Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which we also know as Columbus Day, is coming to remind us about two meaningful things. Firstly, it is our celebration of the priceless social and cultural diversity of our country. Secondly, it is our good chance to throw a big homey cookout for family and friends in the golden rays of the October sun.
Let’s see what we are going to toast on October 14, and plan a hearty barbeque menu for the holiday.
The National Meaning of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The existence of the land, where we are going to grill meats and veggies on October 14, was reported to Europeans by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
No, the adventurous Italian wasn’t the first to discover the New World on the way from Western Europe to India. Neither was he meticulous enough to delve into and describe the nature and people he came across on the other coast of the Atlantic. History rumors that Columbus was rather a cruel colonizer than a peaceful explorer.
Still, what happened in the end of the 15th century stayed in the end of the 15th century.
Columbus’ expeditions sparked the interest of the Old World’s inhabitants in the new lands and the mysteries they had been concealing for hundreds of years. Until today, this interest hasn’t waned.
Today, when we have a five-century experience to look back and assess Columbus and his crew’s deeds, we can clearly recognize what we are celebrating on Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. (The latter name of the holiday is getting more and more popular.)
So, let’s toast the diversity and peace in our communities, our country, and our world.
Grab yourself some wine, beer, lemonade, or ice tea, and pair your beverage with scrumptious barbeque.
Barbeque – The Holiday Specialty and Activity
It is a perfect idea for celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The festive BBQ has already become an integral culinary tradition in our families. But interestingly, this tradition takes its roots in ancient Native American and African cuisines.
Original barbeque is a method for roasting meat, poultry, or fish on a wooden framework, resting on wooden sticks, over an indirect flame. Modern metal grills operate basing on this simple technique.
The spread of the barbeque cooking technique across North America is attributed to Columbus’ Spanish followers who were moving to the north of the continent during their expeditions in the 16th century. Gradually, the BBQ has turned into the one of our all-time favorite meals. And traditional American cuisine can hardly be imagined without it.
Barbequing in a modern American manner includes grilling, roasting, smoking, and braising meats, mushrooms, vegetables, and even fruit. Choose the method you like and check the delicious holiday recipes below.
Hint: If you have your own secret ingredient or special cooking tip passed from generation to generation in your family, don’t hesitate to use them while concocting the festive dinner.