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Thursday, 13 August 2009

LAMB SHAWARMA WITH POMEGRANATE SAUCE

These days we all seem to be rushing around so frantically, always stuck with a million things to do, when there don't seem to be enough hours in the day to do them. Times like this and cooking is literally the last thing I want to have to do. But not one to shirk responsibility - and more importantly - not one to settle for a crap meal, I have discovered that there are easy ways to create a great meal that is still quick and simple.

I mad this recipe up this evening...see? Creativity is important in life and what is even more important is to be able to use whatever ingredients you have in your store cupboard to 'jazz' something up and give it the 'Oomph' it needs. I love Shawarma sandwiches, those deliciously greasy, but oh-so-good Lebanese staples that now seem to be sold on every street in good old London town. Lebanese flat bread filled with either sliced lamb and a garlic tahini sauce or sliced chicken with a garlic yoghurt sauce and the obligatory, albeit often soggy, salad. My cheats version is similar, but a tad more up-market (or so I'd like to think!)

Using a cheap and cheerful 100g-150g trimmed neck fillet of lamb (or the more expensive lamb loin fillet, if you prefer) I marinade it simply in 2 tablespoons of pomegranate syrup and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour tops. Pomegranate syrup is high in acidity and will ‘cook’ the lamb slightly if you over marinate it when undiluted. In a preheated dry frying pan on a medium-high heat, place the lamb in the pan and season with salt and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes on each side. It will caramelize and blacken because of the sugar content and colour of the pomegranate syrup, but this is fine. Once cooked on both sides, remove from heat and allow the meat to rest for a good 5 minutes at least.

Take a plain round flour tortilla wrap, using some Greek yoghurt (I use 0% fat Total) smear a layer of yoghurt over the wrap. Then thinly slice the lamb into juicy slivers, which should be nice and rare in the centre and arrange in a straight line on to the centre of the wrap. Slice up some cucumbers, red onions, fresh mint or salad of your choice and top the lamb with it. Drizzle some pomegranate syrup, directly over the lamb (don’t be shy, but don’t over do it) and wrap the sandwich up and slice it in half, ready to eat!

Easy, quick, healthy and delicious fast food at home! You can adapt the recipe and use beef, duck or chicken if you prefer. It works just as well. Dinners need not be a lavish affair, something quick, cheap and simple is often just the ticket. Sometimes we just lack inspiration, but if you have the patience, you can truly create something wonderful and make it your own.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks hon, believe me it tastes better than it looks! x

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  2. We are having this for dinner tonight. Mind you Mikayo has actually marinated the lamp since last night. Lets see how it turns out. Will report back. Meanwhile, wanted to let you know we had your Thai Minced Pork Lettuce Cups for dinner last night. My son visited the kitchen while Mikayo was frying the ginger and garlic and told her it was the yummiest smell he had ever smelled and he could not wait until dinner. Both kids snarfed up their food though my daughter announced, post fact, that it was too spicy for her! Funny that she waited until she finished it. We had left overs for lunch today. Still yummy! Even though we ran out of lettuce so finished it off with the help of cold strips of cucumber (thank you baba for bringing them on Tuesday!).

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  3. Fantastich. Mikayo made this for dinner tonight. With slight variations: lamb was marinated all night in pomegranate and olive oil, the meat was barbecued, she made garlic yoghurt for spreading, and used Mountain Bread Wheat light wraps (thin squares that were cut diagonally into triangles. And used scallions instead of onions. It was sooo yummy. We finished way too fast and were hankering for more. Especially the twins. Who had to gall to ask mommy why didn't she always cook such good food!! Definitely a win in this household. We shall be making more.

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