Category Archives: Cuisine

Coffee Customs in Eastern Sudan and Egypt: The Beja Tribes and a Recipe

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
Revised 14 May 2014 Beja merchants at the Red Sea market town of Shalaeen. The Red Sea Hills can be seen in the background.  Source –…

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Traditional Musical Instruments and Ankole Cattle in Burundi

Traditional musical instruments, aside from the drum, are difficult to come by and so I was quite pleased when I was recently given an nzamba, which is a flute made of the horn of an Ankole cow – The horn-flute was … Continue reading

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Coptic Easter and A Feast in Rural Egypt – Recipes Included

During the years that I spent a good deal of my time working and living in Upper [southern] Egypt while conducting  doctoral research, I was invited by friends in a nearby izba [small, extended family-based village, or hamlet] to join … Continue reading

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Easter Season in Egypt, 1834: ‘Smelling the Breeze’, Making Kishk, Eating Colored Eggs & Salted Fish

Manners and Customs of The Modern Egyptians, by E. Lane, is a two-volume set filled with lore about Egypt during the author’s time (1834). And although it makes for fascinating reading, the book is now largely ‘put down’ by post-colonial theorists … Continue reading

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Structurally Reinforced Meatloaf and WMD Spaghetti, from Simon Bao

Last night I was thinking about my old e.friend Simon Bao and his hilarious posts celebrating Vietnamese/American cuisine mixups. While I have lost the original tale, this morning I did find a reposting of one of Simon/s tales! Although this … Continue reading

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The English cream tea: a question of preservation | A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe

The origins of foods and processing techniques can be shabbily done – as explained in this blog on the origins of clotted cream tea and strawberry preserves. Following a brief criticism of Wikipedia and BBC articles on the topic of both … Continue reading

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Christmas Celebrations at the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika

A litle over a week ago I put up a blog on Christmas celebrations, village style: Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the Nearby Village of Kajaga-Kinyinya Now, here is how the ‘better off’ celebrate Christmas cuisine: Reposted 27 Dec. 2013> Chef Richard … Continue reading

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