Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe.If you want, you could simply tell us how many M&Ms you would eat if left alone with nobody watching.My point is that we’re pretty relaxed over here, and posts like that are as welcome as menus and recipes.When your Food on Fridays contribution is ready, just grab the broccoli button (the big one above or smaller option at the bottom) to paste at the top of your post. It ties us together visually.Then fill in the boxes of Simply Linked to join the fun!
Food on Fridays with Ann
This week, TheHighCalling.org has launched a Crossing Cultures Community Writing Project, hosted by Dena Dyer at her blog, “Mother Inferior.” With it being Food on Fridays over here today, I’ve been thinking about the writing project in relation to food.When I visited my husband’s family in Belgium on our honeymoon, I tasted Nutella for the first time. A life-altering moment.As I had never seen this product on the supermarket shelves in the United States, we bought three jars of Nutella and tucked them, wrapped in T-shirts, into our suitcases to bring back with us. We rationed them out over weeks and months, and when they ran out, I was inconsolable. When we scheduled our next trip to Belgium, I was as excited about the prospect of replenishing my supply of Nutella as I was about seeing family! I’m kidding. Kind of. Anyway, his family understands my love of the stuff. They love it, too.I remember the day a few years after that first visit when I spotted a jar of Nutella in my American grocery store, on the top shelf next to the natural peanut butter and Goober jelly. Nutella! In America! The chocolate-hazelnut spread had finally crossed over into my country, and though it was still somewhat overpriced, I no longer had to reserve a spot in my suitcase to import it from Europe. From that point on, I’ve been able to pick up a jar numerous places. I can just swing by Target and grab one, no big deal.Gradually I have spotted more and more European treats appearing in regular grocery stores here in the States, like Biscoff, which claims to be “Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee.”I saw this on a Wal-Mart shelf the other day! These cookies are called “speculoos” in Francophone Belgium and taste like crispy gingerbread. They really are quite nice with coffee. Or tea.Our orthodontist is generous with treats, providing the waiting parents with a selection of Keurig drinks to pop into the machine that’s set up on a counter. Next to the machine, a few little snacks in a bowl.These are European, as well. This particular one is labeled “Galette Fine.” These very simple, crisp cookies are great with ice cream. Or coffee. Or tea.I crossed cultures when I visited Europe and encountered lovely little treats like these (we also love “Prince” and “Petit Écolier“). Now the treats themselves are crossing cultures so that I can encounter them right here in the United States.The world keeps getting smaller and smaller, and the dessert aisle keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.