As the 2012 Olympic Games begin in London, let’s celebrate by trying the popular dishes of past host cities.
London, UK – 2012, 1948, 1908 – recipes courtesy Chef Jamie Oliver and Alton Brown
Fish and Chips
Chicken tikka masala
Earl Grey Tea
Please see the slideshow for this impressionist painting. It illustrates how the past meets the present.
Londra II Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet, original on display at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne.
Painted only several years before the 1908 Olympics held in London.
The 2012 beach volleyball competition takes place at the Horse Guards Parade, the venue in the area of Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square
Atlanta, GA, USA – 1996, refreshment courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company
Barcelona, Spain -1992 – recipes courtesy of the Foodnetwork.com
Also, inspiration from Vermont native, Chef Seamus Mullen, whose culinary journey continually pulled him across the diverse landscape of Spain and back again.
Please check his 2012 book Hero Food.
Green grape gazpacho
Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 1976
Maple sugar pie
This recipe is from Gallant Maple Pavilion, one of the larger maple producers in Quebec.
It is very simple and includes sweetened condensed milk (which is one of this examiner’s go to dessert ingredients.)
This could also fall under the “gilding the lily” category for suggesting drizzling maple syrup over the pie to serve!
Poutine, a specialty of potato fries, gravy and cheese curds.
Every area has their own additions and flavor enhancers.
Mexico City, Mexico – 1968
This authentic meal was graciously prepared at the Gonzales home in Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
Chicken so fresh, it was in the yard when this examiner arrived. Cooked in a fricassee method.
No silverware required, pulled the chicken from the bone with the handmade tortillas.
Wash it down with the wonder of commercialism, Pepsi and Fanta brand sodas.
In Mexico City near Chapultepec (grasshopper) Park, who can pass up coconut or mango on a stick?
Tokyo, Japan – 1964, inspired by Chef Ron Takahashi, of Colchester, VT
Crispy chicken recipe courtesy “Cooking with dog” on YouTube.
Mochi frozen dessert recipe courtesy of “Baking With Carmen” on YouTube.
Enjoy the Olympic spirit at the table and on the field!
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