Are You A Lamb Lover?

Question: What do you get when you combine a specialty lamb with a great cook. Answer: Dozens of nutritious and delicious meals.

Background:

When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950’s my mother would serve ground lamb or lamb chops once every two months. I grew up in the projects and as soon as I got off the elevator I knew my mother was cooking lamb. The strong gamy, pungent smell hit my nose way before the kitchen. The lamb was tough and the smell of the lamb (I really think it was mutton) was not my favorite meal. As an adult I rarely ate lamb at home or in a restaurant.

Circa 2018:

As the Cuenca Distributor of Productos Terranova I have access to Sushi Quality Salmon, Paiche, Organic Shrimp and Fresh Rainbow Trout. I was hesitant to sample the new Dorper Lamb.

Dorper Lamb:

The South African Lamb is raised organically in Ecuador. The animal is slaughtered shortly after weaning and does not have the wool of other sheep breeds. The fat content is lower and there is a complete lack of the pungent lamb odor in the kitchen. The lamb is very tasty and extremely tender. I am eating lamb 5- 6 times a month.

You can order the lamb in the following cuts:

  • Ground Lamb – 500 gram/1 kilo pkgs.
  • Lamb Sausages – 10 sausages to a pkg.
  • Lamb Chops – 4 Chops to a pkg
  • Leg of Lamb – typically 6 lb leg

Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers With Dorper Lamb. Total Cost for a meal for 2  $6

*** The picture below represents two servings***

  • Lamb – $3.75
  • Peppers, Vegetable And Spices $2.25

Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium bell peppers
  • 1lb extra lean lamb
  • 1/2 cup small onion, minced
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1⁄2teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4teaspoon pepper
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2teaspoon turmeric
  • 1teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle or similar hot spice
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped

2  oz plain yogurt

1tablespoon fresh lemon juice

4ounces feta cheese, crumbled (I used a local aged goat cheese)

2t ablespoons grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat over 350 degrees.  Cut the tops out of the bell peppers and remove any seeds or membranes. I cut them in half for this recipe.

Blanch peppers for 3-5 minutes in salted boiling water, or you may place these in a microwave-safe pan, add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook for 5 minutes on high until softened. This cooks the peppers so the meal is complete with very little oven time.     

 

One Year Anniversary

Come celebrate my one year anniversary as the Cuenca Distributor for Productos Terranova.
It is because of you all that this year has been so successful.
As a token of my appreciation anyone buying a fish product this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (10:30 – 2:30 pm) will receive 100 grams of smoked salmon ($6 value) free with their purchase.**
Kelbert Bortone, the co-owner of Artsena Bakery will be joining me at the eX- Spot.
Calle Larga 2-80. (a block east of Santa Canela Restaurant). You can read the story of our two companies here 
I look forward to you joining us this week.
As always, thank you for your patronage.
Lenny
** While quantities last and one free 100 gram smoked salmon per family unit.