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Friday, November 29, 2019

Some Things Come from Our Garden

Cooking Bananas, Etc.

Day 29 - Jay likes to cook. Sri Lankan food is a cuisine that requires a whole lot of spices and all fresh ingredients. He makes do in Canada. As there's a huge Asian presence in Vancouver, much of what he requires is available. The rice and curry format is still a major component of what he creates.

The Spice Trade was a much larger part of world history than many people realize. Europeans established themselves as world powers because of things that grow here and in Southeast Asia. The balance of power shifted as empires sought control of such lucrative items. These facts help to explain why Sri Lanka has clearly defined periods of rule by the Portuguese, Dutch, and eventually the British. Consequently, these cultures left culinary imprints on the foods eaten here too.

I can clearly see Jay is happier cooking while here in Sri Lanka. Having access to all sorts of spices and fresh produce at bargain prices is the key reason why. Clearly, we eat better during our winters in tropical places.

Yay, Spices!


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