Nasser approaches holding a tray with freshly-baked, still-steaming lebbah bread and a bowl of Bedouin-style baba ganoush, placing them in the middle of the rug on which we are already relaxing for our lunch break. We quickly move closer to the center, reaching out for a piece of bread which we use to scoop a bit of salad or cheese spread.
“Wow, the food is delicious!” we invariably comment.
“Yes, wow bread and wow-wow-wow eggplant!” Nasser laughs and recedes to enjoy lunch with his Bedouin friends.
Meals on the Sinai trail were always unexpectedly yummy, and we were pleasantly surprised to discover the chef within each of our Bedouins companions. “I cook with my heart,” Faraj, one of our best cooks from the Jebelaya tribe, confessed, “how could the food not be tasty?” [Read more…]