This is probably the strangest thing I have ever posted on my blog. It came from a cookbook I got at the library called, "The Iraqi Cookbook." It has many delicious looking recipes, some of which I will attempt to recreate.
I choose this one because it was so unusual. I have never eaten anything like it before. I enjoyed the dish, but it was a little strange. If your not open to strange, this might not be the dish for you.
The book said this is a famous sweet dish for poorer Iraqis. The book also said there are 100 different types of dates grown in Iraq.
There are only three ingredients: 1 1/2 cups pitted dates, 2 eggs, and 1 to 2 tablespoons cooking oil. To begin, I fried the chopped dates in the oil over medium heat. I wanted the dates to soften in the hot oil. This took about five to six minutes.
After the dates were soft, I added the eggs on top of the dates. I continued to stir and fry the food until the eggs were fully cooked.
It was good. I'm not sure if I should categorize this dish as a dessert or breakfast. Eggs seem like breakfast food to me, and Americans are never afraid of eating sweet things early in the morning. Traditionally it is a dessert.
It is a sweet and filling dish. The strongest flavor comes from the dates, which I liked. The eggs make everything stick together. It might not be for everyone, but I liked this dish.