Missing Home?

@relundad (2311)
United States
December 7, 2008 4:07pm CST
Many people from other countries now are citizens of the United States. Often when I ask people from other places, what they miss most about home, the answer is usually the same. I am often surprised that most people say that one of the things that they miss most is authentic cooked food from their home place! If you are from another country, wher are you from and what do you miss most about home?
6 responses
@littleowl (7157)
9 Dec 08
Hi relundad, thankfully I still live in the UK and the thing/s I think I would miss is my security of my home, the country side and would probably feel 'alone' in another country although i may have good friends and neighbors there, climatising myself to another country would be very hard unless I had been totally certain about moving there in the beginning....littleowl
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
8 Dec 08
You don't have to be from another country to miss the cooking, this is such a large country that different states have different cooking. I miss Southern Corn bread and black eyed peas from Texas.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
8 Dec 08
You are right. I am from the south and sometimes when I am traveling in the Mid West, its amazing how different the same things are cooked and taste. Even some things you can't even find in the grocery stores. Thanks for responding.
@ZephyrSun (7382)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Well even though I am from here, my grandparents were born in Russia and since they have passed away I miss the food. No one has been able to make it as good as "grandma" did. I know that they also missed the language since both really struggled with English so bad.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Grandma's cooking seems to be a favorite, no matter where you are from. We all seem to base our taste on the food that we grow up with.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Being from the midwestern part of the United States, myself, I can easily see why people from other cultures would miss their food because the food where I grew up was so bland as to be almost tasteless, and people who used seasonings creatively were sort of ostracized. My mum, for example, only allowed two spices on the dinner table, commercial salt and black pepper, but we were continually warned against using the pepper. "You will get a pepper ball in your stomach!" she said, or "That will give you ulcers!" As soon as I got out on my own I bought every kind of spice that was available. Before the internet made international buying possible, one had to travel to a large city to get any kind of interesting food. Even cheese came in only 3 flavors in my provincial town: cream cheese, mild cheddar, and that emulsified mix of manufacturing by-products they called American cheese, which is melted protein gel and liquid fat held together by sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate, tartrate, citrate, or whatever. Bleagh, but one has to admit it tastes yummy on a cheeseburger.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Too funny! I never even considered salt and pepper as spices...lol
@lovesummer (1162)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 08
I come from Malaysia chinese came to Russian Federation since 17 years old for my education. I gotto go home once a time each year mostly for 2 months of my summer holiday. Yes I missed home I missed my family that I can not be with my parents by their side to take care of them. Besides this I missed the food too. Malaysia has the best food ever I have eaten! Missed the hawkers food, SOb sob
@relundad (2311)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I can imagine that it would be hard not seeing your parents and family.
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
11 Dec 08
Years ago, when I was young , I lived in Singapore for just over 2 years. I'm an Australian. It's true...the thing we missed most of all was "real food". Dairy products back then were scarce...the only milk avaiable was powdered or if bottled, it was soy milk. We never got to have a steak for it was imported, frozen and very expensive. I was happy trying out all the wonderful local cuisines but my hubby was a fussy eater even in Australia so he was a real bore. I also missed Smith's potato crisps. So, there you have it....real milk, steak and potato chips or crisps