Here at i-to-i we love a bit of food! Who doesn’t?! We’ve chosen three destinations that would attract us to TEFL there just to try out the incredible cuisines they offer. So, what tickles your fancy today…Italian? Mexican? Indian?
The capital of food! Significant changes were made to Italian cuisine when potatoes and tomatoes were introduced (no more rice for every meal!) Italian cooks rely primarily on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.
A distinguishable aspect of Italian meals is that the first course is typically a more filling dish than the second – such as risotto or pasta. We have put together a list of our favourite Italian dishes (prepare for your mouth to water!):
1) Salt cod fishcakes with speedy tomato and chili sugo – an easy starter or light lunch.
2) Russian Salad – great with eggs and poached salmon or rare roast beef (and yes, it is Italian, not Russian!)
3) Sage and Sausage pasta – a deliciously simple dish to make.
4) Antipasti pizza – a method of cooking pizza on the barbecue which creates an authentic, wood-fired-oven flavour.
5) Torta Pasqualina – an Italian pie bursting with hearty flavours such as artichokes, spinach, parsley and ricotta – perfect for vegetarians.
If you’re ready to eat Italian for dinner every night then why not jump on a plane to TEFL in Italy now?!
Mexico is a food lover’s paradise and a TEFL destination that won’t be forgotten quickly. The basic dishes remain native with foods such beans and chili peppers. However, the Spanish liked what they saw in Mexican food and added a few ingredients of their own including meat, sugar and cheese. Mexican cuisine is enriched by a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables which many people say taste better in Mexico than anywhere else. This includes tropical fruits such as coconut and pineapple.
A simple salsa Mexicana is taken down a different road with a hint of cilantro and lime, while a more complex mole sauce is always divine thanks to over thirty carefully-chosen herbs and spices which are added in and left to leisurely simmer in the pot.
Our top three real Mexican dishes:
1) Chilaquiles – toasted tortillas covered in green and red salsa, shredded chicken and sour cream.
2) Green Enchiladas – corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken and covered in green salsa with a little bit of cream and white cheese.
3) Pozole – made from hominy corn and is stewed for hours typically with chicken, pork or vegetables. Lots of spices (so it’s hot, hot, hot) and toppings are added including big handfuls of lettuce, radish and onion.
Perhaps you now want to put on a sombrero and eat some Mexican chicken!
Indian food is heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. Indian cuisine is still developing as a result of the nation’s cultural relations with other societies. The Portuguese introduced potatoes, chilies and breadfruit (a prickly football-size pod which is full of nutrients and energy)
There are almost too many choices to pick between all the Indian dishes that there are in the world. But, here are our top 4:
1) Kuzhakkattai (dumplings) – a popular Indian sweet dumpling made from rice, flour and grated coconut
2) Chicken 65 – deep fried chicken with onion and ginger.
3) Pork Vindaoloo - Pork, goan red chili paste.
4) Doodhpak – A milk-based sweet dessert with nuts.
So, has this whetted your appetite to TEFL all over the world and taste so many new flavours? Then foodie TEFLer, what are you waiting for??