My fellow compatriot Nawal Nasralllah has done a major service towards Iraqi culture and I hope Allah compensates her time, patience, efforts, and all she has lost with the best rewards.It has been a while since I discovered Delights From The Garden Of Eden, a cookbook-encyclopedia that was first self-published until people grew hungry for more, then it was re-published by a company for a broader audience. You should know Nawal Nasrallah is a scolar, and to dismiss her writing as that of a home cook is criminal. All her stories are culturally and historically substantial. She captures everything from everyday things we tend to dismiss as void of importance, to world-changing influences stemming from Iraq. I thank her for the favor she has gifted the name of Iraq.
Beef tongue is a delicacy none comprehend save those who have tried it, so do not rule it out of your life before trying it. It is a tough cut, so I used my pressure cooker to cook it (otherwise it would take a good three hours of boiling). It is advised to beat the tongue by slapping it against the counter top to tenderize it.
The tongue can be served simply as an appetizer with a squirt of lemon, or in a salad, or in a sandwich.
1 beef tongue (about 1 kilo)
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup vinegar
1 tsp dry thyme
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt