The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are in full swing and people all over the world like me are glued to our television set watching the festivities. There are 88 nations represented with 2,800 participants to compete in 98 events. People everywhere are eagerly watching the competitions and enjoying the festivities. Me too, one eye on the incredible athletes and the other on the food!
In the past, I had the privilege of doing graphic work for three different Olympics (France, Norway & Spain). The work was interesting and fun, but what I really enjoyed was the food. Imagine, food served to accommodate and appeal to every culinary taste! For instance… I could have eaten sushi for breakfast, green curry for lunch, followed by meat and cabbage pie for dinner. And then there was the pig snout salad that we were served in France that was suspiciously too pink. Normally I live for eating strange things but that morning I had to pass, which was probably my loss.
It’d be an understatement to say that my Olympic experiences sparked an interest in international food and broadened my appeal for the many exotic flavors of the world.
Here are a few recipes which represent some of the countries that are participating in this years’ games. Enjoy these, and a few fun Olympic facts from around the world.
The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
In the 2008 Olympics, India won its first ever individual gold medal when
Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle event.
The first Olympics covered by U.S. television was the
1960 Summer Games in Rome by CBS.
Japan hosted the Games in 1962, 1972 & 1978
with a fourth Olympics planned in Tokyo for 2020.
Mexico is one of 18 countries that has only one athlete representing them in Sochi.
Morocco has also participated in the Winter Olympic Games
on six occasions since 1968.
Spanish athletes have won a total of 133 medals,
with sailing as the top medal-producing sport.
Two of those medals were won at the Winter Games.
South America, along with Africa and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics.
Peru’s first participation in the Winter Olympic Games
occurred during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Stockholm 1912 saw the last gold medals made entirely from gold.
Current medals are gold-plated.
Vanessa-Mae will ski in the 2014 Olympics for Thailand, she’s also a violinist.
James B. Connolly (U. S.), winner of the hop, step, and jump
(the first final event in the 1896 Olympics),
was the first Olympic champion of the modern Olympic Games.
More Fun Facts about the Olympics:
- The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos” meaning nude; the literal meaning of “gymnasium” is “school for naked exercise.” Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.
- Motor boating was an official sport at the 1908 Olympics.
- First place winners in the 1900 Paris Olympics received paintings instead of gold medals because they were considered to be more valuable.
- The official slogan for the Sochi Games is “Hot. Cool. Yours.”
I hope you find these “hot” international recipes “cool” enough to be made by you and “yours”.
…and then, she paused for thought.