Around the World in 80 Plates: Egypt

Captain Create is in Egypt today and what an interesting country to visit! The Ancient Egyptians created what we usually think of first: those very famous pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Sphinx.

But Egypt is not all sand and pyramids! Cities are busy, students are studying and playing sports, people work all kinds of jobs from farming and fishing to lawyers, computer programmers, and designers. All these Egyptians need to eat so that they have the energy they need to play soccer, run races, and do their homework or work.

The food you find in Egypt today is a mixture of Middle Eastern, Arabic, African, and Asian foods. Meat is usually lamb or chicken that is grilled, roasted. or minced. Nearly every meal includes rice, and sides made with vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, and okra are used in everyday dishes. Kebabs are also very popular, and an easy way for a traveler to taste a lot of new flavors in a quick trip to a market.

Lots of different salads are served as appetizers which include ingredients like tomato, onion, mint, cilantro, and peppers, and there are traditional dips that you can find everywhere. You probably already know and love the chickpea dip hummus, but there is another very famous middle eastern dip that is served with pita, crackers and vegetables; baba ganoush!

It is a pretty easy dip to make, and is fun for the whole family because there is a lot of smashing, stirring, and sprinkling involved. Either roast the eggplants in the oven or cook them on the grill, let them rest a bit, and smash away! Serve this tasty dip mid-afternoon as a snack while you prepare a chicken kebab dinner from Candi over at Create Better Health Utah with your family.

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