Thank you for visiting Five Flavours. I’ve travelled, lived and eaten in some amazing places around the world and, although I am not a trained chef, I enjoy the challenge of trying to rebuild the dishes I have come across. My curiosity in how people express their identity through food is my motivation.
Immigrant groups have long carried coveted ingredients to new lands in suitcases or made clever substitutions with whatever was growing locally. Such lengths are taken in order to ensure that there is something important of their culture coming right along with them wherever they might go. And these ingredients are important. I’ve sat with many a person for a delicious dinner only to hear them exclaim, “I just don’t feel like I’ve eaten until I’ve had some rice/kim chee/potatoes/tea!” despite having tucked in gleefully to the meal only seconds beforehand.
In Asian cultures it is often the case that you will find the flavours salty, sweet, spicy, sour, and now umami on a table in order to achieve perfection on the tastebuds. Other cultures, too, have their own combinations. These are the things that make a cuisine a cuisine, and delving in to a new and exciting cuisine is one of the best parts of travel.
What’s that? Can’t travel at the moment you say? What about looking round your own country? Here in New Zealand we have a wonderful array of cultures that are represented in restaurants, festivals and specialised shops and markets. The acceleration of movement around the globe in recent years means that many of us are being exposed to new and exciting flavours.
In this blog you will find food stories and recipes from the interesting people I’ve met and places I’ve been that I really want to share with you. If there is something that you’ve tasted or seen while travelling (or at your local market) and you would like to know more about it, send me a wee message and I will try to take up your challenge. I want to learn as much about new flavours and ingredients as you do. Happy eating!