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Back in a dash (of salt)

I’ve writing to do, and then I’ll be in North America for a month, conferencing and seeing some of the best people. In the meanwhile, I leave you with this recipe for a whole fish baked in salt:

And with these links:

  • ‘A judge convicted one of Togue’s clients for feminine mannerisms and for drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream, which he felt only a woman would drink.’
  • Plastic in beer.
  • ‘Our research leads us to question why the frontline in reforming the food system has to be in someone’s kitchen.’
  • Why listeria is so dangerous.
  • McDonald’s in the new conflict with Russia.
  • We need to eat less red meat.
  • Big or small farms?
  • The decline of unpasteurised cheese in France.
  • Please stop foraging.
  • Please stop brunching.
  • Conflict Kitchen.
  • Livestock and the history of sexuality.
  • Why wait hours for food?
  • René Redzepi in Mexico.
  • Systemic saccharification syndrome.
  • Could lab-grown meat be kosher?
  • Ingenious pizza box design.
  • Pulled chicken.
  • Elizabeth David’s recipes for mackerel.
  • The return of the Colorado Orange.
  • The dominance of Red Delicious.
  • The dominance of clover honey.
  • Pickling courgettes.
  • Texas Monthly‘s barbecue editor.
  • Thoughts on making avocado toast.
  • How to navigate Andrés Carne de Res in Chia, Colombia.
  • The rise and rise of Pop-Tarts.
  • Sønderjysk Kaffebord.
  • Expensive meals.
  • Pecans in Georgia.
  • What is a sandwich?
  • Hervé This, food scientist.
  • Every comment on every recipe blog.
  • Wine flavoured Kit Kat.
  • Funfetti cake.
  • Drunk texts from famous authors.
  • Shrewsbury cakes.
  • How to eat sushi.
  • How to froth milk in the microwave.
  • Food to cook straight out of the freezer.
  • Flavoured butter.
  • Should we eat more swan?
  • A multi-layered birthday cake.
  • The difference between jasmine and basmati rice.
  • How to make Turkish delight.
  • Frankling D. Roosevelt’s pfannkuchen.
  • A fried chicken iPhone case.
  • New York’s first fine dining Chinese restaurant.
  • Cooking with a waffle iron.
  • Andouille corn dogs.
  • What is tobiko?
  • What is parmo?
  • ‘Results of a taste test of the two bakeries’ offerings were inconclusive, because all the doughnuts were delicious and because this reporter started to feel sick after the fourth of six doughnuts sampled. A friend with a stronger stomach said that the sour cream doughnut from Peter Pan was more succulent than the Moe’s Doughs version, but that he appreciated the dossant’s delicate, flaky crust. He agreed that all of the doughnuts tested were tasty.’

Oh, and I was on the radio recently, talking to Redi Tlhabi about changing tastes. Take a listen here. See you in November xx

In the squeezing of a lemon

I shall be away for May: to London to present a seminar paper and to Montreal for a wedding. I shall return with news about poutine and maple sugar.

Although I shall see you, really, in the squeezing of a lemon, I leave you with this from Kinfolk:

And with these:

  • Food stamps are better than food banks.
  • ‘Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would be cut by 25-40% if Europeans cut their meat and dairy consumption by half’.
  • Shake Shack seems to be able to pay its employees a living wage.
  • What it’s like to be on food stamps.
  • ‘The global land grab is a phenomenon against which those whose land is being grabbed seem defenceless.’
  • Las Vegas is running out of water.
  • Fresh produce is at risk from climate change.
  • American apples have been banned in Europe.
  • Coffee beans are too expensive for Starbucks.
  • Childhood obesity in the US has not declined.
  • Beekeeping in the Rust Belt.
  • Are higher food prices better for our health?
  • Food blogging, hunger, moral outrage.
  • Saving rare species by not eating them.
  • The rise of dry bars in Britain.
  • More parents are making their own baby food.
  • Gender and food reviewing.
  • Coffee pods are very bad for the environment.
  • Why conch shells shrunk over time.
  • Spain was 2013’s top wine producer.
  • Going meat-free.
  • Eating out in Georgian London.
  • Rethinking advice about ‘healthy‘ food.
  • A Texas Republican spent more than $30,000 on ham and chocolate.
  • Cream cheese and bacon.
  • Where to eat in Queens, NYC.
  • How to prepare prawns.
  • Making the pastries in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Don’t put tomatoes in the fridge.
  • A beer map of the United States.
  • Restaurants that exist only in dreams.
  • From bean to chocolate bar.
  • Make your own curd cheese.
  • A guide to the hamburgers of New York.
  • Chocolate chip cookies weren’t invented by accident.
  • What do chefs cook at home?
  • A tribute to Clarissa Dickson-Wright.
  • Facts about hops.
  • What fruit and vegetables look like under an MRI scanner.
  • How to make alcoholic ginger beer.
  • A pop-up restaurant in Dakar.
  • Signs you need to leave after dinner.
  • How to make risotto.
  • Food photography.
  • The wonut.
  • America’s first cat cafe.
  • Steamed cupcakes.
  • Knitted food.
  • India’s first foods. (Thanks, mum!)
  • A poem about peaches, iced tea, and barbeque.
  • Eating ice cream with Jane Austen.
  • A vending machine instead of a supermarket.
  • Château le Grand Vostock.
  • A Kaseiki menu.

See you in June x

[Exit, pursued by a warthog.]

Kindly readers! I shall be away for a week or so, finishing a manuscript at Pullen Farm in the lowveld. I believe there may be warthogs. I have packed, of course, a copy of C. Louis Leipoldt’s Bushveld Doctor. And a lot of mosquito repellent.

In the meanwhile, I leave you:

This piece I wrote for Africa is a Country about Johannesburg’s newest museum in Fietas.

This photograph of street food in Fordsburg:


This new video from the Lumineers:

And these links:

Be back soon xx

Back in a moment.

Kind and patient readers – I must leave you for a little while. I’m packing up and moving to Johannesburg, where I’ll be researching interesting things related to the medical humanities at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (or WiSER – best acronym ever). And I have a manuscript to finish.

There’ll still be weekly links and, occasionally, some pseudery.

Wish me luck! See you in August-ish. xx

Goodbye Cape Town!

Goodbye Cape Town!

Just nipping out…

Kindly readers! I leave you for the briefest of sabbaticals over the next fortnight. It is the end of term and I am so tired that I added orange juice to my coffee this morning and took a good thirty seconds to work out why it tasted so odd.

So I am going to the seaside to regain both my sleep pattern and my sanity. I shall return with posts on the cult of authenticity, modernism, and what baked goods have to do with Afrikaner nationalism.

Here is a dancing pony:

This video comes courtesy of my friend Ester.

And here are some links to keep you going while I’m away:

What 2,000 calories look like.

A new culprit in China’s tainted milk saga.

What horsemeat and fish tell us about Europe.

Conflict over food at Guantanamo.

Horsemeat in…chicken nuggets.

In the US, the meat industry consumes four-fifths of antibiotics.

The truth about ‘organic‘.

The dangerous Lenape potato.

Kraft macaroni cheese is really very bad for you.

The language of food politics.

Digging up the buried beer at Hotel Timbuktu.

This is ridiculous: more than $1,500 for coq au vin.

The world is drink cheap, nasty coffee.

On Elizabeth David.

The new fashion for kale.

Forgotten Foods of New York City.

Five of the best bakeries in London.

Modernising Brazilian cuisine.

Korean fried chicken.

Coffee art.

Cake decorating made easy.

Why are French people drinking less wine?

A history of the measuring spoon.

A tea bag invented for use on airplanes.

Mexico City‘s wholesale market.

An all-cheese toasted cheese.

The moose cleanse.

Fuchsia Dunlop on papery dried shrimp.

South African whisky – surprisingly good.

See you soon xx

Á bientôt

Festive readers – I must leave you for December. I have so much work to do that unless I retreat into seclusion in the West Wing, I’ll never get it done. I leave you, though, with a list of favourite history blogs. This is my mother’s brilliant idea: because of the popularity of a post I wrote a while ago about why (South African) historians should write blogs, she suggested that it would be useful to have a selection of some of the vast number of academic history blogs around. In fact, there are now so many that the American Historical Association offers a prize for history blogging – and has a great blog of its own. Check out Blogging for Historians for an exploration of some of the issues raised by history blogging – and if you read or write a history blog, why don’t you fill out its survey?

This is just a small selection of blogs and sites – most of them historical, all of them academic – I enjoy. Some of them are really just virtual noticeboards, but others publish book reviews and longer, more considered posts.


African Arguments

The Archival Platform

Asylum Geographies

Cap and Gown

Catherine Baker‘s blog

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog

Chomping at the Bloodied Bit

Congo Siasa

Demography and the Imperial Public Sphere

Dr Alun Withey‘s blog.

A Don’s Life

Family & Colonialism Research Network

The H Word


The History of Emotions Blog

Ian Mosby‘s blog

Jacob Darwin Hamblin‘s blog

Lamingtons & Lasagne

Mid-Atlantic Musings

Nursing Clio

Shakespeare’s England

Texas in Africa

Through the Looking Glass

The Toronto Dreams Project

The Voluntary Action History Society‘s blog

The Wellcome Library‘s blog

Oh, and before I go: if you’re still looking for a calendar for next year, why not consider the Right2Know campaign’s 2013 whistleblower calendar? It celebrates some very brave people who’ve blown the whistle on corruption, torture, and profound mismanagement. It’s beautifully designed, and can be ordered for free from our website – all you need to do is to donate a small sum to cover postage costs.

Some festive-looking beetroot from Union Square Farmers' Market in New York.

Some festive-looking beetroot from Union Square Farmers’ Market in New York.

See you in January. xx


Dear readers, I am off for a month’s travelling, mainly to present a paper at this utterly amazing and wonderful conference. It’s organised partly by Michelle Smith, whose blog I urge you to read.

I leave you with these links to keep you going until I return.

See you in July.

Check out the New Statesman’s food edition.

We need to take back control over our food.

The sales of fizzy softdrinks are on the decline.

Why bread is political.

Is there a link between corn syrup consumption and memory function?

A homage to the Kenwood Chef.

Gwyneth Paltrow cooks.

Fruit grown in the shape of a juice box.


On kale.

The maker of Hendrick’s Gin introduces…Spodee.

FreshPaper helps to stop fruit and veg from going off in the fridge.

Should you eat at your desk?

Salad in a jar.

McCain tries to popularise frozen food in India.

The implications of Italy’s recent earthquake for parmesan production.

In honour of Maurice Sendak: chicken soup with rice.

The world’s best tasting menus.

On sake.

An introduction to the fascinating condition of pica.

How to make Dawa, a popular cocktail in Nairobi.

Making pea pesto.

The Californian loquat harvest.

American chefs should look to America for inspiration.

How to make acorn flour.

Fuchsia Dunlop on cheese in China.

The rise of the single dish restaurant.

The virtues of coffee, in 1815.

Apple + pear = papple.

Fractal pancakes.

People who buy organic food are deeply unpleasant. Apparently. Or not.

Hyper-realistic cakes.

Fake pigs’ ears in China.

How to eat pizza.

Meat and masculinity.

Rhubarb. Rhubarb.

Very amusing: rules for eating at home.

Alan Rickman makes tea. Very, very slowly.

Game of Thrones cake pops.

Cuba’s first curry restaurant.

David Allen Green branches out into restaurant reviews – called, appropriately, Snack of Kent.

Crazy kitchen gadgets.

Why turmeric is good for you.

The seven best dinner parties in literature and film.


Should recipes be timed?

Coffee makes you live longer. Apparently.

Is food the new rock ‘n roll?

Food and gender among the Matlala in Limpopo.

These are courtesy of my mum:

Why do so many people hate fresh coriander?

A guide to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu.

Matthew Fort on the Mount Nelson.

Visualising the meals in Haruki Murakami’s IQ84.

New desserts.

The annual LibraryThing edible books competition.

These are on cupcakes, thanks to Jane-Anne:

Are cupcakes like cocaine?

Cupcakes and sausages.

Some very, very badly decorated cupcakes.

Are cupcakes ever just cupcakes?


is on holiday.

I’m away this week and will be spending the rest of the month eating. Hurrah! But I leave you with some holiday reading:

A ‘Jewnitarian‘ Christmas.

How to bake two perfect Christmas cakes: by Felicity Cloake and Edd Kimber. (This is an interview with him.)

David Lebovitz on Christmas in France.

Seventeenth-century decorations for mince pies.

A frugal Christmas cake for the recession from the Observer.

Yum – panettone.

Eva Wiseman on the Christmas sandwich.

Making Estonian blood sausages for Christmas.

It’s time to make latkes.

Christmas recipes from Nigel Slater, Giorgio Locatelli, Sam Harris, and Jacob Kenedy.

Two of my favourite things: stollen and egg nog.

Christmas in Mexico.

Christmas recipes for those of us sweltering in the southern hemisphere.

Also, the Design Indaba magazine’s theme for its final edition of the year is food and design. Do take a look. (I’ve a piece in its Food Fight section, but don’t let that put you off.)

See you in 2012.


Alas, dear readers! I must leave you for the next fortnight or so because I

1. have 360 first year tests to mark (welcome to university lecturing in the developing world!),

2. must fill in about a gazillion job applications because postdocs don’t last forever (*sniff*),

3. need to finish revising an article before I bump into the journal’s editor at a conference,

4. have a seminar paper to write,

5. am moving. Hurrah! (BUT I HAVE SO MUCH TO PACK.)

Oh God. *weeps tears of anxiety*

But there’ll still be food links and some pseudery. And if you should pine for a spot of in-depth food contemplation, I point you in the direction of September’s Observer Food Monthly (and particularly this interview with Björk – I have a bit of thing about Björk – and Jay Rayner’s account of cooking with René Redzepi), and The Nation‘s special food edition. Frances Moore Lappé’s article on the food movement is an absolute must-read, as is this interview with Olivier de Schutter on the right to food.

I also leave you with this picture from Things Organised Neatly. I find this website wonderfully calming.

Wish me luck!

Palate Cleanser

I’m away this week, so I leave you with:

This picture:

This small opinion piece on cupcakes which I wrote for Food24.

This recipe for cinnamon buns by Dan Lepard.

And this video: