Saturday, June 25, 2005

Answering readers' questions

"I'll start from where I stopped the last time.

kung fu kat/missouri said:

1)What is a typical "breakfast" in Iraq? Is cereal in milk popular there? 2) What time does a typical work day begin?3) What time is lunch served? What is a typical lunch? Do most Iraqis go home for lunch or take their lunch or eat out?4) What time does a typical work day end?5) What time is supper served? Is it late or early evening? Is their a formal "snack" or other meal in between? What is a common meal?

1) The usual stuff most Iraqis have for breakfast include any of the following: eggs, cheese, jam, butter. Most people have tea for breakfast. Cereals with milk are not common.
2) Typical day work begins at 8 a.m.
3) Lunch is usually served between 1 and 2.30 p.m. typical lunch includes rice and tomato soup with one type of vegetable (in the soup) like beans, potato, eggplant and others I don't know the translation for in addition to salad (usually tomato and cucumber) and yogurt is essential in summer .
Friday lunch is usually special; barbequed meat (Kabab, tecca) fish or qouzi (rice with well-cooked lamb meat and "stuff" mixed with the rice). Most Iraqis eat at home although with the new system of work hours (from 8 to 3 p.m. instead of 2 p.m.) this is changing for some.
4) Supper is usually served anytime between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. although this is more variable than lunch. There's no formal snack but afternoon tea is common and usually include biscuits or pastry. I believe we got that from the British.
I'm sorry I can't name most of the stuff we have for supper in English but I'll keep looking for it and would probably make a post just about this stuff if it's important."
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