Sunday, November 21, 2010

Silence of the Lambs

Eid al Adha is a Muslim feast celebrating the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, by the will of Allah (God). In Tunisia, Eid al Adha is known as Eid al Kabir or "The Greater Eid". The story goes on to state that God intervened and placed a sheep/ram in the place of the son.

Muslims all around the world celebrate this festival during the 10 day of the last month of the Islamic calendar, by sacrificing an animal in commemoration of this story. This year, the festival was celebrated on November 16, 2010. Sheep, rams, goats and even cows were present throughout the country on roadsides, streets, farms, highways and cities.

Many of the animals are brought in by Berber nomads to sell for consumption during the celebration.

A single sheep can be bought for approximately 200-250 Tunisian Dinars or 100-150 ($150-$190 CAD).

The sacrifice is usually performed at an individual's home. The meat is then divided amongst family, friends and others and eaten throughout the week.

According to Islamic law, the animal must be slaughtered in a manner in which to make it halal or "lawful". Halal is the equivalent to Muslims as kosher is to Jews. During the process, the animal is killed quickly and the all of the blood drained and discarded.

Fresh meat can be found readily at small roadside "restaurants" off main roads and highways.

One can simply drive up and select a desired chop of meat. The meat will then be weighed and paid for.

The restaurateurs will then proceed to chop the meat into smaller pieces.

The mutton is then the seasoned with sea salt and olive oil.

The meat is then grilled for a minimum period of time (approximately 5 minutes) and serve immediately.

I think this was the best grilled lamb I had ever had!

Eid Mubarak!

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