Waraq allauri in Egypt

bay laurel is Waraq allauri. It gives good flavour to food. you can buy it from a spices  market or 3attar ( Attar). I think You can use it in soaps , potaotes recipe.

what is Franco-arabic?

I hear this name a lot. I don't know where this synonym came from. It mean That the writer will write a thing in the arabic language but not in the arabic letters.
for example :
7omar-  -- donkey حمار

Water in Egypt

I think a lot of people suspect the tap water in Egypt. Someone like me is always wondering about the tap water if it is okay to drink or not. I keep thinking about this probelem for some time, then, I reached some ideas. we can distill that water by a distillator. however, this can cost a high price of a distillator. water filter may be good but I think you should change the filter after about 15 days (?) .
I think the best thing is to bring a water distillator from the stores in Qasr-al-aini street.

Egyptian Vegetables

Tmatem - tomatoes
patates - potaotes
Felfel  - Pepper
7'eyyar - cucumber
Bamia - Okra
betengan - Eggplant
basal - onion
tuum - garlic
Gazar - carrot
7'as = lettuce

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Insects

I like egyptian ants they are usually funny. You feed them some sugar and bread and they multiply and dig homes in your ceramic. I may got something bad in my flat. Truly speaking, I'm lazy these days. I wish to be active like ants in my flat.
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Places to eat in Egypt

I don't like to advertise for some places that does not worth it. honestly, I don't trust restaurant in Egypt. I like to get my food from big super markets but still that is not nice. Honestly, I like eating and moving so I am not fat or thin. however, the types of food I will or can eat bewilder my mind sometimes.
Here I am going to write some tips for eating in Egypt.

  • If you can cook yourself, please do. If not try to choose something that has just been finished on a takeaway place to guarantee that the food is fresh.
  • Take care of the fried stuff. However, those fried things are yummy but It is harmful especially with that non-fresh oil( I assume it is).
  • Olive Oil is a good choice to use . There are a lot of brands in Egypt. I'm usually puzzled to make a choice out of all those brand. I think moderate price is usually working.
  • Try to increase the Carbohydrates as I'm afraid to tell you that you sometimes may need to walk long distances in those Egyptian street(jungle)
  • Usual consumption of Chicken breasts daily about 1/4 Kgm.
Enough for today, Ma'salama

how to be healthy in Egypt?

Strange question but still a good one. there are a lot of view points and I think I should tell my point of the present time. To be healthy in Egypt,  Don't care of all things going on because you can catch a disease if you think of all those stuff . In response to error, you have two choices. the first choice You can be quiet and that when you have no enough energy and you will usually find no response. the second choice is to shout and raise your voice and that can work, this will work.

Don't take that view point serious as I must be kidding
CIAO

Auf Wiedersehen

ma'salam

My old computer

Back to the 80s, while I was a child. I was excited by computers. I had my first computer which was commadore64  and I was playing  exciting classic games. It was a simple games but It was really amusing!  That old computer was broken down when I moved to Egypt, I tried to repair it but I failed. all those years passed and now we are in 2007, I find an easy way to emulate my computer to work as a commadore64 via a program known as com64 emulator [you can google it and find it in ccs64.com]. It is available for download. It is a strange feeling when you find yourslef playing the old games again and refresh the childhood period. In 1980, There were no those computers or  internet in Egypt or elsewhere I think. Time passes and now we have mobile phones. if we are still alive, after 20 years we can talk about 2007 and take some memories of that ancient age. I think The more We grow, the more we see modern things. so then, I will stay like the ancient technology as It had my old best times.
Here is a picture of the operating system, I was using with commodore.
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wesalam

New phobias

  • nuttophobia afraid of nuts
  • Idiotophobia afraid of idiots
  • computerophobia afraid of computers
  • youtubophobia afraid of youtube
  • mobilophobia afraid of mobiles
  • Playstationophoba afraid of playstation
  • Xboxophpbia afraid of Xpox

Is that true?

Fuul bel samna wel tamatem

I just had a bread with fuul belsamna. I squeezed two lemon although I think it is not common to put lemon into the samna fuul. I tried and I got a wonderful results. By the way, some people put some pieces of tomatoes ( tmatem) into the fuul and it ends up being more tasteful. Indeed, There are multiple ways one should prepare fuul by. I am going to write about some of them.

1- Fuul be sauce
A certain sauce is added to the recipe which gives it characteristic odour and taste.

2-Fuul belbeed
That would mean a full with Eggs. we can put wither strips of a boiled egg or an omelette.

3-Fuul bezeet alzayton
That would mean a fuul with olive oil. this recipe would certainly reduce the cholestrol level due to Olive oil content.

I'm finished with my fuul today. ttyl
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Koshary Asfar

Yellow Lentil is 3ads asfar عدس أصفر
We use it to cook that Yellow Koshary.
Ingredient:
One cup of yellow lentil - and one cup of rice- salt- onion - a spoon of butter

Method:

  • Cut the onion into small pieces and add some butter melt
  • add the onion to the butter and quickly add the yellow lentil-rice mixture
  • add two cups of water and leave to boil then cut down the heat and cover the pot.
  • After about 15 minute the recipe will finish, eat and belhana wel shefa
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what softens the foot ? Liquid paraffin or Glycerin?

My foot needs some hydration. I'm wondering what should I use Liquid paraffin or Glycerin. I am thinking of an Egyptian recipe for Foot dehydration. There should be something. I will try to rinse my foot in a solution of water and salt. I hope it does work!
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Meet me near Midan al-3ataba

3attaba ( Attaba) is a metro station. It is also a place where you can almost find every thing. You can find Old books, electronic instruments, compartments for repairing stuff,
Clothes, Telephone machine, Furniture. You can also find high prices, low prices,or moderate prices with high , low or moderate qualities,

I think Attaba in Arabic means the place where the doormat is located. Egyptian usually put a piece of  marble ( may be) or Granite.
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Kazoza

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An Egyptian is calling a cold soda bottle a kazoza or ( 7agah sa23a) . I'm astonished by this name and I hae no idea where it came from. 

anyway, Would you like to have Kazoza?

the easiest way for Lemon juice

First Lemon contains Vitamin C with this enormous  benefits to the body. 
Ingredient: 2 or 3 lemons- cold water- sugar

  • put water with sugar and mix well.
  • rip off the lemon and squeeze by your hand.
Bel hana we shefa ya ustaz(a)

Honey treats Acne

I think By two ways Honey can treat acne. you can tub it into your face daily before sleeping or you can drink a cup of honey mixed with water daily on an empty stomach. both are good.
I am not sure but I think this is a good and simple idea to try.
Good luck

The Egyptian market

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As I said, People looks simple, helpful, kind. you can win people love and respect if you behave and appear like them. Some caution is sometimes required but not all the time.

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Working to Develop the Egyptian Personality.

I think Egypt is a good place where one can safely live. Egyptian people are generally kind and helpful. however, sometimes somple political and economic factors can change some people. Indeed, There is something positive and original in a lot of Egyptian people regardless of anything. Sometimes, One should go down a bit to be able to touch simple people with simple brain. consequently, we find ourselves obtaining a lot of awesome new stuff and new values.

Bon Appétit in Egyptian

Bel hana wel shefaa
After some time, I'm going to write about my exeprience with the meat-potato-bird's tongue paste experience. . Don't miss the next post.
CIAO

3een al-katkoot " the eye of the Nestling"

عين الكتكوت
This is what an egyptian call this thing. It's a peeled boiled egg  covered with taameiya and fried in the oil. it has a look as if it is the eye of the Nestling.
they add some fennel, coriander, dill, and parsley.. I like those Krispy snack dishes.
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Burger time

It is a game name, I was playing it in the 80s. I don't know why I remember that today.  I may be eager for a burger sandwich. I made wonderful Burger sandwich ever !. Onions , cheese, some ketchup ( I say catch up ) and hot sauce. I would like to ad some Egyptian touch to the Burger sandwich. I may add a semi-burned fried onion ( Ta2leya تقلية ) to the sandwich. can I?

Ah! Why don't add a taameya layer to that Burger sandwich or a dill plant. It can give a tasty flavour.
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Egypt by all languages

Egypt
Egitto

Égypte
Ägypten
Egipto
Египет
مصر
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Is that wrong?

I'm blabbering in Da Egyptian Kitchen today.

who cares? The prices today in Egypt is driving me nut. I went o buy a chicken breast to make a  Fera7'  pané  فراخ بانيه  (chicken pané ) .by the way, I like it fried with wheat, spices, coriander.
the recipe is as follows:

  • rinse the chicken breast ( sodor alfera7' ) in the vinegar for marination.
  • after 1 hour, put wash and then put felfel eswed( black pepper) , salt , clove ( if exist) and prefrable some youghurt ( zabadi ) and mix.
  • then get some wheat and coriander and mix with that chicken breasts before frying it in a hot oil.
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when it comes to new Technology, watch out you are watched! Wow 3G in da Egypt!

New Technology is usually surrounding us, Today, By this 3G technology of the Mobile era in Egypt. we can video call each others. The more I hear about it, the more my brain becomes more distracted. what would our destiny be? who knows!
We have Vodafone and Etisalat in Egypt licensed to this third generation mobile HI-tech.Finally,  Mobinil is also had some loansto get a license after Its refusal of  participating into the contest. who else wanna join the football match?

I just read this in that famous website. "In Europe, 3G services were introduced starting in March 2003 in the UK and Italy. The europeanunion Council suggested that the 3G operators should cover 80% of the European national populations by the end of 2005."
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Oh! Did I forgot to mention that we can now watch youtube movies into the mobile 3 screen by that 3.5 G. I don't know what is that 0.5 that was added to number 3. They sometimes say it's 3.5 G.  you can access the world wide web by a high speed connection.
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wessalam for now

Color and mood!

There is a big correlation between a color and a mood. My favorite colors are yellow, green, blue and light brown. I think light colors is usually accompanied happiness, smiles, while dark colors are usually accompanied by harshness and tension. I see we Human should have a balanced sight of colors to get a wonderful life.

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A blue sky, Blue water, green Garden, brown branches, yellow sun light, what would that be?


It looks like a riddle,  A place containing all the those colours is really a romantic one. In Egypt, I think I was able to see a lot of places collecting all those romantic colors. But stop, what is a romantic color, It is the colour which approach the hears, arouse the affections.I think those colours are the yellow, the blue, the green and the borwn which they are gathered into a place, this is a place where one can take a relief. I took my sony ericsson mobile and use it to record these incidents  in my life.The image

Best place I have visited in Egypt

I think I would like to write about the best place I have ever visited in Egypt.
*Riding a hantor(7antor) in downtown and looking at the river nile is amazing.
*Taking a felouka and wandering in the water of the river nile is also a pleasure,especially if it is in the winter or the autumn. I remember my last tour last winter that was fabulous.
*Having a fish Lunch in that restaurant in Dokki is superb.
These things are what I like. nothing more I think.

Do you like Bouri Fish or Bulti fish?

I think I do like both of them. But I had to choose one. The bouri fish is quite big and has fishy odour and taste. I like to eat the parts that are near the liver and the abdomen area, unluckily when I returned to the home I found out that the Guy took that part out and put a spicy vegetables.

As for the Bulti or Shabar fish, It is flat one. and it can be either fried or grilled. I prefer the grilled one after placing some wheat bran on its surface.

Lemon ( lamoon) or banzaheer

I just had a lemonade. I think it can be used as preservative for some food. Lemon had an antioxidant activity. It has vitamin C and Flavonoids. It can be added to Guava Juice to make a wonderful cocktail. Try It

chicken & Meat price in Egypt

I went to the store to get some chicken breast from a super market here in Egypt that is specialized in chicken. One kilo of chicken breast costs about 28 LE. on kilo of drum sticks is for about 12 LE. chicken liver one Kgm costs 14 LE. chicken Gizzard cost about 11 LE.that means I will go for  fish as theses prices don't work for me yet 
As for the beef meat, someone suggest that the egyptian  must boycott it due to that high price which I will prefer not to mention.
ma'salama

Talbeena or talbina ( malt powder with its fibers) and it's medical values.

It is the powder of malt with the malt fibers. It is sold here in Egypt. It has a lot of medical benefits.
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Method of preparation:
put them in a pot with some water and boil till it becomes like a milk, then but some milk and some blossom honey. then eat.

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Medical benefits:
reduce cholestrol level.
help against constipation.
Provide Vitamin B family to the body
act as antidepressant due to potassiom , magnesiom and Antioxidants.
protection from Ischemia and coronary atheresclerosis
colon relief
stimulation of liver and bladder
diuretic
protection against cancer
cleaning the stomach
increase the mental capacity.
contains tryptophan that used for tryptophan biosynthesis
and others ISA




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Riz bel Khalta

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Egyptian Rice
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth , or 1 chicken stock cube dissolved in 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 kg Chicken Livers
  • 3/4 cup Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp Margarine
  • 2 pieces Cardamom
  • 2 pieces Arabic Gum
  • Salt

Directions
  • 1. Boil almonds in water for 15 minutes. Peel and split each almond in half. Cut blanched hazelnuts in half, too.
  • 2. In a medium skillet heat and stir 1 tbsp margarine or oil, split almonds, hazelnuts for 2 minutes. Add pine nuts and continue stirring for another 5 minutes until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • 3. Fill a medium deep pan with water and bring to boil. Add livers, cardamoms and Arabic gum and boil for 10-15 minuts. Drain livers and rinse under water then cut into small pieces.
  • 4. In a skillet heat 1 tbsp margarine over medium heat. Add chicken livers and stir-fry until brown. Take off heat and set aside.
  • 5. In a large deep non-stick pan heat 3 tbsp margarine over medium-high. Add rice and stir for 15 minutes until golden.
  • 6. Add raisins, sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and 2 cups water.
  • 7. When water is almost absorbed, cover, move to low heat and leave to cook for 25 minutes until tender.
  • 8. Serve rice on a platter and add fried livers on top. Sprinkle nuts on the surface.

Tip

You may need to put more or less quantity of water on the rice depending on the kind you use.

From Wasfa Sahla
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Where to buy an apartment in Cairo?

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One might ask where one should buy a flat in Cairo. I think It's a good investment. the real estate in Cairo is an earny benefit. The old well-known places like Zamalek, Agouza, Dokki, Heliopolis  and others are extremely crowded.  I think these area are  already done with people. so It is a wise idea to go for the new area like for examples the Rehap area, Madinaty ( or Madinati)  area, The El-sherouk ( Al-shouroq) area. However, I think One must have a car if he decided to go for these far areas.


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Namosia for mosquitos bugs

It's a thing that can protect you from mosquitos. I used to see this with some of my acquaintances. Look at this

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Honey again mixed with water

 
There comes forth from their bellies (of the bees) a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think."


[16:68-69]


Just read this When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in 7 minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar.


Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation. It also functions as a protection against capillary problems and arteriosclerosis.



British researchers have discovered that honey slows the oxidation of 'bad' IDL cholesterol, which is responsible for causing arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. So Honey can fight against Colesterol. And the darker the honey, the better.
Pure honey taken with food daily (instead of white sugar) relieves complains of cholesterol.
This is beneficial for those of Old age, sufferers of Heart-disease, Diabetes, High-blood Pressure, Stroke, and others.


French doctors advise weak, emaciated children & older patients to take honey & cream or honey & butter instead of cod liver oil.
Boiled mild mixed with equal quantity of water & seven percent honey is a fabulous energy packed food for children.

Black cumin oil

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I have found this around

Black Seed oil
(Turkish or Egyptian Black Cumin oil) is fresh cold-pressed from Nigella Sativa and contains about 28-35% oil. It is a rich source essential fatty acids which are the building blocks of cells and help the body produce Prostaglandin E1. Research shows that Black Seed oil contains more than 100 components, some of which are still unidentified, that work together synergistically.

Lab analysis show that Black Seed oil contains the following Essential Fatty Acids:
Myristic Acid(0.5%), Palmitic Acid (13.7%), Palmitoleic Acid (0.1%), Stearic Acid (2.6%), Oleic Acid (23.7%), Linoleic Acid [Omega-6] (57.9%), Linolenic Acid [Omega-3] (0.2%), Arachidic Acid (1.3%) - and the following nutrient components Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Folacin, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus.
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All Beef, Frank

I was sent this joke today.
A man walks into the street and manages to get a taxi just going by. He gets
into the taxi, and the cabbie says, 'Perfect timing. You're just like
Frank.'
Passenger: 'Who?'
Cabbie: 'Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all the time.
Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to
Frank Feldman every single time.'
Passenger: 'There are always a few clouds over everybody.'
Cabbie: 'Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the
Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera
baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play
the piano. He was an amazing guy.'
Passenger: 'Sounds like he was something really special.
Cabbie: 'There's more... He had a memory like a computer. Could remember
everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which
fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse,
and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything
right.'
Passenger. 'Wow, some guy then.'
Cabbie: 'He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic
jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never
made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel
good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his
clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too - he was the
perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank
Feldman.'
Passenger: 'An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?'
Cabbie: 'Well, I never actually met Frank. I just married his fucking
widow.' 

how to keep your energy?

here is a strategy to overcome fatigue:
-Keep your diet healthy with all nutritional elements
-drink water
-Do not smoke
-sport  at least five times daily
-sleep well
what else?

Bees

 Believe it or not! I do like Bees. I wish oneday, I have some culture of them, I like honey. I like pollen grains and flowers.
 Osmia ribifloris

Two honey bees are collecting pollen from Nightblooming cereus

Two honey bees are collecting pollen from nightblooming cereus
Honey Bee collecting pollen

honey bee collecting pollen


 


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habbah Albarakah habbet il-baraka (Nigella sativa) حبه البركة

Yesterday, I bought habbet albaraakah  honey. It seems like It is the bees are fed on this flower of this plant. The taste is nicely good. If you are seeking this type of honey, leave a comment and I will answer you back.
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This seed has a great history,Let me introduce some points that I found in Wiki. Ibn Sina, most famous for his volumes called The Canon of Medicine regarded by many as the most famous book in the history of medicine, refers to nigella as the seed that stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness and several therapeutic effects on digestive disorders, gynecological diseases and respiratory system have been ascribed to the seeds of N. sativa.

The seeds have been traditionally used in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries to treat ailments including Asthma, Bronchitis, Rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases, to increase milk production in nursing mothers, to promote digestion and to fight parasitic infections. Its oil has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and to treat cold symptoms. The many uses of nigella has earned for this ancient herb the Arabic approbation 'Habbatul barakah' meaning the seed of blessing.

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