By Naomi Duguid, Jeffrey Alford
For this spouse quantity to the award-winning Hot bitter Salty Sweet, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid trip west from Southeast Asia to that massive landmass the colonial British referred to as the Indian Subcontinent. It contains not only India, yet extends north to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal and as some distance south as Sri Lanka, the island country so devastated by means of the hot tsunami. for those who love nutrition and cooking, this tremendous sector is a resource of endless type and eye-opening flavors.
Home chefs observe the Tibetan-influenced nutrition of Nepal, the Southeast Asian tastes of Sri Lanka, the primary Asian grilled meats and clay-oven breads of the northwest frontier, the vegetarian cooking of the Hindus of southern India and of the Jain humans of Gujarat.
It was once simply 20 years in the past that chefs started to comprehend the relationships among the multifaceted cuisines of the Mediterranean; now we will be able to start to do an analogous with the meals of the Subcontinent.
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Indd 42 9/25/2015 4:10:17 PM b2196 Food, Foodways and Foodscapes often presented post-preparation. Because of this, they are presented as being amenable to be consumed “on the go”. Overall, snacks make an important injunction about timing and time. Snacks lend themselves to discussion about size and amount. They are not “full” but as aptly termed, snack or bite-sized. Similar to the original translation of dim sum (touch of heart), they are a “touch” of food, portrayed to fill a “hole” in the stomach.
This means that in tracing the trajectory of snacks in Singapore, one also needs to take into account the movement and changes in this provisioning and environment as one does in the snacks themselves. Snacking as an activity also offers a succinct commentary on the issue of time. Habits and behaviours that induce snacking (or not) are part of the rhythms of everyday life, existing within, and alongside the other rhythms that ebb and flow through the day. In turn, the act of snacking also creates particular times in and of itself.
One of these relates to the mama shop and its links to a childhood that is culturally and historically specific (see Ariès 1962). indd 49 49 9/25/2015 4:10:21 PM b2196 Food, Foodways and Foodscapes actual time frame, shop make-up and location may differ. The mama shop has become a collective memory (Halbwachs 1992) for many who have spent their childhoods in Singapore, a topic that invites easy conversations about joyful moments. Also, there is a sensory attunement to the palatal liveliness of snacks that appears to accompany these recollections.