Reema Islam

This blog is named as a legacy to my home based catering company where I served healthy soups & salads, while running a recipe column under the same name in a local newspaper. The name represents my birth place, the Mediterranean city of Benghazi, amidst olive trees and & a love for all things fresh! I recently returned from a 2 year stint of living on the island of Crete, studying Heritage Management, while reviving my love for fresh produce. I now focus on food, specifically the heritage that surrounds it. I do however remain footloose, eating my way through different cultures! :)

My Life with Rice

A personal favourite was bhaat bhaja, left over rice fried with some onions, turmeric, chilli powder or sometimes vegetables like aubergines or potatoes; a bit of chopped coriander to top it off and you have a savoury breakfast. My father however, highly disapproved of his youngest child eating a plate full of spicy rice in the morning as opposed to something healthier, so I often resorted to sneaking into the kitchen and gulping down mouthfuls when no one was around!

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After the Romans had long left England, the Celtic Samhain, which actually means “summer’s end” merged with the Roman festival celebrating end of season in honor of the goddess of harvesting, Pomona, celebrated on 1st November.

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