korea) we saw Korean men dressed in business suits standing around a table.  Each man was holding one or two legs of a live octopus.. and alternately sipping on bottles of Soju while gnawing on the legs of the creature.  Both my daughter and I could only stand and stare with our mouths hanging open.  Sadly, I did not have my camera.

I could not find a good representative photo of 5 businessmen eating a live octopus in front of a 7-11 so 


















The following photos are just some of the foods I have experienced through some of the countries I have visited.  Enjoy.


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There is nothing a man will not eat when hard pressed by hunger. And no one is entitled to condemn until he knows what famine means.
–Lin Yutang, My Country and My People