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A Brief History: Makroud El Louse

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Makroud El Louse is a delicious almond cookie from Algeria – a delightful almond-flavoured cookie coated with powdered sugar – and they have a tendency to melt in the mouth. They also happen to be one of my favourite cookies! Oh, and they’re also flourless, so they’re perfect for anyone who is on a gluten-free diet. Algerian history is a…

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Pastila: The Forgotten Russian Candy - Food History - Via WritingInTheKitchen.Com - @WritingInTheKitchen

A Brief History: Pastila, Russia’s Forgotten Candy

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Pastila is the Russian version of pâte de fruits; it was developed in Kolomna as a way to preserve apples through the hard, cold Russian winters, and there are over fifty recipes. It was made in the 15th century as a “medieval preserve” – after it was dried it could be stored for long periods of time without spoiling or…

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A Brief History: Who Really Invented Pavlova?

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Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that is usually topped with fresh fruit and lashings of whipped cream. It is a delightful dessert but its history is mired in a bit of controversy. You see, Anna Pavlova, the ballerina for whom the dessert was invented – and named – visited both Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The two neighbouring…

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A Brief History: Rice Pudding

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Rice pudding, whilst rejected by some for being too plain and stodgy, still remains one of my favourite comfort foods. It’s actually been around for centuries, believe it or not, and was thought to have originated in China, which has an ancient rice culture. This has been disputed by some food historians; they argue that rice pudding likely originated in…

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A Brief History: The Saga of the Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding is one of my favourite comfort foods, and is also called bread and butter pudding, or whitepot. Variations of bread pudding exist in culinary cultures around the world, from Argentina to India, from the United Kingdom to Colombia. It is also called hasty pudding (although this term encompasses both bread pudding and rice pudding) because – as the…

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