Category Lifestyle

The Gaza Kitchen cookbook recaptures lost history through food

Megan Detrie for The National // Apr 4, 2012 // Grilled sea bream, sour plums and citrus fruits were once the staples of the Gazan diet. In the evenings, families would gather around a plate of fried fish stuffed with dill, accompanied with fragrant, chilli-spiced rice. Now, the daily struggle to put food on the […]

Bassem Youssef is known as Egypt’s Jon Stewart for his no-nonsense stand

Megan Detrie for The National Feb 14, 2012 Bassem Youssef spends most of his day in a cramped room lined with whiteboards, poring over YouTube with a team of interns. Each week, they select clips from hours of news footage that exemplify the “deceit and hypocrisy” Youssef says is so prevalent in Egypt’s television news. […]

One Cairo band becomes a revolutionary discovery

Megan Detrie for The National Dec 29, 2011 When the rock band Cairokee agreed to perform last September in Mansoura, a conservative, agricultural city in the Nile Delta region, they expected to find few fans. Instead, they took to the stage to loud cheers from a packed audience. “Everyone was singing along – I was so […]

Among the TV gourmets, a taste of Egypt’s humble cuisine

Megan Detrie for The National Oct 12, 2011 Working from a small kitchen with plastic plates, tin pots and a propane gas stove, Ghalia Mahmoud has become an unlikely television star. The 33-year-old former maid is causing a stir in Egypt with her new cooking show Elsit Elghalya (Precious Woman), where Mahmoud has become a voice for […]