Hello good friday community.
Today I want to share with you something very personal that I had the privilege of being a few years ago, more precisely from December 2, 2008 until June 2009.
I was in Lebanon in the service of peace.
I have been at the service of the United Nations helping local populations to rise after so many years of conflicts and so much suffering.
It was a sense of pride and a feeling of fulfilled duty to have been able to help others in a country far away from Portugal.
Here in this photo I want to show you something very important.
I bought this t shirt at the hard Rock Café in beirut already in 2009 and this set of cups is a typical set of Lebanese cups with these cups hand painted as traditionally and still today I drink my coffee in them like the smell of coffee it reminds me of that Arabica coffee that I had the pleasure of drinking so many times when I was there and that was often offered to us by the local population as a sign of welcome.
Today I want to tell you a little about the acfé I had the taste of drinking this Arabica coffee in Lebanon.
The ingredients for this tasty coffee are as follows:
- 3 (three) tablespoons of ground Arabic coffee beans
- 3 (three) glasses of water
- 1 (one) tablespoon of ground cardamom
- 5-6 carnations is an option if you like
- A dash of saffron if you like it too
- 1 teaspoon of rose water
Let's go prepare our coffee:
Buy arabic coffee
Grind the coffee if it's not already powdered
Crush the cardamom pods
Grind the cardamom seeds
preheat a thermos
heat water in dallah
Remove dallah from stove for 30 seconds
Add coffee to water and return to stove
Let the coffee brew over low heat
Turn off the stove and let the kettle sit for a minute
Remove the kettle from the stove and let the foam fall
Put the coffee back on the stove and leave it there until it almost boils
Remove the coffee from the stove and let it sit for five minutes
Prepare the thermos.
Pour the coffee into the thermos until the powder starts to come out too
Let the coffee sit for 5 to 10 minutes and serve it
This photograph is over 11 years old, taken in Lebanon when I was on a mission.