Friday, March 4, 2011

The Four Main Food Groups

Margarine and/or Oil

In SVG, in my experience so far, I have noticed that at least one of the four ingredients mentioned above is the main ingredient in every dish.  It is for this reason, that I have dubbed them, the "Four Main Food Groups". These ingredients are added in copious amounts, usually to taste.

For instance:
Margarine and/or oil is used to coat the bottom of a pan so whatever it is that is being prepared does not stick; Oil is used to fry nearly everything that I eat-meat (i do not eat this, but meat is often fried), fish, vegetables (eggplant), fruit (banana fritters, which are kind of like fried pancakes?), you name it, its fried in oil. Margarine is also used as a base for soups/stews.
Salt is used in everything.  But not just a little salt to taste.  Its like a quarter cup of salt at each step of preparing the food.
Sugar is used to cook meat as a sauce, it is used in the "juice" which is basically koolaid.  However, the "juice" mix doesnt actually call for any sugar, its similar to crystal light in that it is artificially sweetened, yet everyone adds about 2 cups of sugar to it anyways!
Mayonnaise is used for salads, on sandwiches, to make spreads, and anything else you can think of.

Needless to say, my body is not accustomed to these main food groups, especially the fried food.  I guess this will come with time?

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