5 posts tagged Lamb

Dried Apricot, Date & Lamb Stuffed Peppers

I can't believe it's already April! The plants in the greenhouse are doing incredibly well. A variety of herbs; two types of thyme, rosemary, cilantro, our curry plant, tarragon, chives, purple basil, sweet Italian basil, sage, parsley, oregano, dill, lettuce and cilantro seedlings, three types of tomatoes, poblano, bell, and jalapeño peppers. Even our grapevine is going insane and starting crazy production. It's going to be a great spring and summer! On another (happy-sad) front, my very best friend, Renee, is moving to Australia NEXT Sunday. I'm not sure what I'll do without her (probably cooking a whole lot more :) than I have been), but many of my coming recipes will be dedicated to Renee and her new adventure in Australia with the love of her life, Matt! W and I couldn't be happier for her, and I hope that chronicling my recipes will help inspire her in her new town of 1,000 inhabitants. <3 Stay tuned; next weekend is the big send-off, so I should have some photos/recipes from Renee's Big Going Away Bash. On a happier note, this year is simply flying by, and it won't be too long before W and I are relaxing in the middle of the Mediterranean. First stop? Italy. More specifically, Sardegna on the Costa Smerelda, for the 2011 Rally D'Italia and after that? Capri! Late last year, right around my birthday, W and I were informed that we had won 5 nights at any hotel from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. We agonized for weeks over where we might like to go, and finally decided on JK Place Capri. Returning to Italy is an amazing opportunity that we could never have dreamed of so soon after our unforgettable vacation last May. I always find that my interest in cooking and experimenting tends to spike before and after our overseas vacations, so I'm looking forward to what inspiration we can derive after this very seafood-centric journey. Now, onto the Dried Apricot, Date & Lamb Stuffed Peppers. My love affair with dates in meat dishes began with these Date and Olive Braised Chicken Thighs. It's been quite a while since I made these particular stuffed peppers, but I've really been thinking about them quite often lately. They have just the right amount of sweetness and spice, and the sweeter the peppers, the better the stuffing ends up tasting. If you try these and like them, please do let me know! Continue Reading

Moroccan Lamb with Couscous

I recently picked up Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, and have really enjoyed trying some of the simple, extremely quick and flavourful recipes. The Morrocan Lamb with Couscous was my first recipe, and despite lacking the called for dried apricots, I found that dates made a fantastic substitution. It was also extremely quick - about 25 minutes all together! Continue Reading

Curried Lamb Stew over Coconut Scented Rice

I have been craving a lamb stew for ages. This past week has been in the 20s in Dallas, and for us, that may as well be Arctic temperatures. I've found a few lamb curry recipes, and decided to make some additions in the form of coconut, and red wine. I didn't heavily spice this dish, but it could surely benefit from a healthy amount of heat, though I'll leave those decisions to you. Served over some coconut-scented rice, this was a fantastic meal to warm up to. Continue Reading

Pastitsio

Pastitsio

Pastitsio

There have been a lot of Greek dishes showing up on friends' blogs lately, and when I saw this Pastitsio from Mike's Table I knew I had to make a version of Pastitsio including capers.  I'd never thought to add them before, but they're perfect in Pastitsio - they added just the right bite to the dish, and I will likely always add capers, as well as olives, from here on out.    ... Continue Reading

Lamb and Mushroom Shephard’s Pie

Lamb and Mushroom Shephard's Pie

Lamb and Mushroom Shephard's

  I lived in London for a while, and ate many different variations on Shephard's Pie.   Traditionally, Shephard's Pie utilizes minced lamb, but I felt larger chunks would suit this combination of ingredients best.  Either way, it's a lovely English meal, and served with a green salad and buttery bread, it's incredibly satisfying! ... Continue Reading