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Egyptian food reflects a crossroads culture. Mediterranean and African spices complement a great variety of seasonal fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, and legumes from the Nile Delta. Breakfast is usually ful, slow-cooked fava beans seasoned with cumin and lemon, and often served with an egg. At lunch, favas are mashed and fried to make tamiyya, similar to falafel, to fill dark flat bread for sandwiches. Cairo street food may be lamb kebab or the unique koshari, a mix of vermicelli, macaroni, rice, lentils, chickpeas, garlic and onions, dressed with tomato sauce and hot chili sauce. Some Egyptians serve a late afternoon British-style tea, and dinner is late in the evening. Egyptians were the first to tame the wild yeasts that turn barley into beer, and then to turn yeasty barley mash into leavening for bread. Though dark Turkish coffee is now more common than beer in Egypt, flat, round loaves of aish--the word means both ‘bread’ and ‘life’-- are still present at every table.

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I'm and Egyptian egyptologist who fell in love with a Swede over the internet. And as an outcome after 3 years of fighting traditions and cultural differences we made it and got married. Ever since I have been living in Sweden and since there are no pyramids around here, I have no job and am home enjoying the second most important thing in my life.. COOKING!

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