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Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby Jimjam » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:02 am

I thought it might be a fun idea to have a thread where we can share little things about our or another culture that you like or think others might like. This can be anything from food, to music, history, or customs or anything in between! I feel like this forum would be the perfect place for this as generally with an interest in languages comes an interest in other cultures. I thought of this earlier when I was eating an australian food which I realised that i wont have next year in Germany and realised that I'll be able to make it and let some Germans try it.
It was a lamington. It's an australian desert which consists of a sponge cake with a chocolate sauce type outer layer then coated in coconut. Some of them can have cream or jam or both in them depending on what you like. When I try to think of "traditional" australian food, outside of meat pies with tomato sauce, and vegemite, these are the first I think of.
I recommend you to bake them and try them if you've ever been (for whatever reason) curious about Australian food, or if you just want a delicious baked treat!
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby rdearman » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:19 pm

Jimjam wrote:I thought it might be a fun idea to have a thread where we can share little things about our or another culture that you like or think others might like. This can be anything from food, to music, history, or customs or anything in between! I feel like this forum would be the perfect place for this as generally with an interest in languages comes an interest in other cultures. I thought of this earlier when I was eating an australian food which I realised that i wont have next year in Germany and realised that I'll be able to make it and let some Germans try it.
It was a lamington. It's an australian desert which consists of a sponge cake with a chocolate sauce type outer layer then coated in coconut. Some of them can have cream or jam or both in them depending on what you like. When I try to think of "traditional" australian food, outside of meat pies with tomato sauce, and vegemite, these are the first I think of.
I recommend you to bake them and try them if you've ever been (for whatever reason) curious about Australian food, or if you just want a delicious baked treat!

A link to a recipe would be nice!

American culture? hummm.... don't know, but here is a nice recipe for Apple Pie. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-pie
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby Jimjam » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:55 am

rdearman wrote: A link to a recipe would be nice!

This seems to be a good recipe though i'm definitely no baker!
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/24553/lamingtons

Home-made apple pie is amazing. I already see this thread giving me many temptations :lol:
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby DaveBee » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:44 pm

This time last year I was asked by a brazilian lady why everyone had suddenly started wearing little paper poppies.

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I think apple crumble is a british dessert. I remember reading about a french lady being impressed by a TV chef's introduction of it to France, I think Mr Oliver, so I'll link to his apple crumble recipe. :-)
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby whatiftheblog » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:00 pm

Here's a very engaging recipe for clafoutis, which is, by the way, the greatest food invention of mankind (personal opinion, am willing to be challenged).
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby Ari » Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:25 pm

We're getting close to December, and people not familiar with Scandinavian culture might not have heard of Lucia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLycexat2xk

I think it's the most beautiful part of Swedish traditional culture.
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby DaveBee » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:33 pm

Ari wrote:We're getting close to December, and people not familiar with Scandinavian culture might not have heard of Lucia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLycexat2xk

I think it's the most beautiful part of Swedish traditional culture.
I went to Denmark some years back. There seemed to be a custom of leaving a solitary candle burning in public rooms. What was that about?
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Re: Culture sharing and suggestions

Postby Ogrim » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:23 pm

Seeing that culture sharing includes the sharing of recipes, I want to contribute with a true Alsatian speciality: baeckoffe. It is a casserole dish and really slow food, you have to start preparing it at least 24 hours before you plan to eat it. Her is a recipe in English and another one in French. Please note that the recipes are for six and ten portions respectively, so unless you have a big family or are really hungry you may want to reduce the quantity proportionally if you are cooking for less people :) .
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