A field salad of nuts, ham chunks, and pie crusts.|
- ⅕ parts foraged tree nuts
- ⅖ parts fresh or salted ham
- ⅖ parts broken pie crusts or dried, cubed bread
- Optionally, tossed in olive oil
Falitos is a simple but well-designed celebration of the purest elements of Girobaldan produce. This field salad integrates components of agriculture and forage to generate a combination of textures and flavors that embody the often simple-but-fulfilling nature of Daendroque food culture. As the simplest form of Girobalda’s regional cuisine, Falitos puts on no airs as a meal of high class or prestige. It thus holds a special place in the culinary tastes of simple Daendroque folk, whose lack of means limit access to high-quality ingredients. No Girobaldan feast table will ever lack representation of the Falitos field salad, and as a result, many chefs honor Falitos as a representation of traditional Daendroque lower class cuisine.
The origin of Falitos is highly organic and a result of the low means of Daendroque growers and farmhands. Falitos’ home region of Girobalda, a hub of commerce and shipping, allowed access to a corresponding variety of ingredients from across the Archipelago and the Empire. While details are unclear as to when, it seems that the dish emerged among the servants of the local nobility, who used the leftovers of their masters or food deemed too imperfect to make their own food. By 200 AC, it was common across the lower class. Today, because most cultures of the world have some version of a traditional field salad, Falitos has gained little traction outside the borders of Girobalda. However, it is a common sight to see an iteration of Falitos on the menus of restaurants in Daendroque-majority areas of the Regalian Empire. While several famous Girobaldan chefs have partially elevated Falitos as an exemplar of regional cuisine, it remains a staple dish of the lower classes.
Falitos is a dish purpose-built for ease of preparation. In its most basic form, Falitos entails combining pie crusts or stale bread, a variety of tree nuts, and spare cuts of ham into a basic meal. However, as a highly simple dish, Falitos also presents ample opportunity for improvisation by taste. It is usual for commoner families of greater means to thoroughly toss a Falitos salad in freshly-pressed oil of olives, imparting flavors that are fruity, pungent, and slightly bitter. In Girobaldan festival season the dish commonly features ground Dragonflower, a principal seasoning of traditional Daendroque cuisine, to add notes of spice and heat.
- Falitos is a colorful salad featuring an autumn palette: an amalgamation of pale golden baked goods, deep brown nuts, and rose-pink chunks of ham.
- It presents a muted dry-forest scent of sweetmeats and old wood. When tossed in seasoning, the salad’s smell is fringed by the tingling characteristics of spice.
- Falitos’ ingredients each provide their own qualities to the dish’s profile - the salad, in traditional form, is moist and smoky with light sweet notes imparted by the cuts of ham.
- While many cultures have a twist on this simple Falitos “field salad,” the most famous is an Anglian iteration tossed with foraged berries and a simple Joonferbeer reduction.
- For the poorest of Girobaldan plantation workers, Falitos is a “filler meal” - an amalgamation of old bread, common forest nuts, and cheap cuts of meat combined to stave off pangs of hunger.
- Falitos is considered a staple Girobaldan festival food and has a presence at the majority of feast tables during Girobalda’s famous multi-day fiestas.
HydraLana on 09/22/2018.|
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