From the land of pyramids, pharaohs, and papyrus, we bring you a look at Egyptian culture past and present. Grab a cup of mint tea, fire up the hookah, crack open a novel by Naguib Mahfouz, play some songs by Abdel Halim Hafez, or put on a movie starring Omar Sharif and join us while we share recipes, music, jokes, videos, and current events from Egypt.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Food on Friday: Egypt's Food Crisis

Today's Scribe:

While surfing around YouTube for a new weekly video to post, I came across this fantastic short documentary that aired on Al-Jazeerah English last summer. It may be a year old, but the problems with food and inflation in Egypt that it discusses still exist.

For anyone who isn't familiar with fool (pronounced foo-wil), the dish made from beans that is spotlighted in the first part, just think of Hannibal Lecter -- he claimed to have eaten someone's liver with fava beans and a glass of chianti. Fool and fava beans are one and the same. Honestly, they are incredibly versatile; Egyptians say that you can prepare them differently every single day for a year.

I hope that you will enjoy this brief look at food in Egypt!

Part 1

Part 2

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