Friday, September 25, 2015

FQ: Lamb

It's Friday and that means Barnes tonight, then a quick pop into Weggy's to pick up an organic bird for Sunday roast. Although, I'm curious about lamb. Never had it. Don't know anything about it. Not even sure if I can digest it. But I'm curious to give it a go.

Do you eat lamb? If not would you? And if so, what's the best lamb you ever had?

PS: The answer to my first Friday Question is veghead ball, right before I smashed him into a burger. I chucked a bunch of stuff in the processor and it was flippin' fantastic.

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  1. Lamb is one of the tastiest meats in my opinion. If you haven't had it before, don't by a roasting joint; get some chops/cutlets. Lovely with new potatoes and minty peas.

    If you like the flavours, then do go for a joint. Cut some slits into the flesh and stuff in some slivers of garlic; roast with rosemary and thyme for a really great flavour.

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    1. Thanks, Tamsin. I will see what they have at the market. Last time I was there the roasting joint was high in cost. Then they had a boneless. I will look to see what else is on offer.

      I love, love, love, garlic, rosemary and thyme together. Truly a delight. Now to try it on lamb.

      Thanks bunches.

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    2. I agree wholeheartedly, Tamsin! It is my absolute favourite. :)

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  2. Lamb's good. My mother would either fry it or bake it, with perhaps a slice of lemon on top in the latter case, or with honey mustard for seasoning.

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    1. Ohhhh, I also love and make my own, honey mustard. Love that on chicken. Thanks for the idea. So many fun choices. Can't wait to see what's left at the market tonight.

      Thanks, bunches.

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  3. Being a Brit, we eat lamb a lot, or did, it is rather expensive here. Actually rather than cooking it yourself for the first time, I would be inclined to find a restaurant that serves it and try it. Many, many people don't like it - I don't know why, but It would be better for you to have it cooked properly by someone else to start. The Greeks also cook lamb with an egg and lemon sauce (avgolemono) which is another wonderful way of eating it. In England we roast leg of lamb with the slivers of garlic as above, and serve it with mint sauce (NOT mint jelly, but thick mint sauce which is imported from the UK). Also, be very careful you are getting lamb and not mutton which is a whole different ball of wax.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I want to give it a go myself, as I find for me, it's the best way I learn.

      Mint sauce sounds like another thing I'd enjoy learning to make. Love mint. Yum.

      Thanks bunches.

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    2. I am just now reading from one of my UK cookery books about spring lamb, hogget and mutton. Interesting stuff. Thanks.

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    3. I have only once eaten goat, to my knowledge, and I found it very like lamb, and delicious.

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    4. Ahh, yes - non-British lamb dishes. You should probably also check out Greek, middle-East and North African lamb dishes as well.

      Definitely make sure it's lamb not mutton, unless you fancy a long, slow stew

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    5. I do fancy a slow stew. It's a great way to use cheaper cuts of meats. I dug out my Irish cookery book and they have a nice stew in there.

      But right now, I'm at Barnes reading Essential Pepin, and his take on broiled herb lamb chops. Looks delish.

      I love learning from everyone. Neat stuff. Thanks bunches.

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  4. Love lamb roast and lamb chops. I prefer lamb chops grilled. My husband likes them served with mint jelly because of his English heritage but I think that's gross. I'm a straight up kind of gal. I do think you will enjoy the taste of lamb.

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    1. I saw the chops there last time too. Grilled sounds like something my hubby would enjoy as well.

      Excited to give it a go.

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  5. My favorite lamb is the silence one! LOL

    Just pop in to say hello :-)

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    1. Oh I didn't read you back yet but fantastic header! That new look is really good on you ha ha ha

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    2. Who is this? You look like someone I know, but I can't quite place it. Hmmmm?

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  6. I am trying to remember if I have had lamb. Once at an Indian wedding I had goat and it was delicious. It was a curry. Mmmmm! One of the best meal I have ever had. But lamb? I don't think so.

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    1. I'd try goat. Not sure what my sytem will think about all of this, but it sure sounds like fun.

      Thanks, Birdie.

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    2. OMG! This. Last night we went out to the theater to see a play. In addition to the play the offer a meal. The main course? Lamb! I thought of you and this conversation. I tried it and.... hated it. I thought I was going to be sick. It was so meaty. It was kinda fibery but tender. Normally I would have spit it into my napkin but they were cloth so I had to swallow it. I have never had such a strong aversion to meat. It was one of the worst tastes I have ever tried.
      So there ya go!

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    3. So sorry that it wasn't a good experience for you. Did you send it back? Was it a chop or something else? Thanks for coming back and telling me about it.

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    4. It was a buffet so I just didn't eat it. It was roasted, like a pot roast. blecchh

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  7. Lamb is not my fave but I can eat it if need be. It's stronger tasting than I really like. But it's a million times better than mutton. I really don't know how people can fork that down. Anyway, even with lamb, I prefer to have lots of some kind of sauce (mint or otherwise) to slather each piece.

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    1. Thanks, Debra. As much as I use and love mint, I've never had it in jelly or sauce.

      How do you feel about lamb stew?

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    2. Well, lots of gravy and veggies would make it okay, I guess. But don't make a HUGE pot in case it turns out you don't like lamb, lol.

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    3. I love stew but never make big honkin' batches because I don't enjoy how it freezes. Veggie stews, cheap cut stews. All that fun stuff.

      It's interesting reading all the comments of how some like it and some don't. Excited to give it a go, myself.

      Thanks bunches.

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  8. Lamb is so good and I can't believe all the people who say they don't like it.
    My Mum's Leg of Lamb for Easter, studded with little slivers of garlic baked crispy brown on the out side nice pink on inside. She did serve it with mint jelly but I didn't use it.
    My favorite is grilled lamb chops, olive oil and spices or even just salt and pepper so very good. Do not over cook.
    My son cooks lots of Indian dishes and uses lamb quite a lot.
    Never eat mutton, it is smelly, tough and horrid.
    I don't care for goat it is too gamey for me.
    But I love duck and quail.
    My Mum was a great cook and we got to try all sorts of food. My whole family are adventitious eaters. We have had Fugu even, too bland for me.

    cheers, parsnip

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I love that you guys enjoyed trying so many things. Nothing like good cooking. Back when I was a kid, and until recently, I never ate meats. So now I've got some catching up to do.

      I'm at Barnes now, reading from Pepin's book and he has broiled herbed lamb chop recipe that looks like a real nice way to learn.

      Thanks, Gayle. I always love reading stuff about your family and how you tried so many things.

      Super duper cool.

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  9. Lamb's good, I think it is very fatty though. Lamb chops are very easy...marinate in garlic rosemary salt pepper and grill 2 to 3 mins per side. Can be eaten medium.-rare even

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    1. Some of my favorite gerbs. Sounds delish. Thanks bunches.

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  10. I don't eat lamb any more but I used to adore lamb chops.

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    1. What made you stop eating lamb and do you miss it?

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  11. Lamb is very big during Easter with my family and friends of family but I'm not a big fan of it. It is one of the meats that I don't want to eat anymore, along with pork and even beef. I'm not a big meat eater and I can easily become vegetarian, something I'm contemplating. How was the veg burger? Now there's a recipe I am very happy to test! I would LOVE to make my own veggie burgers.

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    1. The veghead burger was killer. I'll be working on a line of them and when done, I'll email you the list. Very easy and yummy, to make. Thanks for all your continued support.

      Hope you got a lot done today. Wow, the reno weeks are flying by but it sounds like you guys are kicking ass and taking names.

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  12. Booyeah! I'm so stoked that I guessed right! Sounds delicious.

    As for lamb, I used to be all like "oh no, not lamb ick" and then I realized I had never had it.... so I tried it and it was all right. There is good lamb and bad lamb. Don't let the bad lamb tell you lies, the good lamb is really fabulous.

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    1. Howdy HBF: Great to see you today. You were spot on with your guess.

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  13. Lamb is delicious and the easiest of the meats to digest. It is fatty, but fat can be removed after cooking. Lamb is my favourite meat. It is so easily digestible, even for animals, that if an animal has a food allergy the veterinarian will recommend a lamb and rice diet for some time and then slowly introduce the foods to find the culprit.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. They didn't have what I wanted at any of the markets I hit. But I will keep looking because before wanting to try it, the stores seemed to be well-stocked.

      Maybe there was a run on lamb this weekend.

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  14. Oh, and by the way, lamb is great with mashed potatoes and asparagus or mashed turnips and carrots, and mint jelly is a good accompaniment. :)

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    1. Those sides all sound delish.

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  15. I had lamb chops once at a fancy wedding. They were delicious. Fun new blog header!

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    1. Thanks, Ava. I didn't draw it. Got it from the cover of a puzzle box that I own.Love that picture.

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  16. You can't beat a tasty roast lamb joint with mint sauce.
    I also enjoy lamb chops with buttery mashed swede and green beans ...

    But it is more expensive than some other meats.
    However, can make for a a great Sunday Roast!

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. I saw that prices, yes, more money here too. The markets that I hit were either picked over or the packages were filled with gas. So I went with a homemade immune bustin' pizza crust instead.

      Thanks for dropping by and boogie boogie.

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  17. Hi Ivy,

    I just thought of something. The best lamb I have ever had was in a good Greek restaurant. If you go out to a Greek restaurant one evening, order the lamb chops. They really know how to prepare them and they season them just right and they cook them on the grill as opposed to frying them, so they are cooked to perfection and very flavourful. The lamb chops are usually accompanied with a Greek salad, rice and Greek potatoes. With lamb chops costing around $18 in the grocery stores these days you can get a nice meal of lamb chops for around the same price!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. But due to heath issues, I cannot eat out. But even if I could eat out, I'd still make it at home, first. This for me is fun, and the best way that I learn food, is to jump in.

      Plus, I love playing and learning at home. That's the fun of being a cook.

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