Category Archives: Food

Provisioning Rome with Grain – And the Workers must eat, Too!

Rachel Laudan has put up a most interesting blog on food production and distribution in ancient times, focusing on the problems of provisioning Rome; she says > Provisioning Rome, one of the world’s largest cities, if not the largest with … Continue reading

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The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! II of III (Rural Notables – An Engagement, Pt.ii)

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
Revised 12 July 2014 After all of the food had been prepared and the entertainment arranged for  Yvonne’s engagement party, it was time for the guests…

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The Dry Season in Burundi – Time to Celebrate! I of III (The Poor)

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
Image via Wikipedia Recipe at the end of this blot > sautéed Ndagala (whitebait) in tomato sauce. July and August are the months of engagements and…

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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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