In the middle of a huge kitchen renovation, to bring my kitchen into the 21st century, I suddenly drop my trowel in exhaustion only to realize that I had to cook my menu for the Gutsies!! Love that name. Luckily for me, I had marinaded my lamb early Sunday morning, so that by dinner time it would be ready to go. So even though my body was screaming order in, I took out my lamb, my cooking utensils and started cooking.
The easiest thing to make and something I’ve never tried was Tabbouleh. It has many spellings on that word but they all mean the same thing. Tabbouleh is a salad made of bulgur, finely chopped parsley and mint, tomato and seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. I will admit, I LOVE olive oil. I put olive oil on everything, yes even my hair and may I say my hair looks great.. ok, ok..I digress. Back to the Tabbouleh. I’ve never tasted tabbouleh before so I was not sure what I was getting myself into, but you know what, I like it, I like it very much. It has a sorta refreshing taste to it. The mint and the lemon juice give it a nice kick.
The next menu item the Gutsies had to cook was Lamb Tagine with couscous. First of all, lamb is pricey around these parts. But I bought a small pack of already cubed lamb (so that was half the battle done for me) and followed the recipe word for word. I don’t own a tagine, which is a type of pot used in making tagine in Morocco, Tunisia and other North African countries. So I used my go to pan. It never lets me down.
In the picture above, I’m browning the lamb with onions, cumin, pepper, salt and thyme. After the browning process, the lamb with the orange juice/flour mixture is baked in an oven for 1 hour after which you then add the apricots. My husband and I love it, thought it was sweet and not so sweet but not sour. The lamb was tender not chewy. The couscous was a no-brainer. I used Near East boxed brand. My daughters ate macaroni and cheese because in their own words, they would not eat “Mary’s Little Lamb”.
Now on to next week’s menu which depending on the state of my kitchen, may or may not get cooked. Then Thanksgiving is also around the corner. I think Monica should give us a pass!!