Last night was among my favorites since arriving in Cairo. Sherin and I had Paul, Shubhi, Victor, and the new Greek girl over to cook dinner at our new place. We all went to the grocery store to decide what to cook. We settled on Shubhi’s idea: an onion and green pepper cream sauce over potatoes. We bought cheese, milk, onions, and green pepper to make the sauce. I decided to add some rice to make it a larger meal, and we were set! We got mangos and melons for desert, along with chocolate ice cream.
We had so much fun cooking together in the kitchen! Our roommate, Ana, joined us, and we all worked together: Sherin and Paul ran back to the market for salt, Shubhi made the cream sauce, Victor chopped onions, and I boiled potatoes. It was funny to see all of the cultural differences we had with the cooking. Paul didn’t understand why we would leave the skin on the potatoes, and we all had different ideas about how long they should cook (some people liked them softer than others).
We sat down to dinner, and it was fabulous. Everything tasted really good, and we all agreed that cooking together made for a good evening. I really like the group of friends we have here in Maadi; everyone is up for a good conversation over dinner, and our inside jokes begin to remind me of my friends from home.