By Sandy Parks
Building on the word “spice,” I can’t help but relate this thought to food. I noticed on a recent trip that no matter what basic ingredients are given to cooks in various states or countries, they come up with unique dishes and methods of cooking the same food.
|South African meat stews|
|Moroccan lamb cooked on open fire|
An outdoor lover might choose to barbecue their lamb on a tree limb spit over an open campfire with only rancid butter rubbed onto the meat.
A bit more easy-going type might go the simpler route and grill it on skewers.
|Lamb in lemon sauce|
Another might choose a classier method and bake their lamb in lemon until it falls apart.
|Goat in Red Sauce (island of Eos)|
|Pita kabobs (Greek)|
|Seaside gumbo near Athens|
Are your greens cooked in savory yogurt, sautéed in oils, or served fresh like in a Greek salad?
Can you see how the same story idea can be cooked up in many different ways? And the variations don't end there. After being cooked, spices are added depending upon regions, and that gives the story even more character. So next time you sit down to eat, think about how you spice up your characters, settings, and storyline. My characters in the Hawker Incorporated Series travel around the world so keep in touch with them and see what interesting dishes they discover.