Tag: Mint

Lamb Stuffed Zucchini

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They had some lovely fresh mint in our local market and I bought a large bunch with a view to making a new batch of Mint Sauce for the fridge as well as some mint tea. I also decided to use some of it in combination with some frozen ground lamb I had on hand. This little appetizer sort of dish is what I came up with … Continue reading “Lamb Stuffed Zucchini”

Lamb Patty with Mint-Jalapeno Salsa

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Today’s post accomplishes a couple of things… First, back on January 7th, I took a look at LÄM Brand Lamb Sausage and I mentioned that I would be trying the Lamb burgers from the same company in due course. Well, in today’s post, I did a taste test of the plain burger for you and I also used one to prepare the dish you see pictured above. The other thing this post accomplishes is illustrating another use for the Mint-Jalapeno Salsa  I recently prepared for you… Continue reading “Lamb Patty with Mint-Jalapeno Salsa”

Mint-Jalapeño Salsa

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I first put together the prototype of this sauce for use as a condiment with some grilled lamb skewers. I liked the result very much and, since making the first batch, I began to think of other ways it might be used. It is very simple to make as well as being versatile, so I thought I would share the basic recipe with you today… Continue reading “Mint-Jalapeño Salsa”

Ginger-Mint Lamb with Scallion and Jalapeño

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Today’s recipe is the first of a couple I created as ways to use up the leftover meat from my Christmas dinner lamb roast (although either could be prepared using the fresh, raw article). This one cannot really be called a Chinese dish, insofar as mint is not commonly used by the Chinese, but the cooking techniques, and the use of ginger, are very Chinese in spirit. Also, I will also say, at the outset, that this dish turned out to be one of the nicest I have created in quite a while… Continue reading “Ginger-Mint Lamb with Scallion and Jalapeño”

Mint Marinated Roast Lamb

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I bought a bunch of mint for a vegetable recipe I was planning but I had quite a bit left over and I decided to cook up a small cut of lamb I had languishing in my freezer. Long term readers may recall that, way back in the mists of time, I posted a recipe for the Mint Sauce that I almost always serve alongside roast lamb. I mentioned, in that post, that I also use the sauce as a marinade occasionally, and that is what I will be doing here. Actually, I really hadn’t planned to do a post about this particular meal but the cut of lamb I bought was a little unusual and I thought I would show you what I did… Continue reading “Mint Marinated Roast Lamb”

Minted Zucchini and Mushrooms

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I love mint as both a sweet and savory flavoring but it struck me recently that I really only use it in a limited number of ways. I decided to remedy that and came up with this vegetable dish as a result. It is a dead simple production, should you want to try it, and it is the sort of thing that would work as a side dish in any number of meals… Continue reading “Minted Zucchini and Mushrooms”

Minted Tataki Beef with Shrimp

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The inspiration for this dish originally came from a Vietnamese recipe I came across for a salad of pork and shrimp. Aside from replacing the pork with thin slices of Japanese Tataki Style Beef, I ended up changing the heavily acidic, lime juice based dressing to something quite different. Accordingly, I ultimately strayed so far from the original production that the resemblance is purely coincidental, as they say. It really can no longer be called a Vietnamese dish, exactly, but it is certainly Asian in spirit…  Continue reading “Minted Tataki Beef with Shrimp”

Mint-Grilled Lamb

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Mint and Lamb are natural together and, aside from serving my home-made Mint Sauce as an accompaniment to a roasted leg of lamb, I also use it as a marinade and baste for other cuts. Today, the ribs from a ‘Frenched’ rack are going to be grilled on the barbecue after marinating with mint sauce and other flavorings. You can do the same using a commercial mint sauce, if you like, or even a commercial Mint Jelly thinned with a little vinegar, but you should follow my first link above as making it yourself is REALLY easy…  Continue reading “Mint-Grilled Lamb”

Larb Stuffed Endive Boats

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Larb, or ‘Laab’ as it sometimes spelled, is a cold salad of meat, herbs and other seasonings that is not only reckoned to be the national dish of Laos but also quite common in Thailand as well. The meat is often beef or pork, sometimes raw, sometimes cooked, but fish and poultry version exist as well. As to the seasonings and other ingredients, the variations are endless but fish sauce, lime juice, chili, mint and basil make regular appearances, with some versions adding a host of spices including cumin, cloves, star anise, galangal, and others. Garnishes can be fried onions, peanuts, chopped chili, and various herbs and, in Laos especially roasted ground rice powder is commonly used as a flavoring agent and binder.

After seeing a number of recipes where the salad is served as a wrap in lettuce or other leafy herbs, I thought it might make an interesting appetizer if used as a filling for some endive leaves I happened to have leftover from a previous meal. For this experiment, I decided to use my homemade Sambal Terasi paste as part of the spice flavoring but you could substitute any commercial Thai curry or spice paste of your choosing… Continue reading “Larb Stuffed Endive Boats”

Chili-Mint Lamb Buns

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I was planning to use some of the lamb leftover from our Easter feast to make Shawarma but, unfortunately, the roast in question was not suitable for carving into appropriate slices and so I decided to try something a little different. I had bread dough leftover from making pizza and I thought that I could use some of this to make something along the lines of the stuffed Chinese buns known as Baozi. As a twist, however, I went with a filling that was more middle-eastern, and thus Shawarma-like, in spirit… Continue reading “Chili-Mint Lamb Buns”