I am in Cairo with a pretty poorly furnished kitchen, and I am having several people over to dinner on Friday. All the pots and pans (2 frying pans - one small one large-ish, two pots one medium, one large-ish) are the cheap aluminum kind that burn things really quickly. I have two pryrex flat bakers (but I haven't tried the oven yet), a small cookie sheet, and that is it. There will be four of us at dinner, and since the a/c is currently not working, I need to be able to prepare as much ahead of time as possible so I'm not dripping with sweat at the dinner table. One guest is Egyptian, so no pork and he does not like spicy or Indian food. The rest of us will eat most things. The meat here tends to be very fresh and very tough, so I am thinking of sticking to chicken. I have parmesan and romano cheese, basmati and aborio rice (but no checken stock --only "cubes" seem to available). Some things seem to be in the markets, but other things are strangely absent. This is the first time in 8 days I've had access to the internet and I did not bring any cookbooks with me. I would appreciate all help and suggestions!