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Iran has banned cookery programmes featuring foreign fare in an attempt to combat the threat of alien nosh to the nation's gastronomic identity. According to the Washington Post, the deputy head of Iran's state broadcaster Ali Darabi, announced the clampdown during a visit to one of the country's 30 state-run TV channels. He …

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Well...

...that casts an entirely new meaning on "homebrew", doesn't it?

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I wonder why people think i'm stupid......

...don't answer your own questions.

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Iran & Pizza

Great pizzas to be had in Isfahan - at one establishment the owner trained in the UK, has a degree in engineering from UCL and his pizzas are fantastic.

As long as they don't ban the food, there won't be an uprising because of this. State TV is rubbish, that's why satellite dishes are popular and the BBC Word Service is listened to (even though there is much distrust of the UK thanks to the TV series/books My Uncle Napoleon).

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Uncle

"even though there is much distrust of the UK thanks to the TV series/books My Uncle Napoleon"

Eh I think you'll find "My Uncle Napoleon" ridicules the idea of blaming the British for everything - even though the machinations of BP alone could have legitimately engendered such distrust without any help from literature.

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chicken stuffed with cherries!

omnomnomnom

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The cake is an unpatriotic lie

Can WE ban Jamie Oliver and the rest as well please.

Apart from Heston Blumenthal of course, anyone who considers vacuum chambers and liquid nitrogen as catering equipment has my full support.

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FULL Support!

How generous. What does your full support involve?

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surely

surely you wouldn't want to bar Nigella from our screens would you?

I gather some people watch her with the sound on, but I've not met anyone who does

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Stuffed Vine Leaves

I love stuffed vine leaves. yummmmmmmmy.

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Abdu-dinner-jacket

...has been sniffing the uranium too long to come up with this beauty.

Don't worry about the big stuff, like budget deficits, sanctions, the environment, energy crisis etc...just distract the peons with high profile, controvertial bollox like this.

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Iranian cuisine is brilliant

Iranian cuisine can stand it's own against foreign muck. It's brilliant at mixing fruits with meats and making great savoury froods. The state should be saying how good Persian food is not banning foreign foods. It makes the state look scared and out of control because it has to stoop to such draconian measures - which it does at every turn.

My favourite - khoresht-e fesenjan. Chicken stew in a pomegranate-walnut sauce. Yum yum yum.

whats4eats.com/poultry/fesenjan-recipe

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At last, a useful piece of information on El Reg

Thank you, you anonymous coward you!

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Re: Iranian cuisine is brilliant

Yep, marvelous food. There are two such restaurants in my neighborhood, although they call themselves "Persian" restaurants -- this pre-dated the hostages situation, so it seems they chose that because they wanted to.

Anyway, I consider myself lucky to have these restaurants here, and whenever I visit a friend who moved away, I bring her a container of fesenjan sauce, which makes her very happy.

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And anyone who breaks this ban...

...will be forced to eat only English food.

That'll learn 'em.

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"What's the blandest thing on the menu?"

Go For an English - Goodness Gracious Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdo79znnHl8

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Mad.

Iranian food is also mild - I took a friend to alounak in Bayswater who was expecting heat and spices.

Mostly it's herbs, saffron, tumeric and dried limes. Don't just stick with the chelo-kebab, it's all great stuff.

Funnily enough the best burger I had was in Tehran...

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Crazy!

Is this the same Iran that recently banned stylish haircuts and can now arrest people and have the police shave their heads?

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Laws are made to be broken

I am a regular visitor to Iran and can tell you that everything is illegal but nobody cares.

People take little notice of the law compared to the uk.

Woe betide you if you upset the wrong people though as suddenly you can have a rap sheet a mile long just going about your daily business.

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نوش جن

We have Iranian state TV at work and It is truely boring to watch but the food is something else!

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The Ali-Darabi

What a great name for a Persian-inspired Pizza!

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Bit pointless

All the takeaway food I had in Iran a couple of years ago was perfect. The meat was absolutely delicious and all the veges were very fresh.

It's good if they're going to act to prevent the awful fried chicken and crappy hamburger shops that you get in the UK.

Though, I can't see the point of restricting the TV channels -- much of the population have satellite dishes and can receive foreign TV.

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Boof Boof

In Iran they have boof boof chicken and fake KFCs (Kabooki Fried Chicken) that even have pictures of Colonel Sanders but are nothing to do with the Amercian joint.

The biggest complaint I have of food in Iran is that it is always served lukewarm.

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Hamburgers?

"an unpatriotic taste for pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs"

HAM ... You sure? I can't really see a country like Iran that is so heavily Muslim exactly taking a liking to pork based products.

After all we all know that the Middle East problems would be solved if they'd all just sit down with a bacon sannie and talk about it. Everything is better with bacon!

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So.. Anyone still doubs that....

Iran is a full fledged democracy?

Actually it is, and thats the problem, a true republic with minority rights and personal freedom is what most people are actually talking about when they say democracy. Democracy is just the rule of the mob.

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