A couple of years ago I backpacked through Egypt with a few close friends. We explored the pyramids in Cairo, traveled to Dahab, and hiked Mt. Sinai where Moses wrote the Ten Commandments, went scuba diving in the Red Sea and trekked to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, all in seven days. Yes, my active agenda worked up a huge appetite and my taste buds were overly compliant
Since I'm a newbie in this specific regional cooking, I have started with the bare basics. Learning a new cuisine is almost like learning a new language. Get the basic phrases down then expand from that. My first phase is executing one Middle Eastern dinner successfully.
Here's my simple starter meal that won't break the bank when shopping for new ingredients (Many of these spices are very common cupboard items):
I cheated and went with store bought pita bread to dip.
For more inspiration check out our collection of Middles Eastern Recipes.