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13 09, 2017

West Asian food – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2019-09-05T05:41:27-07:00September 13th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Sumerians sipping beer through straws (ca. 2500 BC) The people of West Asia traditionally divided themselves into two groups who had very different eating and drinking habits. These two groups thought of themselves as enemies, even though they also traded with each other and married each other all the time. One group lived in [...]

1 09, 2017

Mediterranean Food in the Roman Empire

By |2018-04-19T22:46:14-07:00September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|0 Comments

Woman baking bread Poor people who lived near the Mediterranean Sea had to eat food that would grow in very dry areas, with light and not very fertile soil. Mostly they ate what archaeologists call the "Mediterranean triad" or three things: wheat and barley (made into beer or porridge or flatbread or soup), olive oil (soaked into the bread, or on vegetables), [...]

24 08, 2017

Where did Passover come from? Jewish holidays

By |2019-04-05T06:56:58-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Handmade Matzoh The beginnings of Passover In its earliest beginnings, which could go back to the Stone Age, Passover was a Jewish spring festival. Like other spring festivals, it celebrated the first barley harvest after the winter. History of barley West Asian religion All our West Asia articles Why did people eat matzoh? All winter [...]

4 08, 2017

European food history – Renaissance to today

By |2019-06-11T11:13:06-07:00August 4th, 2017|Food, Modern Europe|0 Comments

European food history: An early chocolate house Trade brings new foods During the 1500s and 1600s AD, European traders brought back all kinds of new foods from places they sailed to around the world. Rich people began to eat sugar and ginger from India. (Combining these two new foods together gave us the gingerbread man). History of sugar Renaissance economy [...]

1 08, 2017

Medieval food with recipes – European food in the Middle Ages

By |2019-09-13T06:48:25-07:00August 1st, 2017|Medieval|14 Comments

Medieval food: A man ladles porridge from a large pot over a fire Poor people's food was boring! In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were. Poor people (which was almost everybody) ate mainly barley, or in some places oats. What's barley like? All about the history of [...]

20 07, 2017

Mehrgahr – Stone Age India

By |2019-09-17T11:00:35-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr First people in India The first people reached India from Africa around 40,000 BC. There were probably still Neanderthals and Denisovans further north, but not in India. At first Indian people probably got most of their food from fishing and gathering shellfish, like other people around the world at this time. People leave Africa Early [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Demeter? Greek goddess Demeter

By |2019-05-04T07:13:55-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Greek goddess Demeter: A field of wheat growing What does "Demeter" mean? The Greek goddess Demeter is an earth goddess; her name is De, which means earth (the same word as Gaia) and meter, which means mother. Demeter is the goddess of growing things, especially of grains like wheat and barley and millet. History of [...]

5 07, 2017

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

27 06, 2017

Northern European food history

By |2018-04-21T13:19:15-07:00June 27th, 2017|Food, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Northern Europeans ate a lot of ham Food is one of the most important ways that people can show what group they belong to: we eat this kind of food, and our enemies, those people over there, they eat some other weird kind of food that we wouldn't touch with a ten foot [...]

21 06, 2017

Barley soup or barley pudding – Food project

By |2019-02-10T13:02:21-07:00June 21st, 2017|Food, West Asia|0 Comments

Barley soup (thanks to Wikipedia) How to make barley soup You can eat like a medieval peasant by making your own barley soup at home. Start by peeling a carrot, a turnip, a parsnip, and an onion. Chop them up into bite-size pieces. Also chop one stalk of celery and two cloves of [...]