I’m feeling bad that my last post was nearly a month ago….bad, very on bad on my part 🙁 March has been a busy month for us. We have been working a lot in our garden and have been making plans for some much-needed interior renovations. Also, this Friday we are flying to New Zealand for 3 weeks! Hooray, it’s been 2 years since my last visit home, and I can’t wait to see all of my family and friends again. Not to mention the chance to indulge in some of my favorite foods! Well….within reason that is, since my favorite sugary treats are off limits to me. However I cannot wait to eat New Zealand mussels and other seafood, my favorite fruit (feijoas) and lots of lamb’s fry (lamb’s liver). And perhaps some meat pies and sausage rolls while I’m there 🙂
Before I go, I will leave you with my current favorite dinner – lamb curry. Doesn’t sound too exciting I know, but it tastes unbelievably good! So easy to make, too. I have recently come to the conclusion that lamb, more than any other meat, is made for curry, and that curry, more than any other flavor of spice, is made for lamb.
For this dish, I love the tougher cuts of lamb such as lamb shoulder blade chops or lamb shoulder arm chops. These cuts are affordable, and when slow-cooked, yield the most amazingly flavorful, moist and tender meat. I’ve made this recipe both stove top and in the slow cooker, although I generally prefer to make it on the stove. If you choose to use your slow cooker, use less liquid, cook it on low for 8 hours, and don’t add the raisins until the last hour otherwise they become mushy and tasteless.
1 tablespoon oil (butter/ghee/coconut oil)
1 ½ – 2 pounds lamb meat on the bone (lamb shoulder blade or arm chops)
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
2 medium carrots, sliced
Potatoes, diced (optional)
2 cups stock
1/3 – 1/2 cup raisins
1. Heat oil in a large pot.
2. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook for 5 minutes or so.
3. Add lamb chops (no need to cut up) and brown on both sides.
4. Add the salt and curry powder and mix it in with the meat.
5. Add the stock, carrots and optional potato.
6. Bring to a simmer, then cover (leaving open a crack).
7. Cook at a low simmer for 2 – 2.5 hours, stirring and turning the meat periodically.
8. Add the raisins with about 30-40 minutes to go.
9. It is ready when the lamb starts to fall apart when you stir it. My family prefers me to pull the meat off the bone before serving it (fussy!) but I personally like it served bone and all so that I can suck all of the juicy goodness off the bone as I’m eating it. Your preference!