Does chorizo belong in a paella?
This week Jamie Oliver has come under fire for his version of a Spanish paella which includes chorizo. Twitter users quickly expressed their unhappiness about Jamie making changes to the classic dish. Many purists believe that adding chorizo shows Jamie Oliver’s ignorance about traditional Spanish food and have expressed this with torrents of tweets . Many have pointed out that everyone’s mutual dislike of Jamie’s recipe has brought the Spanish people together.
Here are some thoughts to consider;
First of all, Traditions vary not just from region to region but also from household to household, so what makes something traditional? Is it to do with the written history or the personal aspect of sharing something with loved ones?
Can there only be one version of a tradition? If anything is changed, is that thing no longer traditional? We’re sure that anyone who cooks adds their own special touches to each dish.
Is it wrong to adapt traditional things? What if it’s something which isn’t yours to adapt? In this situation, would it have been okay for a Spanish chef to adapt the paella recipe?
Finally, what does it mean to adapt? Is change in this situation bad or simply a natural development of a global society? Given that we live in an all connected world, shouldn’t we expect for people to find and adopt traditions and traditional things from all parts of the world?
We’re always interested in hearing your points of view and this week especially, we’d love to hear what you put in your paella! Comment, share and join the conversation with Harper Morgan English!
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