Month: January 2011

Steaming.
Food

Steaming.

Steaming food has been employed in cooking for centuries, long before the invention of cooking vessels and utensils. Millenia ago humans found creative ways to steam food by burying leaf-wrapped food under hot sands, using the steam from hot springs, or enclosing food in clay and placing it on fire. […]

Cyprus.
Wine

Cyprus.

Cyprus This most easterly island in the pristine blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea has been producing wine since time immemorial. According to archaeologists, the first settlers arrived from the mainland, now Turkey. Greeks arrives around 1200 B.C., and likely brought along vines Hesiod described Cypriot winemaking in 800 B.C., […]

Book review: How to Cook Everything.
Book Reviews

Book review: How to Cook Everything.

The author is among America’s most widely respected food writers. Through this completely revised book with 2000 simple recipes he accomplishes something few authors have been able to do. Most cookbooks are written with a focus on a cuisine or ingredient, not so for this one. He explains everything from […]

Russia
Wine

Russia’s Wines and Vitivinicultural History.

Russia, the largest and economically most powerful state of the CIS (Confederation of Independent States), is vast (the largest country in the world), but has less favourable climatic conditions than formerly “union” countries – Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Krygizistan, and Azerbaijan. Before the dissolution of the U.S.S.R, the […]

Book review: Entertaining in the Raw.
Book Reviews

Book review: Entertaining in the Raw.

Approximately 2 – 3 per cent of the North American population prefers to eat mostly raw food. A raw “foodist” is an individual, who, 75 – 100 per cent of the time, eats food raw. This can be salads cold soups prepared from scratch, desserts, cheese or fruit. Raw food […]

Tipping Customs in Different Countries.
Food

Tipping Customs in Different Countries.

Tipping Customs in Different Countries. The custom of tipping can often be a dilemma, and confusing for travellers. Many first-time travellers tip they are not supposed to, and do not, when they should. This can be embarrassing to say the least. In some countries, tipping is an integral part of […]

Book review: The lady Matador’s Hotel.
Book Reviews

Book review: The lady Matador’s Hotel.

Cristina Garcia, a lecturer on writing at several universities, writer pf acclaimed literary works, has a very engaging and vivid style. The reader gets a thorough understanding of the setting, and can imagine how people behave, given the circumstance. In Lady Matador’s Hotel, the lives of six men and women […]