A sneaky birthday treat, filched from Axios

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2022


In lieu of a birthday treat, I’m going to start with a quiz that I’ve …

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‘Like all traditions, birthday parties had to be invented’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2022


Birthdays are on my mind at the moment, more particularly, how did we come to …

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Dip into the sabra hummus story

by Rashmee

Posted on May 1, 2022


“Sabra” is Hebrew for any Jew born in Israel. Those who aren’t au fait with …

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The high point of the ‘Hummus Wars’ was probably its lowest

by Rashmee

Posted on April 30, 2022


In 2016, the so-called “Hummus Wars” were raging and Lebanon and Israel had a lively …

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The hummus hostilities are at a stalemate…for now

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2022


Eastern Europe’s borscht battles are like the hummus hostilities in the Middle East, the Jollof …

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Borscht, a Ukrainian hug in a mug

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2022


Once upon a time, Lemsip and Cup-a-Soup were battling each other for the right to …

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A Unesco battle for borscht

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2022


The current iteration of the borscht battles properly began in 2019, when the Russian foreign …

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What borscht means to Ukraine at this moment

by Rashmee

Posted on April 26, 2022


The Financial Times’ recent piece (paywall) by American journalist Wendell Steavenson on the resurrection of …

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Ukraine in a dish

by Rashmee

Posted on April 25, 2022


Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most people would have said that borscht, the distinctively …

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Say cheese. It’s ripe for robbing

by Rashmee

Posted on April 24, 2022


With the French elections coming to an end, it’s a good time to think of …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK