A Midnight Snack


Late in the evening, one of the friends I had in the program would make a big meal for our friend group―that my friend considered to be a midnight snack. One of the foods he made that I loved and eventually brought home afterwards was shakshuka. After a long day of either hiking, travelling or schoolwork, my friends and I would all walk to his dormitory kitchen and either help with cooking or bring ingredients needed for the meal. After the meal preparation had been completed (around midnight) we would sit down, eat, talk and eventually grow closer with one another. Food literally brought us together, up to three nights per week!

What food did I try?:

I tried shakshuka! It’s a hot dish generally made out of diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers and eggs. We normally had shakshuka as the central dish during the evenings when we would sit and talk. We would eat this dish with pita bread if we had it, but most nights, we would just reheat toast in the oven and scoop some shakshuka with a spoon, and eat it on the toast. 

How did I feel when I tried it?:

I felt like I was trying out a whole new set of combinations. Beforehand, I had eaten scrambled eggs and omelettes, but I had never paired up eggs with anything. In addition, I had never had a tomato sauce on anything other than pasta or pizza.