I find myself increasingly interested in reading up on the eating habits of other cultures. Through my readings I have learned that social, economical, religious, environmental and political factors often influence how people eat. I'm most interested in learning about the foods children are eating specifically as it pertains to their lunches.
Many nations support a hot-lunch program in the school and below is a sampling of what some of the menus look like:
France - Grapefruit, grilled chicken and green beans, a cheese course, rice pudding and tangerines
Thailand - Red curry chicken, rice, sauteed pork and salad
Japan - Glass bottle of milk, bowl of rice, fish, pickled salad, soup with tofu and veggies
Norway - Open faced sandwich of cheese, meat and veg, milk, yogurt, fruit
Ukraine - Borscht (beet soup), sausages and mashed potatoes, boiled buckwheat, biscuits or pancakes
Taiwan - Rice, 2 or 3 veggies, meat, bowl of soup
India - Rice, cookies veggie curry, yogurt or buttermilk
Puerto Rico - Rice and beans, salad, meat and milk
The US - Burgers and fries, fizzy sodas
Interesting information, isn't it? Of course, I do realize that this is a broad generalization, but I love to see how diverse the menus are and how reflective they are of the individual cultures. One thing most nations do seem to have in common (except North American's) is that lunch is eaten as the main meal of the day - with dinner being made of simpler foods served in smaller portions.
I'd love to hear from all of you...What are your children eating for lunch these days? Do they stay at school or go home? Do they heat a hot lunch? Have a great Tuesday....