Culinary Anthropologist

where’s barnaby?

  1. Eggs that can’t be beaten

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    Last night Barnaby stayed up quite late touring the bars of Takoradi, so when he got up this morning he was ready for a hearty breakfast.  And when he went out into the street he realized that he wasn’t going to have much trouble finding one – every street corner was filled with little stalls, […]

  2. Better lait than never

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    Barnaby’s met so many cheese-makers on this trip that he’s starting to consider himself a bit of an expert.  So since our cheddar-making experiments in Morocco he’s been a bit disappointed by the lack of dairy products.  He met the occasional Fulani cattle-herder in Senegal and Mali, and admired their milk and butter, but that’s […]

  3. Better lait than never

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    Barnaby’s met so many cheese-makers on this trip that he’s starting to consider himself a bit of an expert.  So since our cheddar-making experiments in Morocco he’s been a bit disappointed by the lack of dairy products.  He met the occasional Fulani cattle-herder in Senegal and Mali, and admired their milk and butter, but that’s […]

  4. Life is a cabaret

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    A couple of weeks ago, when Barnaby was in Mali, he came across something very interesting in the Dogon village of Djiguibombo.  Hidden away in women’s houses were huge clay pots of bubbling liquid: millet beer.  A little odd he thought, for a largely Muslim country, until he realised most Dogon pay more dues to […]

  5. Wine from the treetops

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    Today Barnaby thought he’d get Anna something nice for her birthday.  He’d noticed that she hadn’t been getting her usual booze ration recently, what with spending so much time in Muslim countries.  He didn’t have any money to buy any, but recently he’d heard the villagers here in Tengrela (in Burkina Faso) talking about a […]

  6. Barnaby gets the hump

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    Barnaby’s not speaking to us. He’s making a silent protest against our decision to eat camel brochettes today. (They were delicious, especially the chunks of hump fat.) Normally he’s quite keen to try new things. But back in Merzouga on the edge of the desert he met Leila, who carried him gracefully through the dunes. […]

  7. Pistils at dawn

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    Today Barnaby got up before dawn, for the first time ever.  He’d heard there was ‘vegetable gold’ growing up in the mountains around Taliouine here in Morocco.  But all he could find were tiny green leaves growing in tiny square plots of earth. Then Barnaby noticed a beautiful purple flower.  He thought it was lovely. […]

  8. Where the warka women work

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    Ever since he got to Morocco, Barnaby has been searching for warka.  He’d already learnt about yufka in Turkey and filo in Greece.  So he was excited to hear that in Morocco they also love incredibly thin pastry – but have a totally different way of making it! But could he find it?  It kept […]

  9. Where the warka women work

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    Ever since he got to Morocco, Barnaby has been searching for warka.  He’d already learnt about yufka in Turkey and filo in Greece.  So he was excited to hear that in Morocco they also love incredibly thin pastry – but have a totally different way of making it! But could he find it?  It kept […]

  10. Black and green and red all over

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    Today Barnaby was sitting under a tree in Morocco, minding his own business, when what should hit him but a shower of olives!   Way back in May in Turkey, he’d seen little flower buds on the olive trees.  By the time he got to Greece the flowers were out.  Then in Italy he saw […]

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