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Married women in West Asia

By | 2017-09-15T16:26:06+00:00 September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

West Asian food – Mesopotamia and Iran

By | 2017-09-13T17:12:18+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Food, West Asia|

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 [...]

Roman food – rich and poor

By | 2017-10-13T15:30:35+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Food, Romans|

Roti bread made with millet Although the first people who came to the Mediterranean were probably following along the coast, and ate mainly fish, shellfish, seaweed, and wild figs, by the time the Roman Republic got started, there were far too many people in the Mediterranean to be able to live entirely from the ocean, and although people kept [...]

Indian food history – ancient India

By | 2017-07-20T09:37:37+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Food, India|

Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils 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. Rice and chicken and citron fruit seem to have come from Thailand. Wheat and chickpeas, lentils and lamb came from West Asia. Indian cooks [...]

Plants in India – What grew there?

By | 2017-07-20T07:23:08+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Environment, India|

An Indian man selling mangoes When people first came to India, about 60,000 BC, they found some plants that they already knew about, like figs and onions. There were also a lot of new plants, and people soon began to experiment with these new foods. One new food was sugar cane, which you chewed to get the soft [...]

History of Lentils – West Asian Food

By | 2017-06-22T13:32:26+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Brown lentils Lentils are a type of bean, native to West Asia. They grow on low bushes, and can do well with very little water. The lentils themselves are the seeds of the plant. People have surely been gathering and eating lentils since they first came to West Asia, about 60,000 years ago. [...]

Easy lentil soup recipe – Cooking up History

By | 2017-06-22T01:46:02+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Food, West Asia|

Ethiopian food Three suggestions for projects with lentils: 1) Go to an Indian or Ethiopian restaurant and try something with lentils in it. 2) Make lentil soup at home. Here's a recipe: In a large saucepan, put a few spoonsful of olive oil. Chop an onion and two stalks of celery and two [...]