Category Archives: Beer

Botanical – Brews

An interesting blog on botanical brews from Diane O’Donovan and her excellent writeups on the Voynich manuscript. I’d completely forgotten the exchange that we had on botanical brews – as discussed by me here – https://dianabuja.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/banana-beer-and-other-fermented-drinks-in-africa/. Diane carries out the … Continue reading

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

Recipe at the end of this blot > sautéed Ndagala (whitebait) in tomato sauce. July and August are the months of engagements and marriages in Burundi and these are almost always accompanied by feasts that are as lavish as the … Continue reading

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Sorghum Beer in Colonial Burundi and Now

Continuing past blogs on the production of local beverages that are fermented, let’s move on to sorghum beer – which until recent times was the most important local brew in Burundi.  It’s production is described by Hans Meyer, in Les … Continue reading

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Banana Beer and other Fermented Foods in Africa

Blog updated 19 May 2014 Bananas from the Burundi highlands being brought down to Bujumbura and surrounding areas along Lake Tanganyika. The supply chain for banana beer and other small and microenterprises  incorporate a variety of smallholders and workers, such as … Continue reading

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Ancient Egyptian Magical Spells Appropriate for Banquets

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Ancient Egyptians were fond of magical spells that could assist both in daily life as well as during emergencies.  Here is a collection of spells that are related primarily to eating and cuisine: Grace before a Meal…(excerpts) The dining table … Continue reading

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Sorghum Beer Merchants in Mecca, in 1822 and in 1852

[First posted May. 2009,  Revised 17 November 2011] There are several documents that have recently been put on the internet, claiming that Sir Richard Burton did not recognize the earlier trip of John Lewis Burckhardt to Mecca, some 30 years … Continue reading

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