Lahmacun, Iraqi flatbread: the best damn thing we’ve eaten lately
Yes, I can say hand-on-heart this Iraqi flatbread with lamb & veggies was one of the best things I’ve eaten all year! I’ve always loved Middle Eastern food and I do cook it often at home, but this really left both me and my man speechless.
The whole experience was triggered by the fact that some of my colleagues will be travelling for business to Iraq. Everyone started asking the usual questions: is it safe to go to Iraq, how are things over there and so on. The first question on my mind was: what do people eat in Iraq? I have to confess, I didn’t know much about it in particular. My Food Atlas of the World doesn’t say much on Iraq, but Wikipedia came to the rescue. I learned that, along with all the other great things, Mesopotamia was also a land of culinary delights and advancements. They gave us one of the world’s first cookbooks, written on a clay tablet in cuneiform writing: it describes the dishes served during summer festivals. Now, this needed further (practical) investigation!