Food is an important part of the culture.

Food in many ways helps define us. Every country has its traditions that relate to the food.

It is important to know your Au Pair food culture and rituals. If you have an Au Pair from Europe you should know “bread and salt “tradition.

“Bread and salt is a welcome greeting ceremony in many European cultures” according to Wikipedia. When important, respected, or admired guests arrive, they are presented with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). Russian_bread_and_salt

In some culture, eating bread and salt together express the union and symbolize the agreement between two persons. Eating bread and salt with a friend is considered to create a moral obligation which requires gratitude.

Guests in a Serbian home are greeted with a spoonful of “slatko “and a cup of water as soon as seated. Particularly honoured guests are offered twice, although any guest can ask for another taste, to honour the housekeeper.


Cooking and sharing  a meal together with your Au Pair is a good and fun way to become more familiar with your au pair’s culture.


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