Our first attempt- Nigella Express Anglo-Asian Lamb Salad (p.7)

This recipe seems pretty straight forward to be honest.  There are no super crazy ingredients and most of the ingredients were already in my pantry.  

 

I bought the lamb, salad leaves, mint and spring onion this morning thanks to Coogee Woolworths and the local Coogee butcher.  

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The only issue I have is that Woolies didn’t have Red Currant Jelly– however apparently cranberry sauce or another jam or jelly can substitute.  (thank you Uncle Google for the tip!)

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So the first thing I do is ignore my Naturopath’s well meaning advice to not cook with olive oil, and follow Nigella’s first step and heat 2 tsp of Garlic olive oil in a pan.  

I add the lamb, and turn on the extractor fan…. our apartment has the world’s most sensitive smoke alarm.  The lamb cooks for about 5 minutes on the first side and the 2 1/2 minutes on the other side.  While the lamb is cooking, I whip together the fish sauce, red currant jelly cranberry sauce, brown rice vinegar, soy sauce tamari (it’s a gluten free substitute for soy sauce), and one red chili which Nigella says to de-seed but I just chop and throw in…. (I like a bit of kick!).  

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The lamb goes into a little foil sleeping bag to rest for 5 minutes and then I slice the lamb and mix it in with the salad dressing.  

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Finally, I put the salad leaves on a plate, chop up some mint leaves and pour the mixed lamb and salad dressing over the leaves and voila!  Dinner is served!!!

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I warmed up roasted leftover sweet potatoes as a side dish and that was it!

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The Runner said it was “tasty” but was a bit disappointed that the portion size was more of a starter or a light lunch than dinner for a hungry hungry man.  It was a pretty easy recipe- great for a weeknight dinner but it was a bit unexciting.  I mean it really is just lamb salad with an Asian-y dressing.  If I were to make it again, I’d throw in some feta cheese and sweet potato mixed through it to give it a bit more oomph!  

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A good first one to tackle!  Stay tuned for next week’s challenge!

 

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