Scotch Lamb

Lamb has never been a meat I’ve ever been particularly fond of. When growing up, our roast dinners would generally be beef or chicken as they went down well with everyone. Anytime I’ve tried lamb I’ve found it to be tough & chewy, often full of fat as well. We won’t discuss the odd kebab here & there… When Scotch Lamb asked if I wanted to attend an exclusive event showcasing Scotch Lamb, I figured I had nothing to lose & may as well see if they could convert me into a lamb lover!

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The event was held in SWG3, which if you’ve ever been to a Scoop pop-up event, you’ll know it’s basically an open warehouse space that can be used in any manner. As the event was aimed at getting people more familiar with lamb & its uses, there were demos from Chef  Jacqueline O’Donnell (of The Sisters & The Great British Menu fame), butchery lessons & different dishes on offer from the Scoop Cartel.

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The one good point about the cartel being involved was the variety of dishes on offer:

  • Lamb tacos from Antojito Cantina
  • Roast lamb on fresh baked (in an amazing stone pizza oven) from So La Ti Dough
  • Lamb Massaman Curry from Pad BKK
  • Braised neck fillet of lamb with jewelled cous cous from Scoop

The shared the first 3 dishes between us since the portions were giant! I first tried the curry & was genuinely surprised at how soft the meat was, it was literally melt in the mouth. The tacos also had a similar style of meat with them but it was a bit lost in the masses of guacamole, salsa & sour cream provided. The roast lamb was probably my least favourite as it was quite fatty – pretty much what I was dreading! However, the bits of lamb I managed to tear off were sweet & succulent.

Lamb Massaman Curry

Lamb Taco

We also watched a couple of demos by Chef Jacqueline since I would not know where to start with cooking lamb. The first demo involved a fillet of lamb with a fruity, morrocan style cous cous. I was honestly surprised at the speed of cooking, since it took around 10 minutes to make the dish! I sample a bit after & the lamb was as soft as a good beef steak. The fruitiness of the cous cous also worked really well with the lamb’s sweetness. I wish I could send a smellogram for the second dish which was Asian influenced & the smell coming from it instantly transported me back to Thailand.

I spoke briefly to Jacqueline after the first demo to ask for some advice on buying lamb & cooking it. The two tips she gave me was to always buy lamb from the butcher, especially if I don’t like fat as the butcher can trim the meat easily & to invest in a good, solid pan, with a wide & flat base as those pans evenly distribute to heat to cook meat evenly.

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In the goodie bag we were given contained an amazing Red Meat cookbook, giving advice on cuts, cooking styles & lots of recipes! Definitely something I’ll be using again. You can get some of the recipes from the Scotch Beef and Lamb website.

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I’m so glad I went along to the event as it’s totally changed my opinion on lamb. Seeing how versatile it is & also how easy to cook, it will definitely be something I will try in the near future. The week after it, in fact, I happily sat down to some Isle of Lewis lamb made by my mother in law which I would never have done before this event!

Thank you lamb!

2014 – The Year Ahead for Get Stuffed

2014

2014, a new year, a time for looking ahead & seeing what this year will bring. I have been doing a lot of that recently in terms of the blog & what fresh new content I can bring to keep you all interested! Don’t worry, we will continue to bring you the reviews you have been used to!

Healthy Eating

As with most people, I most definitely overindulged during the festive season with lots of rich food, alcohol & of course the mountain of Christmas sweets! However, it wasn’t just Christmas that lead to me gaining some weight. I did an intensive detox & training program on the run up to my wedding. After this, I lost all motivation for clean eating & hitting the gym. Now the New Year is upon us & I have our delayed Honeymoon in May to get in shape for, there isn’t a better time to think about changing my eating habits.

I am going to be adopting a mix of the Paleo diet & clean eating. For those who may not be aware of the Paleo diet, it is also known as the Caveman diet & aims at eating a diet similar to the first humans did. This involves a lot of meat, fruit & veg as well as good fats such as coconut oil & almond oil. It also involves cutting out all diary, wheat, sugar etc. Clean eating on the other hand involves eating only fresh produce. Therefore you can still eat items like dairy & wheat but no condiments or processed foods. Personally, I love my condiments & have previously tackled diets where I cut out sugar so I have decided to do a mix of both.

For the majority of the next 4 weeks I will be cutting out wheat (except wholegrains), dairy (except milk for my porridge), caffeine (green tea is allowed), alcohol & sugar. I stress the word majority as I will be allowing myself either a cheat meal or cheat day during this time & we are taking a weekend away as a belated xmas present so I do want to enjoy it! I will also be hitting the gym doing weight training & minimal cardio as it’s not getting running season.

I have to stress that this is not so much a diet as getting back into a way of eating healthily. I am not going to be counting calories or adjusting my diet to my macros. I am simply amending my eating habits to ensure I am getting the best out of food without filling my body with rubbish. I’ll be doing weekly updates on my plan & providing recipes for anything new that I try that I think others may want to have a go at.

Recipes

It may not have come across in my previous posts but I do enjoy cooking. Whether it be making the usual weeknight dinner, baking cakes for a special occasion or experimenting with one of my cookbooks. During 2014, my aim is to attempt a recipe a week & I will blog about it, showing the results & whether I would recommend it.

The Hunt for the Best Chicken Wings

Being a big big fan of chicken wings, over this year, I will be embarking on the Chicken Wing Hunt, trying to find the best wings on offer out there. So if you know of somewhere whose wings we should try, get the suggestions to us!

I’m hoping that there may be some more exciting ventures for us later in 2014 but until then, I hope you have a good year ahead & thank everyone for their continued support!!