The Japanese have a unique ability to take foreign food and modify it to Japanese tastes, creating something totally new and original, and tempura is a prime example!
This method of frying food was introduced in the 1600s by Portuguese missionaries. The original dish has disappeared, but it was a meal meant for Lent, when many Christian denominations are forbidden to eat meat. In fact, the name tempura comes from the Latin ad tempora cuaresme, which means ‘in the time of Lent.’ The Japanese mistook this as the dish’s name and called it tempura.
Tempura was introduced around the commercial port city of Nagasaki. At the time, Japan was closed off from the rest of the world. Its only contact was through Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese traders and missionaries in this port city.
The frying technique of tempura was something wholly new to Japan. Unlike most countries on earth, there had never been a tradition of frying food. Even though neighboring China had always had fried dishes and much of its culinary culture had come to Japan centuries earlier, somehow frying food never caught on.
December is on its way out; we are facing 2016 waiting for the cold weather and snow that is bound to find us soon! Waiting for the long, hard, boring months ahead we are looking forward to trying something fun and new… Soooo!!
What would you like to learn to cook for dinner?
What ideas would you have for a possible cooking class, cooking party, just an old fashioned party OR if you were planning a special dinner for you and your significant other… (And what about weddings?) Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is on the way…
Please let me know what your thoughts would be if you wanted to learn to cook something new and special. I will be offering some new services in the upcoming months and would like some ideas from my friends and clientele! Let me know, I would love to hear from all of you