This may be an unusual topic for me but I wanted to share it with you.

Our cuisine makes heavy use of legumes, vegetables, spices and nuts. The Nile Valley and Delta produce large quantities of high quality crops.

A traditional dish is ful medames which is a mashed fava bean with olive oil, chopped parsley, onion, garlic and served with a slice of lemon and sliced hard boiled egg.

A backbone with our cuisine is bread. It is consumed at almost all of our meals. A working class or rural family meal would consist of more bread then beans. Bread is used a utensil besides a carbohydrate. It is used to scoop up food, sauces, dips and as a wrap for kebabs and falafels.

Aish Merahrah is a flat bread made with fenugreek seeds and maize. It is part of the traditional diet in the countryside.

And of course I couldn't forget desserts.

Kahk is a tradtional sweet dish served most commonly during Eid ul-Fitr. It is a shortbread biscuit covered with icing sugar. It may also be stuffed with dates or walnuts.

Apple cakes are seasoned with various spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon which provide additional flavor. You can also add crushed nuts, such as walnuts and almonds.

Kunafah is a dish of batter fingers fried on a hot grill and stuffed with pistachios, meats, heavy whpped cream or sweets.

Tea is the national drink here followed closely by Egyptian or Turkish coffee. Egyptian tea is uniformly black, sweet and not served with milk and generally in a glass. Egyptian tea comes in two variets Koshary and Saiidi and imported from Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Aseer asab is sugar cane juice and is a very popular drink served by most of the fruit juice vendors in the cities.

Licorice tea and carob juice drinks are traditionally drunk during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Let us eat , drink and be merry.

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