National Lamb Day 2018: What's on the menu
What will you be eating on National Lamb Day this Thursday 24 May? Here's what the Bite team has planned ...
Using up leftover roast lamb, vegetables (and the gravy!) is a fantastic way to pull together a quick pie filling. Seasoned with spices and fresh herbs (curry spices and lots of mint and coriander work with lamb) you can turn this into puff pastry pasties, or make a herb or cheddar shortcrust and bake it into a large family pie. Roast lamb on the weekend — lamb pies on Thursday — yum yum, lamb’s bum!
Having just returned from a trip to China, I will be satisfying my desire for fresh, zingy Asian flavours with chilli and lemongrass lamb. Juicy, slow-cooked lamb is very satisfying at this time of year.
It’s great to have a day to celebrate New Zealand grass-fed lamb — we need more festivals with special food so I will make a point of cooking lamb on May 24. Lamb chops with feta and cucumber, crushed lemony peas and risone is an easy favourite and not too expensive. Lamb goes well with the tartness of lemon and yoghurt and the rich sweetness of peas. The creaminess of the pasta is a good foil for all of it. Make sure you brown the lamb chops well over high heat. Happy Lamb Day!
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Madhur Jaffrey’s rogan josh — New Zealand’s finest lamb meets the world’s finest Indian food writer. The recipe for the beef variation is on bite.co.nz. For a lamb variation use less water — 275ml rather than the 425ml stated.