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    lemoncurd
    Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:00 pm
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    Parsley72 I cant belive people actualy dont like leave alone not eat dates. Ok I admit I dont like some varieties and wouldnt eat it in a hurry, but here dates is considered lifes norishment and is equaly as important as water. The 1st thing I eat when I wake up is a few fresh (undried) dates then i would have my tea breakfast ect... then each time I drink traditional arabic coffee which is a few times a day i eat a few dried dates with it. then there is date jam and sweets and each time i feel peckish i snack on some dates. so the humbel date is an important stapel here. icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:01 pm
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    I did know that about the 3 fingers' rule. And I understaned the significance. Food/eating etiquette is very interesting to me.

    Besides, lemoncurd, I much as you do, prefer the taste of food instead of a stainless steel
    fork or spoon.


    I'm debating choosing one country; i.e. Turkey, Iran, Lebanon or a region. There are so many good dishes in that region that it's difficult to choose.

    Our first Christmas (we've been married 6 years) we special ordered a smoked lamb. Have you ever tried smoked lamb? We hadn't. The next day we set out a tablecloth on the floor and ate gyros pita sandwiches, hummous, olives, tzatziki and all the fixings. It was divine!!

    Now that my brother bought a bbq/smoker we can smoke our own lamb and turkey! for the holidays and not spend as much money.

    I should start planning now!

    cg
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    Cookgirl
    Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:03 pm
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    lemoncurd wrote:
    Parsley72 I cant belive people actualy dont like leave alone not eat dates. Ok I admit I dont like some varieties and wouldnt eat it in a hurry, but here dates is considered lifes norishment and is equaly as important as water. The 1st thing I eat when I wake up is a few fresh (undried) dates then i would have my tea breakfast ect... then each time I drink traditional arabic coffee which is a few times a day i eat a few dried dates with it. then there is date jam and sweets and each time i feel peckish i snack on some dates. so the humbel date is an important stapel here. icon_biggrin.gif


    I LOVE dates rolled in grated coconut@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH yes I do!! Date jam and juice is heavenly ,too.
    My Mom loves fig jam. Have you ever tasted that?


    Parsley is missing out on a delicacy.
    But we can forgive her for her minor transgression.


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    *Parsley*
    Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:43 pm
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    I eat ANYTHING in this world with 2 exceptions: dates and prunes. icon_eek.gif

    Perhaps I will give dates another try, since I haven't attempted them since I was a teenager. icon_exclaim.gif
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:11 am
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    Check back with us.


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    Sackville
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:42 am
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    I'm debating choosing one country; i.e. Turkey, Iran, Lebanon or a region. There are so many good dishes in that region that it's difficult to choose.


    I have books from Turkey and Lebanon if you need any recipes. And the smoked lamb sounds amazing!
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:44 am
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    Smoked lamb...oh, smoked lamb...

    I may ask about recipe suggestions from time to time in the next coming months, SG.

    Thanks

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    *Parsley*
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:50 am
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    May I ask where you special ordered a smoked lamb from?

    Like I mentioned, we have a very limited selection of lamb here, and it's usually pricey, small and greasy. There are a few stores here that have great loin chops, though.......but they average about $9 a pound. DH could eat 2 lbs by himself.
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:25 am
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    ...From a local guy who owns one of those rolling BBQ cart things. He will smoke anything.

    I would buy lamb roast at Costco or special order on at the butcher and do it yourself. It was expensive. Or ask a neighbor, family member or friend to smoke it for you. (But then you have to share).
    Zurie
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:18 pm
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    icon_eek.gif Wow! Smoked lamb! How strange that we have a sheep-eating icon_smile.gif country and I have never come across smoked lamb, which is no different from any other meat!! You've given me an idea. I have a small rectangular Cameron smoker. Maybe I should give some deboned leg of lamb a try ...

    This is why I love these foodie websites -- you never stop learning!! icon_biggrin.gif
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:25 pm
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    I have to warn you. icon_wink.gif

    When we smoked our own lamb, hubby and I borrowed his Mom's smoker. We put it out on the driveway since we have a very small deck and no backyard here at the condo (also for fire safety.)

    I swear every neighbor's cat and stray came running looking for handouts. The smell was intoxicating.

    I nearly tripped over my own feet being first in line to dig into the carcass. And the best part is eating the smoked lamb with your fingers.


    Drool...
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:27 pm
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    Do you want to hear my story about how I found out about smoked lamb, even though I'm veering into off topic, shark- infested waters now?



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    Zurie
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:32 pm
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    DO tell, both of you!!
    Cookgirl
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:42 pm
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    Hang on Marcia!

    Well, about ten years ago, single and on my own I decided to order a smoked turkey for Thanksgiving for my fiance and me for the holiday dinner...

    (I saved and saved the whole year for the meal
    putting aside change in a Thanksgiving fund container.)

    So I order the smoked turkey, it arrives the day before.
    It is already cooked, wrapped tightly in aluminum foil so all that is required is warming the meat. No brainer.

    Anyway, I warm the meat up for about an hour and half or so and I notice a faint "whiff" of something but thought that perhaps some food had fallen in the oven and baked on leaving an unpleasant scent...

    We sit down for our holiday feast and I take one bite of the meat and spit it out. It tasted like a big chunk of liver. I HATE liver!! Come to find out that all the innards/offal, were left inside the cavity of the smoked turkey.

    I had to throw the whole turkey away! Twenty dollars down the drain!!

    I call up the meat seller the next day, and as a good business man he apologizes profusely and tells me that either he will refund the price of the meat or replace it. I think for a second. Then he asks, what kind of meat do you like? I didn't think twice and said "lamb". He said, expect a whole smoked lamb roast tomorrow morning. It came and I devoured it. Fiance came over later for dinner again and we had the best Greek feast outside of Athens that you could ever imagine! We ate off that lamb for days and I ate gyros everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! LOL
    ann teapot
    Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:59 pm
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    Claudia Roden have a very good cook book which is authentic because she is herself from Alexandria, although settled in England.
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