The first episode of the new BBC 2 series ‘A Cook Abroad’ was aired yesterday with Hairy Biker Dave Myers visiting Egypt, home to some of the oldest recipes known to man. From the fantastic street food of one of the world's greatest cities, Cairo, to a family feast 500 miles south in ancient Aswan, Dave travels up the Nile to find the origins of some of the world’s favourite dishes.
On this epic adventure, Dave fulfilled a boyhood dream and visited the great pyramids of Giza and learns that they were built by labour fed on no more than the humble loaf. He goes off the beaten track to the lush oasis of Al Fayoum in search of a dish with mythical properties and, on the banks of the River Nile, discovers a place where ancient man first turned to farming. Venturing further into the land of the pharaohs, Dave finds the origins of baking and the living proof of a food that changed the eating habits of the world.
To mark the end of his journey, Dave joins a family of Nubians for a feast to celebrate the end of Eid al-Adha. He helps prepare a traditional meal that has become legendary across the entire Arab world and receives hospitality he'll never forget.