Jalfrezi is an Indian dish that can range from mildly spicy to eye-watering. After not being able to tolerate spicy foods growing up, I trained myself to eat very spicy foods. That said, this recipe has nice heat without causing tears or needing a tissue. If lamb isn’t available, substituting some chuck roast would also work well.
When I was a young girl, my parents served lamb with mint jelly literally every time we had it. Plus, the lamb was often overcooked. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) Of course, I didn’t realize that at the time. I thought lamb was supposed to be like that; and the mint jelly actually helped counteract the bland, dry, chewiness of it.
Lamb can be so much more, though. From lamb chops to lamb shanks, there are a variety of preparations and flavor combinations that work with this delightful meat. This roast recipe is super simple, moist, and delicious. Plus, it looks super fancy and feels very appropriate for a big holiday dinner with lots of friends and family.
Last week, we created a recipe for Baeckeoffe, and we had a few pounds of pork shoulder, lamb shoulder, and beef chuck remaining. We froze the beef, but decided to use our handy meat slicer to make thinly slices of the pork and lamb. Stir fry! That’s what we would do with the pork. Easy. Deciding what to do with the lamb was less so.
By Saturday, I knew we had to use the lamb—or else it might spoil. So, as I wandered through Costco, I searched for inspiration. It came when I saw the asparagus. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is amazing. Why not try it with lamb? I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Plus, it’s simple, but looks quite fancy. You’re friends definitely will be impressed. So, I highly recommend it for a dinner party!
Even in warm weather, Heather and I are big fans of stews. Our time in Germany introduced us to many hearty recipes, and during our travels we came across this recipe as well. We had heard of it before, but never made it ourselves. While we didn’t order this at any restaurants, we came home determined to make it ourselves.
This “laundry day” stew has an interesting background, originating from the Alastian region of France, which borders Germany. According to Wikipedia, “women would prepare this dish on Saturday evening and leave it with the baker to cook in his gradually cooling oven on Sunday while they attended the lengthy Lutheran church services once typical to the culture.” Some versions even called for making this with quartered pigs feet—we love cooking with pig feet (talk about gelatinous broth) but left it out for those who either can’t, or don’t, want to use them in the kitchen. This stew is very filling and is a winner cold or warm. Let us know how you like it!
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A grill in the backyard, filling the air with sweet and savory smoke foretelling of delicious meats, veggies, and more to eat has been a staple of summer in our families. That being said, at our house, grilling is a year-round cooking option. We love to grill our food, whether it’s hot and sticky or cold and dry outside or anywhere in between. Just thinking about a grill makes me drool.
We couldn’t wait to get a copy of Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan (with a forward by Amy Kubal). Published earlier this summer, this book is the perfect compliment to any bookshelf of healthy cookbooks. Did you get yours? If not, keep reading—we’re going to give you a shot to win a copy!