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An invitation to lunch
Posted by Brian Jones
16 October 2003 –
I was invited for lunch and turned up expecting a to have a bit of rice and okra stew. Instead I was brought into the mudhif , which is a guest hall traditionally built from reeds (see pictures in Wilfred Thesigers 'The Marsh Arabs'). After sitting down and drinking lots of tea with a range of men from the area, people started arriving with vast trays groaning under the weight of delicacies of various kinds. I was told, apoligetically, that they hadnt had time to prepare something really special but hoped that I wouldnt mind!!
Needless to say the food tasted fantastic and I had to be carried out to the car afterwards.
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