As I mentioned previously, where I live is in between a Jewish community and an Arab Palestinian community, there is a local Arab corner shop you can buy supplies when most shops are shut on Shabbat. As I dislike boycotts and think small businesses of all types are important, I sometimes go out and get stuff if I run out of anything at the weekend.
Here is some Marmalade, actually its called ‘orange jam’ and its made in 6th of October city (strangely a real city!) in Egypt. Jam seems to vary a lot in quality, some is excellent, and some is fruit flavoured liquid sugar. This particular stuff is really nice actually.
I wanted to make some couscous for lunch using Chicken I had left over from yesterday, but then I realised as I was cutting up vegetables I had run out of couscous, so off to the store, I had to ask the man there (they usually speak a small amount of English) if they had any, he grabbed me a bag, and I gave him 12 shekels.
When I got home, I was kind of surprised at the very political (Dome of the rock) packaging! actually its not really couscous its a similar wheat type product which is I think popular in Africa, however it came out quite nice anyway.
I got some non alcoholic beer, I am not driving or on medication, its just they didn’t have any proper beer. This stuff was actually quite pleasant really. Please don’t hate me, real ale clubs!
The previous week I got some of this fruit flavoured malt drink with the branding of a popular beer manufacturer, kind of odd, as was just malt and mango soda to be honest. A good way of using beer brand names to a mostly Islamic audience I suppose. Don’t remember now where this stuff was made.
This was a surprise, this box which presumably contains boxes of noodles, is made in Saudi Arabia! I would of thought the wealthiest Arab state in the world would be exporting food more exciting than this! 🙂
Please “slicha” (excuse) the poor quality of the pictures, I took them discretely on my phone in the shop, don’t think they would of been pleased with me using a camera in their shop!
In all honesty I think there is a lot of similarities between Jewish and Arabic food, especially with humous, pita and falafel being massively popular throughout the middle east, no one can agree who invented it, like politics here in general, but at least the tastes are the same 🙂
Of course the shop has nuts, Turkish delight and other Arabic made candy and usual other things I see, as well as a bakery making their own bread on a ancient squeaking conveyor belt oven behind the counter too!!
It sad and pathetic that the anti-Israel and BDS bandwagon are quick to boycott different food products here, I will write an article on food manufacturing soon and destroy some common myths the west has been force fed.