Note: My point here, and elsewhere, on my blog and in my work, is to present information in as truthful a manner as I can, in order to raise questions and, hence, awareness. The truth is that there are more than ways than one to look at issues. Blindly accepting points of view only serves […]Read more "Thinking About Rice in America: The Black Rice Theory – Mysteries, Myths, and Misconceptions"
(Due to a foul up with WordPress and dates, this post appeared on December 30. I was not finished with it yet! But now I am!) Black-eyed peas, a gift to the New World from Africa. These beans were there as early as 1659 at St. Louis, now present-day Senegal, but they actually originated in North Africa, in […]Read more "Hoppin’ John, or Dashing Myths Galore"
Like most of you (I hope), I have been cooking from Julie Sahni’s cookbooks for years. I learned to feel utterly confident that Ms. Sahni’s recipes really work and come close to what people from India know about good food. One weekend my husband’s office held a pot-luck at a colleague’s house. Feeling assured that […]Read more "Julie Sahni -Talk About Great Indian Food!"
[A photograph, and nothing more, for silent contemplation. See also “India Asks, Should Food be a Right for the Poor?”]Read more "Idylls of Cuisine, #74"
Once used as money instead of gold in Don Quixote’s Spain, saffron costs upwards of $1000 US per pound. Indeed, the world’s costliest spice. Most likely you will not have ever seen saffron for sale in your local grocery’s spice department. Knowledgeable customers ask the store managers for it; they keep it behind the counter, […]Read more "Saffron: The Gold We Eat"