eG Food Blog: Lior (2011)Foodblog
Posted 17 December 2011 - 06:55 AM
The host was a lovely and very hospitable man aged 38, husband to a beautiful and young looking wife, and father to no less than 8 boys ranging in age from 4 to 13. This is the Abu Nadi family, which belongs to the Al Gidiraat tribe, which consists of 10,000 people. This tribe belongs to the Shamar tribe of over one million people. This tribe originated in Saudi Arabia and has tribes in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait,Syria, Jordan and Iraq. They do get together occassionally,in Jordan. The tribe is very interested in opening its gates to other populations in Israel and has had many groups stay with them overnight, including my daughter's 9th grade class. This village is completely authentic and very friendly.
A bit closer:
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:09 AM
There were two kitchens, a small family one and a very nice larger one, used for group visits (I will show pictures of both)
Off to the small family kitchen:
My husband relaxing on a mattress:
Myself under a small olive tree:
Edited by Lior, 17 December 2011 - 07:15 AM.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:25 AM
The tea was a black tea with added sage leaves and nana (peppermint?) and a few other leaves, which remain a bit of a mystery! It is served very sweet.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:45 AM
Jerrycan of olive oil
Olive oil stored in a Jerrycan
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:45 AM
Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:47 AM
One of the boys took a date from our table and got reprimanded gently. He looked awfully ashamed!
His mother talked quietly to him and he ran off and then returned with two potatoes from last night's campfire. The potatoes get put into the embers and cook slowly. By morning they are done and still warm. He and one of his brothers munched on the potatoes while the mother got up and went back into the family kitchen. One of the boys spread a blanket nearby ours. A few minutes later the mother came back with their lunch. ALl the boys and the mom sat down to share lunch, which consisted of rice with pieces of meat, and some other dish (?). At the end they each got a cup of pink juice.
Edited by Lior, 17 December 2011 - 08:49 AM.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:51 AM
Do write as much as you can about the Bedouin culture. We all need to understand and appreciate each other better. (Don't mean to sound preachy, but my words have just come out that way.)
learn, learn, learn...
Cheers & Chocolates
Posted 17 December 2011 - 08:55 AM
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:05 AM
Yes, Darienne!! I agree. The Bedouin culture is a very interesting one. I could not take a photo of the lovely mother, which I knew I couldn't. The father also said to be sure to exclude her in the photos as it is not respectable to have her in a photo and all. As you can see, the lifestyle is changing and although there still are tents and half tents, many now have homes as in the picture. The father stayed with us while they all ate. He mentioned how much he enjoys seeing all the children and his wife eating together. He said all families should eat together. I felt a bit badly that my kids were having breakfast without us!!
Oh Lior, this is going to be the best blog ever!! I've eaten up every word.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:09 AM
He explained that in order to have enough milk for the baby camel and the family of 10, he keeps the baby away from the mom for a few hours, and then lets the baby out. While the baby nurses, he milks the camel. The baby was very cute and came running very quickly sraight to mama's teats! The teats are shrunken at first and as the baby sucks at each teat it becomes swollen and only then does the milk start flowing.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:16 AM
A smaller "finjan" (this is a small pot with a spout, used for making black coffee)was also filled for the grandmother. The sone was told to run it over to grandmother's.
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learn, learn, learn...
Cheers & Chocolates
Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:02 AM
Does the foam catch the sand on a windy day, so that the sand doesn't contaminate the milk? You just scrape it off once you're inside?
*sound of Bedouins laughing derisively*
Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:27 AM
Many foods get picked from weeds and what grows naturally and as our host mentioned, these are the healthiest. They have no hormones or such and have not been genetically played around with. Sabras, Chubeza etc. I will look these words up in ENglish. I think Sabra is a prickly pear-grows around here a lot on cacti. Chubeza, I think I mentioned in my first foodblog. I cannot recall the word in English!!
I was very impressed by the education the father gave the kids. The kids help a lot, whereas mine seemed spoiled in comparison! They ran immediately at every gentle request. At one point they were all in a pile of rough housing and the 4 year old came out a bit teary. His father called him and asked him "who hurt you?" to which he pointed to the eldest. The father called the eldest, who tentatively approached him. The father motioned for him to sit down next to him. He did so. Then the father pinned him down-in a very light and playful manner, and called the little ones to come and annoy him, which they gleefully did. He laughed the whole time, but got a few smacks from the smaller ones. Everyone laughed and went away smiling. The four year old was very pleased and soon enough they were all at it again.
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A picture of the surrounding area to where we ate:
The big kitchen used for when groups com:
from a different angle:
the range used to cook:
a close up of the pots used:
Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:18 PM
SOo he got advice from someone who knows better and had to woo her,by giving her dates,pita and all sorts of delicious foods. Now they are good friends and she allows him to milk her.
The host does not have male camels, so he takes his females to someone that has a good male and for 100 shekels, he can have the camel mated. He sells the male babies.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 03:25 PM
Posted 17 December 2011 - 03:59 PM
This is great. Positive reinforcement works for all species!
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