Discussion time! What makes a recipe authentic? We’ve been receiving lots of comments lately from readers and passionate foodies who’ve joined us along the way, and it seems this topic strikes a cord for many of you.
So today we thought we’d take the time to sit down with you and open up the discussion a little further.
What Makes A Recipe Authentic?
Wandercooks is, and has always been, about sharing our discoveries with you guys, our wonderful readers, so that you can explore the amazing flavours our world has to offer from your very own kitchens.
There’s no way we think you should have to miss out just because you can’t get your hands on a specific ingredient, or because you may not be able to travel to a specific country.
That’s why we’ll always try to help you
sauce err I mean source what you’ll need to make each of our recipes, and help you with substitutions along the way, so you can experience a bite of another culture at home.
Wandercooks is also about sharing not just the recipes, but the experiences behind them. We want to take you with us on our world cuisine adventures into the heart of Turkey or Thailand or Korea. We want you there with us as we learn from our friends and mentors along the way.
We love teaching you about food so you can appreciate it so much more – beyond the flavour. We encourage you to embrace other cultures and recipes with an open mind (and a hungry stomach).
Just like people, recipes come in all forms. While some may look the same, they’ve taken different journeys from paper to plate. Some are old recipes, handed down through generations of families, others are new creations forged through innovation and brimming with love for food.
To say that one recipe is more authentic than another is like saying that we’re more Australian than our neighbours. And that’s just not true.
One simple truth we’ve come to realise over our travels is – there really is no one way to cook a dish. After all, as they say, give the same recipe to 10 different cooks and each version will taste different.
Hell, cook our dishes and they’ll taste different from how we’ve made it. You might hate it, and think it’s yuck, and that’s okay. ☺ The best part about this is that you gave it a go. You tried it, you experienced something new, you pushed the boundaries of your own tastebuds and discovered something about yourself and the world around you. Friend – that makes you a true Wandercook. ❤️
We encourage you to mix things up with unexpected flavours and textures. Take a risk. Improvise. That’s what being a foodie is all about.
Did we say one tablespoon? Put in two if you want! You never know what might happen. ☺ Maybe you’ll improve on a recipe (if so – do tell us 😜). If not, you’ll have learned a handy lesson. (In which case – still tell us!).
Oooh boy have we learned a lot through trial and error. 😛
Most importantly of all – we want you to have fun and experience the joy of sourcing the food, cooking the food and eating the food. Create your own memories and share them with the world.
“Every recipe evolved from improvisation at some point. As people moved around and environments changed, cooks all over the world had to make do with the ingredients they could find. They made little tweaks over the years until now we have a dishes like gumbo and falafel and Yorkshire pudding.” – Emma Christensen, The Kitchn
So tell us, dear friends, what do recipes mean to you?
Here are some great examples to get you thinking!
- Pavlova – Is it Australian? New Zealander? Or even American?
- When it comes to Udon, is Sea Style or Mountain Style more your style?
- Roll the die for Vietnamese or Thai (Spring Rolls).
- Karniyarik – as cooked by the Wandercooks
- Balazs (and his Dad’s) Authentic Hungarian Goulash
It’s time to chat so leave your thoughts below and start the conversation.