[Sca-cooks] Food manners and travelling was Sca-cooks Digest, Vol 7, Issue 38

grizly grizly at mindspring.com
Sun Nov 19 16:51:33 PST 2006

1.  Please consider changing the subject headers when responding to digests?

2.  If it were my personal taste preferences, then I'd be perceived as an
American who isn't willing to eat local foods . . .and probably being rude.
If my food choices were due to medical, religious, or spiritual reasons,
then I believe there would be a real understanding as there are religious
dietary restrictions and habits around the world in various places.  I would
not demand everyone else within a stone's throw eat exactly what I eat . . .
but I would be respectful to my host/hostess and ask if consideration can be
made for my dietary restrictions.  Refusing to ask for possibility of such
consideration, in my estimation, is a disrespect to the hospitality of the
host/hostess; guests have a responsibility of sorts on many places.  If
provisions cannot be made, then I find what I can eat from what is provided
. . . and/or provide for myself.  Plain rice is pretty easy to find nigh
anywhere there is a food commerce in the world.

I'd probably approach it like the original person in this thread and attend
to be polite and sociable, eat what I can eat, let others know what
musituation is, and take others up on any offers of hospitality and

niccolo difrancesco

-----Original Message-----
From: sca-cooks-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org
[mailto:sca-cooks-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Wanda Pease
Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2006 7:21 PM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Sca-cooks Digest, Vol 7, Issue 38

This is going to get me into real trouble, but what the heck.

If YOU went to work in another part of the world (say Iraq or Afghanistan)
how do you think you would be perceived by the local people it you refused
to eat anything but Western food?  Would you expect and be upset because
your hosts and hostesses didn't immediately change their cooking styles to
fit your prejudices?  W so that everyone else in the village had to eat the
same Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches you preferred or possibly did not
care for pp&J?

We had an Education Specialist in our office who was Jewish.  We all knew
about it mainly because he would ask if a dish had pork products in it.  He
always brought a dish that we could all share and enjoy, in turn didn't feel
like we were old meanies when we forgot and added bacon bits to the salad.
Fortunately pork products can be relatively easy to avoid.  Going Vegan at
office holiday pot lucks is a bit much to make his office mates feel guilty
and rude about not changing favorite dishes is bad karma.

My Jewish co-worker mentioned that he had friends who kept full
kashrut/kosher (?) didn't eat outside their homes.  They didn't expect their
non-Jewish friends to attempt to accommodate their ways.

> > I guess I may be almost as ignorant as some in your office. Aren't a
> > number of the dishes you mention above vegetarian, or easily made so?
> > Such as the greens, the mac and cheese, the cornbread, the pecan pie
> > and the sweet potato pie? Or by "strict vegetarian" are you ruling
> > out things like milk and cheese?
> >
> > Stefan
> >

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