Feb. 1st, 2011

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...that's what the crowds were calling out to the police before the police abandoned the cities, according to superb radio coverage by the BBC. When I visited there years ago, the answer to that was about $13 a month.

In today's news, Egypt's economy is tanking as Mubarak says he will not run:

“I’m going to try to eat the cheapest foods, ful and falafel,” said Azza Aladin, 47. Ful is a simple dish of beans. A single mother with six children, Ms. Aladin said she had been forced to cut out a meal a day.

Many Egyptians are paid on the last or the first day of the month, and their wages often come in cash-filled envelopes. With A.T.M.’s empty and banks closed, many bosses just cannot pay.

Muhammad Soudan, 54, had a banner on his car at Monday’s protest in Alexandria that read “I would rather live hungry than die in fear.” It is not an abstract notion here.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/world/middleeast/01economy.html?scp=1&sq=ful&st=cse

Claudia Roden's Ta'amia or Falafel )

Claudia Roden's Ful Mesdames )

Claudia Roden is the doyenne of middle-eastern cookbook authors. An Egyptian Sephardic Jew, she and her family were run out of Egypt by Nasser, and her reconstruction of that whole lost world began with her recipe for ful mesdames.

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