Culinary Anthropologist

burkina faso

  1. And the nominations are …

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    Ten minutes into Burkina Faso, and we knew it was going to be a dead cert for that most coveted of awards: Most Friendly Border Guards Anywhere Ever. The Malians will be disappointed, I know, after a very strong showing indeed, but the Burkinab├ęs trumped them from their very first “Bienvenue!“. This is the way […]

  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 […]