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My Secret Love Affair With Spices
Spices! Their quest has inspired exploration and conquest. They have underpinned the wealth of kingdoms and city states, and their lucrative trade has financed empires. Competition for their source has lead to domination and wars. As a consequence, the “traditional” food of people in a given modern country have as their base ingredients some that are native to a completely different corner of the globe. Take a tomato, native of Central America, yet in our times, firmly associated with Italian cooking. The aim of this course will be to explore the origins and history of selected groups of spices and learn about their use and how they came to be associated with the cuisine of certain countries.
Any ingredient that enhances the flavor of a meal is a spice. These could be fruits and vegetables, leaves and herbs, dry seeds and nuts, roots and thizomes, fungi, alcohol, yougurt and other dairy products, etc. During each class session we will focus on a particular group of spices, discuss their background and harvest, and prepare and sample a couple of traditional dishes of selected countries.
Note: This course does not meet on Friday, November 24.
Born in Cuba and educated in the US, Alina has spent most of her adult life working and living abroad, in Asia, Continental Europe, and the UK. Private Banker by day and spice sleuth by night, Alina is a student of the Humanities. She is interested in how cultures developed and branched out in various places in the world; what beliefs, interests and riturals bring people together and what sets them apart. She believes that food and music are the distinguishing marks that set aside individual cultures. In food, as in music, ingredients are introduced to other countries as a result of trade or take over and become intertwined with those that are native. In the preparation of meals, the ingredients used are a key to the history of the people in the area, and spices, in particular, tell the tale.
|B36||Alina Quesada-Murphy||Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, 8||Fr||10:30 a.m.-Noon||Unity of Charlottesville||WL|