Anonymous Interviews: CULINARY HERITAGE – 1.2

1.2 Is it you who usually prepares the Slovenian food or does someone else prepare it for you?

Participant: At the moment it’s just me who is preparing Slovenian food.

Participant: It’s my mum. She knows how to make it. I don’t know how to make it yet. But I help.

Participant: My daughter helps me as well, and my husband. Particularly when there are dishes including meat, my husband is involved as well.

Participant: Not so much these days myself, because I don’t have the time, but mum and dad definitely yes.

Participant: It’s mainly me. And I discussed, “What do you want? Do you feel like this?” [Husband: I would help with cooking sometimes.] You do your chop things up and stuff like that, but as for cooking, it’s me.

Participant: It would be me because my partner doesn’t cook.

Participant: I prepare it for myself and also for my girlfriend’s father and my girlfriend.

Participant: It’s just me, or when my mum comes to visit. No, usually I do my own cooking.

Participant: It would be my husband actually. He’s a better cook.

Participant: Myself. I cook everything myself so far. I hope that I will continue and, it is all the “domače stvari” [home-made things], home cooked.

Participant: In our house it would be me. My daughter started cooking, our son would do too, husband on rare occasions. Also my mum on rare occasions help me out.

Participant: Someone else would definitely prepare it. I don’t, I do cook but I haven’t learnt a lot about that stuff.

Participant: Slovenian food, I watch how it’s made and sometimes I try to attempt it by myself, which doesn’t really go great most of the time. It’s usually mum and my grandma and it’s nice to learn from them.

Participant: No, mainly [my wife] does the cooking. [Wife: Mind you, he does the “solata” [salat]. That’s your department.]

Participant [Australian]: I’ve seen [my wife] prepare Slovenian food before. I do cook “klobasa” [sausage], which is pretty easy, but I do it oven style instead of boiling it. [Wife: And the “kranjska klobasa”.] Which is a kransky, correct. I’ve tried different ways.

Participant: No, we work as a team. Children help, my daughter is very handy in the kitchen, she enjoys cooking so does her husband [a name] and my son [a name]. He loves cooking, he’s much better cook than I am and we work as a team.

Participant: It would be me. I learnt from mum, or more so from dad.

Participant: In my house definitely. But you know and then the family eats together.

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1.3 If your non-Slovenian friend invites you to a barbecue or a dinner to bring your plate of food what do you usually bring? Which of the foods you bring is a part of Slovenian tradition (ingredients, a way you prepare or serve it)? Answers.

Other questions:
1.4 Do you bring different food if you are invited to a barbecue or a dinner where there are only Slovenians? Answers.
1.5 Do you feel a need to show your ethnic identity through food? Do you feel more Slovenian if you prepare or eat Slovenian food? Answers.
1.6 If you imagine a virtual or a physical museum exhibition presenting iconic Slovenian food what would be shown? Answers.
1.7 Which are the most iconic Slovenian food/drink brands? Answers.
1.8 For the 1st generation: Which food/drink or ingredients that you usually consumed or used in Slovenia, do you miss in Australia? It can be also a commercial brand. For other generations: If you go to Slovenia is there some kind of food you like and that you cannot have it here? Answers.

See also:
1 Culinary heritage (see Questions and Answers)
2 Growing and sourcing food (see Questions and Answers)
3 Digital technologies for communicating culinary heritage (see Questions and Answers)
4 Connecting with other Slovenian Australians (see Questions and Answers)
5 Identity (see Questions and Answers)
6 Conclusion (participants’ ideas) (see Questions and Answers)

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This is a website of a research project exploring digital technologies for communicating the culinary heritage of Slovenian Australians in collaboration with the University of Canberra under the 2015 Endeavour Fellowship Programme (PDR).