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I almost forgot this one completely. I finished N and went straight to the vote for P.
What about O?
Luckily for me. O was never going to a vote. There is only one country in the world that begins with O and that is Oman.
The tough part was finding out about their national dish. After much research and laziness on my behalf, I found Shuwa.
Shuwa is the dish that Omani's eat for Eid. I went for this dish as it was a good one for dinner and it was a celebratory dish too.
The rest of of the national dishes seemed nice but I couldn't narrow it down to one. They have kebab which is curried meat with vegetables. Sounds good but a bit complicated, so I carried on searching. Another dish that came up a lot if Halwa. Halwa is a middle eastern dish which I too have had many times after my mum has made it. Sweet and nutty, I decided to avoid this.
Cooking with Thas was a helpful source for this dish, as well as Times of Oman online edition too. The dish itself is a simple one and focuses a lot on the mariande.
I worked on this the night before and mixed the two recipes together. This included using many herbs and spices with oil and lathering this all onto the lamb. I put a few slits into the lamb to make sure this went deep into the meat and that the flavour was tasted throughout. The herbs and spices included Tumeric, Cumin, Coriander, Cloves, Chilli Powder, Pepper as well as some Garlic. Well, a lot of Garlic.
After its marriage with the marinade overnight, the lamb (covered, ideally in banana leaf or kitchen foil) is then cooked at a low temperature for two to three hours. Before taking out, a final blast of the lamb at a high heat for 30 minutes to get that char and texture and you are done.
As a dish, it is all about the lamb. Get this done properly and with rice or even bread it is lovely. Mine was a bit dry and my family wanted some sort of sauce or gravy, but i declined (ha, it wasn't in the recipe).
Sorry I forgot to let you all vote. I had to take charge and Oman it was.
Next - P and Peru.