Lahm Bi Ajin

You want me to say,

"I'm sorry."


I offer, "The dough still needs a little rise.

But, try the lamb. I thought it might land

a bit limp on your tongue, so I added

a bit of a Persian twist.

Dry apricot and raisin,

cardamom, onion -

a little sweet with the savory."


In your pooling prodding eyes, just

two simple words unwritten, unspoken,

foreign to my lips,

would dab the affront of going to bed angry,

would somewhat soothe a promise broken.


I give, "Since you don't like pine-nuts,

I thought I might top with cashew,

because you adore them.

I admit I was a bit ham-handed with the cloves,

so maybe a little feta to cut the bitter a bit."


I lift a spoon to your lips.

Your eyes close curtain

as you bend toward me.

You taste.

And a tear, though hesitant,

released by its own weight

on your chin,

falls into the pot.

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Devon Brock

Sat 6th Jul 2019 20:36

Thanks Mindy and Jason. It is a wonderful dish. The wife and I are exploring some of the world's street foods. Our pantry is crazy now.

Mindy, for some folks, it is difficult to admit that they were wrong, and find other ways to apologize. I also tried to capture the stages of feigning innocence, twisting the details of the argument, to finally giving in to the admission of guilt itself.

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Jason Bayliss

Sat 6th Jul 2019 20:22

If I had a recipe book like this I'd never be out of the kitchen. Brilliant.

J. x

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Mindy Newton

Sat 6th Jul 2019 20:06

"...foreign to my lips..."

You'll go to great lengths to get the taste just'll go so far...but no farther?

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Devon Brock

Thu 4th Jul 2019 22:46

It's delicious - a Lebanese "pizza". Easy to make. Give it a try.


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Martin Elder

Thu 4th Jul 2019 22:11

just reading about the preparation of this dish is making me salivate.
nice one

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