More often than not I find myself amazed by the threatening dullness of reality. Thus, I walk into my room, close the door, sit down on a comfortable chair, unsheathe my sword and successfully win the battle. But what kind of sword, I hear you ask. And my answer is: a good swords(wo)man has many; the most noble of them being a book, a film, and good music. That person must be a genius, you might wonder to yourself. Of course, now you want to know the names of the great swordsmiths, or so I believe. It’s your lucky day! My finest are made by Frank Dikötter, Michael Axworthy, Albert Camus, Stendhal, and Haruki Murakami; Roman Polański and Stanley Kubrick; and last but not least Béla Bartók and Dmitri Shostakovich as well as Ludovico Einaudi. Unsurprisingly, my fascination with the arts goes beyond the artists and art forms that I mentioned. I would be a fool, a very boring one, if I tried to include all the things I’m passionate about in this tiny message — everything from languages to history to world cuisines. Let’s just say that I’m a bit of a dilettante. In a nutshell, like a lot of people on here it seems, there’s a chance that the person writing this is yet another introvert. Sometimes, I feel the need to unleash my endless source of bad sarcasm, and for that I need a fellow human being. I’ll be honest: I bloody love spending hours in my room, but even I have limits. Although, I do find joy in solitary hour-long walks in the city and in my surroundings in the evenings, accompanied by music. I quite like the idea of getting to know one another little by little through conversation. It’s a bit like solving a puzzle, for lack of a better expression. I should also mention that I very much prefer writing as well as receiving long messages. And by the way: congratulations, you have now reached the end of this message! Give yourself a pat on the back.
Preferences: In all simplicity, I’m just looking for people who are willing to share their thoughts, things they are passionate about, issues that confuse them, whatever you have in mind. It’d be great to talk to people who also share the love for languages! Lastly, I will not go into specifics about being respectful, because that should be obvious. But ironically, it obviously isn’t.
This is quite generous of you. Fine dining is by no means a topic I could call myself an expert on, but I have sampled a variety of foreign delicacies. Discovering the origins of commonly known dishes has often been a source of enjoyment for me.
If by “sister” you’re referring to Prosecutor von Karma, I’m uncertain of her feelings on Italian foods, but I at least know of an employee of mine who might enjoying adding this recipe to his limited cooking repertoire.
Arancini (”little oranges”) are stuffed Italian rice balls, coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried. They’re usually filled with ragù (meat + tomato sauce), peas, and mozzarella. Regional varieties exist with different fillings and shapes. The most common type sold in Sicilian cafés are arancini con ragù (meat, tomato sauce, rice, mozzarella), arancini con burro (with butter or béchamel sauce), arancini con funghi (mushrooms), con pistacchi (pistachios), or con melanzane (aubergine). In Roman cuisine, supplì are similar but are commonly filled with cheese. In Naples, rice balls are called pall'e riso.
So, I know it's SOMEWHERE on the internet unless I'm completely delusional and made it up in my head, but at one point Tammy told the internet at large what the real world equivalents of many of the countries in both the Tortall and Emelan books. Do you happen to know the general breakdown for Tortall? I can't seem to find it :(
I think you’re looking for this:
Tortall, Tusaine, Maren, and Galla are based pretty much on medieval Europe and England, without particular differentiation between countries. Scanra is more Scandinavia (I tapped medieval Russia for Kugisko in COLD FIRE). Tyra is my Venice-like merchant republic; Saraine is a medly of medieval Europe, Southeast Asia, and samurai culture (well, samurai armor, anyway). Carthak is a mishmosh that includes Egypt, but also Phoenecia, Assyria, and the Hittite Empire of the Middle East, caulked with Roman cuisine in places. The Yamani Islands are definitely based on samurai history. The Copper Isles, well, the wildlife I dumped there in earlier books was Central and South American, but the Amazonian cultures are tribal ones, and I wanted an established culture that has things like palaces, so I looked to Indonesia.
in that post's defense tho white people didnt have spices until poc brought them over and their food was really bland before that so..
There’s a difference making a post saying “non-European civilisations actually helped to improve European cuisine by introducing new ingredients” and that childish post which was basically acting as though modern European cuisine was as “boring” as a loaf of white bread.
Also, actually, the irony is hey…bread originated 30,000 years ago- the earliest found grain paste was in…EGYPT! Oh dear, they’ve suggested a “POC” invention is “bland” lmao. (thanks @angelicxi for the info!)
EVEN if the spices made the food taste better, well here’s the thing, EUROPEANS have credit for taking these ingredients, thinking up new ways to use them, and then ultimately coming up with the many famous dishes that are popular today no? Also, it goes both ways- Europe introduced various cattle to the Americas and that added to the diversity of the cuisine there. Modern food in South Korea, for example, has added American influence and other cultural influences to its cuisine.
Our food everywhere definitely tastes better because of the exchange.
Also, do note that term “white” and “POC” is completely limited in application because it is ahistorical. It erases the cultural ties between Mediterranean nations. Is the Roman empire “white culture” or “white cuisine” when a) such modern constructs of whiteness never even existed back then b) Roman culture was very intertwined with parts of the world that aren’t considered “white” by modern US standards like Turkey and North Africa? There are Roman emperors of North African origin, like Septimius Severus. Undoubtedly, Roman cuisine would have had North African influences too, no? So seeing European culture as “white culture” is essentially an erasure of the non-European influences and contributions to MANY European civilisations.
Dichotomising the world as “white” and “POC” is really a reproduction of colonialism and it distorts pre-modern history too.