Get on it!
Get on it!
What is it about food you have to use your hands for? Food that involves you putting it together, starting with a carb like wraps, tortillas, rice paper, pita or naan, then building a vessel of goodness.
My kids can’t get enough of it. I think it makes them feel some control over what they’re eating, even if I’ve made it.
I’ve had this hankering for weeks for middle eastern flavours – tahini, spices, pita – I think the need for freshness after weeks of alcohol, cream and ham.
There are components to this. I’m not sure it warrants a weeknight dinner option, except if you have willing kitchenhands, as I now do, someone can be making the yoghurt, someone the tomato and cucumber salad and someone prepping the chickpeas while you make the meatballs.
Many hands, light work, you know the drill.
I’ve given you the full gamut of spices I used tonight, but really, you could easily just run with cumin and coriander if your spice cupboard is not prolific.
The yoghurt tahini number was a complete revelation – straight from Smitten Kitchen I wouldn’t change a thing.
The chickpeas were inspired by her as well, but I ended up cooking them a little differently. When it came to putting them in the oven, I dumped them in the baking tray I’d cooked the lamb in, so it had meaty residue and juices. Not great if you’re a veggo but delicious otherwise and also – less washing up.
I served it all with a simple tomato and cucumber salad – diced quite small with a little red onion and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Kim cleans bird poo off Mrs Woog’s window and that’s really the pinnacle of the whole thing. Ho ho ho.
It seems ludicrous to give you a potato salad recipe. I mean, thousands of them already exist and mine changes basically every time I make it. But this one is a bit of a dinner winner.