I love food.
I enjoy cooking it, I enjoy eating it, I enjoy sharing it with others.
One thing in “food culture” that I very much do not enjoy is the gatekeeping around “authenticity” of recipes, particularly when it comes to home cooking. I can somewhat understand critiquing a restaurant claiming to be (for example) Chinese and it only serving “fusion” dishes rather than actual genuine Chinese cuisine. However I find it unbearably tedious when those same arguments are brought against home cooking. Make what you like! Eat it! Share it!
So; I ask the fine folk here at IC: what are some of your particular unorthodox or or otherwise nontraditional recipes or twists on food?
My family is of Austrian descent, I grew up largely eating Austrian cuisine. I absolutely love goulash and schnitzel, however when I make schnitzel I do so in what I imagine is a rather non-traditional manner. I like to baste/marinade the protein I am using (pork, chicken, mushrooms, eggplant) in a combination of miso paste and gochujang, before going in for the flour/egg/crumb dredge. Also I absolutely must use panko crumbs, rather than the traditional fine breadcrumb traditionally used in Europe. I’ll mix some freshly chopped parsely and some grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese in with the crumbs also.
You won’t find anyone in Austria (traditionally) doing this. If this were a classic Roman pasta recipe, you’d see endless youtube clips along the lines of “Don’t look if you’re Italian!!” or “Don’t let your grandmother see this!” etc.
Do any of you both enjoy cooking enough to care about this, and have a strong enough disregard for tradition to know you are going against The Norm and not really worry about it?