Moving on from Arab streets, humble Shawarma is a rage across south India

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Shawarma, the regularly sighted sandwich wrap available on streets across the Arab world, has found its way almost everywhere in India. The taste of Arabia is now the rage in many Indian cities, particularly in south India.The snack is drawing youngsters and adults alike in droves to joints selling the ubiquitous juicy rolls. Arabian restaurants have sprung up in many places in cities like Kochi, Calicut, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore and small towns and here shawarma is the ...

Got a Ramadan sweet tooth? Here are 6 healthy and easy-to-make desserts

Monday, 21 May 2018

Arabic sweets, popular in Ramadan, are laden with a lot of sugar and fat... try these delicious alternatives!

France to outlaw controversial food additive this year

Friday, 18 May 2018

France will forbid the use of a widely used food additive by the end of this year, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers, a government official told French daily Le Parisien on Friday. Brune Poirson, a junior minister in environmental ministry, said the move would remove titanium dioxide nanoparticles from candy, prepared meals and other food products.“France has already asked the European Commission to take similar measures,” Poirson told Le Parisien. The ...

Existential debate in US food industry startups: What is meat?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Can a hamburger or steak be labeled "meat" if it is plant-based? That question has sparked a debate about US food labels as key US cattle industry players have sought to crack down on marketing of proteins made from soy and other plant-based substances. Jessica Almy, policy director of the non-profit Good Food Institute, which promotes meat-alternatives, said labels must state clearly if a product is made from soy or another plant, but they usually make sense in context. ...

Kebabs, casseroles and ‘feteer:’ Street food in Cairo’s Bab al-Shariya

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The street food market in Cairo keeps fluctuating according to a number of circumstances. It was, for example, definitely affected for a while by the opening in the past few years of several “chic” joints in upscale neighborhoods and which drew middle class youths away from authentic restaurants in the heart of the old town. This, however, did not last for long. Soon, the exotic aura of the new places soon dissipated as the old ones proved irreplaceable in terms of both variety and ...

Should teachers be allowed to tell ‘police’ your kids’ lunchboxes?

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Should teachers be allowed to influence the diet of the children in their care? It’s a question that’s been asked just recently as a school was slammed by parents for allegedly not allowing children to eat unhealthy snacks from their lunchboxes, and offering them fruit instead. Abbey Hulton Primary School, in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK said it was trying to promote good health and was working hard to keep children fit and healthy while at school. Nevertheless, parents have hit the ...

When humble hummus caused panic across Britain

Monday, 19 February 2018

An Arab delicacy in the United Kingdom has been hit hard by insufficient rains thousands of miles away showing what a global village the world has become.Panic-buying of the humble hummus, a Middle-Eastern specialty which has become a staple part of the British diet, has been triggered by a rapid rise in the price of the delicious dip. The price of hummus has soared by almost 30 percent in the last one year due to a shortage in the supply of chickpeas, the main ingredient for the spread.Several ...

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

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