The Algerian proverb says: “The servants of men are their master”, as this popular saying glorifies the worker and considers him the master of his people. This is what Awouch, 56, kept repeating, while kneading large quantities of bread, believing that “the upper hand is better than the lower hand”.
Awaouch puts the “tajine”, which is the clay dish intended for baking traditional bread, or what is called the “matlou”, over medium heat, trying to save the time with which she runs. She starts her labor at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. when her son comes out to show warm.
The Algerian prefers “the well-balanced”
Customers and passers-by compete to acquire “Matloua” Awaouch, the smell of which emanates from under the pieces of fabric that are wrapped in it. Selling 50 traditional breads does not take more than an hour, since the Algerian prefers the “matlou” to the industrial bread, especially in the month of Ramadan.
Ms. Awoush, the retired widow, believes the need increases during Ramadan as families come together, in addition to the privacy of eating during the holy month and the needs of Eid al-Fitr, this which makes diligence an important role in blocking the path. feelings of financial helplessness or the need to reach out to others.
“Diol” and “borak”
Awaouch puts the bread aside and begins to prepare the “dioul”, the pastry sheets which are more and more in demand in Algeria during the month of Ramadan, because it is the main component of the “borak”, the latter – which is closer to samosas – is one of the important traditional dishes that should be served at Ramadan tables.
Ismail (23), Awwash’s son, does not make a big effort to sell what his mother prepares, which he describes as “fala”, which is the nickname given to the “authentic” woman.
Cleanliness and quality
Young Ismail is proud of his mother and what they do, and he tells Al-Jazeera Net: “In many cases I find customers waiting for me down the street for their confidence in the cleanliness. of what I offer in addition to the quality. “
This family receives a daily income of about 33 thousand Algerian dinars, or about 30 dollars, and this income is enough to provide for the needs of the family during Ramadan and the day of Eid comfortably and without the help of whomever. either, which was confirmed by the family. in their experiences of previous years.
On the other hand, Karima, 24, from the town of M’sila 300 kilometers southeast of the Algerian capital, prepares natural fruit juices, as well as a drink popular in Algeria known as “Sherbet”, which Algerians flock to it is greatly during Ramadan.
Karima, wife and university student, begins to prepare her various juices a few days before the month of Ramadan and keeps them in the freezer, “since the weather will not be sufficient during the holy month to follow up on customer requests. , “According to what she told Al-Jazeera Net.
The young woman says her husband’s financial situation and her needs as a student and wife have prompted her to harness her talent and interest in the world of cooking and juicing in particular.
The “magic” recipe for traditional juices
Karima says: “I have always helped my mother to prepare the magic recipe of traditional juices, and this time I decided to make this profession a door to earn a living with which to help me and improve my standard of living. ” Publicity
Many women in Algeria seek to make a living from their excellence in cooking or exploiting any skill they can benefit from, and they advertise their products on social media pages. Work better than a soft, outstretched hand to ask for help. “