The need of food is what we all have in common.
Wherever we live, one of the first things we want to find is food. Sometimes it is hard to find the special ingredient we're looking for to make that special meal we so long for.
Among Internationals, food is often a loved topic to talk about, to share.
People exchange recipes, tips on where to get the best bread, pasta, rice, the right spices etc., all in the attempt to provide that "home" feeling or the familiar feeling that we have when sharing a meal with family, friends and new friends.
Interestingly, internationals tend to prefer imported food to local one; at least in the first months (and sometimes years!) they live in a new place. This lack of trust towards the local cuisine and culinary culture leads many internationals to import huge amounts of "their comfort food" from their home countries.
What I always recommend to my clients is to find a local equivalent to what they know from their home country and culture or a country and culture they know.
So, for example, the Italian ribollita can be compared to the Dutch snert, the German Pfannkuchen to the Dutch pannekoeken – I am totally aware that there are thousands of dishes that could be mentioned here!
Of course, the consistency and the taste are not the same, but here everyone can be(come) a bit inventive and, why not, use local ingredients. My aim is always to find the healthiest option for me and my family and this is, most of the cases, to buy local, preferably organic products.
One of the things I always recommend is to find out what is in the products we buy abroad. What are they made of, where and how are they produced.
The Food Additives and E- Numbers
Do you know what the E-Numbers stand for? They're usually these tiny numbers written on the package and we tend to forget what they really mean...
This is a very handy list to print out and keep in your bag/purse that will help you choose healthy food for you and your family.