My version of Paella

The word Paella came from the Arabic word (Baqia) which means in Arabic leftovers. I believe it was taken when the Muslims were ruling Andalusia. The idea of this dish inspired me a lot to make my own version of Paella, from some leftovers that  can blend well together. I made mine from some rice with lentils, along with some ground beef mixed with some cooked vegetables like bell pepper, potatoes and tomatoes. I also added cayenne pepper and some salt when I was heating them together, just to link the flavors to each other.

The thing is you can be very creative with leftovers, just don’t get tempted to the idea of throwing them away first. I wasn’t that conscious all my life, but after working in underprivileged areas, I felt guilty every time I threw any food. I also believe that we care so much about what other people think about us. So when you are in a restaurant and you have some leftovers, don’t hesitate to take them to go. you already paid for them, I know that we all fall under the pressure of thinking that oooh we might look cheap, but who is looking? and why should we care? this food that will go into the garbage you can give it away to a hungry person in the street, even it can feed a hungaImage hungry animal.


1st Recipe of of my food recycling series

In the  introduction to this section of the Nomad Foodie, I mentioned how I hate wasting, or throwing away food, so I came up with some recipes that help us recycle food, and at the same time will make them an attractive alternative dish.


If we have leftovers of any kind of meat, especially if it’s some small pieces of steak, that no body wants to eat, or small pieces of chicken. We can slice them really thin, spread them on Tortia bread, or shamy bread, also inside a pita bread (which ever available), then slice green, red, and yellow Bell pepper over them, grate any kind of cheese you have,(Gouda, Cheddar, or mozzarella) season them to your taste then put them inside the oven, or the microwave tell the cheese melts. its a quick fix if you have leftovers, and you came from outside tired and no time to cook many dishes.

and….Bon appetit 





I always hated throwing food. It’s an ethical issue. I live in a country where more people living on bread crumbs than people eating three meals per/day.That’s why I invented a food recycling concept. This concept doesn’t only work on the idea of creating new recipes from leftovers, but also it can redress the food that you are not normally crazy about to something you might actually crave for. STAY TUNED FOR RECIPES.

Is being a traveler considered a skill?

This has been always a mind boggling question for me. By being a traveler, I don’t mean travelling with an organized group, where everything is planned for u. I also don’t mean going alone on a business or a leisure trip, where an agent booked ur ticket, ur hotel, and ur excursions/programme for u. By a traveler I mean less planning, more spontaneity, and more emersion into the place u r going to. Being more open to the fact that may be things will not go according to plan. Its being willing to sleep at a stranger’s house where u don’t speak much of the language, or not being too picky about food, and trying different habits. In short, going out of ur comfort zone.


In my travels, I have seen these innate travelers. Very flexible, very open, they can do anything and everything. They have an amazing coping capability, and when their plans go wrong, they can’t be more thrilled. I was lucky to have met these people on some of my trips. They ooze positivity, they see obstacles as life lessons, and challenges as adventures.

So what if u r not the same? Or u don’t have these qualities up to that extent? What if you are a bit uptight about sleeping in a strangers’ house, or trying new food? Shall this realization deter u from travelling, or having ur own adventures? I would say a firm NO. It’s true that some people are born with a natural sense of adventure. U can even spot it in children on the swings in any play ground. Some of them are so scared to hop on, and others the same age, want to swing till they reach the skyline.

The good news is these skills if the person is AWARE of them, can be acquired by experience. The more u backpack, and the less u plan, the more these things will come easy to u. from my travels, I realized that not all surprises are necessarily bad ones. Not all the food that looks funny is necessarily have a bad taste. Strangers, can be best friends later in life. Each and everyone can learn these skills at his or her own pace. So shed the trappings of ur perfectly planned life and start PLANNING ur own little adventure.


Iran: One of the most controversial travel destinations.

In Iran, there is more than that meets the eye. One thing I learned from this trip, NEVER TRUST THE MEDIA.

Although Iran is an off-the-beaten-path travel destination, given all its restrictions, when the chance of visiting presented itself, we clutched at the opportunity. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, and an aesthetically beautiful one at that, the land once known as Persia is now open to Egyptian visitors without any visa requirements.

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A compact guide to Siwa

The sunset oasis

Amira El-Naqeeb composes a compact guide on how to make the best of a holiday in Siwa

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Clockwise from top: contemplating sunset; at home in the sky ceiling room; the majestic hills standing proudly in Taghaghien Island; bonding with nature in the Ghaliet photos: Iman Fouad & Mohamed El-Ghareeb

Siwa is much more than a getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. It offers a beguiling blend of antiquity, nature and wellness. With Easter approaching, Siwa offers long weekend visitors a chance to make the best of their stay, teeming with life and activities.

You should mark your calendar for the Gabal Al-Dakroury and Siwan Festival which is a three-day event in October according to the Hijri (moon) calendar. Gabal Al-Dakroury was chosen by Siwan tribes as a middle ground for this annual festival, according to Mustafa Yousri, a local tour guide. “It is far removed from the tribal disputes of 150 years ago,” he explained. “They decided to come together and celebrate for three days the harvest season and reconciliation among the tribes.” People gather from all over Siwa, bringing food to eat and share together. Outsiders are welcome to join them if they happen to be in the neighbourhood during the festival……..Read more