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The Persians

Forough Farrokhzad’s iconic, widely quoted poem (Rebirth, 1962) . . The Bird May Die I feel sad, I feel blue. I go outside and rub my cold fingers- on the sleek shell of the silent night. I see that all lights of contact are dark, All routes to relate us- are blocked. Nobody will introduce me to the sun, Nobody will take me- to the gathering of doves. Keep the flight in mind! The bird may die. . . (my translation, September 2006, Montreal) . by: Persian Poetry in English

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Long Haired Tabby Persian Kitten Among Dwarf Roses and Bellflowers - Ohh, that face!

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from BBC Good Food

Slow-roast Persian lamb with pomegranate salad

This dish never fails! I've made it a few times and it always comes out amazing. Try substituting tamarind paste if you can't find pomegranate molasses - available from all good Asian groceries

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from BBC Good Food

Sweet spiced lamb shanks with quince

This looks INCREDIBLE - sweet spiced lamb shanks with quince

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from BBC Good Food

Pulled lamb shoulder with sticky pomegranate glaze

Pulled lamb shoulder with sticky pomegranate glaze. Cooking the meat really slowly in fruit juice makes it meltingly tender, and the juices double up as a sweet glaze

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from BBC Good Food

Persian lamb tagine

This warming stew is spiced with cinnamon and cumin, and sweetened with apricots and dates - perfect with fluffy couscous

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Nigella damascena "Persian Rose" - beautiful planted en masse (and it will manage that massing quite well with the amount of seed it throws!)

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Fritillaria Persica - i have a weakness for "black" flowers

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