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United States Special Operation Command is looking for butchers and cooks who can teach how to slaughter livestock, then prepare a meal.

It wants its commandos to learn to prepare an "Afghan meal cooked in the style and presentation that would be expected by local village elders", according to procurement documents.

The documents do not detail why the soldiers will be taught to cook, but special forces teams in Afghanistan frequently live among remote villages where they raise and train local defence forces to resist the Taliban.

Sharing cups of green tea, meals and hospitality with locals has long been considered critical to Nato's "hearts and minds" counter insurgency campaign.
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Shared meals can see soldiers, diplomats and officials pushing hunks of meat and offal around their plate and picking at mountains of rice for fear of food poisoning.

Afghan villagers are in turn rarely won over by Sloppy Joes, enchiladas and beef brisket found in army ration packs.

The three-day Afghanistan Cooking Techniques course will teach up to 132 soldiers in bases including Fort Lewis, Eglin Air Force Base and Fort Bragg.
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Pupils will learn to slaughter cattle, sheep and goats according to Islamic principles and "how to process and cure meats and vegetables in a culturally sensitive environment".

As well as cooking, they will be taught to identify cuts of meat, how to preserve animal hides and cooked materials, and even how to bake bread from raw wheat kernels.

All cooking will be done with "indigenous cooking equipment". The trainee chefs will finish the course with a written test.
US special forces to be taught how to cook for Afghan tribal elders - Telegraph

Afghan menu:


Kabuli Pulao steamed rice cooked with lamb, carrots and raisins.

Vegetables spinach and okra

Salad Tomato, onion and cucumber

Bread

Yogurt

Fruit melon and watermelon
Dern, that sounds mighty tasty!
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It's not hard. Kill a sheep and boil it's head. Serve it on a big platter and you'll have some happy Afghans. Boiled sheep's head is considered a delicacy in the ME and especially when you get into more tribal areas. The Silence of the Lambs - 365 and a Wakeup

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CPT Mac did his best to appear to enjoy the meal, pushing the head around the plate and pretending to place pieces in folded pockets of empty pita bread. But the Iraqi sitting next to him wasn’t fooled for a moment, and figured the CPT’s reticence was due to the lack of eating utensils. He turned to CPT Mac, gave a broad and brain spattered smile, and reached over to help the commander with his meal. He pushed his hands into the braincase and started to pull out quivering, glistening morsels. As he pulled out each piece he would hold the piece for the commander’s inspection, as if it were a rare and luxurious pearl snatched from the seafloor. Although the Iraqi was doing his best to be a gracious host, the sight of the Iraqi’s dirt stained hands pushing their way into the animals skull was almost too much for CPT Mac to bear. As the Iraqi offered the pile of slippery chunks to the commander all he could manage was a weak smile. Fortunately the Iraqi wasn’t offended, happily munching away at the shuddering mass he had so assiduously pulled from the sheep’s head.
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It's not hard. Kill a sheep and boil it's head. Serve it on a big platter and you'll have some happy Afghans. Boiled sheep's head is considered a delicacy in the ME and especially when you get into more tribal areas. The Silence of the Lambs - 365 and a Wakeup



well I know many southerners used to like hog head cheese or souse meat. i never cared for the taste, but this pulao sounds strangely like our minorcan pilau which is meat (usually pork) cut up and browned with added tomato roux then veggies of choice (celery, bell pepper, onion, spices) and rice. no raisins though.
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well I know many southerners used to like hog head cheese or souse meat. i never cared for the taste, but this pulao sounds strangely like our minorcan pilau which is meat (usually pork) cut up and browned with added tomato roux then veggies of choice (celery, bell pepper, onion, spices) and rice. no raisins though.
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I've had both and have helped my dad strip down hog's heads to make the headcheese. But that's a long ways from slapping a whole boiled sheep's head on the table and digging in with both hands.
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I read the article title and thought "The Onion"?
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I read the article title and thought "The Onion"?
yeah but it is a pretty smart attempt at bonding. Food and culture nare very interdependent.
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How to make headcheese | Carl Tashian

I've had both and have helped my dad strip down hog's heads to make the headcheese. But that's a long ways from slapping a whole boiled sheep's head on the table and digging in with both hands.
never ate a sheep's head; never ate a pigs foot. I'm kinda choosy.
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never ate a sheep's head; never ate a pigs foot. I'm kinda choosy.
Ah, c'mon salty, you've put your foot in your mouth on more than one occasion, you can't be that choosy.
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yeah but it is a pretty smart attempt at bonding. Food and culture nare very interdependent.
..and it's really nothing new. Making cultural connections with your allies/people you want to be your allies has been done for ages.
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Can't someone with power just fire these social engineers from the military and put the special forces people back to learning how to kill the bad guys?
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