Millet--a catch-all term for just about any grain other than wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats or rye--is the staff of life for many of the earth's people. (In this country, it's the staff of life for many canaries and budgies.) Mostly it's eaten as porridge or polenta, but you can also make it into couscous. The Tubu of the Sahara Desert (they're the next-door neighbors of the Tuaregs) even gather the seeds of a variety of goosefoot weed, which makes a black couscous. Avant-garde restaurateurs, please note, but don't expect Tubus to flock to your door--they eat only black couscous during famines.
A Bucket of Scud Wings, Extra Crispy
All 17 Kentucky Fried Chicken stands in Kuwait were ransacked during the Gulf War, but two were quickly reopened, and the one in Salmiya was soon serving up to 1,200 people a night during Ramadan. A Kuwaiti Air Force mechanic, asked by USA Today about the portrait of Col. Sanders, replied: "Yes, I know this man; I know his story. His last name is 'Kentucky.' " Sorry, pally, not any more--not since the chain renamed itself KFC.
New Vegetables on the Block
The Wall Street Journal reports an uphill struggle for some new health food crops. Farmers are instinctively reluctant to plant amaranth, which resembles--and in fact is--a variety of pigweed. Rapeseed (Canola, to you) is so tiny it leaks from the bins, and last year's crop makes the fields stink all winter. Given the plush subsidies for wheat, corn and cotton, a lot of farmers would rather not switch.