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Quick & Simple Cara Cara Lamb Tagine

Quick & Simple Cara Cara Lamb Tagine

At the store the other day I found some English christmas crackers, and thought it would be REALLY fun to make a traditional English Christmas dinner for my little family! I actually managed to find a huge leg of lamb at the store, and decided to roast it, with some traditional English roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, mint sauce, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and petit Pois. I got some sparkling grape juice, and we all sat round to eat and celebrate English style! We pulled the crackers, and wore the hats inside, told the jokes, and played with the toys! My kids LOVED it!!! I haven’t been home for Christmas for nine years, since i’ve been married, and I miss some of those fun English traditions I was raised with!

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Icelandic Lamb Stew

Icelandic Lamb Stew

A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were in Iceland, we stumbled into this little dive for lunch, on a black sand beach, in the beautiful coastal town of Vik. I ordered the lamb stew– not only because it’s one of Iceland’s most traditional dishes {that I wanted to try while I was there}, but also because I had heard SO many people rave bout it! {And also because I was freezing cold, and it’s just a great thing to warm you right up!) When they brought it out, it smelt and looked pretty good– but when I took a bite, I was in pure heaven! It was by far, the best thing I had eaten during my week’s stay in Iceland, and I would go as far to say THE BEST stew I had eaten in my entire life. The lamb was tender, juicy and flavorful, the broth was beefy, and salty with a hint of red wine, and they used buttery new potatoes, al dente carrots, and fresh petit pois. I took note so I could go home and recreate the recipe, because it’s one I wanted to eat time and time again.
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Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

Braised Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate

I brought these lamb shanks last week thinking I would cook them around Easter–but we ended up spending the entire easter weekend with my husband’s family, which was fabulous! I didn’t have to worry about a thing {besides the church talk I have to give on Easter Sunday!} But since the lamb shanks had to be used by today, I decided to cook them up for no special reason or occasion… just a regular old tuesday evening {made a little less regular by this delicious dinner!} I know braised meats and pomegranates are often associated with winter time, so this recipe is a little “out of place” but to me, there is no better way to cook lamb shanks–than in a delicious, rich flavorful gravy, that makes the meat so tender it falls right off the bone! I loved the sweet pomegranate with the salty carrots and meat–and it also “dressed it up” adding some much-needed color with the thyme. So if you guys are thinking of making some lamb before it goes out for the Easter season for no special reason at all, or even for a nice, sunday dinner–you guys should give this recipe a go! You will love it.
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Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Marinated Lamb Chops with Orange Pistachio Chimichurri

Easter is the only time of year they sell lamb in tricities, {where I do my grocery shopping}, so this week I was really excited to make a roast leg of lamb with a classic mint sauce, english roast potatoes and gravy, just like my Mum used to make around Easter. However, when I got to the lamb section, I found minced lamb, lamb chops, lamb shoulder chops, and lamb shanks… pretty much everything besides the leg that I was looking for! So I decided to roll with it, and make something a little different.

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Lamb Curry

Lamb Curry

I just realized I haven’t made a single blog post since last year! Okay, so that was only two weeks ago, but that just might be the longest gap i’ve had between blog posts, ever! Not only has life been a little crazy, {I told you I might fall off the planet when I turn the big 3.o and it happened!} :-/ But since it’s the start of a new year, I have also been re-organizing and re-assessing life, my priorities, my home, and my blog. I decided this year to start going in a “cookbook” direction! It’s not because I want to publish a cookbook by the end of the year, but I want to start thinking about the kinds of recipes I would want in my own cookbook if I was to ever create one. It helped me get a clearer perspective on the things I like to cook and eat, and right up there at the top was Indian food! I LOVE all my Indian recipes, and am so excited to add this one to the repertoire! I’m also excited to make lots more Bombay-house-inspired dishes this year, so watch this space! Until then, here is the most delicious lamb curry I have EVER tried! Enjoy!
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