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Leaf Wrappers Rejuvenate and Refresh
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Leaf Wrappers Rejuvenate and Refresh

By Tim Hazell Lettuce, scientifically known as Lactuca Sativa, has been harvested for millennia, depicted by ancient Egyptians on the walls of their tombs dating back to 2,700 BC. The earliest versions resembled two modern greens, Romaine and Cos lettuce, believed to have been found on the island of Kos, along the coast of modern-day...

Javanese Gamelan and Wayang Kulit
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Javanese Gamelan and Wayang Kulit

By Tim Hazell “Gamelan” is a Javanese word meaning “orchestra,” referring to the instruments that make up a Javanese ensemble. Related combinations exist throughout South Asia. Gamelan music as we define it is native to four islands in close proximity: Java, Madura, Bali, and Lombok. Ensembles can range from a few portable instruments, played by...

Senegalese Griot and a Luscious Salad
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Senegalese Griot and a Luscious Salad

By Tim Hazell Prior to Senegal’s independence becoming official on April 4, 1960, many Senegalese identified with French instead of African ethnicity, due to the country’s long history as a colony of France. Its first President, Léopold Sédar Senghor (October 8, 1906 – December 20, 2001) was also a poet, cultural theorist and one of...

Pilafs and Biryanis
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Pilafs and Biryanis

By Tim Hazell “Pilaf -Turkish pilav, Azeri plov, Romanian pilaf, Persian polow, India/Afghanistan/Pakistan pulav/ pulao, Uzbek and Russian plov, Kazakh palaw.” Like all of the world’s truly great cuisines, Indian cooking has a distinctive architecture of its own. Culinary arts remain largely oral traditions passed on as heirlooms or through skills acquired under rigorous apprenticeship....

Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley
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Avocados and the Tehuacán Valley

By Tim Hazell The avocado (Persea americana), a tree with probable origins in south-central Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado or alligator pear, is botanically a berry containing a single large seed. Native Oaxaca criollo avocados, the ancestral form of...

Roasted Napa Cabbage
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Roasted Napa Cabbage

By Tim and Louise Hazell The innovative naturalist, Li Shizhen (1518-1593), popularized Chinese cabbage by bringing attention to its medicinal qualities. Chinese cabbage can refer to two groups of leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group (napa cabbage) and the Chinensis Group (bok choy). These vegetables are both subspecies of the turnip...