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Papa’s plate, a sight for sore eyes. (More mmm mmm food.)

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Last night, for the first time in quite some time, Mohammed cooked, this time for both of Matt and I. (Last time he cooked for us, he served the poached egg dish pictured in my last post. He also made me a lentil soup when I got sick before the Badia. More on that at another time, in another post.)

We arrived promptly at 10 p.m., on time for once, and walked through the door as he completed his masterpiece of a meal.

Three plates were set on the table, the white ceramic a stark contrast to the line of bright red tomato slices, hugging the sides of the plate like a set of parentheses. And the top of the plate- twelve o’clock, if you will- three long slices of cucumber arranged as a three-leaf clover, topped with one, vibrant piece of lemon.

In the few moments it took to walk into the bedroom, drop off my backpack and slide off the sneakers, the piece of art was complete. What had been an empty, white, framed center was now filled with chunks of deep brown meat sautéed with onions. The oil and juices flowed around the plate, saturating and darkening the vegetables. It was beautiful, really. And that’s exactly why, after just two bites, I ran to grab a camera. I had to capture this meal on film- err, chip, I suppose, in this digital age- before I devoured it.

Dinner last night, prepared by Mohammed himself. The chicken liver was tender, delicious, juicy. At first I was hesitant, as my last encounter with liver was not pleasant. But, I didn’t want to be rude, and I was hungry. And it turned out just fine.

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May 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Mmm mmm, food.

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My host mother, mama Ruwada, she’s quite the cook. From the first day Matt and I were welcomed into our new home, she has never failed to amaze me, along with my taste buds and stomach. Lunch on day one was maklouba, a traditional Jordanian delicacy that is more of an idea than a specific dish. It is often referred to as ‘upside down’ because all of the food is cooked together, I’m told, and then flipped onto a platter before it is served. So, in that way, it’s kind of like an upside down pear pie. Never had it, you say? Well, you should. It’s delicious. Believe me, I (‘d like to think I) know food.

On that first day two weeks ago, I was far too hungry to snap photos before ultimately stuffing my face full of juicy, tender chicken, carrots, onions and rice. I may have also still have been half asleep after my sleepless night and early morning.

Below are some images of the food I have been served over the course of two plus weeks living with my host family. Note: I’m usually starving, and thus dive into the meal before I pull my camera out. Some of these images may be of half-eaten food.

Also included in this slideshow gallery are other photos of meals, snacks, and munchies here in Jordan over the last two and a half weeks. Check captions for clarification on which is which, but you will probably be able to tell for yourself.

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May 31, 2012 at 10:33 am