Postcard from

Cairo

Egypt

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Egypt’s rich history and ancient mysteries make it fascinating, but Cairo stands out. It’s the ideal place to savor the Mediterranean’s finest. Cairo blends Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures beautifully, creating an exciting, welcoming atmosphere. Its lively streets, iconic landmarks, and delicious food make it a must-visit for every traveler.
The city of Cairo is known for its unique blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures, and this is reflected in its architecture, food, and people. It’s the perfect place to explore history and indulge in culture. One of the must-see sights in Cairo includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, an iconic monument that is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visitors can also explore the ancient Sphinx or take a stroll through the Khan el-Khalili marketplace.
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For those seeking refuge from the bustling city, Cairo offers numerous tranquil oases, each a haven of serenity amid the urban chaos. Among these gems, Al-Azhar Park stands out as a picturesque escape that beckons visitors to embrace tranquility. Nestled within the heart of Cairo, this enchanting park not only provides respite from the city’s frenetic pace but also showcases spectacular views of the sprawling metropolis below. Al-Azhar Park’s elevated location grants visitors a unique perspective, as they gaze out upon the city’s historic skyline and minarets that pierce the horizon. With lush gardens, meandering pathways, and artfully designed spaces, the park offers a harmonious blend of nature and culture. Here, visitors can savor moments of solitude or share them with loved ones, making it an ideal destination for those in search of a peaceful interlude in the heart of Cairo’s vibrant chaos. Whether it’s a quiet stroll through manicured gardens, a picnic under the shade of ancient trees, or simply basking in the breathtaking view, Al-Azhar Park welcomes all who seek solace in the midst of this lively metropolis. It’s a place where the city’s pulse meets the soothing rhythm of nature, creating a harmonious symphony of experiences for visitors.
One of the highlights of any trip to Cairo is, of course, the local cuisine. With influences from multiple cultures, the food is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. From street food such as Koshari, a mixture of rice, noodles, and lentils, to grilled meats such as Kebab, Cairo’s cuisine is a smorgasbord of flavors. The most famous Egyptian dish that visitors need to try is Hawawshi, a type of stuffed pita bread that is delicious and easy to make. To make Hawawshi, combine chili, onion, garlic, and parsley with ground beef and a few spices. Then, stuff a few spoonfuls of the resulting mixture into pita bread and bake until crispy. Delicious food is never more than a few ingredients away!
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Recipe From Egypt

Hawawashi

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 225g ground beef or lamb
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 30g tomato paste
  • 5g ground cumin
  • 5g ground coriander
  • 2.5g chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dough:

    • 250g all-purpose flour
    • 5g salt
    • 5g sugar
    • 30g vegetable oil
    • 120ml warm water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
    • Add the vegetable oil and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Gradually add warm water and knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the Filling:
    • In a skillet, sauté the chopped onions until they become translucent.
    • Add the minced garlic and bell pepper, and cook for a few more minutes until they soften.
    • Add the ground meat and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon.
    • Stir in the tomato paste, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
    • Cook the filling for an additional 5-7 minutes, ensuring it’s well-mixed and flavorful. Remove it from heat and let it cool.
  3. Assemble and Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Divide the dough into equal portions and roll them into thin, round disks (similar to tortilla size).
    • Place a generous portion of the meat filling in the center of each dough round.
    • Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape and crimp the edges to seal.
    • Place the hawawshi on a baking sheet.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve:
    • Let the hawawshi cool for a few minutes before slicing it into wedges.
    • Serve with your favorite side salad, tahini sauce, or yogurt dip.

Enjoy your homemade Hawawshi, a delicious Egyptian dish that’s perfect for a Mediterranean-inspired meal!

 

Cairo is a city like no other, a melting pot of cultures that brings together the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traits. A trip to Cairo will take you on a journey of discovery and immersion in one of the most exciting cities in the world. From ancient landmarks to vibrant street life, to local cuisine, there is something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip to Cairo and discover a world of Mediterranean wonders and beyond.