Jerusalem in food, in pictures

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2019


Resign yourself to it: unless you eat a falafel pitta sandwich (very good from the shop at Damascus Gate, opposite the bakery) or a couple of kibeh or a 15-shekel arayes, food is expensive in Jerusalem. We were shocked. The baker opposite the falafel shop at Damascus Gate sells four pitta for 5 shekel, which … Continue reading “Jerusalem in food, in pictures”

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Fusion cooking? The peach cobbler that’s like creme brulee

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2019


On Sunday, I made Renee Erickson’s Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust, cringing as I slopped boiling water on to the batter. Who would’ve thought this recipe from the famous Seattle chef is remarkable for the strangest reason? It calls for going against the basic principle of baking a cobbler – wetting the batter with hot water! … Continue reading “Fusion cooking? The peach cobbler that’s like creme brulee”

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Can British food on the go be ‘Pakka Indian’?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2019


The other day we went to Pakka Indian, an outlet that launched in the third week of June in east London with a remarkable mission. It seeks to offer street food to which British people can relate. Burgers and grilled sandwiches with an Indian twist. Masala fries. Mini poppadoms in cardboard boxes reminiscent of the … Continue reading “Can British food on the go be ‘Pakka Indian’?”

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How Donald Trump got his Avgolemono soup and I didn’t

by Rashmee

Posted on October 13, 2018


At the Greek Deli, a Washington, D.C. institution mostly because of its Avgolemono soup, they were out of that particular favourite. “No more,” rasped Kostas Fostieris, his voice betraying decades of cigarettes, as we stood before him eyes a-beseeching. He grinned when I said I’d come all the way from England to try his famous … Continue reading “How Donald Trump got his Avgolemono soup and I didn’t”

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How to live to be a be a hundred in five steps

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2018


Fast – five days at a time, at least twice a year Go vegan (and eat some fish) Eat in a specific pattern – only within a 12-hour period Consume coffee and alcohol (preferably red wine) in moderate amounts Exercise That, in sum, is the basic mantra of The Longevity Diet, a new book that’s … Continue reading “How to live to be a be a hundred in five steps”

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Food in post-#Weinstein times. Keep the faith and keep cooking

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2018


Sam Sifton, The New York Times’s food editor, offers an interesting reflection on cooking in post–#Weinstein times. It’s worth reading his piece because we face this dilemma in different sectors where women are coming forward with #MeToo stories about celebrated men and their misbehavior. What to read, what films and TV shows to watch, which … Continue reading “Food in post-#Weinstein times. Keep the faith and keep cooking”

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From dinar store to a real Chinese restaurant, Beijing is in Tunisia, big league

by Rashmee

Posted on September 25, 2017


A couple months ago, I noted the new growth – the visible aspects – of China’s presence in the Tunisian capital. There was, after Ramadan, a new “Asian” restaurant in the big Carrefour in La Soukra. Then there was the One China Market on Route 9. It must, I think be the Tunisian equivalent of … Continue reading “From dinar store to a real Chinese restaurant, Beijing is in Tunisia, big league”

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A Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes, is good eating

by Rashmee

Posted on September 22, 2017


Yesterday, I ate a Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes. That’s not a speciality for Ras el am el Hejri, the Islamic New Year which Tunisia celebrated on September 21. But the crepe mille-trous is called ghrayef or baghrir and is made of semolina. From what I can make out, the ghrayef is … Continue reading “A Tunisian/ Maghrebi speciality, the pancake of a thousand holes, is good eating”

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Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital

by Rashmee

Posted on July 14, 2017


The F Caffe in Tunis is a zippy name for a 40-cover restaurant in the Fiat car dealership. It’s in the tony surrounds of Lac 1, near the American and British embassies. Other hip eating places abound nearby but F Caffe rather holds its own. For starters, it’s unusual. It’s not every day you go … Continue reading “Lunch in a car dealership? The delights of life in Tunisia’s capital”

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Is this Tunisia’s first real Libyan restaurant?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 27, 2017


Tunisia is teeming with Libyans but Libyan restaurants are a strange and unknown quantity. The Tunisian friend who invited us to dinner at the Najaa Restaurant in El Aouina said he rather thought it was the only one in Tunis and possibly even the only one in all of Tunisia. I have since discovered that this … Continue reading “Is this Tunisia’s first real Libyan restaurant?”

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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