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Is it Possible to Replicate Regional Dishes Successfully at Home?

kySafran | Feb 12, 202102:38 AM     123

When we travel we have food experiences. In fact, to my mind, it's one of the main reasons for traveling. But can those experiences be recreated successfully when we get back home or should they be left as memories?

I remember making a trip to Southern France when I was in my twenties. Sitting in a restaurant with friends at lunch on a hot day, looking over the Mediterranean, watching the boats drift across the water, I ordered my first Salad Niçoise. It was stunning and yet apparently so simple. And thinking about that plate now, in wintery England, takes me back to the experience, the people I was with and even part of the conversation we had.

Returning I decided I could replicate the food and by extension the experience. The result was a poor 3rd and even though I've tried the same thing with other dishes since, I always seem to miss the mark.

Is it the ingredients: tuna, olives, basil, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, lemons, anchovies being all so quintessentially Mediterranean, that can't be bought at the quality necessary? Or that the locals know how to make it correctly? Or is it something more ephemeral, something we can't touch, that means it’s a vain pursuit akin to chasing rainbows?

I was wonder what everyone thought. Have you tried it?

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