23 (Sun) September 2018
Prawns Machboos (WHAT)
aboard Etihad Airways – EY 513 (WHERE)
-Abu Dhabi to Amman-
Mission to Jordan, Day 1.
In transit, en route to Amman. There to attend a Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region – Tue to Wed. As focal point for the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health (see most recently 9.231 Boodle Fight), I’m here to help WHO EMRO – which covers North Africa and the Middle East – set up their own forum, aimed for launch sometime in mid-2019.
Second time in Jordan (see most recently 6.159 Memories of Hummus). Looking forward to the hummus – starting with the in-flight meal on the way in.
Machboos is a meat and rice dish common throughout the Persian Gulf, especially in Bahrain, Qatar, UAE. Meat – chicken, lamb, fish, shrimp (apparently) – plus long-grained rice, cooked with assorted spices – cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, tumeric, paprika – and aromatics – garlic, ginger, onion.
It was okay.
As always, I am grateful for and respectful of the opportunity to travel internationally, whether for fun or for work, especially via business class (see BEST IN FLIGHT), including airport lounge access (see in BEST IN LOUNGE).