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Category Archives: Recipes
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
Robert Nassau, as David Livingstone before him, was a missionary, explorer, and recorder of people, geography and customs in the areas through which he traveled and lived. Also, as Livingstone, he was a product of the colonial era of the … Continue reading
The Magicality of Cuisine 4: Feeding the Soil a Stew of Leaves and Bark to Guarantee Successful Gardening, 19th Century Gabon, West Africa
Just as people and spirits must be fed, so, too, is the case with the soils that are to be cultivated. Hence, magically based recipes that are specially destined to nourish the soils and/or spirits associated with a woman’s garden … Continue reading
The Magicality of Cuisine 3: A Dish of Fish and Plantains to Guarantee Successful Fishing, 19th Century Gabon, West Africa
While early travellers and explorers in Africa tended to ‘extract’ cuisine from its social and cultural context, thus walling off dishes as specific and secularized recipes, missionaries often did not. Perhaps due both to their lengthy stays in one region … Continue reading
Continuing our survey of pre-modern dishes with examples from the Gabon area of West Africa, I want to give a recipe for a love filtre for men as detailed by Dr. Robert Nassau, who served as missionary, doctor and ethnologist throughout … Continue reading
The Magicality of Cuisine 1: Meat Cooked in Plantain Leaves as a Love Philtre, 19th Century Gabon, West Africa
Pre-modern cuisine in many parts of the world can be more fully understood not simply as a technical ‘recipe’ to be constructed – but also in relation to the context in which it is situated. Hence, there may be social, sexual, political, religious … Continue reading
Halloween Special – African Beef Stew with sweet potatoes and mangoes, cooked and served in a Pumpkin
Halloween is tomorrow, and so here is a special recipe I learned in Kenya that Chef Richard, of the Hotel club du Lac Tanganyika, prepared. It is tasty and provides a great presentation in a buffet – especially at Halloween time. A group … Continue reading