Category Archives: Food

Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

By Maán Jalal

Food is more than just nourishment. Food is more than just about taste. Food is also culture. How you eat something is often, or not, connected to the culture you’re from or live in. People who eat with their hands are a world away from people who have a specific set of cutlery for each part of a meal, or people who eat in wooden utensils. Continue reading Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

It’s not boring to be a vegetarian in France

By Purva Grover

My French friends often apologise for not being very kind to vegetarians, “We’re kinder to dairy, bread, and meat lovers,” they joke as they sum up their cuisine. So, each time I head out for a meal in their land, I’m careful to skim through the menu before I walk in. Mostly, I end up having pea soup with a caramelised onion tart.

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I love borscht so much that I ate it for two weeks straight

By Keith Pereña

Can you take a photo of me holding a bowl of borscht at Jumeirah Beach while the sun sets?” My Ukrainian friend, Lina, laughs at the idea as I profess my love for borscht as we chat online. The photos will have to wait however as Lina recently left Dubai. But I haven’t exaggerated — I really love borscht. As I write this, I take a moment to breathe, and it’s as if I can smell the scent of beetroot and tomatoes. It has been a while since I first encountered Ukraine’s national dish but that meeting of food and senses was nothing short of serendipitous.

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How my experiments with cauliflower rice went down

By Sushmita Bose

A friend living in the US occasionally puts up a photo of her dinner platter, on Facebook, with the caption, “Home-cooked ____ and _____… so, what are YOU cooking tonight?” I try and look up her dinner posts whenever I can since they provide a fillip for home cooking, and help me remain motivated in the kitchen. A couple of weeks ago, she posted a picture that looked tempting enough: nicely browned chicken legs set in a bed of rice (or so I thought), along with (serious) leafy greens.

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How to wait in line in Paris and maybe get a bite to eat

By Purva Grover

It’s 13 degrees at 6:45 pm, quite cold for people from the Middle East. Six of us foodies are outside the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées to attend the first day of Taste of Paris — a gorgeous event that brings the French capital together over four days of culinary delicacies, cookery shows, selfies with chefs, and LONG queues. Of the latter, we’re not complaining. VIP access to the festival has ensured us fast track entry to the grand venue, which means we’ve grinned our way to the long, meandering queues (outdoors) sans guilt. Apologies, folks. Of course, once inside we’re equals. Food doesn’t discriminate, right? And we like it that way.

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