Family Food Fare and Favourites
Join me as I dig through my memories, and recipes, to rediscover my family’s food “back in the day” and how those food habits have changed over the decades to today’s diverse and multi-cultural cuisines. This is my theme for the 2021 A to Z challenge.
Staples for generations past: Onions and Oranges – but not together! Nor do I imagine that our parents thought of some of our current food combinations with oranges eg tomato and orange soup.
So today I’m just sharing with you mum’s recipe for Orange Steamed Pudding.
Leaping to mind immediately was the Osso Bucco we served up for one daughter’s farewell dinner as she headed off to Italy for a year to study Gastronomic Science. We had to get with the theme, after all. Do you remember when we wondered why we needed cameras in phones? Yep, how did we survive without taking food pictures!
Funnily enough, even when we holidayed at the beach we didn’t eat oysters either bought or sought. I’m let down these days because oysters are one of the few things Mr Cassmob doesn’t eat, not even when we dine at Hanuman restaurant in Darwin. Still, those trumpet mushrooms are pretty good too. I can hardly wait until next time <smile>
Eggs may have been often on the menu but I don’t recall omelettes having any profile then, let alone a recipe named “oeufs xxxx”… ooh la la!
Perhaps I’ve mentioned that I worked part-time in a Greek fruit and veg shop on the High Street at Toowong during my uni years. It was during this time that I was introduced to octopus sandwiches from the Greek fisho down the street. While I’m quite happy eating octopus, provided it’s not too tough, it’s not a priority in my food list. Living in Darwin with a large Greek community it’s hard to avoid it, especially when the Glenti festival is on. Only problem is avoiding the rosemary that accompanies so many dishes. Apparently, it’s traditional for the Darwin Greek families to gather at the picnic areas in Fannie Bay and East Point to celebrate Orthodox Easter with spit roast lamb and meals of octopus beaten on the rocks to soften them up.
NEW FOOD FARE
Leading the change to new food fare would have to include olives in all sorts of manifestations. Wasn’t olive oil something that was given to people as a form of medication? Now we have it cold pressed, flavoured, light, heavy and so on.
Were you a big user of oven bags when they were introduced? I know they were in my pantry, and helped avoid oven splatter, but haven’t used them in decades.
When you’re having friends over for drinks or pre-dinner nibbles you just have to include some olives. Again, all types of olives as well as marinades. They’re just a delicious food treat, and you can lay claim to being on a Mediterranean diet. They’re also excellent in a tagine….yum! I live in optimistic hope that one day my St Helena Olive Tree will burst forth with olives.
Do you eat Olives regularly or have a stash in your fridge?
Do you make desserts and cakes using oranges?
Are you a love-em or loathe-em person for Oysters? How about Octopus?
Do you serve up eggs or oeufs?