As a dietitian, I was invited by the Community Services Worker to come out to promote nutrition and healthy eating at this community event. I was also asked to put on a food demo, to attendees a bit about healthy recipes.
As a Toronto native and Canadian-born Chinese (aka CBC), my cooking is often a reflection of my Chinese heritage combined with western influences. I love and eat Chinese food, but I also LOVE pizza, popcorn and chocolate! My cooking often combines rice dishes and stir-frys with sweeter tasting sauces over savoury (like my parents would prefer). I love to eat salad (is this a dietitian requirement?) but I also love cooked gai lan, choi sum and dou miu (types of traditional cooked Chinese greens). I can speak my Cantonese language (awe yeahh!) but reading and writing is pretty much non-existent due to my entire life spent in the Ontario public school system.
Which is also why, I have noticed differences in nutrition and food among Chinese immigrants and Canadians. Growing up, we never really ate much raw vegetables. I noticed that dinner (prepared Chinese, and family-style) never had raw carrots, cucumbers or salad like when I had dinner at my friends' houses. Raw vegetables are considered "uncooked" food, and would need to be cooked in order to be consumed.
I love cooked Chinese vegetables, but now, as a dietitian my goal is to try to get my Chinese parents (especially my father) and clients to try more raw vegetables. Using the cooking skills and flavours I acquired in a Chinese household, combined with my Canadian environment with salad and raw vegetables, I food demo-ed a Chinese-Style Cucumber Salad!
I will post the recipe in a separate blog post, and also post it on my RECIPES page.
Did you grow up in a culture that consumes vegetables or fruit in a different way? Tell me in the comments below!