I love looking at food blogs, mainly because I love eating! I can spend hours trawling through them before I end up with just about enough time to knock up beans on toast for tea! A lot of the blogs I read are from the US and at the moment they seem to be obsessed with St Patrick's Day fare. What has really struck me though is other country's ideas about what constitutes traditional fare in other countries.
I cannot count how many times I have seen that corned beef and cabbage is traditional for the Irish to serve up on 17th March. Really, I thought, corned beef doesn't sound very Irish to me, so I did a bit of research. It turns out that corned beef and cabbage has actually become the US traditional dish for St Patrick's Day because the original Irish immigrants could not afford (or get) the bacon or pork that they would have served up otherwise. It has become so established that the US tourists to Ireland were disappointed when they could not get it. Apparently these days corned beef and cabbage is now served up to appease the tourists, thereby perpetuating the myth!!
I suppose it is a bit the same with the English muffins that here in England we apparently eat for breakfast! Does anyone actually know where I can even buy them? I wonder what we consider traditional fare for the States that we are way off the mark with? Do they really eat Key Lime Pie or New York Vanilla Cheesecake, what about BBQ'd ribs and spices wedges, and I would be seriously disappointed if there was not a burger to be found! If I come to Canada please reassure me that I really am going to get Maple Syrup in copious quantities and over everything! I know that one of Britain's most popular foods, chicken tikka masala, is not even served up in India but what about channa masala?
Not that any of it really matters, it would be a very boring world if we all ate the same, part of the fun is discovering new dishes whether they are authentic or not.
Finally, when I was looking for a picture to illustrate this post I realised that my idea of corned beef and the US version of corned beef appear to be very different. Corned beef to me is the mush that comes out of a tin. Even though I am now a confirmed veggie, I have always disliked corned beef, yet Pete loves it, cold in sandwiches and hot in fritters or hash (another American traditional dish?). The American version looks more like boiled beef, can anyone enlighten me please?