Monday, January 24, 2011

You know you've been overseas too long...

...when your 7-year-old comes home and asks if he can have sushi rolls in his lunch instead of Oreos, because that's what his friends' mothers always pack for them.

(Bonus points if he says this while eating "foul," a Jordanian dish you only just learned how to prepare.)

(And because I know you're going to ask, foul is pronounced "fool," and it is a fabulously delicious dish made of fava beans, tomato, onion and spices. You're supposed to eat it for breakfast, but for some reason I can't sell the kids on the idea of beans for breakfast. Yet.)


hannah said... [Reply]

Foul is awesome!! Also, that's hilarious... sushi in one's lunchbox in a desert kingdom that's (nearly) landlocked.

Kristen said... [Reply]

That sounds like an excerpt from Third Culture Kids if I've ever heard one! And I concur, foul is amazing. My family is originally from Zahle, Lebanon so I love, love, love that regions cooking!! Which I'm hoping will also serve me well in my adjusting to Armenia :)

Jen said... [Reply]

Believe it or not, my now 12 year old didn't know pop tarts existed til we moved overseas. We didn't buy them, she was clueless, but another family sent them in as a 'snack' every day as they could be purchased cheaply at the commissary.

Now, you are going to post that recipe, aren't you, as it sounds amazingly yummy?!

Jen Ambrose said... [Reply]

I'm with your kids. I have a very hard time going local for breakfast, except in Germany because bread, cheese, and yogurt sound like a good way to start the day if I have no cereal. Randy loves Chinese breakfast, partly because he's not a big breakfast eater anyway.

But foul sounds like something i could eat for brunch...which is almost breakfast...

Marinka said... [Reply]

That sounds absolutely delicious! And I love that it's pronounced "fool!"

Connie said... [Reply]

I will forever associate foul with Egyptian cab drivers... there was a common joke they told, with tears of laughter, that if you eat foul every day, your body will learn to speak Egyptian. Yes, a silly fart joke. At least this was a joke I could understand... many jokes told to us would involve a rhyming play on words that didn't always make sense. I miss the happiness and friendly nature of Egyptians :) and I'm glad to still find foul easily available in the stores.

Jill said... [Reply]

It took me years to feel "normal" eating Israeli salad for breakfast.

Now it feels funny not to!

And anything with beans sounds great in my book!

Please. Write your own stuff.