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Pigment (recipe)

Method of Making Pigment.

A method for making the dye for tattooing is as follows. Put a piece of blue cotton cloth (color nil, “indigo”) in a dish with ordinary dihn (mutton fat used for cooking), and set this rag afire. Hold a second plate over it to catch the smoke. When the rag has finished burning, the soot is scraped off the bottom of the upper plate and put in a cup or tea glass (istikan) and mixed with a little water.

“A Tattooer at Mosul,” p.78 in Body-Marking in Southwestern Asia, 1958.

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Goat

  • one goat 
  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • black pepper kernels, coarsely ground 
  • sea salt, dirty
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic

Simmer butter, lemon juice, pepper, salt, onion and garlic in a sauce pan for about 15 minutes, until the flavors have had time to blend nicely. Wash the goat with cold water and pat dry with a towel. Place goat in a large pan and ladle the prepared sauce over its surface.  Cover and cook for four hours. Baste with the butter sauce until tender and done.  Serve with steamed rice and fresh greens.

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