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West Asian food – Mesopotamia and Iran

By |2018-04-25T23:40:08-07:00September 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 [...]

Indian food history – spices and sugar in ancient India

By |2019-04-03T20:07:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|Food, India|

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 [...]

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T18:46:32-07:00July 6th, 2017|Food, Greeks|

Ancient Greek food - Platter with fish (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Sacrifice and Greek food Food, for people in Ancient Greece, was what separated people from animals, and from the gods. Gods didn't need to eat, and people did. Animals ate their food raw, but people cooked their food and were civilized. Civilized [...]

History of Cheese – Central Asia

By |2019-03-21T05:55:42-07:00June 12th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

History of cheese: There are lots of different kinds of cheese. How to preserve milk? If you don't have a refrigerator, there's no way to keep milk from going bad within a few hours. Even WITH a refrigerator milk goes bad in about a week. But ancient cows and sheep and goats only [...]

History of Tofu in China – Medieval China

By |2019-03-28T05:00:21-07:00June 6th, 2017|China|

History of tofu: here is some cooked tofu looking super yummy! Who invented tofu? The first people to write about tofu were writers from the Song Dynasty in China, about 900 AD. Those Song Dynasty writers thought tofu had been invented by a Taoist prince of the Han Dynasty, Liu An, about 100 [...]

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2019-03-09T07:36:09-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) Central Asian meat and dairy The nomads who lived in Central Asia, like the Scythians, the Mongols and the Turks, mostly lived on the meat and milk from their big herds of cattle. They ate a lot of yogurt and cheese [...]

Later Central Asian Food – History of Food

By |2019-03-10T07:00:08-07:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Russian rye bread Beef and yogurt In 1500 AD, most people in Central Asia were still cattle herders, and they ate beef, yogurt, and milk from their cows just they way they had in the Middle Ages, under the Mongol Empire. History of cattle How do you make yogurt? Early Central Asian food [...]

How to make yogurt – Prokaryote project – Biology

By |2018-04-16T10:27:53-07:00May 28th, 2017|Biology|

A girl making yogurt in Mongolia: how to make yogurt! Yogurt and bacteria To see some prokaryotes in action, you can make your own yogurt. Yogurt is what happens to milk when bacteria get into it and reproduce. The bacteria eat the sugar(lactose) in the milk for energy to live and reproduce themselves. [...]