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Lamb chops with fruity couscous and mint

Posted: December 29, 2016 by nietize in Lamb
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From BBC Good Food
Serves 4




4 lamb chop or leg steaks, trimmed
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 red onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
200g couscous
5 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
8 date, stoned and finely chopped
zest and juice 2 lemons
20g pack each mint and flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


Place the lamb in a bowl. Sprinkle over the paprika, half the onion, 1 tbsp vinegar and ½ tbsp oil. Season, then set aside.

To make the couscous, boil the kettle and tip the couscous into a heatproof bowl. Stir in the pine nuts, dates, lemon zest and half the juice. Pour over 140ml just-boiled water, push the coucous to the sides of the bowl, cover, then leave to stand for 10 mins.

Heat grill to high. Lift the lamb out of its marinade, grill for 2-3 mins on each side, then rest, wrapped in foil, for 10 mins. Stir half the chopped herbs and some seasoning into the couscous, then add the remaining lemon juice to taste. Mix together the remaining herbs, red onion, vinegar, oil and seasoning to make a herby vinaigrette. Serve the lamb and couscous with the vinaigrette.


Aromatic lamb chops with minty yoghurt

Posted: October 23, 2016 by nietize in Lamb
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From Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking
Serves 4




2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp ground turmeric
4cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely grated
olive oil, for marinade
8-12 lamb cutlets, French trimmed
250ml natural yoghurt
4 mint sprigs, leaves only, roughly chopped
seas salt and freshly ground black pepper


Put the seeds and turmeric into a mortar, add a pinch of salt and pound as finely as possible. Mix in the ginger and garlic, then add a little olive oil to form a paste


Rub the paste into the lamb and leave to marinate for a while (anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight)


Place a griddle pan over a medium heat and drizzle with oil. When hot, add the lamb and griddle it for 3-4 minutes on either side if you like it pink or 4-6 minutes if you prefer it well done. When cooked to your liking, turn the lamb on edge and cook the fat until dark golden and crisp.

Put the yoghurt and mint into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well. 

Serve the cutlets with the yoghurt on the side.

From Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver
Serves 4




2 large aubergines
1 kg mixed-colour tomatoes
1 red onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 celery heart
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 pinch of dried red chilli flakes
1 heaped tsp baby capers
40g raisins
40g pine nuts
4 black olives (stone in)
olive oil
4 x 120g white fish fillets
1 orange
250g wholewheat couscous
40g rocket
4 tbsp natural yoghurt


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Very finely slice the aubergines and tomatoes into rounds. Peel and very finely slice the red onion and garlic. Trim the celery, halve and finely slice lengthways. Throw it all into a large roasting tray with the oregano, chilli flakes, capers, raisins and pine nuts.  Crush the olives with the heel of your hand, tear out the stones, then tear the flesh into the tray. Add 2 tbsp of oil and a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then toss well. Arrange evenly, pulling a layer of tomatoes to the top, and bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 40 minutes.


Meanwhile, place the fish fillets in a sandwich bag, squeeze in the orange juice (reserving the halves), add a pinch of salt and leave aside.


When the time’s up on the veg, remove from the oven and place the fish fillets on top, skin side up. Drizzle over the orange juice, then return to the bottom shelf of the oven for 15 more minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Put the squeezed orange halves and couscous into a bowl, just cover the couscous with boiling kettle water, then pop a plate on top and leave to fluff up.


Sprinkle the rocket over the gorgeous traybake, fluff up the couscous, season to perfection, divide it all up, and serve each portion with a dollop of yoghurt