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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baked Lamb Chops

One of the best things about "The Darlings" being back at school is that I can now walk leisurely around the local shopping centre, poking my nose into anything that interests me, without being told to hurry up.

Yesterday as I strolled around, I noticed that our local Borders was closing down.  Being the book lover that I am I couldn't help myself - I am always on the lookout for new books.  I have a bookshelf that groans under the weight of many books - 2/3 read - but many just waiting patiently for my attention.

I entered the store - pass the latest releases - see the piles of Gary and George's Your Place or Mine - no not interested.  Pass through the "True Crime" section - I do love a true crime book - but still nothing there that takes my fancy - onto the triller section - still nothing - but you know where I am heading don't you???  I make my way to the back of the store where I hear a little more noise coming from - yes, the cookbook section!!!!

While the shelves may be almost decimated, the aisles are full of women buzzing "oooh look - this looks great - hey I will get this book, you get that one, and you get that one, and then we can share".  There is serious business going on in this aisle.  I push my way through so I too can peruse the titles.  I don't go for the obvious ones - I look at some of the more obscure titles -  I found some gems - one all about Macarons, another called Fish Food (a whole book on seafood!!) and another one entitled Grill.

After making my purchases I feel a tad guilty - I really don't need any more cookbooks, yet here I have just bought 3 more!!!  Then the lightbulb goes off in my head - I know - I will give them to "The Darlings" to give to me for Mother's Day!!!! Stroke of genius there!  Only problem is that I have to wait until Sunday to read them!

Luckily for me in the mail that afternoon was the latest edition of the MasterChef Magazine - I will just have to contend myself with that until Sunday - not hard as there are some lovely recipes in there that I can't wait to try - like Crab Bouillabaisse, Lamb Shanks Braised in Yoghurt and Honey and a Lobster Bisque Linguine!!!

On to more serious issues - what to have for dinner tonight?  I asked Mr. CCC that morning what he wanted - the answer "something plain, something bland, something light!"  Well his and my definitions are pretty much totally opposite, so I asked for clarification - he said he wanted crumbed chops - now which category does that fit into? (certainly not the light) - I told him I would have to take out a second mortgage on the house to feed 5 people with lamb cutlets - so put the thinking cap on.  I guess it should be some form of lamb then.  Here is what eventuated.





Baked Lamb Chops
Adapted from Taste.com.au

Serves 4-6


7 Lamb Chops (I bought Leg chops - but probably those little T bone like loin chops would be best)
1 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cloves crushed garlic
3cm piece of ginger, finely chopped

I used the Thermomix - only because it makes life easy - but you just need to combine the ingredients.

Place the garlic and ginger in the TM bowl - process for 5 seconds on speed 7.

Add the orange juice and the marmalade, process for 3 seconds on speed 5.

Place the lamb chops in a baking dish - cover in the marinade.  You can bake straight away, or let sit in the marinade for a while.



Accompaniments:

Baked Pumpkin
Roasted Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans


Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Peel and cut the pumpkin into large chunks.  Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters.  Toss in a liberal amount of olive oil and crushed garlic.

Place the vegetables onto a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper.

Bake for 25 minutes, turning at least once.

Add the lamb chops.  Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are golden and the meat is cooked.



Look, this wasn't my favourite meal - I  am not a huge lamb fan - but the men of the house were happy - so was the dog with all those bones!

I get told that I shouldn't write my blog only about the food that I like - so this one is for all the lamb lovers out there - this one is for the lovers of simple food - this one is for the people that just want an easy meal.  I hope you enjoy it!

I can't wait until I get my hands on my new cookbooks - lets see what I dish up then!!!!!

5 comments:

  1. i love easy meals, they can be just as delicious! i avoid shops altogether (except for food) so i'm not tempted to buy anything (on maternity leave equals no money!)

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  2. I love lamb but it is very expensive here. Love this recipe though. Diane

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  3. I love lamb chops - better flick this post over to The Boy who seems to be cooking up a storm lately.

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  4. lol I just made lamb chops the other night with some potatoes and green beans.

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  5. We rarely have lamb these days, it is so expensive. I'm looking for slow cooker recipes to give my daughter - those in the book that came with it are not the greatest. How do you think this would go in the SC?

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