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Kia ora

profile pic 2012Thank you for visiting Five Flavours. I’ve travelled, lived and eaten in some amazing places around the world and, although I am not a trained chef, I enjoy the challenge of trying to rebuild the dishes I have come across. My curiosity in how people express their identity through food is my motivation.
Immigrant groups have long carried coveted ingredients to new lands in suitcases or made clever substitutions with whatever was growing locally. Such lengths are taken in order to ensure that there is something important of their culture coming right along with them wherever they might go. And these ingredients are important. I’ve sat with many a person for a delicious dinner only to hear them exclaim, “I just don’t feel like I’ve eaten until I’ve had some rice/kim chee/potatoes/tea!” despite having tucked in gleefully to the meal only seconds beforehand.

In Asian cultures it is often the case that you will find the flavours salty, sweet, spicy, sour, and now umami on a table in order to achieve perfection on the tastebuds. Other cultures, too, have their own combinations. These are the things that make a cuisine a cuisine, and delving in to a new and exciting cuisine is one of the best parts of travel.

What’s that? Can’t travel at the moment you say? What about looking round your own country? Here in New Zealand we have a wonderful array of cultures that are represented in restaurants, festivals and specialised shops and markets. The acceleration of movement around the globe in recent years means that many of us are being exposed to new and exciting flavours.

In this blog you will find food stories and recipes from the interesting people I’ve met and places I’ve been that I really want to share with you. If there is something that you’ve tasted or seen while travelling (or at your local market) and you would like to know more about it, send me a wee message and I will try to take up your challenge. I want to learn as much about new flavours and ingredients as you do. Happy eating!


12 Responses to "Kia ora"

  1. Marie says:

    Thank you! I’m excited to be a part.

  2. welcome to NZFBA, we have added you to the member page and look forward to seeing you at future events

  3. Marie says:

    Hi Sue and thanks for visiting. Glad to have found you too! Who could live without pickled onions, eh? Once I get my son in bed tonight I’ll get to your blog to have a good old read but, for now, I can say that I’ve already got garden envy!

  4. Sue says:

    Hi Marie,
    Fabulous website. I’m really glad I found you. Your post about pickled onions has given me a focus for tomorrow!

  5. Marie says:

    I’m glad you’ve found us. Thanks for the read:)

  6. Conexus says:

    New Zealand is a Joy to visit— I love the culture and the food. Glad I found your blog… look forward to reading more.

  7. Marie says:

    Hi Sasa, nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting! I’ll have to go and have a good nose round your blog too:)

  8. Sasa says:

    Just wanted to say hi – I found you through the Pocket Cultures website after I did an interview there – enjoying nosing around both your blogs ^_^v

  9. Marie says:

    Arigatou, Matto-san!

  10. matt says:

    Great new website!! Just opening it up made me hungry~
    Looking forward to reading all the oishii entries!!

  11. Marie says:

    Thank you for your comment, Alex. Your input would be great as I’m very interested in Central Asia. Nice to meet you!

  12. Hi there, says:

    I will try to offer some input as Russian that grew up in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia).
    Loving this idea and the site.


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