2011年12月31日土曜日

representing ALL her heritage

I'm half Canadian/ half Australian but grew up culturally 99.9% Australian. No Thanksgiving, no Halloween, no perogies or poutine (thankfully!) It never felt like we were missing out on anything though as we have a big Aussie family and lots of celebrations of our own.

K grew up celebrating all the Japanese events the full-on traditional way and is very committed to having the girls knowing about and being proud of all their heritage. We do Japanese festivals and Australian foods and customs and the girls heads are just a whirling with it all. Especially at this time of the year when we get the incredible double whammy of a big full on Christmas followed a week later by the equal excesses of Japanese New Year. We almost need to adopt a culture that fasts for the week after that!

It can all get a bit jumbled up in the mix sometimes. The girls have come to their own understanding of why Santa comes to our house and not some of their friends. Or why we have birthday parties and their friends don't. K and I are both really careful to be respectful of both cultures when explaining why I do some things that he doesn't (eat polenta or raw mushrooms, walk around barefoot) or vice versa (eat squid guts and fish heads, say itadakimasu even when eating alone) and pretty much let the girls pick and choose.

Sometimes they go Japanese style, sometimes Aussie, and sometimes they forge their own path down a route neither of us are prepared to brave.

And that's what Meg did here:


That's a big thumbs up to a waffle with banana,
kiwi,
sweet red bean,
maple syrup and...

wait for it......

Vegemite!!

Seriously.

And she said it was fabulous.

10 points for a truly Canadian/Australian/Japanese combo but I'll take your word for it on the taste!


5 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

LOL, Meg certainly did represent didn't she! : )

Little Matt さんのコメント...

Yikes. That's quite an original mouthful.
But Heather, you eat natto. Surely it's not as bad as that.

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

Oh my god, that sounds like absolutely disgusting. I Love vegemite but that is horrific. I'm very impressed with her for even coming up with such a combination? I agree with Matt, while it sounds disgusting I'd eat it over natto any day.

thefukases さんのコメント...

GW and Matt- seriously? You would eat anko-maple-Vegemite over natto??? Wow. Super cold natto, with sauce, no rice, is my first choice for snack on the run. Just don't go playing with it with raw eggs and mayo and the like, alright?

achan さんのコメント...

She doesn't favour one culture over the others does she!!