February 5, 2014
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As part of the Sainsbury’s ‘Love Your Leftovers’ initiative you may have seen advertised recently, I was asked to put together a recipe using the leftovers from my Sunday roast.This recipe is my take on a lamb biryani using up the remainder of our shoulder of lamb and also making use of the carrots and cabbage we didn’t eat.
300g left over lamb shoulder
300g cooked brown rice
1 medium white onion -sliced
2 cloves garlic- roughly chopped
1 chilli- finely chopped
2 sprigs of fresh mint- finely chopped
15g galangal finely chopped
2 medium eggs
Left over cabbage (roughly a quarter)- finely chopped
2 left over carrots
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon ground corriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
200mls cold water
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add the onions and brown them on a high heat. Add the garlic, chilli and galangal and continue to cook on a high heat for 30 seconds.
2. Reduce the heat to low and add the spices cooking for a further 2 minutes.
3. Turn the heat up to medium and add the cabbage and carrots and the water. Cook for 5 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Season to taste.
4. Add the rice, lamb and mint and heat through.
5. Clear a space in the pan and crack in 2 eggs. Scramble the eggs before mixing in with the rest of the dish.
6. Garnish with fresh mint.
I’ve been very lucky again this month and had lots of goodies through the post to review. Thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to send me their products.
Sainsbury’s Salt and Vinegar and Smoked Paprika Popcorn
I generally don’t eat popcorn, it’s not something I would buy but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. On the odd occasion that I do indulge, I choose the sweet variety but I was pleasantly surprised by these savoury flavours. I really enjoyed the Salt and Vinegar flavour and if I was to buy popcorn, I would probably pick it again. I wasn’t so keen on the Smoked Paprika flavour but it’s a nice idea.
I was very excited to receive my Nutribox full of exciting looking snacks! Everything in a Nutribox is made from natural ingredients and has some nutritional value. I think it’s a great idea and as there were nine individual products I am going to review this item separately.
Nonna’s Homemade Pasta
I was sent two varieties; Original Tagliatelle and Porcini Mushroom Tagliatelle and we enjoyed both. The quality was far superior than a standard super market quality and although more expensive at £2.10, it is worth the money if you really enjoy pasta and it isn’t just something you use for a quick fix.
I particularly enjoyed the porcini mushroom variety. The flavours were subtle and worked perfectly with a simple sauce.
I’ve never reviewed diet products before and haven’t really ever purchased any so I was interested in trying this package of goodies which included chocolate digestives, Jaffa cake bars, marmalade and part baked bread.
The digestives were nice, there was a generous layer of chocolate so I wouldn’t necessarily have guessed they were lower in calories than your average type apart from the fact that they were a little smaller. The Jaffa cake bar had a nice layer of orange jelly but the cake texture was a bit soft and flavourless.
All in all, if you’re on a diet the products were good but I prefer to follow the rule of eating healthy with the odd treat. I’d rather have what I enjoy as occasionally combined with healthy eating than substitute them for options that compromise on flavour.