The Egypt Entries
By Jaimee Rissman, Jessica Van Tassel, and Sophia Varughese
Interview with the Hero
Everyone in Egypt knew the war had to end at some point in time, but not many people know how it did. Mentuhotep II ended and won the war. How did he do it? He is here with us today to discuss this heroic moment in history and everyone’s daily life now. Mentuhotep told us at the Egypt Entries that his father, Intef III, inspired him to do great things, so he decided to fight for what he wanted and reunited Egypt. He also told us that after he reunited Egypt, he changed the capital from Memphis to Thebes. “I just feel more at home there,” Mentuhotep told us. Finally we asked him, out of all his wives who was his favorite, and he told us Tem, his chief wife. If you want to learn more about Mentuhotep tune in next week on our interview with civilians about his reign.
Come tomorrow morning at sunrise to enter yourself in a raffle to win a day with Mentuhotep! The day will start next Monday at 9:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. You will have 3 meals together and enjoy some planned activities like chariot racing, Nile rafting, and more! Have you ever wanted to feel like a pharaoh? Now you can with a pharaoh right by your side! So come tomorrow morning, right at sunrise, and, you never know, you may be eating lunch with the person who saved our country!
Many will enter, only one will win. Time will be for 12 hours, no longer.
Land for Sale
As you know, Mentuhotep wasn’t the only pharaoh that has ever reigned, and in some people’s opinion, might not be the best one of all. Over time, there has been many different pharoah’s besides Mentuhotep such as: King Narmer, Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure, and even Pepi II. Without all of these people historic events might not have happened, such as the great pyramids being built or upper and lower Egypt becoming one. Remembering all of these events and past Pharaohs are very important because without them the Egypt that we live in now would be completely different society. Some of them are good, and some of them are bad. It is believed that Pepi II was a horrible king, and that Mentuhotep II saved the day. Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure had pyramids built for them, which provides pleasure to them and to the civilians, getting to see the grand site. We have to remember all of these kings, because without having the time of Pepi II, we couldn’t have the amazing country we have today under Mentuhotep II’s rule. Let’s all remember, everything happens for a reason.
To end, we will show you how to make Egyptian Pita Bread and Tiger Nut Sweets!
Egyptian Pita Bread
(appr. 8 pieces)
– 300 ml finger warm water
– 25 g of fresh yeast
– 500 g spelt flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix yeast with finger warm water. Gradually blend in 400 g of flour mixed with salt. Knead it until the dough is smooth, add flour until it does not stick to the bowl. Turn on the oven to 220 °C. Cover in cloth and put in warm (not hot) place. When the dough has doubled in size, after approximately 40 minutes, knead it firmly on a floured surface for a couple of minutes. Cut in 8 pieces and flatten them to the thickness of a finger. Bake in middle of the oven for 8-10 minutes. A bubble of air will rise in the middle of the bread. Eat when cool.
Tiger Nut Sweets
– 400 g fresh pitted dates
– some water
– 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
– 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
– 4 tbsp roughly chopped walnuts
– a little honey
– 4 tbsp finely chopped almonds
Mash the dates with water to a rough paste. Add cinnamon, cardamom powder and walnuts, blend well. Roll into two balls, coat in honey and sprinkle the finely chopped almonds over them. This is one of few “confirmed” genuine ancient Egyptian food recipes.
We hope you liked this edition of The Egyptian Entries! Tune in next time for more information that you should know!