Time for something sweet? Here are the UAE’s most ‘Instagrammable’ desserts

Saturday, 17 February 2018

‘Tis the month of love… the love of dessert, we say. Yes, yes. It’s February. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But the month also marks ‘Madly in Love with Me Day’, ‘World Nutella Day’, ‘Chocolate Fondue Day’ and ‘Eat Ice-cream for Breakfast Day’. So, it would be a disservice to chefs across the region to not celebrate all of this with a bit of sweet stuff? Right? Right? We knew you didn’t need much convincing. ...

Acute fall in Iraqi food production exposes major flaws

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Iraqi reconstruction conference held in Kuwait brought international organizations to the fore, exposing the serious flaws in the country’s political system, which its leaders are in the habit of flaunting along with their hollow achievements.Agricultural produce falls by 40 percentFor instance, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated in its latest report that Iraq’s rural population, estimated at 12 million people (one third of the country's ...

Adnan Hussein

Rising above hunger and all forms of malnutrition

Thursday, 15 February 2018

An African proverb says that “wisdom is like a baobab tree – no one individual can embrace it.” The same can be applied to the fight against hunger in Africa. Collective action is fundamental to achieve the aim of the Malabo Declaration (end hunger by 2025), as well as that of the Sustainable Development Goal number 2 (eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). From 19 to 23 February 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan, FAO is convening the 30th ...

José Graziano da Silva

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

Hummus is now a hot commodity after global dip in chickpea supply

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

People in Britain and Hummus have been two peas in a pod, but this time they seem to be in a pickle after news about a global chickpea shortage struck social media. The commodity’s global supply dip has resulted in a price increase by nearly a third, reported The Independent. Quoting the British magazine on grocery sales, The Grocer, “in January 2017, the average 310g tub of hummus cost £1.14 ($1.62). Now however, that has increased by 33p (or 29 per cent) to £1.47 ...

World’s first ‘floating kitchen’ serves up burgers off Dubai’s coast

Thursday, 25 January 2018

A floating kitchen, believed to be a world-first, is set to launch in Dubai this month. The “Aqua Pod” will provide a catering service to customers on jet skis, boats and yachts, according to travel site Lonely Planet. The vessel “took three months to construct, and its service will be akin to what a food truck does on dry land,” according to the site. It added: “It has chosen to serve burgers initially, but this may expand to include pizzas and desserts in the ...

3 worthy New Year’s resolutions that can actually save your life

Monday, 1 January 2018

Do you make your New Year’s resolutions just to break them? Here is a list of practical resolutions to benefit your mind and body

Indian capital to ban open display of non-veg food for hygiene, ‘sentimental’ reasons

Friday, 29 December 2017

If a civic body in India has its way, non-vegetarian food displayed in the open on stalls outside restaurants and eateries of South Delhi would soon be prohibited. According to a news report, the decision is being taken for ‘hygiene’ and ‘sentimental’ reasons.The resolution approved in the last house of the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will come for final confirmation in the next meeting on January 3 before policies outlining terms and conditions are ...

Gualtiero Marchesi, father of Italian nouvelle cuisine, dies

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi, widely considered the father of the country’s nouvelle cuisine, died Tuesday in his native city of Milan at the age of 87, local media said.Marchesi ran the restaurant “Marchesino”, located in the heart of Milan on the prestigious Piazza della Scala.After studying in Italy, Switzerland and France, Marchesi opened his first restaurant in Milan in 1977, which eight years later went on to be awarded three coveted Michelin stars -- the first Italian ...

In India, a grandmother’s kitchen dishes out quality food for a pittance

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A private initiative in India to provide good quality near-free meal is attracting its primary target – the poor and the needy. Dadi Ki Rasoi (grandmother’s kitchen) charges all of Rupees 5 ($0.07) for a meal, which makes laborers, drivers and other menial workers queue up for good quality food. However, it is not just the affordability that counts, it is also the quality of food, which, according to its founder Anoop Khanna, they strive to ensure. “I wonder if a five-star ...

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