In Photos: The Egyptian Ritual of Friday Morning Breakfasts

In Photos: The Egyptian Ritual of Friday Morning Breakfasts

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Beyond the burdensome weight of the week and the myriad of unwelcomed surprises, there is a day where all is put to rest in Egypt. The Friday morning bliss is unmatched — no alarms are set, and the first act of self-love is paralleled with the first breakfast of the weekend. The hustle and bustle of the week is replaced with laughter and warmth.

Egyptian Streets has compiled a handful of Egyptian Friday morning breakfasts, in their pure and mouth-watering glory.

 Image Credit: Salma Ollama|   “Cooking is definitely very therapeutic for me. There is something very calming about being able to focus on something for a very specific amount of time and have all these elements be involved. Ingredients, flavor, timing, heat, and movement. Then there is the gratification of being rewarded with a delicious meal after. Friday morning breakfasts remind me of mornings at my grandmother’s house,” says Ollama.
Image Credit: Nada Habib | “My grandma always showed love towards our family through cooking. I grew up feeling most satisfied when I cook for the people I love and watch them enjoy every bite. Cooking is a form of art and expression, the more soul you put into it the more joy it will bring,” says Habib.
 Image Credit: Flavory Tales | Eman Selim |   “The best thing about Friday breakfast is that we can indulge in our breakfast food without the rush of the weekdays. Mama always gets us Ful and Taameya, a personal favorite on Fridays, to get us all together on the dining table,” says Selim.
Image Credit: Fatma Ahmed “Friday morning breakfasts are all about my family and spending quality time with them,” explains Ahmed.
Image Credit: Merna Abohola | “There is something about healthy and delicious breakfast food that makes your day more energetic. It has a boosting effect. That’s why I always make sure to indulge in healthy and delicious breakfasts everyday,” explains Abohola.
Image Credit: Merna Abohola
Image Credit: Ayten Hisham “Cooking is in my genes. I loved to do it, even if I don’t end up eating it. I recently discovered that when I’m not in a good mood, the food doesn’t taste as good. It’s the ‘nafas’ they always talk about,” says Hisham.

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Farah Rafik is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. After being an active participant in Model United Nation (MUN) conferences both locally and internationally, Farah discovered her love for writing. When she isn’t writing about Arts & Culture for Egyptian Streets, she is busy watching films and shows to review. Writing isn’t completed without a coffee or an iced matcha latte in hand—that she regularly spills. She occasionally challenges herself in reading challenges on Goodreads, and can easily read a book a day.

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