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23 08, 2017

Hanukkah projects – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:29-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Potato latkes cooked in oil are a traditional Hanukkah food Hanukkah is first and foremost a holiday about olive oil, so a good way to get to know Hanukkah better is to fry some kind of food in olive oil. Usually people make latkes, or grated vegetable pancakes. Here's a super-healthy recipe for latkes that [...]

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 [...]

27 07, 2017

The Yamnaya and the Indo-European language family

By |2018-04-21T13:20:00-07:00July 27th, 2017|Central Asia, History|3 Comments

Yamnaya get around: Map of the spread of Indo-European languages Who were the Yamnaya? People we call the Yamnaya (Ukrainian for "People who lived in pits") seem to have been speaking an early version of the Indo-European language at least as early as 5000 BC in the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian [...]

27 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic science

By |2019-10-07T07:26:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|Islam|0 Comments

Medieval Islamic science: Al Tusi's diagram of linear motion from circular motion Indian and African science In the Early Middle Ages, before the formation of the Islamic Empire, Buddhists ran the world's biggest universities. One was in India, at Nalanda. Another was in what is now Pakistan, at Taxila. Medieval Islamic science built on this Indian scientific tradition. [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic food – Oranges and sugar

By |2019-10-02T05:35:29-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Food, Islam|1 Comment

Orange tree: medieval Islamic food included new sweet oranges What did medieval people eat? Around the Mediterranean, people continued in the Islamic period to rely on the three main foods from antiquity. Those were wheat (mostly bread), olive oil, and wine. Where does wheat come from? Wine and wine-making History of tea World history of food All our [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic economy – The Silk Road

By |2017-07-23T16:24:26-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Economy, Islam|0 Comments

Turkomen on the Silk Road with camels Just like under Persian or Sassanian rule, the economy of West Asia during the Islamic period depended very heavily on trade. The Silk Road ran right across the Islamic Empire. It reached east from China, to Tajikistan, to Uzbekistan, to Iran, to Iraq and Syria. Then it ran west to Lebanon, to the Byzantine Empire, and across the Mediterranean to Italy. Arab [...]

20 07, 2017

Indian food history – Early India

By |2019-09-13T05:27:27-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|30 Comments

Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils What did people eat in ancient India? The earliest Indians, the Harappans, probably ate mainly wheat and rice, millet and sorghum, chickpeas and lentils. Often they ate fish, if they lived near the coast or a river. Sometimes they ate beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, and chicken. Why chickpeas get ripe in the summer Where does chicken come from? Lots more [...]

20 06, 2017

Where do carrots come from? Central Asian food

By |2019-03-01T05:45:24-07:00June 20th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|0 Comments

History of carrots: Wild carrots (Queen Anne's Lace) Carrots are from Central Asia Wild carrots probably evolved with the other flowering plants, about 360 million years ago in the Cretaceous period. Like apples, carrots are native to Central Asia, where there are many kinds of wild carrot. That's why horses, which come from [...]

6 06, 2017

Food in ancient China – rice and tea

By |2019-09-10T06:44:05-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|26 Comments

Chinese food Chinese food: rice Rice was the first grain that people farmed in China, and rice is such a basic food in China that the Chinese words for "cook" and "eat" both include the word for "rice". At first people picked wild rice. But people were farming rice along the Yang-tse River [...]