Sumac Lamb + Roast Aubergine + Orange Salsa + Quinoa

Recipes, Savoury

Sumac Lamb + Roast Eggplant + Orange Salsa + Quinoa

ROAST AUBERGINE

1 AUBERGINE, CUT INTO ROUNDS 1CM WIDE

2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL

1/2 TEASPOON SUMAC

QUINOA

1/2 CUP QUINOA, RINSED

2 TEASPOONS OLIVE OIL

JUICE OF 1 LEMON

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CUMIN

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CORIANDER

1/2 TEASPOON PAPRIKA

1/2 TEASPOON SUMAC

SALSA

2 ORANGES, PEELED AND CUT INTO CHUNKS

1 SMALL RED ONION, FINELY CHOPPED

JUICE OF 1 LEMON

2 TEASPOONS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CUMIN

1/2 TEASPOON GROUND CORIANDER

1/2 TEASPOON PAPRIKA

1/2 TEASPOON SUMAC

SUMAC LAMB

2 LAMB MEDALLIONS

1 TABLESPOON SUMAC

2 TEASPOONS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

PREHEAT oven to 180ºC and a heavy-based frying pan over a medium-low. In a large pot, bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil.

1 Grease a baking tray with olive oil and line up the aubergine slices on the tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sumac. Bake for 30 minutes so they are soft and turning a golden brown.

2 Add the quinoa to the pot of boiling water and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Drain to remove the excess liquid. Stir through the olive oil, lemon juice, ground cumin and coriander, paprika and sumac.

3 Coat the lamb with sumac and olive oil. Increase the heat of the frying pan to a medium-high heat. Cook the medallions for 3-4 minutes per side. Once cooked, place on a warm plate, cover and leave to rest for a few minutes.

4 Mix the orange, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, ground cumin and coriander, paprika and sumac together.

TO SERVE, spoon the quinoa onto a plate. Add a lamb medallion, place the aubergine on the side and top with a dollop of salsa.

SERVES 2

Lamb Rack + Broccoli + Mash

Recipes, Savoury

Lamb Rack + Broccoli + Mash

 

For my first go at cooking a lamb rack I was keen to make one with a crust and found some recipes using breadcrumbs or pistachios, but then I came across a recipe for a lamb rack with figs and caramelised red onions. I know fresh figs aren’t in season, or an everyday food when they are, but earlier in the year we raided a friends fig tree and put the extras in the freezer. I wonder if dehydrated figs soaked in water would work instead?

If you are wanting to make a fancy dinner or a roast then you should try this recipe as it is delicious and a lot quicker to cook than a typical roast. We had ours with broccoli and cannellini bean mash.

Lamb Rack Dinner

07

Meal Plan

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce + Mash + Broccoli – gluten free

The recipe for the fish and sauce is from ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’, by Rachel Khoo, while I have made the mash many times before.

Pulled Beef Shin Tacos w/ Spiced Almond Sauce – gluten free

The beef is leftovers from last night, with the meat pulled apart. While the spiced almond sauce is from some tacos I made a few weeks ago.

Smoked Salmon w/ Puy Lentil Salad – gluten free

This time I will try to cook my own lentils. Even though they only take 20 minutes to cook opening a can is so much quicker, but we have a few packets of dried lentils in the cupboard that I should use. Anyway, I’ll be using the lentil and roast vege salad as a guide.

Lamb Rack w/ Mash + Broccoli + Red Wine Sauce – gluten free

I have never cooked a lamb rack, and they looked so pretty in the butcher’s the other day that I couldn’t resist putting it on the menu this week. 

Modified Eggplant Involtini – gluten free, vegan

Looking back at past posts, I think this recipe and the smoked fish cakes are the meals I have made week after week. And now that we know the eggplant involtini is improved with mushrooms and lentils this will be the only way I make it now. 

Steak + Almond Chips + Salad – gluten free

Also in ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ I spotted a recipe for steak and chips, but before putting the chips in the oven to cook Rachel tosses ground almonds through them to make them crunchy. Looking forward to trying a new variation of the steak dinner.

Beef Brisket Something – gluten free

Yet to be determined, but we have used in tacos previously but may do a pie… Will see what we feel like on the day. 

06

Meal Plan

Today was an extra good day! Actually, the whole weekend was great. But today Dad, my sister and I went out on the boat. While motoring around we spotted a lot of busy gannets diving into the water.  My sister and I each caught a kahawai (I will admit that Zoe’s success rate of getting the fish safely into the boat was far better than mine. But then she did only catch one). Anyway, the important thing about all of this… SMOKED FISH!

Smoked Fish + Chips + Salad – gluten free

(Modified) Eggplant Involtini – gluten free, vegan

As you may know, I have made Petite Kitchen’s eggplant involtini numerous times. Last week I made it and Dad reckoned I should add mushrooms and lentils. So, like any good daughter, I am doing as he says.

Sweet + Sour Fish – gluten free

We haven’t smoked half a fish so I can make sweet and sour fish. Will have to find a recipe for it but I am sure I can find one in a recipe book.

Lamb Pie – gluten free

I was having a flick through one of the Taste magazines this morning and came across this recipe. It has a lamb filling with a Moroccan flavour and a kumara mash top. I will make the filling the night before so I just have to make the mash and cook it when I get home from work.

Smoked Fish Cakes – gluten free

We saved half a smoked kahawai so I can make the smoked fish cakes. Again.

Tomato + White Bean Stew – vegan, gluten free

I came across the recipe for Annabel Langbein’s Harvest Tomato Sauce while working in a kitchen for one of my nutrition papers. It was one of our favourite meals at uni and we enjoy it at home. As tomatoes are best during the summer I buy a few kilos from a local roadside stall and roast a few batches to freeze. To bulk the soup out I will add a can or two of rinsed white beans for a quick and easy dinner, perfect for Friday.

 

03

Meal Plan

fish tacos – gluten free

A quick and tasty dinner that works for everyone in the family – Mum and I have the tacos, while Dad prefers the fish, salad and a baked potato. Easy.

Ingredients from the cupboard – garlic, red onion

To add to the Shopping List – white fish fillets, lime, avocado, green salad things, corn tortilla

burgers

I am tossing up between doing last weeks mushroom and lentil burgers (properly this time, as we have lentils in the cupboard again), or a kumara and quinoa version…? Either way, served with an array of salad options to stack it tall!

root vege fritters + steak + salad – gluten free

A few weeks ago I started making these fritters, and found it was a brilliant way to use up veges in the bottom of the fridge. In the past I have done a combination of kumara, parsnip, carrot, beetroot, jerusalem artichokes and fresh turmeric. This time I will note the quantities of everything I am using and turn it into a recipe.

Ingredients from the cupboard – eggs, buckwheat flour, root vegetables, olive oil

Ingredients to add to the shopping list – steak, salad things

Moroccan lentil stew + quinoa – gluten free, vegan

I have made this recipe from Kenko Kitchen a few times, substituting the vegetables for whatever I have in the kitchen or garden. Works well every time, and makes enough for lunch the next day too – always a bonus.

Ingredients from the cupboard – onion, kumara, pumpkin, buckwheat flour, 2 cans of lentils, raisins, quinoa

Ingredients to add to the shopping list – kale

steak + mash + veges – gluten free

I am going to introduce you to one of my favourites – cannellini bean mash! So delicious and easy, and a good alternative to mashed potato. It will quickly become a go-to for you too.

Ingredients from the cupboard – vegetables in the fridge or garden, onion, garlic

Ingredients to add to the shopping list – steak, 2x cans of cannellini beans, thyme

shakshuka – gluten free

The other week I made Mum and I Shakshuka, using the recipe from ‘Jerusalem’, which we both enjoyed but thought we could alter it a little. So that is the aim for Friday!

Ingredients from the cupboard – eggs, onions, garlic, olive oil, spices

ingredients to add to the shopping list – canned tomatoes, canned lentils, capsicum

roast vege + puy lentil salad + lamb steaks – gluten free

Nadia Lim’s ‘Good Food Cook Book’ has some delicious recipes, and the puy lentil salad is a favourite in our house. We have found that the flavours work really well with lamb.

Ingredients from the cupboard – honey, olive oil, puy lentils, dates

Ingredients to add to the shopping list – feta, carrots, parsnips, other root vegetables, lemon, lamb, (or tinned lentils)