There’s no excuse for posting this for ethnic Christmas theme; except that you can make an argument for it as a North African dish, toned down of Mediterranean additions like dates or olives, which I can appreciate and maybe others can too; though I will probably be opposed on that. Dates and olives are fine; I am generally in the minority of removing fruit from the dish whatever it is — I’m just peculiar that way.
So imagine this with olives and dates in it and it could also be ethnic.
(Okay, I will quit being funny about my posts now. Most of the posts will be ethnic. Others will not be. Sorry for the levity.)