Re: [gardeners] Authenticity

Terry King (
Fri, 24 Jul 1998 11:15:58 -0600

Well put Pat.

Pork in India is not fit to eat.  I once read something about pigs in India.  This 
is not for the easily revolted to read, so stop now if you are eating.  

The untouchables and country people use deep trenches as their latrines, 
this is were the pigs are allowed to run and forage.  So you see, in India pigs 
are unclean and do spread disease.

Pat, would you mind sharing an 'authentic' Texas chili recipe for those of us 
who do actually add *beans* to chili?


On Fri, 24 Jul 1998 12:11:20 +0000, wrote:

>Whenever anyone speaks of "authentic" this or that, I am reminded 
>that none of us is an expert in all things. One may know how to 
>protect a rose from the snows of winter while another is an expert in 
>keeping sun scald from late tomatoes.
>The recent discussions about East Indian (as opposed to Red Indian) 
>food are a case in point. Those whose experience has been limited to 
>US restaurant fare may find a "curry" or a Samosa totally delicious 
>while a more traveled or experienced diner would find the same fare 
>unacceptable in the extreme.
>For example: as a Texan, I take the making, serving and eating of 
>chili as an art form. Once, for my sins, I was sentenced to a bowl of 
>Cincinnati chili -- I'm certain the Ohioans found it delectable; I 
>found it garbage in its purest form, but it would have been 
>discourteous of me to fault them for their provinciality.
>While living in England, my good neighbor found my tea undrinkable 
>while I found his coffee dispicable. Instead of re-starting the War 
>of Independence we met under a white flag; he taught me to make tea, 
>I taught him to make coffee. A better solution, don't you agree?
>If it is difficult to agree on something as simple as dissolving one 
>substance in hot water -- consider the difficulties of agreeing on 
>East Indian food. Of course it is true that Muslims (83% of the 
>population) are forbidden pork as are almost all high-caste Indians, 
>but I am sure there are those (usually the untouchables, I am told) 
>who would eat bacon if sufficiently hungry (just as our local deer 
>will even eat gray plants when there is little else to eat)..
>At base, we must all keep open minds, be agreeable, and permit others 
>their culinary peculiarities; after all, they are usually based on 
>inexperience and that is to be pitied, not censured.  On the other 
>hand, no one who IS inexperienced should claim expertise nor attempt 
>to instruct others in their own ignorance. To do so would not be in 
>keeping with the courtesy always shown by the members of 
>GlobalGarden. Pat