Sunday, January 9, 2011

No. 1001: Red hot spicy lemons

When your tongue doesn't know what it's looking for,
these spicy lemons are sure to perk it up
and make your mouth water in pure ecstasy.

Yummy goodness.
These pickled pleasures pack a punch to your tastebuds that makes you jump up and beg for mercy... and then beg for more.

Especially yummy with aish baladi (Egyptian traditional bread) and cheese. Good to eat morning, noon, or night. Taken as a side dish, or just go wild and binge on them all by themselves (arm yourself with some bread however).




Eating them always makes me think of the song by Fool's Garden, "Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky...And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree..." Well, this is one lemon tree best served shaken and spicy.

When I set about making my list about the things I love about Egypt, spicy hot lemons was the first thing that came to mind. Maybe its symbolic; there's a fiery passionate edge to Egypt that overtakes its sour elements and keeps this place heated and delicious. Even if it occasionally gives you heartburn, the overall experience is FABULOUS.

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