I roasted a cauliflower tonight with butter and sweet curry powder. I was wondering how an East Asian cook might feel about using curry powder for roasting a vegetable. Would she think it totally weird? And then I wondered about how people from other cultures might use American ingredients. Would they use them in a way I would think was totally weird? So, I thought I'd ask here. Do you know of ways American ingredients, such as chocolate chips, pecans, sweet corn, popcorn, pumpkin, cream cheese, chili powder, or any other American food is used elsewhere that is a surprise?
And now I will tell you that I saw one episode of Nigella Lawson's that featured chili! I was so surprised. But what really raised my eyebrows, was how she seasoned it--she used dried red chilies. No chili powder. I have to admit I thought that strange.
How about you?