2 Types of Meals – British-Romanian
Food preferences can be discussed and analysed from different points of view. Even people born in the same country can still have totally different ideas and opinions about the same dish. However, when there are also cultural differences everything becomes more interesting. Being in England just for a year and a half I did not have the opportunity to try many traditional dishes, but I heard good feedback about The Roast dinner. I was really thrilled by it and I decided to try and cook it. To compare it with a dish from Romania, I was advised that Steak with salad and vegetables will make a good match. In this way, I started my adventure of cooking and discovering similarities and differences.
It always fills me with joy when I manage to go out of my comfort zone and all the process of finding the recipes and cooking the food was part of my adventure. In cooking these two dishes I had some help from both English and Romanian friends, I can say that it was a multicultural brainstorming.
The two dishes are quite different in terms of type of meat used, and the sides that come with it. The Romanian dish contains a steak, salad, some sweet potatoes and mushrooms. It is a common dish eaten on Sundays when all the family gathers together and enjoy some free time. The meat can be cooked differently, fried or barbequed and the salad that comes with it helps in digesting everything better. I had help in preparing it, but it is not hard to cook it as I saw it being done a few times back home.
The Roast dinner was an entire adventure. I asked a classmate for the recipe as I wanted good quality of information. It was not hard to cook it, probably the thought of discovering something that I am not used with was the issue that I needed to overcome. The result was better that I expected.
Having vegetables on the plate made it a bit familiar, but what I can say is that in Romania, the meat is much more than the vegetable, something that I was told is different in here. A cultural similarity that I found out about these two dishes is that they are both a common dish eaten on a Sunday when everyone is resting and are celebrating what they have achieved in the previous week. After all the differences between the two dishes I realized how much I enjoyed trying something new.
Therefore, cooking and getting to know about traditional dishes and differences between the two cultures made me more curious about what England has to offer and how I can make connection with my country.