Informal Letter: Different Cuisines By Javeria Husain


                                              E-11/2, street 62,

House 11/B.

                                                                                                    11th Feb.  2019
Dear Minahil,
Hey! I hope you’re doing well? Recently, I’ve been missing my now long distance best friend; I miss Pakistan. Australia just isn’t the same, I’m missing your presence a lot, so I thought I’d write to you. Time differences make it even harder to text, so letters will do.
We missed our weekend – weekly call on Sunday, so I’ll write about my week in school. It’s actually interesting! (trust me).
The school here is weird. Not entirely weird, but lately we’ve been studying weird and unusual things. For instance, during PSHE, we learnt the importance of different cultures, their preferences, eating habits. It was appealing, but odd, too. The two cultures are polar opposites!
Did you know that the people of Ecuador prefer to eat dull food, consisting of humitas- I know you’d be laughing reading that- but they’re steamed fresh corn cake, which is a really traditional food item there (corn cake! I know you hate corn!) Haha!
The little street shops in little Ecuadorian towns usually serve that with hotdog sausages, and sweet tamale. Odd food combo, right?
On the other hand, the brighter side of Ecuador tends to eat rather yummy food, and get this- my mouth watered in class just reading about it! We have to visit Ecuador, soon, Mina!
Anyways, they feast on grilled chicken gizzards (gizzards are stomach parts, by the way) served with a heap of sweet corn (it looked good, okay!) and finally friend kennels of salted maize. I need to get ahold of a recipe for that delicious meal, right?
However, Indian rabbits are a big hit in Ecuador. They’re considered an important food source in Peru.
I don’t mean to write a whole essay of uninteresting things and descriptions of food when all you have are samosas to dip in ketchup (Haha), and I know you rather I write about some Australian boys that go here, but ‘food over boys’, okay! So let me continue.
(i’ll write something more interesting for you next week).
Besides Indian rabbits,
It also came to my knowledge that people that live in the Arctic (Thule, to be exact), feast on whales? Ummm… What?
Okay so, hunters that survive in the Arctic have a limited resource of vitamin C, which is derived from either fruit, or vegetables, which are also limited.
In whales, their dark, rich meat acts as a vital role in their diet. Did you know that humans and dogs literally eat the same thing? Unbelievable!
(One whale can feed a team of dogs for an entire month!)
Haha, imagine feasting on a bar of chocolate for an entire month, that’s hard, man.
Brace yourself for my next paragraph because I’ll tell you how these people prepare their meals. Yeah, you read that right. It’s not as easy as frying something in an airfryer. Instead, in Ecuador, elderly women like to grill manually on little shops they own, selling to passerby’s , they like to grill chicken, served with a variety of corn, steamed, or fried. Delicious!
But, in Thule, the job’s much harder than you think.
Men living in those conditions in the Arctic like to hunt, which is also a ‘sport’ there. The hard work and exertion put into fetching their meals shows off their athletic capability and strength in the availability to play sports.
Trust me, I was bored too, class seemed like an absolute burden, but the thought of sports reminded me of us. Volleyball, always!
We play volleyball, but they hunt. Change is good. How we admire our sport is how they admire theirs. We should try hunting together when we next meet!
Lastly, my last piece of information for you is the last part of the lesson of what I learnt. I know this letter was more of a history lesson, but a change from gossip is good. okay!
Anyways, I was extremely keen to learn about the different activities of sports since it… just…. attached some memories of us.
The people there in Thule prefer to eat what the hunt,and hunting is also considered less of a sport, but a passion, which I admire, we share the same passion in any of our games. I’m always remembering you here and there, see!
Anyway, my hand is fatigued. Write to you next weekend. Love you. I can’t wait to hear from you next, take care.
Lots of Love,

About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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