Mix together all the zingy and zesty flavours of Morocco with these Welsh lamb chunks and cook until they are tender, but still melt in your mouth. The flavours in these Moroccan Lamb Skewers will transport your to a bustling and aromatic Moroccan bazaar.
As I look out the window, it does’t look much like BBQ weather, but that doesn’t stop me thinking back to these delicious Moroccan Lamb Skewers that we had a couple of weeks ago. The meat eaters were certainly happy when these were served up, along side my yoghurt and feta dip. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get the BBQ out in the middle of September, unless you really want to! These can easily be grilled for a quick and easy meal that will go with just about anything.
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Seriously, what is with the weather? I am ready for it to be autumn and to get the cosy socks out, then the weather seems to have other ideas and go from Autumnal to full on sunbathing weather (like yesterday). But, it has been dry at least, so we have been making the most of it and getting out in to the countryside as much as possible. Saturday was a little cooler and cloudier, so we took the opportunity to head up in to the Derbyshire hills. Here, we visited Castleton in Hope Valley.
We had been here before, a couple of years back, but we wanted to explore a bit further this time. We gave the castle a miss, because when you have seen a castle once, it doesn’t change much after that! So, we stuck to exploring Cave Dale which was just stunning. For a Saturday it was deadly quiet and we only passed 2 other people the whole time.
All this being active means that we need suitable clothing. There is nothing worse that being at the top of a hill and your clothes rubbing or being uncomfortable. Millets have sent us a fantastic selection of active wear to review. Dave loves this Berghaus Men’s Voyager Mountain Tee and the Berghaus Men’s Stormcloud Waterproof Jacket. The jacket is perfect for British summer up in the hills. Although it might feel like summer, it still gets cold and windy and a t-shirt isn’t enough. There was an unexpected shower too, and the jacket did exactly what it should, and was waterproof. They are both fantastic value on the Millets website too.
One of my favourite things to do is walking in the countryside and just stopping and hearing nothing. It’s deafeningly silent and just perfect. Well, it was silent until someone flew a drone over the cliff top from the castle. Drones are cool and everything, but the noise they make really spoils the moment.
This weekend was a seriously busy one! We are making the most of being able to do that whilst I am still fairly mobile and not waddling like a duck (I hear that happens towards the end of pregnancy). Being out of the house for the vast majority of it meant that we wanted something really easy, but still packed full of flavour and healthy, to eat when we got back. I marinated these skewers before we went out and the smell when I opened the fridge when we got back was just epic.
I love Moroccan flavours. Anything that is heavy on paprika is a win in our house and add a little bit of mint in there and you have the base of a great dish. I have dreams of going to Morocco and hitting up all the markets and coming home with suitcases full of spices to create delicious recipes with.
I think some people avoid lamb because it has a reputation of being unhealthy, but it really isn’t. Well, nothing is unhealthy when eaten in moderation, but you can get some really lean cuts of Welsh lamb making it a healthy meat option. As always, quality is everything, which is why we went with Welsh Lamb, as it is the best you will find in our opinion.
“Welsh farmers only believe in using the best of everything; the finest grass, sharpest sheepdogs and best kept husbandry secrets. No wonder it’s been awarded PGI status, the highly sought after marque which guarantees that you are buying a premium quality product.”
I have teamed up with Welsh Beef and Lamb as one of their Llambassadors (isn’t that just a really fun word to say), to show you some delicious new ways to use lamb. Growing up, we ate a lot of lamb as it was a meat that we all enjoyed, but I never remember having anything other a casserole with it. As I grew older and started cooking for myself, and then married Dave who LOVES lamb, I discovered that there is so much that you can do with it. Lamb burgers are a favourite of ours, moussaka and shepherd’s pie are delicious comfort food and roasting a lamb joint in some lemon and rosemary is the way Sunday should be. Head over to the Eat Welsh Beef and Lamb website to see some more recipes.
We’re not vegetarians, we are not pescetarians, instead we are calling ourselves flexitarians. We eat vegetarian the majority of the time, but if we do want to eat something meaty, we are not going to beat ourselves up about it. We will just make sure it is worth it and the best quality that we can buy, like these lamb skewers. It’s really important to know exactly where your meat comes from and how it is raised, which is why I fulled support the Welsh Beef and Lamb campaign.
To me, comfort food isn’t just something stodgy that will have to slumped out on the sofa for hours after. It’s something that is bursting with flavours that transport you to somewhere else – these Moroccan Welsh Lamb Skewers definitely do that. I would recommend making some kind of cous cous salad to go along side this. Fill it full of vegetables and you have a healthy and filling meal that will be a crowd pleaser too.
Moroccan Lamb Skewers Ingredients – Serves 4
– 500g diced Welsh lamb (fat trimmed off)
– 1 red onion, cut in to chunks
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp tomato puree
– Juice and zest of half a lemon
– Half a tsp each of paprika, cumin, tumeric, chilli powder, ground coriander, garlic powder
– 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1) Firstly, add the lamb to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2) Thread on to wooden skewers (soak for 30 minutes first so they don’t burn).
3) Finally, put under a medium heated grill for 15 minutes, turning half way through.
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**This Moroccan Lamb Skewers recipe was commissioned by Welsh Beef and Lamb, however, all opinions are my own**