What do your family's food traditions say about your peoples' history?
When I was hanging out with some friends at a party once and we got to talking about food and how it reflects histories of migrations and colonizations and such. For instance, the party was catered with Senegalese food, and there were spring rolls as one of the appetizers. Senegalese soldiers had been recruited by the French to colonize Vietnam and brought back some food traditions, so that reflect the mutual colonization by the French. One of the few Filipino dishes I had passed down is adobo, which is also a word used in Mexican cooking, reflecting the shared colonization by the Spanish. Likewise, foods we think of as authentically ethnic in this country (U.S.) are sometimes the result of migration, like corned beef and cabbage popular among Irish-Americans.
What story does your family’s recipes tell?