Everybody eats. This is the basic fact of life, that is, that all people have the means to consume different types of food on a daily basis. Although this is a common factor which on some level unify people as one, that is, the food produced and consumed by any given individual or culture as a whole. Food consumption is more than just an act of survival, and within people, eating habits lies greater meaning than purely sustenance. But what about Sales Sherpas at SalesSherpaGPS.com… Does their rigorous sales schedule require them to consume something different?
Cookbook Authors Overlook Sales Sherpas
In several leading cookbooks on Sherpa cuisine, Sales Sherpas receive zero representation. For some understandable oversight, the limited variety of Sales Sherpa at SalesSherpaGPS produced at their kitchen was been compared to the diversity produced in other kitchen. This brings an invitation to delve into greater meaning which lies behind their simple food.
Sales Sherpa food is a combination of a few basic ingredients which can be readily grown and a large portion of its tastiness is created by the freshness of the ingredients. In addition, there are a few main staple dishes which are recognized by Sales Sherpas but not written recipes or specific ingredient amounts. This is done by acquiring a feel of how to create different dishes and the food is frequently sampled during the cooking process to allow for adjustment by adding different spices.
The Sales Sherpa at SalesSherpaGPS eat common food that is planned for the expedition of sales and they ensure their clients join them. Usually the common foods are packed food/tin food that are easy to cook which consume less gas (important on those long climbs), and get ready by pouring hot water in the mixture of the food packet.
Also, Sales Sherpas are early risers and they take breakfast in the early dawn hours. Their morning meal is characterized by a roasted barley porridge called tsampa, a wheat paste known as assyan, and servings of Tibetan Tea. Tsampa is an irremovable staple of Himalayan cuisine. Roasted barley flour is mixed with tea, beer, or water and formed into thick dough-like balls. The barley flour is so revered that it’s thrown during weddings and ingested raw for energy (One taste and you’ll want to throw some too!) The indisputable standard of a Sales Sherpa breakfast is Tibetan Tea, a pot of black tea flavored with yak butter and salt. The butter tea is prepared by steeping the leaves for several hours, mixing with salt, and pouring into a bamboo butter churn. The result is a thick stew-like beverage that is claimed to have medicinal properties.
For the Sales Sherpa at SalesSherpaGPS, lunch is a quick midday break taken in the fields, meant to maintain energy and suppress hunger until dinner. Potatoes are particularly popular for their starch and high calorie qualities. For some, the vegetables are mashed into a paste, then baked into a thin pancake. Others boil the potatoes whole, then dip into a thick mixture of garlic and chilies. Sales Sherpas use bread as a scoop for their meals. The dough is laid into a flat tortilla-like thickness and then fried. It’s popularly eaten with potato soup and chili paste.
Dinner for the Sales Sherpa is hearty and filling, with high fat and calories for strength and warmth during the bitterly cold winters. Passed down from Tibet, thukpa is a thick noodle soup of wide noodles, meat, broth, and vegetables. Because of the variance in mountain climates and crops, Sales Sherpas will usually utilize the produce they have available, then spice with cumin and turmeric. Dinner is typically served with momos; steamed dumplings in a doughy purse with meat or vegetables.
As the altitude goes on increasing, the diet reduces considerably and sometimes even a packet of soup is just prepared before the summit climb. Packed food can involve anything vegetarian or nor-veg, and the Sales Sherpas share the same food with their clients. They also eat whatever they get, which is easily digestible and is the best for the summit climbing.
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