Few things are more synonymous with a particular culture than its cuisine. Dining at an ethnic restaurant or experimenting with regional flavors in the comforts of your own kitchen are great ways to experience foreign cultures. Saturday, August 9, 2014
Most of us are familiar with pineapple upside-down cake, but where did the idea of serving something upside down come from?
The concept of culinary "upsidedownness," according to food historian Alan Davidson, seems to have a long history. A 13th-century Arabic cookbook has an entire chapter devoted to "fried, marinated and turned (as in 'inverted')" dishes, including the still-popular rice-meat-and-vegetable dish "maqluba," which translates as "upside down." In Central Europe, apples cooked in a skillet with a pancake batter on top and then inverted for serving are a centuries-old tradition. Saturday, July 26, 2014