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Bastram wa Beudd

posted Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 14, 2011, 9:08 AM by Dustin Romero ]
Under pressure from an aggressive Chaldean interpreter I decided to make a traditional Iraqi breakfast. "Bastrama wa Beudd" or Eggs and Pastrami. We got the bastrama (pastrami) from one of the other interpreters, or "terps" who likes to cook. We picked up the eggs from and Iraqi shop on base, the tomatoes from the chow hall and if you don't know where we get the samoon bread then you'll have to go to our blog on Making Samoon.

It was a fun activity and it brought our little community together for a morning Eid Al-Fitr feast. In case you didn't know, Eid is an Islamic holliday that lasts for about a week, sometimes longer here. It's a celebration at the end of Haj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca. It's a holiday in comparison in importance to Christmas for Westerners.

See below for the recipe!


Sliced tomatoes
Some kind of bread

Bastrama is a halal (in accordance with Islamic law), beef based sausage, basically beef pastrami. It has LOADS of garlic, so be prepared and don't eat this if you're about to go socialize!

The basics of eggs and bastrama are that you fry sliced bastrama in a pan the crack eggs over it, fry it, then slice and dish it onto plates covering it with cooked tomato slices. If you really want to be fancy you will use some samoon bread split like a pita and stuff it like a sandwich. Delicious!