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Лютеница /lutenica/

Lutenica is a staple winter food in Bulgaria. Spread on a slice of bread, used as a dip on the side for meatballs and sausages, it is one of the defining flavours of winters. Lutenica making is the unofficial end-of-summer ritual. Lutenica making is water, energy, labour and space intensive. And it involves the usage of many tomatoes, peppers, and could also include carrots and aubergines. It usually requires two or more people to make Read more…

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The vulnerable elderly in African cities – A morning spent with Jajja Nakimera in Bwaise / Уязвимите възрастни хора в африканските градове – една сутрин, прекарана с Джаджа Накимера в Бвайзе

Today Tonny, Doreen and I are in Bwaise, in an area also known as KiMombasa – famous for its nightlife. We are shadowing Jajja Nakimera. Jajja in Luganda means Grandmother and it is a designation signalling respect from the younger members of society at large. “My husband is here!” she exclaims as she gives Tonny and the rest of us big hugs. You see, Tonny comes from the same clan as Nakimera’s deceased husband hence, Read more…

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Making matooke for a growing family in Kanyogoga – A visit to Betty’s place / Приготвяне на матооке за едно растящо семейство в Каньогога – посещение при Бети

A goat eats sweet potato peelings from a sack hanging by the goat pen while children skip around the pen making sure to avoid the small channels of water flowing around it. The air is filled with a confusing mix of the stench from the mounds of solid waste and the aroma of fried bananas and Rolex – a Kampala street-food consisting of an omelette rolled-up in a chapatti. Close-by, a charcoal vendor receives a new Read more…

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Against the food deserts: Local Alternatives in Novo Recreio

Guarulhos is considered a completely urbanized city, although our field visits show that there are some properties which still resist and continue their agricultural production, even in isolated areas with few resources. This is the story of ‘Dona’ Josefa’s family, a woman who worked on the farm in another city of São Paulo’s state, where she learned soil management techniques and cultivation, and now lives in the Novo Recreio community. Together with their family, they Read more…